Developments in technology, fashion and trends emerging each year have had a massive effect on weddings – particularly wedding dresses. These days brides have the option to stay traditional in white or wear something completely different in any style or colour they like. In recent years there has been a resurgence of vintage styles – particularly the Great Gatsby look….but what about more recent ‘vintage’ styles. What about the 1980s?
Two words: shoulder pads. These were a huge hit in the 1980s – giving women a bolder look and making them look stronger and more independent; reflecting the growing presence of women in the work place and society in general. In terms of wedding dresses, the 80s were partial to giant puffy sleeves which incorporated the broad shoulders and lace detail. Accessories were big and bold and hair certainly matched!
Weddings are all about personality. They’re about two people, their vision, dreams, ideas and what makes them tick. The personality of the couple should impact upon every element of the day; from the venue choice and the dress, right through to the colour scheme and the food.
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Bridesmaids dresses for teenage girls are now available in virtually every conceivable style and colour, partly thanks to bridal boutiques often stocking prom dresses alongside their more traditional bridesmaids range, however for teenage girls who don’t want to look like a bridesmaid, nor an old maid, it is surprisingly hard to find a dress that fits the bill, and the pocket.
We love this summery style from Lagom, with porcelain blue flowers and red piping. They also do a great range of vintage-look dresses.
Summer dress by Lagom
We love the current range from Cutting Edge Brides who specialise in 1950’s inspired gowns, tea dresses and short bridal gowns, many of which come with detachable trains for modesty during the wedding ceremony.
The Cymbeline Paris gown pictured below is currently available with a whopping 47% discount, their website is easy to navigate, allowing you to shop by length, price, style inspiration, neckline, back design, details and colour, and if you can’t get to their extensive showroom in London they have a £25 “try at home” service.
Short wedding gown with detachable train by Cymbeline Paris.
The ‘something old’ part of the famous wedding poem represents the presence and importance of the past when moving into the future. However it can be difficult to choose that treasured heirloom when your special day is approaching fast. It could be an antique or just an item that represents something from your past.
It could be carried by the bride for example a vintage purse, compact mirror or childhood treasure. The bride could wear a vintage ribbon or hat pin on her dress, or a family heirloom such as a tiara. The location could be historic or transport could be carried out by a classic car.
If you want to be really different your rings could be carried on a childhood pillowcase or you could carry a love letter between your mother and father. If you don’t want to carry anything, you could display photographs of your grandparents and parents wedding or photos of you as a child.
It does not matter what it is as long as it is personal, special and memorable to you.
With a vintage revival across the wedding industry it is sad that vintage wedding car businesses are now under threat from the Law Commission who are considering removing the existing exemption for wedding and funeral cars for their new private hire regulations.
The new regulations will require vintage car owners and drivers to jump through a number of (expensive) hoops including local authority licensing, special driving tests, medical tests and CRB checks, and while it will increase safety it will also force the smaller operators off the road.
Good luck to all those campaigning, including David Jones of The Vintage and Classic Car Company. Let’s hope a degree of common sense can be employed before this consultation becomes law.