Some elements of the Cinderella wedding are downright obvious: the extra-full ball gown, the elbow-length gloves. And let’s not forget the pumpkin carriage that’s sure to show up somewhere, whether it be the place cards, the centerpieces, or a giant prop piece near the entrance.

But with Princess weddings — as with any other kind — it’s the details that make the difference, and getting those right often brings the bride the most satisfaction. Here are some suggestions for feeling that Cinderella magic right down to your glass-slippered toes.

The Headband

No one will fault you for wearing a crystal-studded royal tiara and necklace set. But Cinderella herself wore something a little different. The Disney movie was created in the 50s when headbands were all the rage, and Ella herself seemed especially partial to them. Even on her wedding day, she wore a sparkling headband right on the top of her crown in the simple 50s style. A waltz or ballet length veil sat low on the back of her head, almost at the nape of her neck. Thanks to Ella’s enduring popularity, you can still find a rhinestone-studded wedding headband today.

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The Neckwear

Cinderella’s choice of neckwear was a little more timeless. Often, you’ll see her don a simple one-stranded pearl choker. But it seems that her favorite adornment was the satin ribbon choker, which she wore in racy, Nicole Kidman-style black. You might not want to be as daring as Cinderella at your wedding, but the satin choker is fabulous, especially if you can purloin an antique ribbon from a beloved grandmother. Now you’re the walking embodiment of elegance, and you have “something old” covered.

The Glass Slippers

It’s common knowledge that you can get dramatic “glass slippers” (actually vinyl) for your royal stroll down the aisle. But glass slippers come in more casual, comfortable forms as well. Look for the open-toed variety, which give off all that fairytale spark, but leave your tootsies cool when it’s time to dance the night away. Sure, Prince Charming might find these less useful as a bridal homing device, but he’s already found his princess.

The Bluebirds of Happiness

Bluebirds played a major role in Cinderella’s rise to the top, yet they usually get short shrift at a princess-theme wedding. Don’t forget these perennial symbols of nuptial good luck at yours. A lovely way to include them is to track down a small bluebird keepsake charm or clip you can affix to your garter, toasting flutes or bouquet. Hallmark has one that simply glows. There you have it — “something blue.”

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The Dove Release

You could argue that this isn’t an accessory, but it’s our article, so we’re calling it one. Doves aren’t the key characters in Disney’s version that they were in the original Grimm story — and thank goodness for that — but they still define the moment when the prince and princess unite in marriage. For any Cinderella wedding, they’re a must.

But some “dove” handlers (the doves are actually white homing pigeons) have something more to offer the princess bride, such as ornate pumpkin coach carriages that double as cages. These can be placed near the altar for some romantic cooing action, then rolled down the aisle for a dramatic release once you’ve become husband and wife. For the biggest fireworks-like sensation, release the first two doves yourselves, but let pro handlers manage the rest.

The Guestbook Picture Frame

If you’re true Cinderella aficionado, those full-color Walt Disney prints of the royal couple probably set your heart a-flutter. Buy one framed with a large white matte. Or if you really want the signature frame but don’t want the $150 price tag, buy the print separately and make a few patient trips to the thrift store. At a large one, you’ll typically find a dizzying sample of frames and mattes you can usually get for pocket change. That’s quite the return on something you’ll love looking at for years.

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38 Responses

  1. gail

    know where I can find a cinderella coach for my wedding 11/11/11. Looking to use it for display (need it with all the special lights, etc). I live in Raleigh North Carolina. Does any one know where I can rent one?

    • Jerryb

      Hi Kristin,

      I would advise you to avoid the specialist suppliers as the will charge you a fortune. If you have any friends who into horses, or any local equestrian clubs, speak to them as they will be able to point you in the right direction. There are lots of people out there who have carriages for events and if you can get in touch I’m sure they would love to help you out. Probably for a much more reasonable price.

      • Holly

        As a handler of Carriage horses in Australia, and as a horse rider I would suggest brides ‘stick to the experts’. This is a few years late but hopefully will save a bride a headache. Just because a horse is used to being ridden doesn’t mean it will go into harness and pull a carriage. We had to spend four months convincing a hotel that our horses were safe after an incident where someone decided on a horse/carriage for prom and the carriage ended up flipping. Professional carriage businesses also have insurance, because even though horses are trained there is always the risk that they will hear something (keep in mind due to winkers/blinkers and shadow rollers over the nose they can barely see) or they may just catch a glimpse of something and spook, and if the driver isn’t skilled enough to keep their cool you may end up with a run-away cinderella…

  2. Tangee

    I am looking for a Princess Carriage Coach not for a Cake to place around me at the reception If anyone has any ideas please let me know

  3. Tiffany

    I am also intrested in the cinderella carriage rental….Plus if any one can give ideas on decorating for the wedding that would be great.Thanks

    • stacey

      crystal, google search princess theme wedding and it will give several links that you can look at. from a-z, i think you will love these articles!! when you do that let me know if you need any more help!!

  4. cathy

    my daughter had a cinderella 18th birthday party we had table runners with Once Upon A Time Printed on one end & Happily Ever After on the other we also had a trumpeter who done a fanfare as each guest arrived and then formally announced them. Here Table plan was made as a giant story book and lots of other ideas please contact me if you would like more ideas
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    • carrie

      Please tell me more about this giant story book. Im getting married in July/09 and am having a cinderella theme wedding and am having lots of fun planning, just looking for more unique ideas please.



  6. Carla

    getting married in July. Have colors;plantinum and blue. Need a good theme for reception. Can u help

  7. Debbie

    Leslie, If you live in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, I have a inside Cinderella Carriage decoration. It is motorized too. We bring it to your event and take care of everything. We also have a Cinderella Cake stand. We can make you feel like a princess!

  8. leslie

    looking for a cinderella carriage for inside decorartion saw one on stups but just too large and needed 3 hours of assembly and could not be moved can you help


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