Wedding Venue Spotlight: King Richard’s Faire

Calling all lords and ladies: This annual Renaissance festival in Carver can host your dream Renaissance wedding.

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Hear ye, hear ye. It’s time for your royal love story to be told with a King Richard’s Faire wedding in regal style.

Held in Carver until October 25 this year, the event recreates a 16th-century outdoor marketplace, full of handmade crafts, musicians, singers, dancers, and mimes. Set among the enchanting 80-acre wooded site, you’ll see all things Renaissance: jousting knights, fire eaters, wenches, and exotic tigers. All season long, their troupe of performers entertain you on eight vibrant stages. Why shouldn’t one of those stages host your celebration?

You and your king can choose from three magical wedding packages.

Royal Wedding

For the Royal Wedding package, the Bride and Groom plus six additional guests are included in the venue fee. You also get:

  • Two limited edition King Richard’s Faire Pottery steins.
  • A stage to officiate your ceremony on.
  • A Justice of the Peace or Ordained Minister that specializes in Renaissance weddings.
  • King Richard’s Faire performers and members of the Royal Court in attendance at the ceremony (time permitting) to add to the 16th-century ambiance.

The happy couple can even become part of the show: The bride and groom will have the option to participate in the daily royal parade, make a special appearance at the King’s jousting tournament, and sit with the Royal Court on the dais overlooking the tournament field. You can also purchase food tickets (yes, there are giant turkey legs) in advance in $5 increments for your guests.

Enchanted Wedding

You and your beloved get everything in the Royal Wedding, plus a few extras that the King has bestowed on you. You can have an additional two guests included in the venue fee, and all your food tickets are included. The festivities also take place in a large tent for up to 50 guests.

Fairy Tale Wedding

They aren’t kidding about the fairy tale part: In addition to the Royal Wedding inclusions, you get four extra guests, and your large tent will be outfitted in the Faire’s best tables, chairs, and linens to accommodate up to 50 guests. Then get ready for a wedding feast fit for a king, including such delights as bread boules filled with New England clam chowder; Caesar or chopped Salad; either gigantic turkey leg, shepherd’s pie, or fish and chips; baked potatoes or a roasted ear of corn; a bottle of water for each guest; and a champagne toast.

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To add a bit of 16th-century sartorial charm, you can also work with their official costumer, Seams Like A Dream, to rent costumes for you, your betrothed, and your guests. The bride and her bridesmaids can get their faces painted in beautiful colors with crystals and sparkles by one of the King’s talented face painters, and there are also artists available to do wedding portraits or sketches.

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If you’re still working on the proposal, there’s even a package for that. Much like the wedding packages, the Proposal Package includes limited-edition King Richard’s Faire pottery steins, a place as the King’s honored guests in the daily processional parade, and the option to make a special appearance at the joust and on the royal dais. You’ll even be serenaded by the King and his royal court at the Faire’s Evening Revels performance. Now that’s some royal treatment.

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