The first Harry Potter was published 20 years ago this year (!), so what better way to honour your favourite book than with your wedding decor? Here are some amazing ideas for a Harry Potter wedding theme…
Choose a castle
What better place to get married than your very own version of Hogwarts? You could choose one of the series’ filming locations, such as Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire or Gloucester Cathedral, or even have your reception at the Warner Bros. Harry Potter set for a truly magical experience (beware – this option does not come cheap!). However, we think there are some incredible venues up and down the country with a real Hogwarts vibe to them, such as Manchester Town Hall, Blenheim Palace or Harlaxton Manor.
Send Hogwarts letters
What Harry Potter fan hasn’t dreamed of receiving a Hogwarts letter? Let your guests know your theme early by sending them a ‘parchment’ invitation complete with the Hogwarts crest and a wax seal. Choose a calligraphy font that looks like it was written with a quill, and stick to the wording of a Hogwarts acceptance letter as much as possible. There are plenty of options online, so get looking.
Arrive in a Ford Anglia
Sadly you can’t fly in to your wedding day on a broomstick, but you can do the next best thing and arrive in the iconic Ford Anglia from the second book! This is a fun way to add a touch of Harry Potter magic to your big day if you’re not committed to going for a fully themed wedding.
Set up The Great Hall
One of the best things about The Great Hall in Hogwarts is that it lends itself perfectly to a wedding reception! Instead of separate circular tables, set up your seating plan in four long tables, each named and themed after one of the Hogwarts houses. Hang coloured banners to represent each of the houses, and hire goblets and metallic tableware to keep your look fantastical. If the specifics of your venue allow it, you could even hang faux candles from the rafters to imitate the floating candles, or string fairy lights to give the effect of a night sky full of stars.
Theme the food
The delicious feasts described in the books are ideal for a wedding breakfast, particularly for the colder months! Go for a classic roast with plenty of fun additions, such as the pumpkin pies and treacle tarts mentioned in the books. You can really let your imagination run wild when it comes to the sweet table too; think Bertie Botts Ever Flavour Beans, chocolate frogs and licorice wands. Don’t forget the butterbeer!
Get animals involved
It wouldn’t be Harry Potter without owls, so why not have a feathered friend fly your rings down the aisle? Alternatively, plenty of castle venues offer falconry as wedding entertainment, and it makes for a fantastic photo opportunity.
Include the books – literally
There are plenty of ways to include the actual pages of the books in your wedding decor. You can cut them into shapes to make literary confetti, or create paper flowers to use in your bouquet or the groom’s button holes. If it pains you to cut up your favourite books, then instead use them as a table centre by stacking decorations or vases on them, or even use them as props in your wedding photos or photobooths!
For more fun wedding theme ideas, check out our Details and Themes section!