How to Plan a Viking Themed Wedding

Oct 20, 2023 | Wedding Tips

Whether it’s the TV show that has inspired you or a love of the Viking Mythology, Viking themed weddings are on the rise. Gorgeous braids, warrior symbols and an ancient vibe are what makes Viking themed weddings truly special.

Viking Themed Weddings are Popular

Remember that you can be inspired by your love of Vikings, but you don’t have to do everything the Vikings did! Planning a Viking-themed wedding can be a unique and memorable way to celebrate your special day especially in the Lake District where we have links to a Viking past. Indeed, many of the local words and dialect come from the Vikings, did you know, for example that the word fell comes from the Viking for hill or mountain?

The stunning backdrop of the Lake District and the expertise and attention to detail of the team at Broadoaks County House make it the ideal backdrop for the Viking themed wedding of your dreams.

Lake District Viking Themed Wedding

Whatever you are imagining for your special day, the team at Broadoaks are here to help make that dream a reality. Here are some ideas on how to have a Viking-themed wedding:

Research and Inspiration – Begin by researching Viking culture, traditions, and history. Look for inspiration in books, movies, documentaries, and online resources to get a sense of the Viking aesthetic and lifestyle.

Invitations – Design invitations with Viking-inspired motifs, such as Viking ships, axes, shields, or runes. Use rustic colours like deep reds, earthy browns, and forest greens.

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  • Bride: Opt for a wedding gown that combines traditional elements with Viking style, such as a flowing white dress with Celtic or Norse-inspired embroidery. Consider adding a fur stole or cloak for authenticity.
  • Groom: Wear Viking-inspired attire, such as a tunic, leather pants, and boots. Accessorize with a fur-trimmed cloak, a belt, and possibly a Viking-style helmet or circlet.
  • Bridal Party: Bridesmaids and groomsmen can wear attire that complements the Viking theme, such as earth-toned dresses and Viking-inspired accessories for bridesmaids and Viking-style tunics for groomsmen.

Decor and Ambiance: Decorate the venue with Viking-themed elements, such as:

  • Viking shields and weapons for wall decorations.
  • Long wooden tables with rustic tableware.
  • Faux fur, animal hides, and rustic textiles for table runners and decor.
  • Candlelight and lanterns for a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  • Viking-style banners and flags.
  • Horned drinking vessels (though historically inaccurate) for a fun touch.

Ceremony and Rituals: Consider incorporating Viking-inspired rituals into your ceremony, such as a handfasting ceremony, where your hands are bound with a ribbon or cord to symbolize your union. Exchange Viking-style wedding rings or use a ceremonial sword or axe for the ring exchange. You could also choose to include a traditional Norse blessing or poem in your vows.

Wedding Entertainment: Hire a live band or musicians who can play Viking-era instruments and perform traditional Nordic music. Arrange for Viking-inspired entertainment, such as reenactment groups, storytellers, or fire dancers.

Wedding Favours: Offer guests Viking-themed wedding favours, such as small Viking figurines, rune stones, or personalized drinking horns.

Photography and Videography: Work with a photographer and videographer who can capture the essence of your Viking-themed wedding, including candid moments and styled photo shoots in costume.

Personalise Your Vows: Write your own vows that incorporate Viking symbolism and values, such as bravery, loyalty, and strength.

Remember that authenticity is not always necessary when planning a Viking-themed wedding; it’s more about embracing the spirit and aesthetics of Viking culture to create a memorable and enjoyable experience for you and your guests.

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