What Vintage Means to You – Part VII

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The eighties! A time of big hair and really big shoulder pads.

The fabrics of the era were stretchy (think Lycra), shiny, glittery and exciting. Consider getting a shorter-length dress from www.eliesaab.com and www.inesdisanto.com, or one with major shoulder action. Your bridesmaids should be wearing dresses that look like those out of a 1980s prom – bright colors (hot pink! neon blue!) and lots of taffeta or satin, preferably with off-the-shoulder sleeves. Add ankle boots and short gloves and voila – you’ve made it!

Hair should be down and slightly teased, and makeup should be bold. Think of doing blue eyeshadow.

Your linens should be bright and bold colors in stretch Lycra fabric, and think of doing paper flowers instead of real ones, made out of neon-colored paper. Of course you would want to hire an 80s cover band to really set the mood, and to complete the look you could rent a black and white checkered dance floor.

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What Vintage Means to You – Part II

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Today we begin our discussion of vintage fashion and how you might use pieces of history in your own wedding. Let’s begin with the 1700s and early 1800s. In England, these periods are referred to as the Georgian and Regency periods. Note the romantic details in the apparel (pictured) – the beautiful lines, delicate fabrics, heavy beading and lacework.

If you like this look, it is easy to find wedding dresses that mimic these designs. There are numerous empire-waist gowns, and even more designed with the massively full ball-gown skirts of the Georgian period. See www.stpucchi.com, www.verawang.com, and www.badgleymischkabride.com for many wedding dresses designed in these styles.

If you want to incorporate these styles into more than just your dress, try adding chandeliers to your décor and accenting your tables with romantic blushing roses and antiqued candelabras. Your bridesmaids might all wear empire-waist gowns, and the flowers they carry could be English roses and peonies. Makeup should be very light and natural, with blushing cheeks and lips.

Have a string quartet so that dancing is more along the lines of what you would find at a Regency house party, rather than a DJ. Include menu items that recall these times as well – tea cakes and sandwiches, punch, petit-fours, etc. The wedding would be perfect as a morning or brunch wedding.

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