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Hubby to be and I are shooting for january...we cant afford the Exalted wedding we wanted and will consider doing that years down the road. (It would have cost so damn much to do.) So we decided on an Elvish/lord of the rings inspired wedding. Thing is our budget is 1000 bucks maybe a tiny bit more, found a dress, and needed things for that, and a location but I have NO idea how to go about decorating, and i figured I'd ask every fourm i'm on for help with ideas for how to decorate for this type of thing.

pssh again kill me for posting since most of this fourm is guys >> But hell maybe i'll get lucky and a few of you know lord of the rings well enough to help me :)

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pssh again kill me for posting since most of this fourm is guys >> But hell maybe i'll get lucky and a few of you know lord of the rings well enough to help me :)

I wouldn't dream of killing you. This is The Void. You can post whatever you like here.

I'm sure you'll find what you are looking for if you look long enough. Have you considered asking around in the more D&D themed fora for someone who can obtain fantasy costumes for you?

Because if you're going for that elvish look, you're going to need hauberks or similar, period - specific boots, leggings, maybe tunics, latex prosthetics ...

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I wouldn't dream of killing you. This is The Void. You can post whatever you like here.

I'm sure you'll find what you are looking for if you look long enough. Have you considered asking around in the more D&D themed fora for someone who can obtain fantasy costumes for you?

Because if you're going for that elvish look, you're going to need hauberks or similar, period - specific boots, leggings, maybe tunics, latex prosthetics ...

*dies* That would cost so much though, I was thinking more inspired then actual costumes since I'm trying to keep it cheap, womens clothes are easy to deal with men are a whole nother issue. I may have to do some searching through dnd fourms ew.. XD

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*dies* That would cost so much though, I was thinking more inspired then actual costumes since I'm trying to keep it cheap, womens clothes are easy to deal with men are a whole nother issue. I may have to do some searching through dnd fourms ew.. XD

Yup.

If only Atlantean Matter magic worked IRL ... :)

Another thought - while you may consider the more fantasy - themed fora, bear in mind that a considerable amount of their costumes are, in fact, variations on some form or other of historical mediaeval clothing styles and designs from Europs in the Middle Ages.

Therefore, it would probably be a further good idea to Google "middle ages fashions" and "middle ages fabrics" for inspirations.

You don't have to dress in authentic chain mail when there are a number of good substitutes available. I'm pretty sure you'll come up with a few inspirations if you look long enough.

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Why would you want to get married in armor? I'd say go for clothing, not armor.

I can't think of any description of elvish clothing in Tolkien's writings, so it's up to you to decide what it should look like.

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Why would you want to get married in armor? I'd say go for clothing, not armor.

I can't think of any description of elvish clothing in Tolkien's writings, so it's up to you to decide what it should look like.

Nono I didnt mean armor, i wouldnt want to get married in armor not my thing XD, I'm looking at the movies for good images right now, not the armor but the "Casual formal" clothes they wear.

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If I'd been writing of elves in any of my fantasy stories, I'd have explicitly written at some point that, like the land they sprang out of, they customarily went about their business dressed only in woad.

But that's just me dicking with the period costume fans. :)

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LotR-themed wedding... awww! :D

Is it generic LotR? I suggest you jot down some basic guidelines of what YOU find to be themed thataway. I (if ever it happened) would probably go for a wedding in Rivendell/Imladris-elven style, because of personal reasons. Do you find the free, wild and absolutely awesome people of Rohan and their culture more to your liking? Or is it the stoic, brave and old, but now near fading, glory of Gondor that hits a nerve? Or perhaps the most charming of all, the hobbits? Why not the people of Dale, or the dwarves! Or go evil?

You could decide "where" in Endor/Middle-earth you want the wedding to "take place". That could give you ideas of what culture could have inspired the looks and everything of people coming to it. Perhaps you could give people a few choices - this is a Gondorian, this is a Rohanite and so on.

A friend of mine had a LotR-themed wedding. They got married in the countryside, at a place decorated with flower-wreaths and birch leaves, with everyone dressing up as they saw fit, but inspired by the Lord of the Rings - so many flowing dresses, and the gentlemen wore period clothing of different kinds, or simply older styles of suits. She was picked up in a wagon suspiciously like one seen in a certain movie, driven by a Gandalf looking... well, I thought they'd hired a certain actor o.o

She and her husband to be were escorted by a riding Ringwraith, that saluted them as they got married by brandishing his sword, amongst other things.

