Thematic: Tennis Anyone

Being a bit of a tennis nerd, I’ve spent most of January glued to the television late into the night. I even spent money I didn’t have, just to see a couple of live games during the Brisbane International. It was totally worth it.

I love everything about tennis. The scoring system, the politeness the crowd shows the players during each point, and the genteel nature of the game that seems to have carried through since it was first played, way back in the mid-1800s. In fact, I love it so much I reckon a tennis-themed wedding could just be the perfect affair, especially if you happen to be getting married right in the middle of tennis season. For all you tennis fans nodding your head excitedly, here’s a few ideas for the perfect Tennis Wedding:

First up, you’re going to need something to wear. Now, while I’m not going to suggest you don a tennis dress from any of the 2013 ranges, there’s no reason yours, and your bridesmaids dresses can’t garner a little inspiration from the sport of old. With a bit of vintage inspiration (1 & 3) and a beautiful fabric, you can create or find something Ace (pun intended) for both the bride (2) and her maids (4).

-1. Edward Steichen image, published in Vogue, 1927; 2. Acne ‘Barika’ Maxi Dress in Lily White, from My wardrobe; 3. Simplicity 7092 pattern, via Old Patterns; 4. ASOS PETITE Mini Dress with Drop Waist in Pink.

1. Edward Steichen image, published in Vogue, 1927; 2. Acne ‘Barika’ Maxi Dress in Lily White, from My wardrobe; 3. Simplicity 7092 pattern, via Old Patterns; 4. ASOS PETITE Mini Dress with Drop Waist in Pink, from ASOS.

For the boys, why not fantastic, vintage belts buckle (5) to complete their outfits? Or a set of tennis-themed cuff links (6).

-5. Brass Tennis Belt Buckle from Manfred Schotten Antiques; 6. Tennis Cufflinks in wood from Cabin and Cub.

5. Brass Tennis Belt Buckle from Manfred Schotten Antiques; 6. Tennis Cufflinks in wood from Cabin+ Cub Design .

What about venue? Well, the obvious choice would be a tennis court (7), no? With a bit of searching, you’re bound to find a pretty grass court somewhere close by, possibly in a friend’s backyard. The surrounding gardens will add a touch of Jane Ayre to the event, and make for an easy cleaning job at the end of the night.

7. Grass Tennis Court, bia Carrie Dalefield’s Pinterest.

7. Grass Tennis Court, via Carrie Dalefield’s Pinterest.

Or day. Garden weddings are so nice in the day time. And the tennis theme just screams for a small net to be set up with some old racquets (8), which guests can play with while you’re off having photos taken. Hunt through an op-shop or two and you’re bound to come across a few old racquets. Remove the strings on a couple of them and replace with mirrors or chalkboards (9) to create unique signage so people know where to go. They can be used later to decorate the walls in your new house.

8. Michael Kors ‘Celebrate With’ campaign, via Emily Messina’s Pinterst; 9. Tennis Racquet Mirrors, from Snug Interiors; 10. Tennis Ball Votives, via Le petite Yaka Modern; 11. Sugarpova ‘Sporty’ from Sugarpova; 12. Tennis Ball Gifft Buckets, from Harry Barker.

8. Michael Kors ‘Celebrate With’ campaign, via Emily Messina’s Pinterst; 9. Tennis Racquet Mirrors, from Snug Interiors; 10. Tennis Ball Votives, via Le petite Yaka Moderne; 11. Sugarpova ‘Sporty’ from Sugarpova; 12. Tennis Ball Gifft Buckets, from Harry Barker.

While you’re DIYing, chop the tops off a couple of tennis balls and glue the base to a square of wood (10) or a candelabra, fill with cute Sports tennis ball candies (11) from Maria Sharapova’s Sweets range, Sugarpova, and you have yourself cute candies in even cuter bowls! BTW, don’t go out and buy those ugly basic tennis balls, get some pretty coloured ones (12)! Post-wedding, your furry friends will totally dispose of them for you.

Now, food. Have whatever you want for entrée and main, but you can’t really have a tennis-themed wedding without strawberries and cream showing up at some point. You could go old-school and simply serve beautifully fresh strawberries with dollops of thick cream (13), or jazz it up with strawberry and cream cheesecake pots (14). For a super elegant affair, Martha Stewart’s Strawberries and Cream Mini Éclairs (15) are trés chic. Or go for broke and have a gorgeous strawberries and cream wedding cake (16)—YUM!

Bonbonnieres? Tennis cookies (17) of course! You could even get crafty with the cylinders your tennis balls come in, and create little containers for them to really complete the look.

13. Strawberry and Cream Pots via Babble Food; 14. Strawberry and Cream Cheesecakes in Jars, from Bubble and Sweet; 15. Mini Éclairs with Strawberries and Cream, from Martha stewart; 16. Strawberry Wedding Cake, via Stop Traffic Clothing’s Pinterest; 17. The Howard’s Tennis Shortbread, via Glam.

13. Strawberry and Cream Pots via Babble Food; 14. Strawberry and Cream Cheesecakes in Jars, from Bubble and Sweet; 15. Mini Éclairs with Strawberries and Cream, from Martha stewart; 16. Strawberry Wedding Cake, via Stop Traffic Clothing’s Pinterest; 17. The Howard’s Tennis Shortbread, via Glam.

Oh, and if you’re feeling really extravagant, check out this gorgeous tennis-themed tea set from Manfred Schotten Antiques. The perfect match, I’d say.

George Jones & Sons tea set, c. 1800, from Manfred Schotten Antiques.

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