Couple dances through mist in ballroom at The Crystal Plaza for their fairytale wedding | PartySlate
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10 Romantic Wedding Ideas for Your Fairytale Wedding

Couple dances through mist in ballroom at The Crystal Plaza for their fairytale wedding | PartySlate

“Happily ever after” still begins with a romantic wedding celebration. PartySlate is here to make your wedding dreams come true — from ceremony to reception.

PartySlate reached out to Alejandra Poupel, Founder of Alejandra Poupel Events, to learn more about how to curate a fairytale wedding experience. She tells us, “The elements that go into creating a romantic wedding aesthetic is incorporating the 5 senses.”

She goes on to say, “It’s essential to pamper the guests and curate an event design that is romantic — with opulent yet sophisticated floral design. The lighting is crucial in a romantic wedding. Candlelight and soft-toned lighting make all the difference. Horse carriages and fireworks, or video mapping that tells the couples’ story, is also helpful.”

We’ve searched through hundreds of real weddings on PartySlate to find the most romantic ideas for your fairytale wedding. From choosing an ornate wedding venue to creating a romantic reception filled with lush florals and enchanting photo ops, planning a real-life fairytale has never been easier.

Keep reading for the best romantic wedding inspiration, plus tips on how to find the right vendors to pull off your vision. As Poupel tells us, “Most of my couples say that what really made their dreams come true was when all the guests said it was the most memorable wedding of their lives.” 

1. Choose a Venue With Ornate Elements

From Cinderella’s castle to The Sultan’s Palace in Aladdin, castles and palaces are the quintessential setting for any fairytale wedding. Poupel shares, “I am lucky enough to be a planner in Paris, so when my clients are looking for romantic venues, we usually guide them towards chateau weddings. They can come in horse carriages, and guests can enjoy the incredible gardens with thousands of candles.  

“For example, we would recommend venues such as the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte or the Chateau de Chantilly that we work with often, since the history and gorgeous gardens and golden-gilded high ceiling ballrooms are the perfect backdrop for a fairy tale wedding.” 

While castle venues do exist, and are nothing short of extraordinary, vintage ballrooms and manor houses often boast similar architectural elements. Look for venues that feature stone work backdrops, wood-paneled walls, stained glass windows, gold ceiling embellishments, and romantic gardens. 

Head to PartySlate’s curated venue directory to find your fairytale wedding venue. Use the filters to narrow your search by location and amenities. We also recommend looking at “historic estates and mansions” in the venue type filter.

Intimate wedding at Lyndhurst Castle | PartySlate
photographer: Anée Atelier | Pejy Kash Events See More
Bride and groom's first look in front of Chateau de Cazenac | PartySlate
photographer: Rebecca Yale Photography | Wedding Story Writer See More
Romantic wedding in wood paneled room and pink floral décor | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Colin Cowie Lifestyle See More
Romantic wedding with greenery in ballroom at Fairmont Copley Plaza | PartySlate
photographer: Lynne Reznick Photography | Urban Soirée See More
Fairytale wedding at Bronx Zoo | PartySlate
photographer: Uplift Photography, NY | Bronx Zoo See More
Romantic Castle Wedding at Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte in Paris
photographer: Greg Finck | Alejandra Poupel Events | Ceci New York See More
Destination Wedding in La Guerche-sur-l'Aubois, France
photographer: Darling Juliet | Fête Nashville Luxury Weddings See More

2. Exchange Vows Surrounded by Blooms

Your wedding ceremony will be one of the most romantic moments of your life. Create a fairytale setting that matches the mood with abundant floral décor. Lean toward roses, orchids, and wisteria. We also love how adding rose petals to your wedding aisle or floral clusters to the entryway brings romance to each step down the altar.

All white floral outdoor wedding ceremony at The Resort at Pelican Hill | PartySlate
photographer: Duke Images See More
Double circular arches of greenery and white blooms at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Arlene Chambers Photography | Elite Events See More
Bride walks through floral covered gates at fairytale wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Michael Svoboda Weddings | Thomas Bui Lifestyle See More
Couple exchanges vows surrounded by pink and white flowers | PartySlate
photographer: Agaba Studios | Doyin Fash Events See More
Jewish wedding under lush white and green floral chuppah with chandelier | PartySlate
photographer: John Solano Photography | Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events See More
Lavish fairytale wedding ceremony with pink florals at The Breakers Palm Beach | PartySlate
photographer: Genevieve de Manio Photography | Sara Renee Events See More
Fashion-Infused Destination Wedding Weekend in Paris, France
photographer: Claire Morris Photography | Fête in France See More

3. Seat Guests at Lavish Tablescapes

Immerse guests into a real-life fairytale while they wine and dine. Overarching florals, canopied centerpieces, and crystal candelabras turn dinner into a magical experience. White florals are especially romantic when incorporated into your wedding centerpieces. Use PartySlate to find an available florist to create dreamy floral décor for your fairytale wedding theme.

