Thursday, February 21, 2013

Vintage Inspired Bridal

At least once a day we hear a bride tell us that something about her wedding is "vintage" inspired. It's an incredibly popular trend right now, but what exactly does that mean? "Vintage" encompasses a wide range of styles, silhouettes and details. Today on the blog, we're breaking it all down for you.

If your vintage-inspired wedding harkens back to the 1920-40's, then you're likely looking for a slim silhouette with intricate, delicate beadwork. Think of the flappers from the 20's, or the old hollywood glamour of the 40's- lush fabrics like silk charmeuse paired with elaborate beadwork make for stunning gowns that truly evoke that era. Designers and dresses that fit your aesthetic include:

Willow (pictured above), Eden, Aspen, Mimosa, Tuberose, Esme and lots of other gowns by Jenny Packham feature gorgeous beading and luxurious fabrication. Budget at least $4,000-$7,000 for this particular designer.
If Jenny Packham is a little out of your price range, consider gowns by Nicole Miller- many of her gowns have similar beadwork and are also inspired by the same era in terms of silhouette and style, but you can plan to spend a little less. Many of her gowns fall under $2,000 like this one pictured above- style HO0002.
If you love the slim silhouettes of the 20's, but want to incorporate more lace, consider Allure Bridal for sheaths like this one- style #8800. Similar looks include styles 8856 and 8764. All three of these styles retail for less than $1,500- an amazing price when you consider how well they deliver in detail and beadwork.
For other brides, "vintage" inspired could mean something from the 50's or 60's- a full skirt with a natural waist or something with very feminine details like lace, flowers or ruffles. Remember the wedding gowns of Jacqueline Kennedy or Grace Kelly? If that's the kind of "vintage" flair you're going for, consider these dresses and designers:
Christos designs have long been known for their impeccable couture fabrication and classic, romantic aesthetic as well as their heirloom quality. Obviously these qualities come at a price, so budget at least $5,000- $9,000 for a gown such as Primrose (pictured above).
For a budget more along the lines of $2,000-$4,000, consider Watters and WToo, especially Camilla(pictured above). The designs are beautifully embellished with lots of natural waist, full skirt options. There's even a tea-length wedding gown called "Arabesque" that perfectly evokes that 1950's feeling.
Finally, if you're hoping not to head over the $2,000 mark for your budget, there are still plenty of options including this beauty by Allure (style 8957). There's also an amazing Grace Kelly-esque gown by designer Pronovias called Dalia that falls below $2,000, but delivers on the drama and detail:
Dalia by Pronovias
Are there other "vintage" periods that you're inspired by? Is it making it harder or easier to find yoru gown and design your wedding? We'd love to hear about your experience creating a vintage-inspired wedding!

1 comment:

  1. So helpful that you outlined the distinctive elements of what we loosely call "vintage"!



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