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Carnival Themed Wedding Ideas



As a guest, one of the funnest (yes, I said "funnest") weddings I've attended was my stepsister's carnival themed affair at Grace Vineyards near Sacramento.

She had many simple and festive DIY details that really carried the carnival theme throughout the day.
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Upon entering the main grounds, guests walked under a fabric pennant banner (by Hey Let's Make Stuff). A colorful signpost directed guests around the expansive, carnival themed grounds.

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Pinwheels lined the wedding aisle. Fittingly, the bridesmaids also carried pinwheels instead of flowers, and the groomsmen had petite pinwheel boutonnières.

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After the ceremony, guests found their way to their carnival themed tables with name cards attached to Cracker Jack candy boxes.

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The cheerful carnival themed wedding centerpieces included pinwheels, giant lollipops, fun straws and a popcorn bucket filled with circus peanuts.

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Throughout the afternoon -- and more so as the drinking progressed into the evening -- guests took silly pictures in the kissing booth. 

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And what would a carnival be without games? 
A beanbag toss, ring toss and ladder toss provided entertainment, although no giant stuffed animals or cheaply framed Tweety Bird posters were awarded.
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And there was freshly-spun cotton candy, of course. The bride's uncle manned the cotton candy machine and made bags upon bags of the fluffy sweet treats for guests. 

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For those with an insatiable sweet tooth (AKA my husband), donuts -- in lieu of cake -- were plentiful. My mom designed and created the donut stand (wood, dowels, paint, fabric and hot glue) and also the bride and groom toppers.

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