How to Throw a Wes Anderson-Style Wedding


While Wes Anderson is a director known for his stunning visuals, you won’t see any over-the-top weddings in his movies. In fact, the only one we can think of at the moment is Etheline and Henry getting married in a judge’s chambers in The Royal Tenenbaums. Not exactly the stuff of pomp and circumstance. That said, for many fans of Anderson’s work, a wedding — which is essentially the largest private party most people will ever throw — offers the perfect opportunity to showcase their obsession. Want to throw your own Wes Anderson-style wedding? We’ve got some easy suggestions after the jump.

The “Save the Date” – If you’re tech-savvy enough to opt for a video “Save the Date,” it should look like it was taken directly from one of Wes Anderson’s films. Sean and Hayden, a couple from Austin, TX, edited theirs to look like the “Yankee Review” scene from Rushmore.

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Or, like this couple, you could just rework your favorite artwork from the Criterion Collection.

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Invitations – Have one of your artist friends paint an original portrait of you both. Each invite should be typed out individually.

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Alternately, you could just go extra heavy on Wes Anderson’s signature Futura font.

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The Outfits – The bride’s wedding dress should be knee-length, ala Margot Tenenbaum. The groom’s suit should be custom shrunken (ie., both the sleeves and pants should appear too short), and if possible, he should wear suede Wallabees, the favorite footwear of both Royal Tenenbaum and Wes himself. Some inspiration:

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Note: Mustachioed bridesmaids in non-matching vintage dresses add a special quirky touch.

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Location – Assuming that you didn’t grow up in the equivalent of the Tenenbaums’ manse, you’ll need to find a location that is equally palatial, and filled with strange and wonderful things. We suggest a museum.

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Outside, you should have lots of lawn games.

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Inside, a fun Tenenbaums-inspired looking twist on a traditional photo booth.

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Food and Drink– Instead of a traditional wedding cake, why not serve butterscotch sundae cupcakes in honor of Margot Tenenbaum (recipe here)?

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If you must have a cake, we suggest that you opt for one that’s made out of cheese…

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… and decorate it with one of Lace & Rubbish‘s adorable cake toppers.

Also, these Rushmore coasters are mighty cute. They’d go nicely with one of these Wes Anderson-inspired cocktails.

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The Playlist– A Wes Anderson soundtrack best of. Feel free to add your own favorites!

The Getaway Mobile – If you can’t find an Austin Healey 3000 like Eli Cash’s, then making your escape via a Vespa seems like an appropriate choice. You’ll just have to send your Darjeeling Limited-inspired bespoke Louis Vuitton suitcases along ahead of time. Also: Note the oversize yellow balloon. Very Wes.

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We also like the idea of the newly-married couple riding off on a bike — assuming that Herman Blume hasn’t run over it repeatedly with his car.

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Party Favors – These twee cookies from Cookie Boy are almost too adorable to eat. The knot motif seems incredibly appropriate.

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Heart holographic glasses will ensure that all of your guests leave the event just as starry-eyed as you do.

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And finally, an easy DIY favor: tea bags. May we suggest Darjeeling?

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