The early 1900s in America was an era of daring styles – short haircuts and shorter skirts. Women had liberated themselves from the constricting corsets and skirts of the decades before, and now wore loose dresses and even pants!
Although the Great Depression was right around the corner, the years before it were a time of peace and prosperity. Many fashion houses were founded in this age, including Chanel. Coco Chanel, the founder, emphasized elegance and class. She is the lady who insisted that every woman need own a Little Black Dress.
Some designers whose dresses mimic those of this era include www.jcrew.com, www.lazaro.com, and www.clairepettibone.com. If you don’t want to cut your hair into a bob, it should be pinned back or styled to look like one. Wide, jeweled headbands were very popular at this time and would lend your outfit authenticity. Necklaces were very long, often falling to waist-length (pearls were popular).
Dark, heart-shaped lips are a must, as are smoky eyes. Blush should be light.
Bridesmaids can be dressed as in this style as well, with loose-fitting, knee-length dresses and long strands of pearls. Cloche hats would add extra oomph! (you can always find those on www.etsy.com)
To pull this style into your wedding décor as well, try and incorporate art deco styles into your table linens and tableware. This means stepped forms, sweeping curves, chevrons or sunburst motifs. Wedding colors should be bold and opulent. Feathers could be incorporated into your flower arrangements. Rhinestones or glass beads could decorate your tables.
Ragtime and jazz music were very popular in this era, so consider hiring a band who can churn out tunes that people will want to dance the Charleston to!
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Today we move on from the Georgian and Regency periods to one of the most romantic eras in history – the Victorian era. Beginning in 1837, when Queen Victoria ascended the throne of England, and ending in 1901, this period was one of great prosperity for the British people.
The fashions of the era were often accented with lace and ribbon, and skirts were made full with hoops and petticoats and flounces. Bodices often bared the shoulders, sometimes featured elaborate sleeves, and cinched in ladies’ waists to impossible sizes. Gloves were often worn, as were ribbon-bedecked bonnets. Heavy silks and satins in bold colors were popular.
In the later Victorian era, large hoopskirts went out of fashion and narrow skirts with large bustles came in. Princess-line dresses became very popular. Choker necklaces and jeweled collars were also in style, made fashionable by Alexandra, Princess of Wales. It is interesting to note that this is the era in which the white wedding gown was introduced. When Queen Victoria chose to be married in a white dress, it set the stage for all women of fashion. The tradition took even stronger hold in America when Grace Kelly wore a stunning white gown to her wedding.
Designers who have created dresses similar to those of the Victorian Era include www.priscillaofboston.com and www.platinumgown.com. Add a jeweled collar and satin gloves for extra flair! Your bridesmaids should be dressed similarly – with collars and gloves and their hair pinned up.
The makeup should be fair and simple, with pale cheeks and smooth creamy skin. Light lipstick and a loose, curly coiffure is perfect for hair.
Your tableware could be styled with Victorian china. Décor ought to reflect the tastes of the period – somewhat extravagant. Think of doing large vases overflowing with mixed flowers and embroidered linen napkins.
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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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We are honored to be working with Erin, Jeff and their families to plan their Denver wedding celebration in September. Thank you to Jenna Walker for sharing their gorgeous downtown Denver engagement photos!
Aside from the fabulous flowers, great food and other wedding details, we don’t want to forget one of the most important aspects of the wedding, the marriage license.
A Colorado marriage license may be issued in any county and used in any county in the State of Colorado. However, the license must be used within 30 days from the date of issue. The license is issued the day it is applied for and may be used immediately. The fee for a marriage license is $30 and must be paid with cash.
Both male and female applicants must appear in person to complete and sign the marriage application. If one party cannot appear due to illness, is out of state, or incarcerated, he or she must obtain an ABSENTEE APPLICATION from the Clerk and Recorder’s office. The party applying must bring the absentee application along with identification for the absent party. Applicants need not be residents of Colorado. ABSENTEE APPLICATIONS MUST BE NOTARIZED.
If either party has finalized a divorce within 30 days of applying for the marriage license, the final decree must be produced. This decree must be signed by the judge or court referee. If the divorce has been final more than 30 days, divorce information must be given regarding date of divorce, place of divorce and court in which the divorce was finalized.
A marriage may be solemnized by a judge of a court of record, a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, or in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination or Indian nation or tribe. As of August 1993, a couple can solemnize their own marriage without any type of officiant. That’s right, you can perform your own wedding ceremony without an officiant in Colorado and it is legal.
Big congratulations to all those couples who just got engaged over Valentine’s Day weekend! Here are a few of our previous blog posts to help get you started with wedding planning:
New Engagement Congrats – The first planning steps
Choosing Your Wedding Vendors
StudioWed Luxury Bridal Design Showcase – On Sunday in Denver!
Real reasons to hire experienced wedding consultants
Ten Questions From Guests You Don’t Need to Answer