Having a Victorian-Themed Wedding

Vintage Wedding Bouquet
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If you've always loved the Victorian era and elegant old-fashioned style, why not have a Victorian wedding? Here are some great tips to get you started.

Add an Antique Touch to Your Formalwear

Think ruffles, bows, and lace. Check out Victoriana.com for examples of Victorian brides. Consider wearing an antique wedding dress, or a reproduction. Since Queen Victoria wore a long lace veil at her wedding, almost every bride in that era followed her fashion.

Men should wear morning dress, or for an evening wedding, a tailcoat. They may also wear a top hat if they are so inclined.

Putting Together Your Menu

For a more informal wedding, the Sunday tea dance with petit fours, scones, and fresh fruit is ideal. For a formal wedding, follow the tips for a traditional formal wedding. Rent movies such as The Age of Innocence for inspiration.

Invitations, Stationery, and Decor

For a formal wedding, have a beautiful embossed border on the edge of your invitation. Ideally, the writing should be engraved, and the text should be as formal as possible. For a more casual wedding, consider these illustrated cards. Alternatively, design your own invitations with a favorite Victorian love poem.

Consider a cracker like the ones popular at holiday time. They were invented in the Victorian era; they open with a snap and usually contain a joke and a small prize in them. These crackers can be filled with a trinket appropriate to budget and personality. Especially for a daytime wedding, consider a folding paper fan printed with a beautiful poem and your wedding date alongside your wedding program.

Pay special attention to the meaning of flowers -- consider carrying a tussy mussy bouquet. For your flower girls, having them carry pomanders will offer an authentic touch.