First, I think I should give a bit of a background on myself and my fiance. I was raised upper-middle class, am college-educated (as are my parents) and I have a pretty much squeeky clean background (aside from my child that I had when I was 18 - who is my pride and joy). My fiance was raised in a not-so-well-off abusive family, has no education outside of high school (and even then, received a special education diploma), works construction and has quite a "past".
Outside of all of our "differences", I have never felt more loved than he makes me feel, and he has taken my son under his wing like he's his very own. He is an amazing, God-fearing man and I completely love him.
My family (well, my dad's side of the family) does not. They don't think he is good enough for me, and trash talk him behind our backs - and then come to me and tell me that I should try to date other people. Needless to say, I feel a deep connection with the movie "The Notebook", as our stories are very similar.
I am hoping to have an autumn wedding - this is my location:
and I want an "The Notebook" inspired wedding and reception. I don't mean having movie posters and whatnot all over the place, but I want the feel of that era and that film.
Could anyone make some suggestions, or even an inspiration board?
Thanks so much!!!
Some ideas might be to have a 40s inspired hair style and dress, serve pancakes and leave in a 40s car. Or leave in a row boat! You could also try to incorporate the 365 letters. Good luck!
The Future Mrs. Darcy has an invitation suite design called "Allie and Noah"
#1) i love that book. its such a romantic story
#2) check out ms. shortcake's blog -she's got great 50's stuff.links pictures
Just remember, if you love him and he loves you - that is all that matters, not all great loves are appreciated by those outside looking in!
i LOVE all of Missbeans ideas! Everyone one of them is WONDERFUL.
you could also incorporate swans, maybe not actual ones, but a little swan motif somewhere (from the scene in the rain, on the rowboat....oh i'm getting misty just thinking about it)
You could "borrow" Allie and Noah's song too.
Awesome ideas, ladies!! PLEASE keep them coming!!!
You could hand out little Notebooks, notepads even for your favors with your names/date on the front. I have seen them done where they look like matchbooks (a buit to small), but I bet if you looked around you could find a company online that would make them for you in bulk in more of a larger size. (i'll look today too!)
If you didn't want them to be the favor on the table, put them in a bucket by the door, with a note that says "To start writiing your own Love Story" and accompany it with a pen.
If I think of more I will let you know!
Quick question about the pancake idea - what is the significance of pancakes for a 1940s wedding??
Oh, it's just that (at least in the movie, I haven't read the book *shame on me*) Noah's dad invited Allie in for pancakes when they first meet and Noah wants to eat pancakes while Allie is visiting him after seeing his picture in the paper.
Another idea is to write your love story in a notebook and maybe it could be the narration for a slideshow or something?
beeknees - weren't they ducks? I think swans are a bit bigger, but I wouldn't really know.
You could even get your mum and FMIL to dress up in the really cute 40s chick skirt/jacket suits!
I love your ideas, MissBean!!!!
miss bean You know they were mainly ducks and a few swans- but I think the production was just being cheap and didn't bring in just swans. Cause they mention all the baby swans.....I just saw the movie last weekend- the only reason its still fresh on my mind. I balled all through out the movie, and had headache all the next day.
For our guest book I did write the "Story of us" in it. I had my groom write a few things and we told how we met, and a few anecdotes about our life, we covered our vacations together, holidays, birthdays. Just the highlights and of course the story of engagement and a few other sweet things. And our guests signed all around the stories. We made the book on blurb.com.
I would definitely do something w/ birds because of the ducks/swans and when their on the beach w/ the whole "I'm a bird, if you're a bird"
Also, it sounds like you have a WONDERFUL man :) Congrats on your engagement!
I agree with the great ideas from missbeans! Definitely rowboats (I think that's the most memorable scene from the movie) and letters! Here's a link to a page with quotes from the movie that may further inspire you:
I am all teary now...
I love all these suggestions and your location is absolutely beautiful! That tree- ah! Love it!
Ok ideas... I definitely think you should go with the 40's feel. For music- if you could get a Billie Holiday type of singer with a piano player- I love the look of a big piano on a lawn (despite how difficult that may be)
Or have a record player play tunes during the cocktail hour
I also love Sweeney2Be's idea of putting the notebooks at the door saying, "To Write Your Own Love Story"
Oh yes, and definitely walk down the aisle to piano music.
maybe an old traffic signal somewhere?