Crystal wonderland wedding with towering umbrella centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Vincent Segalla Photography | Norma Cohen Productions See More
Wedding king's table with overarching green and white florals | PartySlate
photographer: Alaura Photography | Bliss Events Chicago See More
Ballroom wedding with elevated white florals on crystal centerpieces | PartySlate
Photographer: Duke Images See More
Couple looks at lavish tablescape with suspended globed candle light at South Asian fairytale wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Salwa Photography | Elegant Affairs See More
Luxe gold-rimmed sweetheart table and chair with lavish cascading white florals | PartySlate
photographer: Patrick Buckner Photography | Royal Luxury Events See More

4. Up the Enchantment With Romantic Lighting

We highly recommend prioritizing wedding lighting in your overall wedding budget. Lighting sets the mood and ambiance of a celebration, especially when it comes to fairytale weddings. Candlelight instantly adds romance to any wedding reception table. We also love how immersive lighting can transport your guests into an enchanted forest, while twinkling string lights bring the stars right down to earth. Head to PartySlate’s curated vendor directory to find top lighting designers near you. 

Couple poses surrounded by towering candle light at South Asian wedding | PartySlate
photographer: zandbox photo | Yanni Design Studio See More
Bride and groom first dance in ballroom with amber leaf projection lighting | PartySlate
photographer: 5th Avenue Digital Photography See More
Glassed-in wedding room with glittering chandeliers | PartySlate
photographer: Chris Bailey Photography | Ann Whittington Events See More
Romantic Outdoor Wedding at a Private Estate in Freeport, ME
photographer: Jaimee Morse Photography | planner: SHE Luxe See More
Outdoor wedding with string light tenting | PartySlate
photographer: Matthew David Studio | COJ Events See More
Enchanting fairytale wedding with suspended floral ceiling and forest projection mapping | PartySlate
photographer: Genevieve de Manio Photography | Sara Renee Events See More
An Elegant French Riviera Destination Wedding Ceremony at the Grand-Hotel du Cap Ferrat
photographer: Libre Comme l’Art | Alejandra Poupel Events See More
Breathtaking Wedding The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California
photographer: Dmitry Shumanev | L’amour Events Production See More

5. Accent With Luxe Drapery

Luxe drapery lends a dreamy softness to any wedding venue. Think beyond traditional draping and consider adding luxury fabrics to everything from your wedding ceiling to your wedding chairs. Even dessert can benefit from flowing icing that gathers just like designer drapery.

You can find the best drapery designers in the country with the help of PartySlate’s vendor directories. Make sure to filter by location for optimal results.

Outdoor garden wedding with arbor covered in white drapery | PartySlate
photographer: Rene Zadori Photography | Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design See More
Wedding ceremony chairs wrapped in luxe white drapery with gold backing | PartySlate
photographer: Carasco Photography See More
Wedding cake with drapery-like icing and purple flowers | PartySlate
photographer: Interstellar Image | XO Bloom See More
White wedding tent with draped ceiling and suspend white and green floral décor | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Colin Cowie Lifestyle See More
Garden Wedding at Morais Vineyards and Winery
photographer: Jontell Vanessa Photography | BODAMAESTRA See More

6. Elevate Décor — At Every Turn

When it comes to creating a romantic setting, look beyond your wedding arch and tablescape. We love how these wedding planners and design and floral teams feature wow-worthy décor at every turn. Create beautiful photo ops at every turn throughout the celebration with grand cake stands, stunning seating, and extraordinary dance floors. Trust us, your photographer will thank you.   

Luxurious wedding with gold and white seating | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Royal Luxury Events See More
Wedding escort table with towering white floral tree as centerpiece | PartySlate
photographer: Fred Marcus Studio | Pejy Kash Events See More
Couple cut white wedding cake surrounded by pink and white flowers | PartySlate
photographer: Andy Seo Studio | Charis Events & Design See More
Glamorous pink wedding with mirrored dance floor in ballroom | PartySlate
photographer: Allan Zepeda Photography | David Tutera Planning and Design See More
Lavish Intimate Four Seaons Wedding in Boston
photographer: Melissa Stimpson | AJ Events | Four Seasons Hotel Boston See More

7. Step Into Swirling Mist

Your wedding first dance will be one of the most romantic moments of the evening. Elevate the moment with romantic fog and glittering lighting. Make sure to also choose a song that encompasses your own love story. Of course, it’s also important to find an experienced wedding band to transition from first dance to non-stop dance party. 

