Post # 1
Okay, my wedding is on November 5, 2011 which is Guy Fawkes Night (in England) and my FH is British and his ENTIRE family from Australia and England are coming to Canada for the wedding.
We’re having a Guy Fawkes mask in the photo booth prop box (for those who don’t know, it’s the mask from the movie, “V for Vendetta”) but I was wondering if there were any traditions or cool suggestions of what to do?
Ps – I’m not going to have fireworks or stuff like that, I’m pretty sure our venue wouldn’t allow that and I will not put a firework show in our budget 🙂
PS – Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the British parliament in 1605 and is considered a very bad man. Children in England will built effagys of this man and burn him and let fireworks off.
Post # 3
Sorry, no idea how this got on the United Kingdom boards!
Post # 4
Well, not sure since I’m not British but I don’t think this is really something one adds to a wedding really.
Ironically the American founding fathers did this same sort of thing in a symbolic sense in the Revolution and we call them Patriots because they won. Always fun how history’s view of someone changes so much based on if they won or lost.
Post # 5
If your venue or budget won’t allow for fireworks why not have a few of these for your guests to wave at the end of the night http://crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/july-4/safe-sparklers.html or if your having a DJ you could have them put on a light show in a fireworks inspired kind of way….oh and party poppers would be a fun idea. Since it is also known as bonfire night you could maybe have one of these http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/04/how_to_make_a_mini_smores_gril.html
nothing goes better with a bon fire than a marshmellow roast.
Post # 6
I was also going to say sparklers. My friend had these on her wedding cake as well.
Post # 7
@med700: I like both @Mrs.Goguen: & @meluk: ideas of sparklers. Is your FH really big on guy fawkes?
Post # 8
Guy Fawkes night is all about fireworks, sparklers and bonfires (it’s not commonly called Guy Fawkes night here- it’s known commonly as bonfire night). If you can’t do fireworks, then you have to do sparklers! Bonfires not really a good idea for a wedding so don’t know what else to suggest as any other traditions have died out years ago and no longer exist today. A sparkler send off always makes for pretty pictures!
Post # 9
Remember Remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder treason and plot. And your wedding. YAY!
You can get indoor fireworks which would be safe. Honestly though, being british, you can’t really have Guy Fawkes without fireworks or, more importantly (I think) a bonfire. (And I hate fireworks!) Sparklers would be really fun and you can get them in different colours to make it a bit different. Or you could try glow sticks.
You could project it: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1225144/Health-safety-killjoys-ban-bonfire–thousands-watch-virtual-giant-TV-screen.html
I think it’s great you trying to incorporate this tradition (perhaps not very weddingy, but definitely fun). One tradition that goes on near where I grew up is the Tar Barrels, basically people running around with flaming barrels on their backs, start from about the age of 13. Tar Barrels (if you’re interested… but probably not for the wedding): www.otterytarbarrels.co.uk
Post # 10
Sparklers!!!! I’m pretty sure UK bees wouldn’t know what Guy Fawkes looked like other than a dummy to be burnt on a bonfire. But fireworks, that’s what the night is really about. I would be gutted to miss bonfire night and not see any fireworks that year, so I’d like it if you had fireworks – that’d be my top suggestion. But you already said no to that, so sparklers – they’re cheap and you could have them as favours? Except then people might do them at the tables. You can get indoor sparklers/indoor fireworks also relativley cheaply that you could use as part of your centrepieces. Or, just have a time when everyone goes outside and plays with sparklers in the dark and get your photographer to take photos. People could make hearts and spell your names and you could even get it taken on long exposure and get people in a row spelling one letter each to make a giant sparkler photo message. I think that’s be amazing.
Or have a bonfire, but that’s not to a lot of bride’s taste (smoke + wedding dress).
Post # 11
Thanks Bees! My FH isn’t big on bonfire night at all, it’s EVERYONE else that keeps bringing it up! I’m going to try and get some of these ideas off the ground!
Thanks a billion!
Post # 12
Yeah, it isn’t a huge holiday or anything but it is something a few guests may feel strongly about. Which ideas are you thinking of incorporating? 🙂
Post # 13
Fireworks and a bonfire night! Lovely!