No matter who or where we are, I think every one of us has – in at least one fleeting moment – looked up at the stars and felt pure wonder. There is a concept in Japanese aesthetics that expresses this feeling beautifully: yugen, which translates, approximately, to an “awareness of the profound grace and subtlety of the universe, an awareness which evokes feelings that are inexplicably deep and too mysterious for words”.
Our awe for the heavens and stars around us has played a role in every century of our history, and – as someone who spent her University years studying Astrophysics and Astronomy – I’ve always been particularly sensitive to its beauty. To see these celestial visuals make their way now into fashion, décor, and wedding styling makes me unbelievably happy – finally my starry taste is perfectly on trend!
Over the last year I’ve seen some wonderful ways in which a homage to the stars can be weaved into the aesthetic of a wedding. As ever, the theme can be as subtle or as strong as you wish it to be. It may be that you want to take inspiration from the colour palette of astronomy, with shades of midnight blue, slate greys, deep purples, and speckles of light. Or perhaps it’s the shapes and names of stars, comets, moons, constellations, and galaxies that could make an appearance. Or it may be that you’re more fascinated by the concept of tides, seasons, and all the beautiful ways in which the Earth reflects its position and movement through the universe. Whichever it is, the story can be told as eloquently through meaningful details as it can through statement installations, creating a narrative of love, magic, and stars.
Celestial Wedding Decor
You can take inspiration from the skies by including moons, stars, circles, and spheres – suspended paper decorations for example, which can even be DIY, or illustrated signs. Creatively adding reflective elements like mirrors, geodes, prisms, or pearlescent materials is another option, particularly effective alongside some darker versions of standard wedding décor, like candles, candlesticks, or plates. Think about using that contrast between light and dark, like black plates against a light blue silk runner for example, or swirling black macarons against a silver tray.
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Star Wedding Florals
Your choice of florals can also reflect this by pairing together some darker blooms, flowers with unusual textures, or empyreal hanging installations at different heights. Here are some ideas for flowers you can explore:
- white orchids
- black sunflowers
- sea holly
- kangaroo paws
- purple moonvista carnations
- purple kale
- proteas (my favourite!)
- silver brunia
- dusty miller
- black dahlias
- dark Viburnum dentatum berries
- chocolate cosmos
- black lilies and calla lilies
- queen of the night tulips
- burgundy ti leaves
- oriental plum foliage
- plum astrantia
Arranging your florals and foliage into circles, spheres, or crescents (upright or even laid out on the floor) can create very striking installations, particularly when used as a backdrop to the ceremony or to highlight an area of the reception venue.
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Starry Wedding Lighting Ideas
When it comes to lighting, filling your venue with fairy-lights and festoon lighting can be a really romantic and easy way of echoing the night sky. You can even entwine these around striking features of your venue or suspended florals, for a really enchanting look. Mirrors and metallic confetti can then be a very effective way of reflecting the light into a beautiful twinkling display. Do ask your photographer if he/she can create a double-exposure image of the two of you and the night sky, or the field of fairy lights, for an artistic photograph embodying the concept.
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Magical Wedding Stationery Inspiration
As with most themes, stationery can be a very powerful way of unifying the narrative, particularly when it comes to bespoke orders. Metallic foil is a great way of adding that shimmer of light for example, which can be particularly beautiful when used against a dark background. The sky is the limit (!) when it comes to your options: constellations built into a custom monogram or logo, hand-painting phases of the moon throughout your suite, using original Latin or Greek astronomical terms from for your table names, suspending moon-shaped table plans, using old star charts as liners for your envelopes, and so much more. You can also explore the use of transparent, opalescent, or reflective mediums other than paper, for something extra special. The designs, textures, and colours of your save the dates, invites, and whichever elements you choose to include on the day, can all revolve around the theme – and you can even include some poetry and quotes that resonate with you. Here are some of my favourites, that I imagine flowing in white-inked calligraphy:
- “You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars.” – E. E. Cummings
- “I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” – Vincent Van Gogh
- “Everything in the universe has a rhythm. Everything dances.” – Maya Angelou
- “Shine like the whole universe is yours.” – Rumi
- “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Teddy Roosevelt
- “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” – Sarah Williams
- “I wonder whether the stars are set alight in heaven so that one day each one of us may find his own again.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
- “My soul is in the sky.” – William Shakespeare
- “You are the moon of my life. You are my sun and stars.” – Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen
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Ethereal Wedding Cake & Desserts
Dark coloured cakes can have a very unexpected, stylish, and chic look, and serve this theme very well, particularly if you enjoy the moodier interpretation of the colour palette. Gold foiling, sugar crystals, and marbled effects could be some other options to consider, so don’t be afraid to brainstorm different ideas with your cake artist. You can also use the contrasting hues of light and dark to give cupcakes, macarons, and doughnuts a unique look, and style the dessert table with silk runners and metallic highlights.
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Cosmic Bridal Wear and Wedding Accessories
Dark, flowing fabrics, sparkling star-shaped embroidery, and delicate cosmic-inspired jewellery can be combined for an unforgettably ethereal, transcendental, and dream-like look. More and more designers are including non-white gowns in their latest collections, giving brides options in swirling blues, light lilacs, dove-grey, and even rich black. If you want a white or ivory gown, then maybe think about whether leather jackets, sparkling shoes, or shimmering shawls could add a day-to-night twist to your look – or perhaps you can add a starry veil or cape to a plainer dress. Smoky eye make-up and star appliqués for the skin can also be a playful way to complement the look, and a perfect way to kick off the late-night partying in style.
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Wedding Entertainment Ideas
I’ve seen some beautiful moon-shaped photobooth backdrops make their way into weddings recently, and I absolutely love how theatrical and vintage they can look. You can include sparklers, bonfires, and fireworks in your celebrations – which, in addition to being really exciting for your guests, are also fantastic photo opportunities. If your venue is such that a projector can be set-up, think about whether some scenes of nebulas, galaxies, or moving fields of stars could be projected on a light wall. You could also use dark smoke bombs or smoke machines for a mystical and moody scene-setting – another great opportunity for really striking images!
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I hope this article has been inspirational and useful! For any questions, tips, or help with your wedding planning and styling, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at The Stars Inside.