long reception table covered in lace tablecloth and overflowing with light pink, purple, and blue flowers accented with tall gold candle sticks
Stella Paschall Photo

Maybe we’re hopeless romantics, but there’s something undeniably enchanting about tying the knot under a canopy of leaves, surrounded by the sunlight twinkling through the trees and the sounds of nature. Our latest crush? The fairy-themed wedding aesthetic: a combination of woodland elements, like moss, foraged branches, and feathers, layered with other bohemian, romantic, and whimsical wedding accents. This wedding theme is also big on magical undertones and anything that will add to the fantastical, storybook setting—think Twilight wedding meets Cinderella. Like what you hear? Keep reading for ways to pull off this style on your wedding day. 

Fairy-Themed Wedding Ideas

You can't start planning your dream wedding without spending some time brushing up on gorgeous wedding inspiration. From woodland-inspired centerpieces to  Here are some of our favorite wedding decorations and ideas for a fairytale-theme wedding.

Black bride with natural hair texture wears hair parted to one side and dried greenery and pampas grass hair accessory
Aline Marin PhotographyFlaura Botanica

Dried flower hair accessory

We’re always into floral hair accessories, but using dried flowers will give your wedding hairstyle an undeniable woodland fairy vibe. Choose elements in a mix of neutral colors, like this bleached fern and pampas grass barrette.

portrait of Asian bride with subtle turquoise eyeshadow
Sophie Kaye Photography/Courtesy of Claire Pettibone

Event Design by East Made Co.; Makeup by Marcello Costa

Colorful bridal makeup

Play up the ethereal undertones of a fairy-themed wedding with colorful, whimsical makeup. Eyeshadow is one of the best ways to add a pop of color to your face—this pale teal hue feels so magical.

Bridal model wearing sheer embroidered wedding gown with colorful white and peach life-like flowers
Kristin Vicari/Courtesy of Hermione de Paula

Dress by Hermione de Paula; Floral Design by BUD Flora

Embroidered wedding dress

For your woodland-themed wedding, no ordinary dress will do. Wear a sparkly tulle ball gown and tiara if you’re channeling a Disney princess, or go for something unexpected yet totally on-theme by choosing a gown embroidered with colorful flowers and vines.  

bride holding handmade vow book made from seeded paper with flower petals
Suite & Southern Designs

Plantable wedding stationery

When it comes to your wedding stationery, turn to Mother Nature for inspiration. Seeded paper gives your wedding invitations and other paper goods an artistic touch (and they can be planted or composted when you’re done with them).

glass ring box with a pear-cut engagement ring displayed on a bed of ferns
Nicole Wasko Photography

Fern wedding ring box

Don’t forget about the little details! While your guests may not get an up-close view of your wedding ring box, your photographer will surely capture it in their detail photos, and a bed of ferns is perfectly suited for a fairy-themed wedding.

Wedding hairstyle for long hair crown braid with ends loose and curly
Sonar Beauty Salon and Bridal Nook

Crown braid wedding hairstyle

Keep your hair neatly out of your face while still showing off curls or length with a crown braid that leads into a ponytail.

Black bride wears netted wedding veil decorated with 3D butterfly appliques
KT Merry/Courtesy of Bella Belle Shoes

Veil by Made Bride by Antonea; Hair & Makeup by Liliya Mufalazova

Butterfly wedding veil

If you’re planning to wear a wedding veil, why not wear one that’s adorned with butterflies? Design your own by purchasing organza or silk butterflies and asking your wedding dress tailor to sew them onto the veil properly.

ornate wedding high heels with sheer netting embroidered with flower vines and butterfly appliques
KT Merry/Courtesy of Bella Belle Shoes

Shoes by Bella Belle Shoes; Event Design & Styling by Joy Proctor

Butterfly wedding shoes

Not into veils? How about butterfly shoes instead. These exquisite high heels are adorned with intertwining floral embroidery and chiffon butterflies in pastel purple and blue tones.

greenery wedding boutonnieres made with ferns and eucalyptus leaves
Palermo PhotoField & Feather

Greenery wedding boutonnieres

These fern and eucalyptus boutonnieres add just the right amount of woodland flair to a suit jacket or dress shirt.

wooden arrow sign that says
Bethany Carlson Photography

Wooden ceremony sign

Wooden arrow signs fit right in at an outdoor venue, adding a touch of rustic style and practicality.

harp decorated with flowers sits in a lavender field
Cache Creek Lavender Farm

Harp ceremony music

Kick off your wedding ceremony or make your grand entrance with the help of harp music that will round out the fairytale aesthetic.

wedding arch made from tree branches at forest wedding venue
Bethany Carlson Photography

