The Victorian era marks the period when Queen Victoria ruled Britain, from 1837-1901. To date, this has been the longest reign of any British Monarch and so, it is easy to see how influential Queen Victoria became on the art and style of weddings.
In fact, although she was not the first royal to wed in white, she seemed to have started the trend of wearing white wedding dresses ever since she wore one at her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840.
Here are some tips for planning a Victorian-themed wedding:
D�cor–The Victorian period was characterized by ornate and almost excessive decoration. Brides can copy it by using fabric draping, Japanese elements such as Oriental brocade and porcelain, lace, silk and velvet.Centrepiece tablescapes can include: antique perfume bottles, beaded lampshades, mirrored trays, cherubs and antique clocks.
Other popular design elements were stained glass, canopies, floral chintz fabric, damask patterns, wall paper, chandeliers, needlepoint, Grecian busts, portraits, and animal trophies.
Colours–The Industrial Age happened during this period, therefore muted colours like grays and gray-blues were commonly used on many household walls, so that soot and ash would not show up. Other popular colours of this era were: plum, yellows, golds, burgundy, sage and olive green, along with dusty pinks and lavenders.
Accessories–To evoke the Victorian era, accessories can include parasols, lace gloves, large brooches, feather boas and fans. Elaborate hats were also worn by Victorian women, particularly towards the end of the era. These hats were often large and extravagant, featuring flowers, ribbons, plumes and birds.
Fashion–Almost every decade within the Victorian era gave rise to style changes for women. During the early 1840s and 1850s, most women wore petticoats. However, this soon gave way to crinolines, which are still used today by many brides, to give volume to ball gown-styled wedding dresses.
To emulate a Victorian bride, modern brides can opt for emphasis on the waist with corsets or slim-waisted gowns. Other styles that can be used to portray this era are: fuller sleeves, asymmetrical draping on the skirts, wide or off-the-shoulder necklines, skirts with bustles, and bodices with frills (which were popular toward the end of the era).
Men's fashion featured the use of top hats, bowler hats, three-piece suits, waistcoats, cummerbunds and wide ties. Towards the end of the Victorian era, the blazer and the tuxedo were also fashionable for men.
Stationery–In your invitations and programmes, perhaps use quotes from poets and writers from the Victorian era, some of the more popular ones were: Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Lewis Carroll, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti and Rudyard Kipling.
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