Fancy a little bit of historical colour for your wedding celebrations? Going medieval might be just the thing…
Gorgeous Lace & Velvet Wedding Gowns with a Medieval Flavour – found in Fremantle, Western Australia
Last Monday I got very inspired by a visit to Sonja at Medieval Creations in the E-Shed Markets on Victoria Quay, Fremantle.
The E-Shed Markets are a bit of a rabbit warren, but its well worth the time it takes to ferret out Sonja’s shop and discover the amazing array of gorgeous lace and velvet gowns that she has created, in all colours of the rainbow as well as the traditional bridal white.
Sonja was telling me that making dresses from luscious fabrics has been her passion since she was three years old. She has a large range of pre-made dresses, but also makes to order. Sonja tells me that she no longer accepts postal orders because she was getting much too busy… So if you live in Western Australia, you are in luck! Sonja advised me that she likes it best when someone comes in and says ‘our wedding is next month’. If they come in a long way in advance, she generally tells them to come back to her closer to the time.
You can take a look at some more of her range on her websitewww.medievalcreations.com.au or by going down to her shop Friday, Saturday, Sunday & public holidays between 9am and 5:30pm.
Make your own Medieval Pavillion
If you are planning an outdoor wedding or reception, this medieval pavillion not only adds colour, but might also afford a bit of shelter from the elements..
You’ll find the full instructions from Baroness Mira Silverlock (mka Tanya Guptill) athttp://www.currentmiddleages.org/tents/minipavilion.htm
A Medieval Wedding Guide
If you are wanting to go the whole hog with the Medieval Wedding theme, you may enjoy this free downloadable Medieval Wedding Guide by Vanessa Hand of House Drakstonne. In it she provides a detailed month by month planner of the many things that need to be arranged for an authentically medieval theme wedding.
More Medieval Wedding Resources (including the WA Branch of the SCA)
Another wonderful resource is the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international non-profit educational organisation that is dedicated to the research and recreation of pre-17th century European History, with a particular focus on its practical applications in arts and sciences, including costuming, cooking, martial arts, dance, calligraphy and illumination, metalwork, archery and music (to name but a few!). One enterprising member of this international network has compiled an archive of resourcesthat might be helpful to anyone wanting to get seriously medieval about their wedding – look for the entry ‘weddings’ at the bottom of the index list on the left hand side of the page.
The local Western Australian branch of the SCA is known as the Barony of Aneala. It’s members share a passion for all things medieval and renaissance, and would probably welcome your curiousity. Check their website for local Perth events and contacts.
Glassware for a medieval look
Polyresin and glass goblets – that look like pewter stemmed glasses.
Available through Amazon and a handful of other online outlets.
Medieval Theme Wedding Ceremony
I would be very pleased to help you devise a wedding ceremony with a medieval flavour. Give me a call and lets talk it over.