Film director Wes Anderson is known for his artistic vision, so it would seem only natural for fans of his to have a wedding inspired by his unique style. The 1960’s vintage, campground, and nautical themes of Anderson’s recent film Moonrise Kingdom are the perfect inspiration for a quirky, romantic wedding.
For those interested in having an engagement shoot, campgrounds, hiking trails, fields, beach shores, or lighthouses are all suitable locations for a Moonrise Kingdom-inspired shoot.
There are plenty of choices for invitations. Consider invitations with a compass design since the tool plays a large part in the film for the young lovers. Etsy user ConcertinaPress makes wedding invites with images of a compass.
The wedding reception could take place on camp grounds and would serve as a nod to Camp Ivanhoe. Or, you might want to think of getting married on a beach, where Sam and Suzy escape their respective realities.
Attire for a Moonrise Kingdom would be vintage 1960s clothing. The bride could look for inspiration on Modcloth.com, where many vintage dresses can be found. For accessories, the bride could wear these green beetle earrings that Sam makes for Suzy or this binocular necklace, since binoculars are the heroine’s prized possession. The groom can wear a women’s brooch, possibly given to him by his mother since Sam’s brooch was his mother’s.
Bridesmaids can wear mod 60’s style dresses with Peter Pan collars along with compass rings while groomsmen can sport vintage boy scout pins and badges as their boutonnieres. To stick to the film, groomsmen will also want to wear green, yellow, and khaki to mirror the style of the Khaki Scouts.
As a trumpet player at Camp Ivanhoe sounds his instrument every morning to wake up the camp, a Moonrise Kingdom wedding could have a trumpet player or several brass instruments to play a processional song for the bridal party’s entrance. The person officiating the ceremony or a reader might recount the story of Noah’s Arc and relate the pairings of animals to partnership and marriage since the tale plays an integral part in the film.
It should not be too difficult to pick out favorite elements of Wes Anderson’s style from the film. A vintage suitcase like the one Suzy uses can serve as the card box. Natural décor like pine cones and acorns will set an environment that mirrors the calm, natural setting of the film.
Vintage books could be used as favors, table décor, or table signs. Other possible table décor could include vintage sailing art displayed in frames and music records used as table signs. Another possible way to name tables would be to name each one after animals that board Noah’s arc, accompanied by pairs of figurines such as elephants on one table and giraffes on another. The tables could also be named after different birds and the escort cards table could have a sign saying, “what kind of bird are you”, a question that Sam asks Suzy when they first meet. Etsy user EverUpwardNY sells vintage bird flash cards that could be used as decoration for the tables.
A great idea for a favor is these cute Khaki Scout coasters that were inspired by Moonrise Kingdom. Etsy user AbstractAmanda sells 4 coasters for $12.
The inspiration doesn’t have to end here. Browsing websites like Etsy, Pinterest, and Modcloth, as well as vintage and antique shops, can help you find exactly the right things you need to help you throw a Moonrise wedding.