Victorian Weddings: A New, Old-Fashioned, Trend
Wedding themes are
popping up all over the world; some involve favors and decorations,
and some go so deep as to even dictate or to influence the
choice of dress for the wedding party. Victorian weddings
fall into this second group; most likely the theme of a Victorian
wedding was chosen in order to make wearing a Victorian wedding
dress possible. So just what exactly do Victorian weddings
Victorian weddings can either be slightly Victorian or wholly
Victorian. The theme of the wedding might include only the
‘costumes’ worn by the bridal party, or it could
influence virtually everything at the wedding from dresses,
to food, to the invitations sent out months prior to the wedding.
Victorian wedding dresses appeal to many women because of
their femininity and their beauty; these dresses tend to be
covered in ruffles and lace and accentuate the body very nicely
because of the obligatory corset worn underneath them. Victorian
wedding dresses are of a traditional, old-fashioned cut. The
waist is never high nor low, but always right where it is
on a Barbie doll—and just as illusory as Barbie’s,
the waist of Victorian wedding dresses is always much smaller
than a normal waist. For these dresses, a corset must be worn
if you ever hope to get the dress buttoned.
These dresses typically have an ornate shoulder cut in addition
to the typical under-sized waist. Some dresses are off-the-shoulder,
but regardless of where they fall on the shoulder, something
about the shoulders pulls attention. Sometimes it is the cut,
and sometimes it is only superficial decoration attached to
the shoulders of the fabric. Sleeves are puffed, but not upwards,
only around the circumference of the arm. Skirts of Victorian
wedding dresses are always very full, with at least one, usually
more, full petticoats underneath. Very often the front of
the skirt is attached to the waist with a downward pointing
diamond front and center.
To go beyond the dress when designing Victorian weddings
could include such things as an invitation embossed with a
Victorian love poem. Another use for the poem could be to
have it be a reading during the ceremony, or to have it be
read as a toast during the reception. Yet another idea is
to make it some kind of favor, printing it in some sort of
decorative manner for each wedding guest to take home with
them. It could also be printed on napkins for cocktails or
printed on place cards for each guest or on the table name.
The possibilities are endless, and the contribution to the
overall experience of Victorian weddings is obvious.
Victorian weddings can also include traditional music or
food. Some ideas for foods are scones and tea—an original
substitution for a cocktail hour if you would like to refrain
from mass alcohol consumption at the wedding you are planning,
or if you simply like the idea of tea and scones or tea and
cookies or tea and tiny sandwiches. Once again, the possibilities
are virtually endless with a little research and a touch of
And don’t forget the flowers. Consult your florist
on typical floral arrangements that would follow a more Victorian
theme. Think flowing vines and lots of white. A head wreath
is also a popular substitute for a tiara or a veiled headpiece.
Another headwear option, perhaps not quite as attractive,
but certainly authentic to Victorian weddings, is a bonnet
of the same color and material as the wedding gown. This bonnet
should be just as puffy and full of material as the dress.
These bonnets might not be the epitome of style, but they
are the most authentic if it’s genuineness you’re
looking for in your plans for a Victorian wedding.
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