Gothic Wedding Invitations
As a general knowledge, the notion of “Gothic” is often used to describe those splendid religious structures, dating from the twentieth and sixteenth century, like the famous Notre Dame de Paris, or the architectural style used in eighteenth century England.
At about the same time the literary movement borrowed the “Gothic’ term to define the fictional novel which described supernatural events. Horace Walpole’s novel, The Castle of Otranto, was the starting point for this new cultural movement known as the Gothic revival, based on the exploration of those emotional areas of a human’s conscience, on the irrational side of the human personality, with preferences for the sensational, fantastical or out of the ordinary aspects of life, all of these put together in an era dominated by rational thinking.
In the fifteenth century, the Gothic architecture was considered inferior and as time passed by the concept of “Gothic” was used to define the ugliness, the dark, the barbarian or simply the retrograde. The eighteenth century knew an increased interest for all the middle age era, especially in England, and the archeological studies conducted in regions where the Gothic architecture ruins were wide spread only set on fire the imagination of the researchers.
Certain Gothic revival specific elements were first encountered in the eighteenth century poetry and they were particularly used in describing nature, the melancholic emotions and spleen, the nocturnal, the desolation and abandonment, the wilderness, the meditation, the bizarre, the supernatural, the out of this world, the obscurity, the fantasy, the dark romanticism, the vast and the infinity. All of these were the ingredients for the Gothic novel, with characters trying to find the balance between that which is a dream and reality. The characters are ghosts, alchemists, knights, fair ladies, skeletons, giants, monks, god-like and devil-like characters, supernatural beings, all used in creating the perfect mysterious ambient.
I should probably apologize for this long introduction into the Gothic, but I had to make sure all of you understand this notion and how can it be used in describing the wedding invitations.
Since I made my point now I shall start talking about the Gothic wedding invitations. As far as I know the Gothic trend is still regarded as one of those powerful cultural movements, since on the book market we find lots of books about ghosts and vampires and werewolfs and alchemists. It’s no surprise that today we talk about Gothic literature, Gothic music, Gothic fashion.
And since there are so many fans of the Gothic movement why shouldn’t there be even Gothic weddings and Gothic wedding invitations? Usually this style of invitations is used when you have a Gothic theme wedding party and ceremony, with guests dressed up as medieval ladies and knights, skeletons or even ghosts. Seems rather like a Halloween wedding party than a Gothic one, but each one with its personal tastes.
In the introduction I mentioned some of the specific Gothic elements. For your wedding you can always use these symbols but I have a short suggestions list: a skeleton pattern wedding invitation or coffin design would be just perfect if you are looking for something simple; you can always use romantic symbols as lit candles, roses, ribbons; black has to be the most frequently used color for a Gothic wedding invitation, but you can also add a wide variety of dark colors such as dark red, dark brown, dark blue, grey and even white. It is important how you use these colors to create a Gothic feeling.
Sure, these things may seem a bit morbid or perfect for a funeral, but who says that a wedding has to be all about white and spreading happiness around you?! But that is beside the point, once a noncomformist, always a nonconformist, even at your wedding.
The wording isn’t that much different in comparison to the ordinary and common wedding invitation; you can either choose the traditional wording or a less strict one, by including just some basic information about the wedding and the names of the bride and groom, and sometimes their parents. You can always borrow some few poetry lines to make your wedding invitations special, or rather say, more special than they already are. I suggest Keats, Byron or even Shakespeare.
In hope that all these ideas will be useful for someone or that they just increased the curiosity about the “Gothic”, I sincerely wish you, from the dark bottom of my dark heart, a happy wedding day!11