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It was Queen Victoria who set the trend for white wedding gowns and white floral arrangements during her era. Over the years, brides have adapted to various elements of the romantic royal affair. Embracing the ‘age of innocence’, the '40s swing celebrations and medieval affairs, a modern Victoriana wedding can be creative and delightful without looking dated. The most important part
of a Victorian-themed wedding is a nod to nostalgia. Pleasant colour palettes in sprawling acres of manicured lawns and plentiful rose gardens are ideal. But if you don’t have access to such a venue, why not recreate the atmosphere with opulent interiors inspired by beaux-art mansions, for a more refined affair? When choosing a ballroom, consider ones that are drenched in pinks, greens, and gold, or rich jewel- toned blues, burgundy, and copper. Your invitations will set the tone for the whole day, so be sure they fit your theme. While announcements were hand-delivered in the 19th century, you don't need to do this – but creating a homemade Valentine is both period-appropriate and poetic. The signature Victorian flower is the rose. But other flowers such as pansies, hyacinths, tulips, and stephanotis evoke similar romantic emotions. Orchids too symbolise true love, and mixing freesia and gardenias alludes to the innocence of the theme. Entwining orange blossoms into the bridal wreath is also a Victorian must-have.
Fine china and teacups paired with overflowing flowers fit the theme, particularly when teamed with sets of cups and saucers, and mix a variety of styles. Floor-length tablecloths should be covered with Battenburg lace overlays, topped with fringed coasters or silk doilies to complete the look.
For the music and entertainment, think strolling violins during the cocktail hour and harps in between courses at dinner. Selections should include anything from Beethoven, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky.
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