8/11 “Eat, Pray, Love” Wedding Inspiration!

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I was thinking of ideas for wedding inspiration last week when suddenly, the most amazing wedding idea of all time dawned on me: a wedding based on Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Hells to the YES! The book is about finding nourishment in the foods and language of Italy, discovering the power of prayer in India, and finding love in Bali. It is rich with sensual inspiration that would be perfect for a wedding… and what a wedding it would be!

I imagine taking aspects of a Hindu wedding such as mehndi (the traditional beautiful henna-ing of an indian brides hands and feet) and pairing it with a beautiful embellished dress like the gown shown in the photos below. How bad-ass would dark beautiful henna look against the stark white dress?! Love it! Put on some gold bangles and long big gold earrings as well. Sometimes I think that minimalist is best, but with these accessories, bigger is better!

Serve up a family style Italian meal and eat it guilt free (I’m talking STUFF your face, enjoy the meal and do NOT count calories!) and decorate the reception site with tropical and exotic aspects of Bali such as lotus flowers, lily pads, big banana leaves, and big tropical flowers.

Inspiration Board Sources: ♥ prayer beads and the meditate necklace pink flower Bali ring ♥ Bali bliss dress ♥ gold plated earrings ♥ lotus tea light holder ♥ sitting buddha statue and the pillow ♥ eat pray love candles ♥ scarf

Of course, the menu would be a “no carb left behind experiment” full of Italian decadence! For appetizers I would have skewers of little heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil drizzled in balsamic vinaigrette (caprese salad on a stick), roasted artichokes, and calamari.

For dinner I would have wood grilled pizzas: margherita, pepperoni, and (my favorite pizza) burrata cheese pizza with hazelnuts, arugula, carmelized onions, and pesto – yum)… but serve them on traditional indian naan flatbreads! Serve alongside fritto misto salad, crusty bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, maybe some olive tapenade… and finish it off with a rustic rosemary-apricot tart. I love to make pizza on naan like at home. So quick and delicious!



For dessert I would have to include gelato and creme brulee….my guilty pleasures. And of course for the cake you would do a cream puff cake with spun sugar, and loads of fresh tropical fruit on the side!

Of course you must wash it all down with great wines and limoncello (yum!) and dance it out to funky fusion music under the stars! Send guests home with a full belly and a prayer bracelet, and guess what? You just got married Eat Pray Love style!

What great ideas do you have for a wedding? Is there a wedding theme you’d love to see us explore? Let us know!

  • I love this idea!!

  • faaaabulous. I just want to live in it. 🙂

  • I’m in the middle of re-reading this book for the second time and falling in love all over again. Your idea to turn this into a wedding is GENIUS! I love it. And the henna… Always been something I’ve wanted. EAT. PRAY. LOVE.

  • Steven

    Only posting coz I love maddie! But awsome stuff guys!

  • Cute idea! I can't wait to see the movie, but sounds like I should get the book too.

  • Kim

    Love it Dana! Reminds me of my honey and my Eat- Pray- Love honeymoon where we met the characters of the book Ketut, Wayan and Tuti. I will send you pics! I cannot wait to see the movie this Friday and take note of Julia Roberts prayer beads. They are the ones we sell on our web site!

  • Ana

    Ok, you just made me insanely hungry! I’m working at our Club today, but I have got to get to lunch and order something from your delicious wedding menu ideas. I too am all about a great creme brulee! I’d have that at a wedding or dinner party over cake anytime!

  • Wow, so many delicious foods. The pizzas look so delicious and attractive. And this cake looks so great and funny with two little dolls on the top of the cake. What an inspirational idea!!!

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  • chaosandcalamity

    We are actually doing something similar–mehndi on my hands with my gray vintage wedding dress, marigold flower petals instead of rice or bubbles, and big tissue paper marigolds hanging from the trees, in addition to our lanterns and such. Our venue is a jungle-like setting.

  • Alexa

    This is absolutely perfect. oh my gosh. You just made my dream wedding come true!

  • It's just a dream.