From golden snitch ring boxes and cauldron centrepieces to floating candles and signature drinks, here are some magical Harry Potter wedding ideas to complete your own elegant Harry Potter inspired wedding.
Our Favourite Harry Potter Wedding Ideas
Create an epic Harry Potter inspired wedding with these Harry Potter wedding ideas! And, who knows, maybe J.K. Rowling herself might join you like she did this couple in Edinburgh?
Harry Potter Wedding Stationery
Some of the best Harry Potter wedding ideas are homages taken straight from the books or movies. For example, the obvious choices for Harry Potter themed wedding stationery are wedding invitations inspired by the wax-sealed Hogwarts letters (written in ink, on parchment, and complete with a personalised stamp reminiscent of the Hogwarts crest), rolled up scrolls of parchment, or ornate fold-out recreations of the Marauder’s Map. Save the date cards could be made in the style of tickets to Platform 9¾. You could even make your stationery from scratch.
Harry Potter Wedding Transport
While they might be obvious Harry Potter wedding ideas, using a Ford Anglia as your wedding car would be a great nod to the one featured in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (though, unfortunately, yours probably won’t be able to fly) and you may be able to catch a train to or from your wedding venue. Bonus points if you catch a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train that travels the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland (which features in the second, third and fourth Harry Potter movies)—you can pretend you’re on the Hogwarts Express!
Featured above: 1960s Ford Anglia at the Croft Circuit Nostalgia Weekend co Durham, England by Neil Gardner on Shutterstock
Featured above: Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Jacobite Steam Train by Nick Fox on Shutterstock
Harry Potter Accessories, Bridalwear, and Groomswear
Create the perfect wedding bouquet out of origami paper flowers made from copied pages of the books, or add a simple charm like the Deathly Hallows symbol to a bouquet of real flowers.
While brides may want to go all-out with bold, colourful dresses to match their Hogwarts House, more subtle Harry Potter wedding ideas include themed nail polish, a golden snitch bracelet or time-turner necklace, and even a replica of the lost Diadem of Ravenclaw.
And don’t forget some stylish custom-made shoes!
Grooms can add a lovely Harry Potter accent to their outfit with Harry Potter themed cuff links, buttonholes, bow ties, or themed socks. Or their tie, waistcoat and pocket square/handkerchief could be in the colour of their favourite Hogwarts House.
Dress your bridesmaids in colours pertaining to your favourite Hogwarts Houses, like these gorgeous emerald and ruby outfits (for Slytherin and Gryffindor) that look stunning for autumn or Christmas weddings.
Harry Potter Ring Boxes
You can even grab the perfect Harry Potter ring box! This golden snitch ring box (complete with a Nimbus 2000 broomstick that acts as the key to open it) by Freeman Design is a masterpiece and one of our all-time favourite Harry Potter wedding ideas. Alternatively, you could even use a copy of one of the Harry Potter books with some of the pages hollowed-out (just don’t carve up your other half’s copy!). See more great wedding ring box alternatives here.
Featured above: Outdoor Library Proposal by The Yes Girls | Harry Potter Floating Heart by Virtualdistortion on Etsy
Harry Potter Wedding Venues
The perfect setting for a Harry Potter themed wedding would be a castle wedding venue just like Hogwarts, perhaps by a lake and some woodland as a nod to the lake and Forbidden Forest in the Hogwarts grounds. However, even a wedding in a tent or marquee will look fantastic, as it will be reminiscent of Bill and Fleur’s wedding at the Burrow in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Featured above: Morton’s Event Hire Marquees
Featured above: Peckforton Castle
Harry Potter Wedding Ceremonies
Walk down the aisle to a romantic rendition of part of the Harry Potter soundtrack, sign your wedding register with quills and ink, and even celebrate your union with a unity candle ceremony. Perhaps you could get a personalised candle that reads Dumbledore’s famous line, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Above: Image by goir on Shutterstock
Furthermore, animals and pets at weddings can be very helpful (e.g. you can include your dog as an adorable ring bearer), so you could keep with the Harry Potter theme and have an owl deliver your rings to the altar!
Harry Potter Wedding Receptions
Style a wedding to remember by recreating Hogwarts’ Great Hall—the four banquet tables decorated in the style of the four Houses (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw) as well as the Hogwarts’ professors’ head table where you and your main wedding party can sit. Don’t forget the floating candles overhead (though you probably don’t want these to be real lest hot wax starts dripping everywhere), or some pretty winged keys like those in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Alternatively, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the Great Hall was transformed for the magnificent Yule Ball. You could do the same for a stunning Christmas or winter wedding.
Featured above: Alicia and Robert’s Harry Potter Inspired Wedding by Sara Ozim Photography
For your wedding table decorations, think of the small details of the world of Harry Potter to make gorgeous themed displays. Consider cauldron centrepieces, goblets, potion vials, vintage suitcases to resemble luggage trunks, piles of spell books, magic wands and quills, and Wizard’s Chess figurines. You might even want to cover the tables with copies of pages from the books.
Create a DIY candy bar filled with Honeydukes-type sweets and treats like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and Fizzing Whizbees, and put boxes of Chocolate Frogs at every place setting as tasty wedding favours.
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Harry Potter Wedding Cakes
Your Harry Potter themed wedding cake can be fantastic, either covered with Harry Potter characters and details like the golden snitch and the Sorting Hat or decorated with a more subtle detail such as the now-iconic “Always” written in elegant script. And don’t forget to add a gorgeous cake topper.
Harry Potter cupcakes look pretty great too!
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Harry Potter Wedding Drinks
Other Harry Potter wedding ideas include filling your wedding reception with Harry Potter themed drinks (such as your take on Butterbeer, Felix Felicis, and Amortentia) or serving your wedding drinks in stylish gold, silver, or glass goblets to keep with the Wizarding World theme.
Featured above: Spectra and Sawyer’s Harry Potter Inspired Wedding by Erin Johnson Photo
Harry Potter Wedding Photos
Have some fun during your wedding reception with Harry Potter themed photo booth props. Consider broomsticks, scarves, glasses, witch’s hats, cloaks, and even battery-powered, light-up magic wands. And for your more traditional wedding photos, make sure you get a shot of you and/or your bridesmaids showing off copies of your favourite Harry Potter books as a fun wedding photo idea.
Featured above: Emma-Jane Photography
Don’t Harry Potter weddings look magical? But you can start your Harry Potter fun long before your big day—you should see this Harry Potter house in Edinburgh, which is perfect for your hen do.