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My wedding was inspired by a #Booktok fantasy read – Metro.co.uk

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Ella has loved ACOTAR since her teens (Image: Lori Hart)

Ella Lee first fell in love with the TikTok famous book series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, when she was still in high school.

A story of a teenage warrior queen, the then teenager felt empowered, and would regularly escape to the world of fantasy and fairies.

Flash forward to adulthood and now, aged 24, Ella has two tattoos inspired by the series, and centred her wedding theme around the books.

Ella isn’t alone in bringing #BookTok into her big day. With #BookTok one of the largest communities on TikTok (#Romantasy gathered 563.6million views in 2023) it’s no surprise the internet’s favourite reads are being used as wedding inspiration. There are 1,385 videos tagged with #FantasyWedding on the social platform and videos tagged #ACOTARWedding racking up over 3.4 million views.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular series influencing those looking to tie the knot are Harry Potter (45.6 million views), Lord of the Rings (9.7 million) and Game of Thrones (5.1 million), according to research from Hitched.co.uk.

Ella, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, picked up the first book of the ACOTAR series after she read the Throne of Glass series by the same author, Sarah J. Maas.

Ella feels a deep affinity with the book’s main character (Image: Lori Hart)

Ella feels a deep affinity with the book’s main character (Image: Lori Hart)

She feels a deep affinity with Feyre Archeron, the main character, whose journey the reader follows after she accidentally kills a faerie and, as retribution, is brought into the faerie lands of Prythian.

‘I felt like we had a lot in common. I’m also the eldest daughter of three who loves to paint and star gaze, and I’d been through a lot of toxic relationships,’ Ella tells Metro.co.uk.

‘Seeing Feyre basically become this strong warrior queen, it helped me get through a lot of the hard days.’

The couple planned their wedding in just 3 months (Image: Lori Hart)

The couple planned their wedding in just 3 months (Image: Lori Hart)

Ella, says she and her husband decided upon an ACOTAR themed wedding after he read the books and loved them, too.

‘It might be cheesy, but in the first book, Feyre gets asked a riddle in which the answer is “love,”’ Ella shares.

‘When I first read the book, I couldn’t answer it myself. I’d been in a very toxic relationship at that time and it wasn’t until I found my husband that the answer to the riddle was really obvious to me,’ Ella shares.

‘I think that’s partially why we chose to make our wedding ACOTAR themed. My husband read the first three as well and really enjoyed them.’



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25-year-old Kaeli Dance spent several months thinking her partner was the ‘perfect’ guy for her. But then A Court of Thorns and Roses changed her perspective completely.

Kaeli claims she realised something was very wrong with her own relationship, thanks to a storyline involving the characters Feyre and Tamlin. 

What at first seems to be a fairy tale romance between the two, ends up taking a turn for the worst, leaving Feyre deeply confused.

Kaeli, from Utah, told Metro.co.uk: ‘Most of the time [with my boyfriend] I felt really special, but there were random moments where I felt uncomfortable. I felt like something was off, but I couldn’t put it into words because everything on the outside was so perfect. 

‘Where I couldn’t put it into words, books could.’

She adds that the theme for their 2022 wedding ‘felt right’ when they started planning. A lot of the details of the day were hand-made, based around a lot of the elements in the ACOTAR series, from paper stars to fairy lights.

In the books the seven courts (similar to different kingdoms) are Day, Night, Dawn, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

‘We had seven tables, all designed to look like different courts and we made the Night Court as our head table,’ Ella says.

Feyre also has a famous dresser, which fans will know she painted herself to represent herself and her two sisters – and many of the motifs foreshadow the events of the series.

‘We included small dressers painted to look like the one that Feyre did, as well as other small things like my bouquet was paper roses from A Court of Mist and Fury,’ she adds.

Ella wore a gown with stars over it, inspired by the series (Image: Lori Hart)

Ella wore a gown with stars over it, inspired by the series (Image: Lori Hart)

‘For the wedding itself, we found a tall wooden triangle to go behind us that looked like a mountain peak, as the sacred mountains are important in ACATOR, and I wore a sterling blue gown with stars all over it to represent the starfall gown that’s a pivotal point in the second book.’

Though there’s a growing community of people on #Booktok who have hosted weddings inspired by their favourite books, ACOTAR included, Ella wasn’t aware that there were other brides-to-be planning nuptials around the same theme before she tied the knot.

‘I actually hadn’t seen any Booktok weddings as we were planning, but we also planned it within the span of three months, so it went by quickly,’ she details.

Ella handmade many of the details herself (Image: Lori Hart)

Ella handmade many of the details herself (Image: Lori Hart)

‘I know now, that since posting my video, there have been other ones that popped up on my For You page.’

And the cult of Sarah J Maas and her ACOTAR book doesn’t just involve weddings.

There are now Night Court balls, formal ticketed events where fans can role play being in a court of their choice, among like-minded fantasy lovers. The event, hosted by by Gauntlets & Gowns, has nearly 28,000 followers who are keen to attend each ball.

The book series is also being developed as a TV show thanks to production company Hulu, under the directorship of Ronald D. Moore who is responsible for Outlander.

TikTok is full of thousands of videos of fan castings for the show, as well as a fan-made trailer which garnered millions of views.

So, if you’re already a part of the ACOTAR fandom and you’re planning on tying the knot, Ella has some expert advice for a themed-wedding.

‘Make a Pinterest board and make a lot of the stuff yourself,’ Ella suggests.

‘It’s super fun and easy, and feels more like you’ve put a piece of your soul into it rather than buying a bunch of decorations.’

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