How to Host a Noncheesy Hunger Games Wedding
The next installment of the Hunger Games film adaptions, Mockingjay — Part 2, is approaching, and for those of you who can't get enough of the Suzanne Collins book series, we've got a treat for you as we wait for the film's release. Whether you're a bride-to-be, a maid of honor, or just a party planner, we've come up with some creative and fun ways to incorporate The Hunger Games into your wedding celebrations. The book series may be dark, but it is filled with romance. And for hardcore fans of the series, there's always a way to add just a touch of the series and its themes in your big day and especially the parties leading up to it. Be inspired by Katniss, Peeta, mockingjays, and more with these wedding and bridal party ideas. Check out the big-day inspiration now, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
A Forest Setting
If industrial isn't your thing, having your big day out in a forest will be reminiscent of Katniss and Gale's sweet moments together hunting outside the gates of District 12. Bonus if there's a lake!
Make a big impact with your sweet ending by having a Hunger Games wedding cake — complete with a mockingjay and deadly berries. It would also make a great groom's cake!
These Hunger Games Love Tote Bags ($13) would be great wedding or bachelorette party favors, especially if you stocked them with local snacks, maps, and travel tips for out-of-town guests.
An Industrial Setting
From District 12 to the training center, many of the settings in The Hunger Games have an industrial feel. Give your big day the same vibe by choosing an urban venue that's a bit off the beaten path.
This Hunger Games-inspired wedding shoot resembles a forest and is topped with crossed arrows.
Bride on Fire
For truly bold brides, go with a flaming red or orange dress inspired by the fire dress that Cinna designs for Katniss.
Book Page Bouquet
Carry this bouquet made from The Hunger Games book pages ($185) for a nontraditional twist on flowers.
Be sure to incorporate yellow dandelions into your wedding or party decor as an ode to Peeta's influence on Katniss: "What I need is the dandelion in the Spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction."
Signature Side Braid
To really channel Katniss on your wedding day, you have to have one long side braid. Learn how to get Katniss's braid on POPSUGAR Beauty!
Not brave enough to wear a wedding dress fashioned after the book series? Show some District 12 pride in a small way with Hunger Games nail art. You could incorporate the themed nail painting into your bachelorette party, too.
Make decorative heart confetti using recycled Hunger Games books and scatter it on the tables.
Use a wood-burning technique to create a rustic mockingjay prop for your tables, like in this Hunger Games-inspired wedding shoot.
Framed Love Quotes
Frame some of the most romantic quotes from the series to add a love-filled touch to your reception tables. Here are a couple good ones:
"You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real."
"Because that's what you and I do, protect each other."
Gold origami paper cranes made to resemble tiny mockingjays decorate the ceremony backdrop for this Hunger Games wedding shoot.
Parachute Bread and Spiles
At this Hunger Games bat mitzvah party, silver parachutes with bread and spiles hung from the ceiling. Talk about an unexpected decor idea for your big-day parties.
Heart Arrow Boutonniere
These gold heart arrows make a rustic and unique boutonniere idea!
Team Peeta or Gale Pins
For a bridal shower or bachelorette party, have badges made similar to these Hunger Games pins that say "Team Peeta" and "Team Gale." Let your guests choose their side when they arrive!
Bow and Arrows
Using bow and arrows as props for your eshoot is a fun way to incorporate the story. And go above and beyond like in this Hunger Games shoot with a bouquet of gold-tipped heart arrows.
If you want an inexpensive and easy way to invite your guests to your bridal shower or bachelorette party, use these free Hunger Games party printables for your invitations.
Cupcakes on Fire
Have a professional baker or a friend with baking skills make these cupcakes on fire that take their cue from the trilogy's book covers. They'd be perfect for a bachelorette party or bridal shower.
What better way to cheers to your new hubby than with mockingjay-adorned wine glasses? These hand-painted glasses even have Katniss and Peeta on them.
Oversize Book Posters
Another cool idea from this Hunger Games bat mitzvah party is huge posters of the trilogy's book covers. These would be great as backdrops for a wedding or bridal shower photo booth!
Take a cue from this Hunger Games bat mitzvah party and set your centerpieces on fire with fake flames. You could also add some real fire to the reception or bridal shower with fire pits or fire dancers!
Something similar to these Hunger Games cupcake toppers would be perfect for a bridal shower!
Mockingjay Water Bottles
Keep your guests hydrated during the
games wedding or bridal party with mockingjay water bottle favors!
Get your dessert in on The Hunger Games action in a subtle way by having a numbered cake for each district, or just do a District 12 cake.
Serve some Peeta-inspired bread during your reception — just don't burn it!
Watercolor Arrow Invitations
Incorporate arrows subtly in your paper design to give your invites a hint of Hunger Games.
You may not be up for the Katniss look on your big day like in this Hunger Games-inspired wedding shoot, but you can channel Katniss at a camping-themed bachelorette party by taking archery lessons with your girlfriends. It's an outdoorsy twist on the standard girls' night!