In the book it was swans, and if you want to take it further...The Wedding (the sequal) had rings of roses on the property.
I would put a focus on memories since she eventually loses hers in the story. A great love story video to be shown (it's a great way to make guests see how much you guys mean to one another).
You could also ask for memories, create a blurb guest book (like beesknees) and have that be your 'Notebook'.
Heck you could even do favors to donate to http://www.alzfdn.org/
You could have a subtle carnival theme (candied apples, popcorn, fairy floss, etc.)
You could have guests paint the guestbook or have a local artist paint the scene from your wedding reception ala Allie.
You could incorporate the theme of pairings (referring to the white swans), feathers, the South,
Your favorite quotes from the film/book
You could style the save-the-date or invites like a movie poster or book cover.
I just read the wiki on the film, and it doesn't really sound a whole lot like the book, so if you ever have a chance...definitely read the book. You'll be crying just as much. :)
THERES A SEQUEL!!!!!
i'm so lame- i'm an avid reader, but i never read "the notebook" Oh man, I'm loving this thread, all the ideas are so awesome. What a fabulous idea for a wedding theme!!! and all of Angel's ideas! WOW- sublte carnival theme and the donations......ah- so lovely.
I like your theme....and i just love the wedding site. Where is it you are getting married? I'm having the hardest time deciding on a site....
Here's what I was talking about with the guest book:
This (scroll down)
Without a doubt, rent an old school movie projector and screen and show "snippets" of the movie or anything really romantic from that era and show it at the reception in the back ground.
And def. get a 40's band or soundtrack for the mood of it all.
For your get away car, rent an old truck that was in the movie and when you leave the ceremony, make sure its on a bike, its a lovely scene from the movie. Do a bird cage veil...gloves...Oh, i love this idea! I have to think some more....
maybe polka dot shoes, one piece of the movie she is wearing a really cut eoutfit w/ polka dots and def. red lipstick!
A lounge area, can be haystacks...the place where they got "together" for the first time. Make it comfy and serve lemonades.
I love your idea angel!
Thanks for all of these incredible ideas!!! Keep 'em comin'!!
First of all congrats. I am in the same boat with my fiance, except he is the one with the child, 2 daughters actually, who I have enjoyed helping him raise. My family doesn't understand why I am with him but at the end of the day, I am happy to just be with him. It's an uphill battle and he will always be the one with something to prove but just have faith in him.
As far as the Notebook theme goes, it will be hard for people to get little things from the movie if they didn't see it or don't remember it, so make sure that the elements can stand alone. You could use some of the music off the soundtrack. You may also want to have a close friend read one of the poems from the movie OR even some of Noah's letters where he talks about loving her. You could give the book to the attendants as a thank you.
Best of luck to you!!!
I know this post is old but your wedding is soon, ASmith, how is the planning going?
I didn't see this post when it was new but I thought I would add because I too am obsessed with the Notebook and we are having a vintage-themed wedding.. We aren't sticking with the 40's but more of a victorian feel and trying not to go overboard with it so it's just a vintage theme in general. BUT, I thought I would mention that we (I!) wanted to incorporate The Notebook just a tad, so we will likely do a "Story of us" guestbook, may use some quotes from it in our slideshow, and .. the best part is that our first dance song will be the song from the movie, "I'll Be Seeing You."
Please let us know how it's going and what ideas you are using!
Oh I just love the notebook, and reading all of this makes me want to change my whole wedding theme and return everything I've bought.. haha Your wedding will be AMAZING, I love all the ideas especially incorporating the actual "Notebook" idea throughout. Please oh Please post wedding pictures when you get them! :)
These are some great comments....Ok...I need some help here. My wedding is a color theme of hot pink and black but I am also trying to incorporate a "The Notebook" movie that takes place in the 1940's. I know my colors do not say notebook theme, but I am stuck on the hot pink and black and really want to find a way to also have the notebook theme worked in. Any ideas? Suggestions? THank you!
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