7 Ways to Have a Moonrise Kingdom-Inspired Wedding

Fans pay homage to the quirky Wes Anderson romance on their big day

Focus Features 06.08.2017

In Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson's magical tribute to young love, its 12-year-old heroes Suzy and Sam (Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman) get "married" in a lakeside cabin by a scout leader (Jason Schwartzman). "Can we loan them the nickels?" asks one of the troupes who wants to donate a jar of coins gathered from the other campers. "I'm worried about their future."

It's no wonder that this tale -- described by The New Yorker’s Richard Brody as a “tenderly romantic, warmly funny, story of young love” -- has struck a chord with many real-life lovebirds. Search “Moonrise Kingdom wedding” on Pinterest and you’ll see what we mean: tented ceremonies, camp-themed receptions, 1960s vintage attire, and lots of s’more-flavored desserts.

In honor of the film’s fifth anniversary, and Focus Features' 15th, here are seven ideas for an Anderson-inspired celebration -- binoculars not included. 

1) Mismatched chairs for guests

What's more "Anderson" than a colorful vintage collection? Photographer Pat Furey captured these welcoming seats at a Hudson Valley wedding.

Photo by Pat Furey Photography

2) A beer canoe to serve up cold ones

Even if you're not near a shore, this seaworthy beverage holder will start your voyage off right. Photo by Samm Blake, via sammblakeweddings.com

Photo by Samm Blake

3) A Scoutmaster officiant 

You can have a friend, family member, or even a Scoutmaster perform the ceremony. The Knot offers details on how to make it official and more inspiring images like this one can be found at M&E Photo Studio's site.

Photo by M&E Photo Studio

4) S'mores for all

No traditional tiered cake will do for die-hard Anderson fans. Guests at this San Diego affair got to fire up their own marshmallows. Photos by Jasmine Fitzwilliam of Let's Frolic Together.

Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam/Let's Frolic Together

5) Berets for the bridesmaids

Suzy's vintage style inspires more than dresses. The bridesmaids at this New Mexico wedding also added colorful caps. Photo by Loren & Chris Photography via lorenxchris.com

Photo by Loren & Chris Photography

6) Camp signs to point the way

Keep guests on the right path, as these custom-made signs did at this "Royal Explorers Society" wedding inside the Deschutes National Forest. Photo by Phil Chester.

Photo by Phil Chester

7) A hidden tent for the new bride and groom

To escape from the watchful eyes of family, even if just for a few moments. Bring along a photographer like Phil Chester to capture the moment. 

Photo by Phil Chester

And, don't forget to revisit Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom will be screened across the country this summer in celebration of Focus' 15-year anniversary. First up, a June 17th showing at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival.

You can also find it on iTunes and at Amazon

Take a peek at Moonrise Kingdom's romance in the official trailer.