To Have and To Hold: Hunger Games-Inspired Weddings

Let’s get Katniss Everdeen to her wedding in style.  The Hunger Games is a novel about survival, starvation, torture and fighting to the death, yet apparently some people seem to find that very romantic!  Several Hunger Games-themed bridal photo-shoots popped up before the premiere of the film last month, earmarking a huge trend to come surrounding the famous series.  The Wedding Event Institute announced a contest called “The Wedding Games,” where 12 planners and stylists will compete to create the best Katniss-inspired wedding.  (You think anyone notices the irony about turning a dystopian horror story into part of a competition that feeds the completely corporate and over-the-top billion-dollar wedding industry…?)  Hmm, well irony aside, some of the elements could translate pretty well: table numbers by District number, incorporating the herbs rue and katniss, as well as dandelions and primroses into a bouquet (you could even use the wilted dandelions to blow the spores onto the couple, instead of throwing rice!), and, of course, putting the bride’s hair into a long braid.  (Fun Fact: Traditional Irish brides wore braids, as they were a symbol of feminine power and luck. Hmm… you think Suzanne Collins did that intentionally?)  You could also easily come up with an entire menu, based on the absence and abundance of food Collins describes in the series – you could serve Katniss’s favorite lamb stew with plums, “sugar berry” jam, fresh-baked bread (or even bread for each district, like the seaweed kind from District 4 that Peeta describes), Mellark bakery’s cheese and apple tarts, hot chocolate from the train, Primrose’s basil-wrapped goat cheese, pudding the color of honey, and, of course, a beautifully detailed wedding cake adorned with handcrafted sugar flowers – just like the ones Peeta Mellark made while working in his father’s bakery.  (Damn, you could start a whole restaurant out of the delicious treats Suzanne Collins describes!  Those were just the dishes we could remember!)  All of the shoots incorporated the forest setting, which makes sense since that’s where Katniss hunts in District 12 and fights in when she’s in the arena.  Each of the bridal models carried Katniss’s signature bow-and-arrow (considering that’s cupid’s weapon, that actually makes a lot of sense to incorporate that element).  Green Wedding Shoes featured an adorable table setting with tree stumps for seats (pictured, above), and a bouquet of arrows in place of flowers (pictured, above left).  We loved the stunning bright wildflowers and gorgeous table settings by Courtney Clarke Photography (pictured, below).  Our favorite shoot was done by Stacie Shea Events (pictured, top and bottom).  We found their use of berries, bread and bows-and-arrows to be the simplest, yet classiest.  Their idea of having mini berry jams and tiny baker loaves as parting favors was particularly adorable (pictured, below), as well as recreating the Katniss and Peeta suicide pact (pictured, top left) that feels reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet (not that we’re encouraging it!)  Each shoot included gorgeous wedding cakes decorated with mockingjays, but we’re surprised no one went with the descriptive passages Collins had written about Peeta’s beautiful floral handiwork on desserts.  (We’re also surprised they didn’t include any gorgeous blonde grooms – guess these stylists and photographers were all Team Gale?  Hehe. Although, a traditional wedding ceremony in District 12 features the bride and groom toasting bread – if the “girl on fire” and “the boy with the bread” marry, one would get toast…)  Rustic wedding settings full of birch trees, evergreens and wildflowers do provide a naturally stunning venue, so it makes sense people might be drawn to creating a Hunger Games-esque wedding, but considering the amount of death and destruction that takes place over the series, we don’t think that was the message Suzanne Collins was trying to send… Katniss Everdeen is not a girl just trying to get a ring on it.  Although, it’s not really fair for us to assume what the author would like, since all she ever wanted for her characters was happiness, and the prospect of hope. <3

3 thoughts on “To Have and To Hold: Hunger Games-Inspired Weddings

  1. It is amazing how a trilogy can inspire so many wedding looks, especially since there is so much violence in the stories. Let’s hope the inspiration leads to happy endings for any couple who emulates the Hunger Games!

  2. I chanced upon your commentary and images during a Google search on the training center track suits. You commentary is witty and intelligent with reflections on the trilogy largely absent from the usual fan website threads. Thank you for that.
    Your remark about the incongruity of using Hunger Games themes in the romantic moment of a wedding was spot on. It is strange indeed to juxtapose the calculated murderous brutality of the Games used as a form of political oppression with the union of a man and a woman (guess you know how I see things). It may be the case that couples see romance in the theme despite the Games. It is the essential relationship between Katniss and Peeta that inspire us. Their love is true. It withstands tests most of our relationships will never face. They love selflessly to the point of the giving of their own lives. (Katniss actually shows her capacity for selfless love not only towards Peeta but also and most immediately to Prim and at the whipping post to Gale.) Katniss and Peeta’s struggle to find each other and then to survive together against all odds is the ultimate romance.

    Perhaps this is worthy of a post or two from you if you find inspiration here. I have almost despaired of finding any intelligent commentary in the media and internet where most fail to be able to understand even the most basic distinction between love which is eros and love which is agape. Your site is beautifully put together and a very attractive venue for making statements with impact (Katniss-like?).

    • WOW! Thank you for your comments. I am extremely flattered! (Especially for comparing me to Katniss lol!) Thank you for reading and the compliments!! I’m glad you enjoyed my posts! :)

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