it’s all in the details #2: carnival


Roll up, roll up! Can you guess the theme of today’s ‘it’s all in the details‘ yet?! I’m rather over excited by this one, so many fun ideas!!  I’ve been noticing more & more couples going for completely unexpected themes for their weddings, and I really, really love this one!  Whether you go for a Victoriana Carnival, or a more modern funfair theme, there are so many awesome details and treats to include it’s sure to be a winner with guests of all ages, from 2 to 102!  This is a theme you can really have some fun with, bright, colourful and bold!  If you’re a real colour lover this is a great one for you, as almost anything goes!




Simple really, anything bright and bold!  Candy stripes in red and white are a must, and accent with any colour you like.  Primary colours work best, I love a pop of fresh blue!  As long as you stick to a couple of main colours, you can go mad with small touches of as many others as you like!




I know I’m always going on about how the stationery sets the scene for your big day, and with a theme as big and bold as Carnival, your stationery really has to step up to the challenge!  If you’re going for Save the Dates, a ‘ticket’ design is a really fab idea, something to get your guests intrigued! The invites should also pack a punch, strong graphics and great typography is a must.  Check out Artcadia’s ‘Carnival’ invite.  Queen of weddings, Martha Stewart also has a cute  DIY tutorialfor creating your own stationery suite with funfair flair!



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Something playful and fun!  Think bright colour pops, and all sorts of playful textures.  You can get away with something quite eclectic and mixed up.  Bright yellow Billy balls (craspedia) and bright red poppies are a real favourite of mine.  If you’re brave enough, how about handing your bridesmaids a cute pinwheel as a bouquet alternative?  These would look especially cute at an outdoor wedding where they’ll blow in the wind!   You could even have mini pinwheels for the groom & groomsmen’s buttonholes! My absolute favourite alternative bouquet, though, would have to be a big bright bunch of giant balloons!

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I love the idea of coloured vases, pick contrasting blooms so the colours really pop! Pennant flags would make really cool table number displays, and stacks of ticket reels will add some height.  You can buy reels of ready printed tickets here, or print your own from this fab tutorial.   If you’re going for bright flowers and containers, keep the table linen plain and white.  Otherwise, add candy striped napkins and vibrant runners with pops of contrasting colours, and keep the floral decor simple and white.


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If you love being centre of attention, you absolutely have to get married on a stage!  Preferably one with big, heavy red velvet curtains!  Let the show commence!



A big top tent would be the perfect setting for your carnival wedding, there are lots of places online to hire them, so get searching to find one in your area!  You can also hire fairground rides and circus acts, for a wedding your guests will really remember!  If you’re really going all out, how about a ferris wheel or carousel?!  For a DIY alternative, how about making a selection of fairground stalls, the kissing booth is bound to be a favourite




Set the scene with lots of different food stands, with everything from mini-burgers and hot dogs to popcorn, served in red & white popcorn buckets of course!  It wouldn’t be a carnival without delicious, sticky, pink candy floss, you can hire all sorts of fun stalls from Love Candy Floss.  Serve drinks with cocktail flags, brightly coloured concoctions in all sorts of magical flavours.


Brightly coloured pompoms would really add to the carnival atmosphere. You can purchase them online, or find great DIY tutorials here.  Considering the lighting will really make the world of difference, fairy lights strung across the roof of your tent will really create that authentic feel.


A fun photobooth chock full of props is an absolute MUST!! You can find some really fab pops on Etsy, or if you’re feeling creative how about making your own?  You could even make your own photobooth, hang some fun candy striped fabric, set up your dressing up box overflowing with props with an instant camera and let your guests have some fun!


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So many options, but colour is a must! From a plain iced cake with a wacky carnival cake topper, to a quirky, wonky masterpiece, your creativity is the limit!

Have I got you excited yet? Ok, so it may not be the obvious choice for an intimate celebration, but for an artistic, creative or theatrical couple this would make one awesome wedding!

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8 Responses to “it’s all in the details #2: carnival”
  1. Jessica@TWB says:

    Excellent round-up, from bright and modern to vintage and whimsical. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Woo-hoo! My cousin is having a carnival themed wedding so I’ll be pointing her in the direction of this FAB post. So many great ideas! x

  3. If I were going to get married again, this is absolutely, without a doubt the way I’d do it. So many fun ideas you can implement throughout!

  4. I love the carnival theme idea! And getting married on a stage sounds like the perfect solution for both guests and the photographer being able to see and capture the moment better…brilliant!

  5. Jess@DestinationInspirations says:

    lovely details! this would even be really cute for a baby shower

  6. Laurel G says:

    Love the use of balloons and having a kissing booth is such a cute idea.

  7. Such a lovely post… Love the kissing booth.. so cute..