Couple dances through mist in ballroom at The Crystal Plaza for their fairytale wedding | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: The Crystal Plaza See More
Couple dances through fog with lights in backdrop | PartySlate
photographer: Darshan Vaishnav Photography | Events by C See More
Two brides dance through swirling fog under suspended lights | PartySlate
photographer: Muñoz Photography | The Addison See More
Fairytale Wedding at Park Chateau Estate & Gardens in East Brunswick, New Jersey
photo courtesy of & entertainment: Eclipse Events See More
Lively Wedding in Grand Rapids, Michigan
photographer: Erika Dufour | Aragon Artists | Revel Decor | Frost Chicago See More

8. Incorporate Your Monogram Into a Family Crest

We love how a custom monogram creates a personal brand for you and your spouse. Add a romantic flourish to your intertwined initials with the addition of a family crest — a symbol to forever represent your newly joined family. Crests can be successfully incorporated into everything from your dance floor to the wedding invitations and signage. Find a wedding invitations and print company to design your custom-made coat of arms.

Wedding invitation and boxwood signage with gold family crest design | PartySlate
photographer: Shaun Menary Photography | A Stylish Soiree See More
Wedding handheld sings with family crest design | PartySlate
photographer: Nate Puhr Photo + Cinema | Whitney Carillon Events See More
Dance floor with gold family crest monogram | PartySlate
photographer: Nate Puhr Photo + Cinema | Whitney Carillon Events See More

9. Sweeten the Night With a Fairytale Wedding Cake

Dessert is easily our favorite part of any wedding celebration. We especially love the tradition where couples take the top layer home with them to save for their one-year anniversary. Take your wedding cake (and wedding day memories) to new heights with towering tiers, lavish floral details, and even an occasional castle. Show these ideas to your wedding bakery team for inspiration. 

Couple stand near towering wedding cake with intermittent castle tier | PartySlate
photographer: Alakija Studios | Signature Manor See More
Towering white wedding cake | PartySlate
photographer: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Kate Siegel Fine Events See More
Towering white wedding cake with florals | PartySlate
photographer: Rene Zadori Photography | Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design See More
Arabic Ceremony at spectacular Opera House in Paris
photographer: Libre Comme L’Art | Alejandra Poupel Events See More
James Burden Mansion Wedding
photographer: Nicole Ashley Photography | BLB Events | Smith Party Rentals See More

10. Live Happily Ever After With a Romantic Carriage Ride

Take a ride in Cinderella’s carriage down the path toward happily ever after. Whether you opt for a real-life carriage ride or stationed photo op, you’ll love having a romantic moment alone with your spouse. Ask your wedding rentals company for help bringing this vision to life.

Couple in carriage photo op at South Asian wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Sona Photography | Eventrics Indian Weddings See More
Romantic wedding carriage ride at night | PartySlate
photographer: Victoria Angela Photography | Whitney Carillon Events See More
Romantic wedding carriage ride for bride and groom | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Figure Eight Events See More
Romantic carriage ride for bride and groom at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Jenn Wagner Studio | Simply Elegant Event and Wedding Design See More

People Also Ask

How do you make a wedding magical?

Once you’ve found your inspiration for a fairytale wedding, it’s time to find a venue and assemble your team of talented vendors. We always recommend selecting your wedding planner first. Your planner can draw on their extensive network to recommend the perfect venue and vendors for your particular event.

You can also use PartySlate’s curated venue directory to find an available wedding venue. Use the filters to narrow your search by location, guest count, and amenities. We also recommend using the “venue type” filter to search for historic estates and mansions which are especially romantic settings.

Lastly, head to PartySlate’s vetted vendor directory to assemble your entire event vendor team. You’ll find everything from florists and photographers to caterers and entertainment. Make sure to filter your search by location and services.

Where can I find more inspiration for my fairytale wedding?

PartySlate looks through thousands of real wedding albums to find the latest wedding trends as well as timeless, classic ideas. Click on the following to discover the best in wedding colors, wedding centerpieces, and more.