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Wedding Inspiration: Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Jamie* just pointed out to me that Bilbo Baggins’ eleventy-first birthday at the beginning of Lord Of The Rings is probably the most perfect wedding inspiration ever. Agreed.* Drinking, singing, lanterns in trees, cake practically on fire? Check! Though I don’t plan on physically disappearing at the end of my wedding… exactly. But I’m sure not going to the afterparty.

*Jamie isn’t blogging about weddings anymore, so I kind of figured I could run with this.
** Though admittedly, since I grew up in a house where we gave ‘hobbit presents’ to all our guests on our own birthdays (hobbits give other people presents on their birthdays) I might be a little bit biased.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit

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  • Flo

    I am with you wholeheartedly!

  • kaitlin

    Downright awesomeness. This isn’t that far off from what we want. And, Andrew always sings his niece the Bilbo Baggins song

  • rachel w

    SO TRUE! when my fiance and i started out wedding planning, i said i just wanted a reception like bilbo’s party and my fiance was all onboard :) fun, food,outdoors, and laughter- what more can you ask more? it is still our inspiration ;)

  • That Girl

    I think this is a fabulous idea and right up my alley!

  • anna

    Oh, I LOVE that! Another cinematic inspiration of mine is the bazaar from Polyanna! I cannot find any stills of it, but I love the handmade quilts, HUGE slices of cake and watermelon, Japanese lanterns, and old timey band/dancing!

  • Accidental Housewife

    Bah! Loves it! Many a nerdy night has been spent with the man over a LOTR marathon and this IS perfect! I wonder if anyone knows of any quotes from it that would be wedding-appropriate. Oh, and it applies so directly to the post after this about “Family/Friends/Food/Wine”!

  • Rose

    Agreed! Another great wedding inspiration is the party in the Dark Crystal (minus the weird beatle things crashing through the walls).

  • faith

    Oh, so hot!! And true. (And props to Anna on the Pollyanna thing too; we still call layer cakes “Pollyanna cakes” in my house.)

  • You can call me Yell

    See, I’d have a party like that if those gosh darn hobbits would RSVP already!

    And don’t even get me started on that dang Wizard…

  • east side bride

    You have officially gone out of your bridal mind. (Right on schedule.)

  • Jen

    Funny, because I’ve been describing my future wedding location as “looks like something out of Lord of the Rings.”

  • Kristy

    You gave hobbit presents? Awesome.

    I wonder if I can figure out how to string up lanterns in my grandparents’ backyard…

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic! I never thought of that. I love that scene. Also, Bilbo’s birthday happens to be the same as mine which makes me happy :)

  • Amy

    I love that movie.

  • Katie

    Great idea. I’d like it if your speech is as happily slurred as his in saying “hundred and eleventieth birttthhhday”! Maybe after your vows. That right there means it’s a good party.

  • vane

    Great. Really great. Congrats for all your blog. Kisses from Spain

  • Amandover

    I know this is really late, but – I kid you not – Bilbo’s party is exactly what my honey & I have been comparing everything to. This scene is what we aspire to at our reception. With a ceremony in Rivendell. And no, I don’t mean in costumes or anything – we just think those are 2 perfect settings. And we’d like our wedding to feel magical.

  • Tara

    This is my dream! My fiance and I are currently cycling around the world, and when we get home I want to have a wedding just like Bilbo’s birthday!

    Meg, thank you for creating such an awesome website and bringing together a powerful community of women (and a few cool guys as well). Even though I am currently abroad, I visit your site as often as I can and am consistently impressed and inspired. Well done.

  • Lauren

    I was talking about ideal weddings the other day and I literally said “I just want something like Bilbo Baggins’ birthday party from LOTR.” I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that would be absolutely perfect!

  • Heather

    What? Wow, this is my dream too! I know it is a fantastic inspiration but I am still surprised that so many other people think so too. Kindred spirits? I think so! Now to find the perfect man who agrees…

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