Wedding ceremony arch

Add to the rustic nature of a forest wedding by creating an entrance arch to your ceremony between two massive tree trunks. Instead of flowers, twigs and branches brings a wild look that blends seamlessly with the surroundings, perfectly framing your “I dos.”

chalkboard wedding favors sign in front of handmade feather hair accessories hanging on a branch
Ginia Worrell PhotographyThe Music Camp

Chalkboard wedding favor sign

A simple chalkboard sign adds rustic flair to your wedding decor. These feather hair clips are just one idea if you’re looking for boho or fairy-themed wedding favors!  

close-up of wooden folding ceremony chair decorated with greenery eucalyptus garland
EPLove

Greenery aisle markers

A garland of thick greenery hugging a ceremony chair brings simplicity to the aisle, complementing the surrounding nature without overpowering it.

bride poses with white horse in a forest
Andrew Mark Photography

Fairytale wedding portraits

The only thing that can make your woodland-themed wedding more mythical is a gorgeous white horse—that's the stuff straight out of fairytale dreams.

assorted vintage picture frames decorated with flowers and hanging from a tree branch with lace ribbon
Giracci Vineyards and Farms

Vintage picture frame photo booth

Create a DIY wedding photo booth by tying empty picture frames to tree branches or wooden posts. Go on a treasure hunt at thrift stores to find vintage frames in assorted shapes and sizes.

wedding centerpiece with tall pink taper candles in gold candlesticks
One Flower by L

Taper candle wedding centerpiece

Tall taper candles in candlesticks or a candelabra will instantly give your fairy-themed wedding the storybook romance factor. These blush pink candles are so pretty even when they’re not lit.

outdoor wedding bar with gold mirror sign that says
Tashana Klonius Designs

Wedding cocktail bar

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which libation is best of them all? A gilded mirror, crystal glassware, and climbing ivy create a mini bar with fairytale vibes.

outdoor wedding reception long winding table trails through the forest with canopy of twinkle lights above it
LeccEventi

Twinkle light canopy

How’s this for magical? Treat your guests to a magical dinner under the stars by hanging a string light canopy above a long, meandering reception table.  

handmade wedding escort cards with names stamped in black ink and miniature paper fairy figurine on top
XOXO Weddings

Handmade wedding escort cards

Imagine these hand-stamped escort cards being made by your very own group of fairy godmothers. The perfectly imperfect look is whimsical and crafty.

fairy themed wedding centerpiece made with moss, ferns, and potted herb plants
Black Diamond Gardens

Mossy wedding centerpieces

Create forest-inspired centerpieces by swapping fresh flowers for moss and other greenery, like maidenhair ferns, clovers, and ivy.  

wedding chairs decorated with long pink ribbons hanging down the back and greenery garlands
Asya PhotographySebesta Design

Ribbon wedding chair decor

Decorate the backs of your chairs with long satin ribbons and greenery garlands to make them feel extra-special for your wedding reception.

fairy themed wedding place setting with hand-painted macaron atop a bed of dried moss
The Ganeys

Macaron wedding place cards

An enchanting spell was cast on this place setting, with gilded accents and a macaron place card featuring a hand-painted fern and elegant calligraphy—all presented in a mossy bed to complete the fairy-inspired theme.

fairy themed wedding centerpiece with pink roses displayed in glass cloche jar
Feather & Rock Events

Bell jar floral displays

Take a cue from Beauty and the Beast and showcase small floral arrangements under glass bell jars to turn them into miniature works of art.

well-wishes cards tied to wooden lattice covered in vines and white roses
Apryl Ann PhotographyBirds of a Feather Events

Trellis guest book

Not into the usual wedding guest books? Add a wooden trellis to a potted rose bush or other type of plant, then use it as venue decor and a place for guests to share their well wishes. 

close-up of vintage teacup stack in bride's hands
Laura Gordon PhotographyAntonia Christianson Events

Vintage tea cups

Play up the shabby chic aspect of a fairy themed wedding by serving drinks in vintage mix-and-match tea cups (or simply using them as decorative accents in your tablescapes and centerpieces).

coupe glasses filled with sparkling rosé and topped with edible purple pansy flowers
Jamie Raye PhotoWhite Pepper

Floral wedding cocktails 

Some flowers are more than just pretty things to look at—a few of them are even edible. Serve these pretty cocktails topped with miniature pansies for fairy-approved refreshments.   

ornate wedding cake decorated with ombre sugar flowers and gold antique filigrees and scrollwork
Sophie Kaye Photography/Courtesy of Claire Pettibone

Event design by East Made Co.; Cake by Trouvaille Bakery

Sugar flower wedding cake

Turn your cake into an edible sculpture by decorating it with ornate details, like draped fondant, hand-painted sugar flowers, bas relief trim, and gold filigrees.