One can fix period-inspired, LotR-inspired clothing easily. Tunics are dead easy to make - but make them rather in cotton, or wool, or some natural material, than slinky velour. Poofy shirts are easy to sew, if you're not buying, or if people are creative.

And now I'm going very, very general here...

Gondorians seem to favour colours like brown, purple, blue, yellow and green in somewhat subdued tones. The cuts of their dresses are often, as far as I've found, rather square, but not seldom decorated with beads. Women seem to wear strings of beads in their hair, as seen as in the end of RotK (because whatever else the movies were, they were pretty and the costumes were really good).

The people of Rohan are distinctly inspired by Viking Age fashion, or so it seems to me. Here, as in Gondor, a full dress with long sleeves, with an overdress showing off the underdress could be appropriate, but the colours used are more earthy. Women and men seem to be decorating their clothes with trims of different kinds, and anything sort of celtic in shape should go down well. Here's where you perhaps would see cloaks - it seems in Gondor, they're sensible enough to leave those behind when it's not bad weather, and are more likely to wear coats instead. Tunics with long-sleeved undershirts would work here, too, but I think in darker colours than the Gondorian's.

But why forget the Haradrim and Easterlings? Colours, brass, gold, bronze, jade and other neat stuff! Flowing and billowing are key words, I would guess, for dressing up.

For hobbits, a "rustic" feel would work. A vest (Am English, for British English that would be waistcoat) is almost ubiquitous for the men, as well as is a nice shirt with buttons. Girls could use skirts that aren't full-length, and pretty blouses.

Elves, then - layers upon layers, flowing fabrics like silk, crepe and such. I think they can go for any colour combination and such, but not seldom more subdued. Preferably longish hair, but definitely an overall very, very well-kept appearance. Of course if a lady wouldn't want to wear a dress, she could wear straight trousers in some silky material - they're very comfy, or go woodelf ranger.

Now, I am a geek who thoroughly enjoys dressing up, and will happily wear a circlet every day. I've been all over http://www.alleycatscratch.com/ and I never get enough of mulling over possible colour combinations, petal-wing sleeves and rolled collars, many-layered dresses and the possible uses of the very finest thin woollen fabric in underdclothes. I would also say, being an academic - narrow it down a bit. Write down some guidelines!

For decorations, I suggest lanterns - loads of them. Lanterns and candles and neat crystal balls. Strings of bead could be used for decorations, and having a small fountain which emits smoke (I hear you can get those neat things and put in bowls of water and they turn the water into smoke which flows out of the bowl) will be atmospheric and nice. Curtains are nice, and perhaps you can find nice glasses that have a less modern feel for people to sip their drinks out of. You could colour-code tables! The one with white cloth and silver trimmings is Gondor, the one in dark red with gold tassels is Rohan, and so on... That's a good way of giving people something to talk about: "So where are you from?" "Oh, Rohan at the moment!"

For marking out seatings, perhaps simple stones with people's names written on them, picked at a beach. Or twigs. Ask people to bring hobbity decorations, if that's what you wish for, and let them all join in in decorating!

Food is where many go wrong. You could try cold meats and sausages, with cheese that one cuts, and pieces of bread, on platters, so people don't get the usual "restauranty served" variant. Having to handpick your stuff from big platters immediatly gives a less modern feel :D Ordinary cecream with chocolate sauce sprinkled in neat patterns, and then some peppermint leaves, or perhaps pieces of fruit, is a very easy and pretty thing to serve. Candied flowers are pretty exotic, too! For drinks, once again think about your theme. No beer if mainly elvish, perhaps, and maybe not so much wine if hobbity.

I think you should consider having less fatty and sugary food (except for perhaps the dessert of course) - it's a really, really simple way of making it less modern, but doesn't taste any worse, if you're intelligent in your choices.

It's easy to take some cues from historical and period stuff, at least such that is older than three hundred years old.

Wall of text! Hope some of it maybe helps you in the direction that you want to go.

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