Vintage Style Weddings
On Christmas Eve, my little sister was engaged. Even though we knew it was coming, I still cried. Weddings and marriage are such a beautiful rite of passage. It’s no wonder some brides lose all sense of control when it comes to planning their wedding. Brides who want to get married in retro or vintage style are doubly stressed – every detail not only has to be beautiful, but period correct! Poor grooms.
Style Me Vintage: Weddings by Annabel Beeforth (Chicago Review Press, Distributed by Independent Publishers Group) is a lovely new book for all the blushing brides who want to recreate dreamy weddings from the past. The photography made me swoon. So many images of beautiful brides and tons of vintage and vintage inspired details to make your wedding outfit not only period correct, but glamorous and fun.
The book is FULL of information and suggestions on how to create the wedding look of your dreams. It is broken down by a general information section at the beginning, a comprehensive visual and instructional guide on all the eras from Edwardian to the 1970s (good 70s ladies!). It even includes suggested scents, inspirational photography and film, a label guide and a list of suppliers. Each era also lists typical details of a wedding gown and look of that era. At only 175 pages, this book is chock full of information, resources, and inspiration if you are planning a vintage wedding.
Some vintage fashion books tend to give you just the history of fashion. Style Me Vintage: Weddings does a really good job of telling you exactly how to make vintage styles work for you and your body.
There is something so wonderfully feminine and elegant about 50s wedding dresses that they appeal to many brides today—but be mindful of your body shape. The hourglass silhouette suits many body shapes, particularly those ladies with a fuller figure, but a dress with layer upon layer of tulle might overwhelm a tiny frame. Also, because the emphasis was on the nipped-in look, many original 50s wedding gowns available today will feature a very small waist, so it is critical you attempt to try an original gown on for fit before committing to buy it. A specialty alterations service may be able to modify a bodice to create a more comfortable fit, but this isn’t always possible.
It’s important to mention that those tiny waistlines of the 50s were given a helping hand by good corsetry! To create a similar, authentic silhouette, you may want to invest in a modern-day alternative set of underwear. Speak to a lingerie specialist, or even a dressmaker, who will be able to advise you on where to buy a suitable waist-cincher, if required.
Even though I am not planning a wedding, I was surprised by how much I learned from this book. The “real bride” looks and the modeled looks all offer inspiration beyond just the bid day. I can see some of the accessories, cakes and decor working for any special event. Multiple candy colored petticoats and floral topped cupcakes? Yes please!
Style Me Vintage: Weddings would make a perfect gift for a soon-to-be bride, a wedding or party planner, or anyone who deals with special occasion or vintage events. I’m sure my sister is going to secretly borrow it from my vintage resource library!