Achieving the look of the Anne & Gilbert Wedding in Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story is actually easier than you may think!
Preparing for a wedding is often a lengthy, but exciting and rewarding task. It can be costly. It takes time and a great deal of organization. If you're currently engaged, half the battle is already won! You just need to decide on a date, the ambience, budget, guest list, and venue. And of course, choosing your dress and song for the first dance!
Here are some tips for planning an Anne of Green Gables themed wedding.
Choosing the Venue: The White Wedding Tent
Budget: approx. $415 - $2,230 *cost dependent on size of tent
Thankfully, choosing a venue can be simple if you're planning an Anne style wedding. Anne got married in her backyard behind Green Gables under a beautiful white tent that was decorated with flower garlands.
To rent a white tent for your backyard, find a local event planning company that offers "White Wedding Tents". Choosing a "frame tent" versus a "pole tent" can impact the cost. A pole tent is the more affordable option, and is the same one Anne and Gilbert had at their wedding.
Book a Florist
Budget: approx. $800 - $2,000+
Depending on when your wedding is, you'll want to pick your florist well in advance. A popular bridal arrangement from the Edwardian era was arm sheath bouquets that often consisted of lilies, orange blossoms or roses. To make the bouquets look fuller, maiden ferns were also added.
Choosing A Dress: A Lacy Edwardian Wedding Gown
Budget: approx. $600 - $20,000
Choosing a wedding dress can be one of the most difficult decisions in the wedding process. There are a lot of options, even for vintage dresses, so you shouldn't rush your decision. You can replicate Anne's dress from the film, and buy her exact wedding dress pattern from Shop at Sullivan.
There are also some online retailers who carry 100% authentic vintage wedding dresses. The two vintage wedding dresses picture above (dated 1910-1920) are both sold on Etsy!
Pick an Edwardian Hairstyle
Typically, hair is worn up and flowers are pinned in the hair. The style of the time period was the topknot, popularized by graphic artist Charles Dana Gibson. Once you've chosen a style, add a hair accessory and bring an image of your chosen style and your accessory to your hairstylist.
If you're opting to do your own wedding hairstyle, make sure to test drive it before the wedding day so you can adjust and look perfect on your special day.
Solidify Your Menu
If you follow our tips, your wedding will be an amazing Anne-themed event with a nod to Edwardian flare. While your guests will remember the wedding itself, they'll also remember the food! For recipes fit for an Edwardian themed wedding, check out our menu ideas: Avonlea Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apples, Josie Pye Pop Tarts, and of course Raspberry Cordial!
Choosing the First Dance Song: "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"
Viewers of Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story will remember that "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" plays as Anne and Gilbert waltz for the first time.
This musical piece was originally composed in 1910, and its lyrics are...
Let me call you "Sweetheart", I'm in love with you. Let me hear you whisper that you love me too. Keep the love-light glowing in your eyes so true. Let me call you "Sweetheart", I'm in love with you.
Looking for more music ideas? Get Anne-themed soundtracks to your perfect day like this CD called Just Married: Music for the Occassion or our Edwardian Dance Music CD from the Anne collection!
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Wedding tips source: About.com/Weddings