A mes­meric mood­board to chan­nel your in­ner vin­tage chic

Emirates Bride - - CONTENTS -

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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