How to make antiqued paper for your historical or fantasy wedding

We're getting married next month and having a pirate-themed wedding. Any bits of paper we needed (whether invitations, signs, or treasure-hunt clues) I decided to make look old and pirate-y.

This technique would also be great for medieval, historical, steampunk, fantasy, or Victorian themes. Some of you may have done something like this at school, but this is such a simple yet effective bit of DIY I just had to share it!

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This subtle Link and Zelda wedding inspiration will teleport you to a fancy-pants Hyrule

An ethereal and sophisticated Link and Zelda wedding inspiration shoot? Oh hell yes, sign.us.up. It's always amazing when geeks go super chic. Everything from the leafy paper goods, wooden ocarina, "It's Dangerous to Go Alone. Take This" seating chart, Triforce symbol escort cards, and greens and stone colors everywhere, evoked the Legend of Zelda. Even the rings are Triforce-inspired. Oh, and don't miss the chairs! On the groom's chair is a sign that reads, "My Hero" with inscribed notes to the "Song of Time" and on the bride's, "My Princess" with notes to "Zelda's Lullaby."

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An intimate and majestic Middle-earth elopement in New Zealand (with a rainbow!)

Kyle is an extrovert and wanted a large wedding in our hometown with all of our family and friends. I wanted a small elopement on top of a mountain in New Zealand where they filmed The Lord of the Rings. I wanted to feel like I was journeying across Middle-earth with the one I love. I wanted our wedding to be an adventure.

We decided to do both! Here's our magical Middle-earth elopement…

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Hobbits and elves and eerie mist: this Middle-earth wedding has serious magic

Middle-earth came to central California at this Middle-earth wedding. The guests' costumes alone are slaying us with the level of detail! That's before we even get to the Gandalf officiant, Mount Doom centerpieces, Hobbit hole cake, and misty first dance. Yep, this wedding would make Tolkien proud. Are you ready to see it?