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Everything you need to know about planning the Perfect Classic Wedding

If you want a wedding theme that will stand the test of time, and will always be in style—Classic Weddings are the way to go!

Timeless in their elegance, reminiscent of bygone eras, superb in details and executed with perfection, it is no wonder that classic themes are the eternal favorite. Although casual and destination weddings are all trendy, they are no competition for a classic wedding. Formal ceremonies that celebrate the matrimonial unification of man and wife with splendor and style, are a joy in itself.

Join us as we explore everything from planning your invitation, menu and wedding dress to identifying the perfect venue and picking your wedding favors for your perfect Classic Wedding.

Wedding invitation and Save-the-date cards

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A classic wedding is expected to be grand, and you should ensure that your invitations reflect this. Once you choose your color palette, it is time to look at good quality stationery in this color combination. Decide on a design and a layout that is both formal and elegant. A light colored invitation with dark lettering, or a dark base with shiny lettering works best for classic themes. Your invitation sets the tone for your wedding, so use them to provide a sneak peek into what your wedding theme is. The main things to remember when designing your invitations are:

  • The invitation should be uncluttered with clean lines and well-spaced words
  • The font should be elegant, with solid strokes and straight lines and preferably in a single color throughout
  • Classic invitations involve plenty of custom details. Monograms, motifs, calligraphy and lace details are all suitable
  • Letterpress or engraved cards are the best choice
  • Metallic colors like gold, silver and copper add flourish to classic wedding invitations

Choose your wedding invitation words carefully, so they convey the tone of the event you are hosting. A classic invitation usually begins with the name of the host followed by a request line such as “requests your honorable presence”, or a variation of this.

Elegant handwriting creates a favorable first impression, so it is something you should pay attention to. Get your envelopes addressed by someone who has a good handwriting. You can also choose to print them in calligraphy style or have them written by an expert. Also, if there are any add-on cards in your invitation, you can either choose them in the same color as your main card, or add a pop of color by choosing a complementing color.

Wedding venue

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The venue you choose for your wedding has a huge impact on how well you can pull off the classical theme. This article on the Borrowed and Blue wedding website correctly mentions that every classic bride looks forward to having show stopping décor at the reception venue. To make this possible, you need a venue that will yield to your lighting requirements, show off the colors of your palette beautifully and allow you to seat your guests in the best possible manner.

Historic houses, museums and huge banquet halls are all popular venues. You will have to decorate the chosen venue with flowers, candles, lamps and other accessories to render the charming effect you have in mind. Your floral décor should be elegant and involve blooms that are commanding and regal. If you have the budget for it, consider hiring a flower artist to create unusual and attractive floral motifs that will set your wedding apart. Think of tall centerpieces and exquisite aisle decorations with roses, tulips and orchids for a classic touch. Play with mood lighting; dim candle light is the best choice for adding extra luster and sparkle to your venue, while adding a romantic glow. Candles, glass vases, crystal, copper and gold vessels are other factors that add a unique finish. Aim for elegance, and don’t overdo the glitter as it can do more damage than good. Sheer white fabric can be used throughout your décor, for aisle decorations, as chair backs, table cloths and ceremony backdrops to add a luxuriously romantic touch.

Classic wedding color combinations

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There are a number of options to consider where classic wedding color palettes are concerned. However, your main concern should be how these colors will work together at the venue you have in mind, and with the weather at the time of the wedding. A black and white combination is unquestionably classic, but there is little to innovate here. Mixing metallics like gold, silver and copper with pale, pastel colors or deep dark shades can yield classic color combinations. Some of our favorite combinations like navy with gold and black, white and gold with peach work beautifully because of the balance they create between dark and light. When you mix colors, make sure that there aren’t too many bold colors. Ideally you shouldn’t exceed more than two bold colors in your palette or it can lose its appeal. When the theme is monochromatic, go with a single intense color and add sophistication to it by clubbing it with white, black or metal. When you choose a combination of colors, you should make sure that the darker shades are well-balanced by sober neutrals like grays and beige.

When planning a classic color combination, remember that it should be easy on the eye. If you already have a certain combination in mind, it may be a good idea to choose the venue based on how well it goes with the colors you want to use. If the venue has wall-to-wall carpets that clash with your colors, or the walls are an unusual color that will work against your palette, you should probably look at another venue.

Wedding dress

Classic elements like silk and lace will best fit the theme of your wedding. Few modern styles, like the illusion neckline, go well to classic themes. So, make sure that your choice of silhouette, fabric, embellishments and accessories work with the theme, and not against it. Lace has a timeless charm, which makes it perfect for a traditional style wedding. Lace dresses can either be entirely made of lace or with lace used only in specific locations, like the neckline, sleeves or hemline. Dresses that have scalloped hemlines look dainty and feminine, and also fit the classic wedding theme. The color you choose should ideally be white, but make sure that the shade you choose flatters your skin tone best. You can also consider gold dresses or white wedding gowns with metallic or crystal embellishments in a different color for an unusual look. The other fabric that is perfect for classic weddings is satin. Make your pick from the available choices like Larissa Satin or Duchess satin, in a silhouette that flatters your body structure.

For a classic wedding theme, you have to choose a traditional silhouette. Elaborate ball-gowns, A-line skirts and fit-and-flare gowns work well. Where necklines are concerned, most necklines work as long as the dress as a whole looks classic. Nevertheless, strapless, halter and spaghetti straps may not be the best choices for this style of wedding. We think that bateau necklines, scoop, V-necklines, illusion and Queen Anne necklines are the best. Wedding dresses with cap-sleeves, three-fourth illusion sleeves and butterfly sleeves are some of the most classic choices.

Another factor to consider is the veil and train. A long veil and at least a chapel train are absolutely essential to nailing a classic bridal look. Complete your bridal look with accessories like pearls and gemstones in your jewelry. Dazzling headpieces like tiaras, headpins or headbands would also add to your overall look. When choosing your bouquet, choose traditional styles like the nosegay or round bouquet with flowers like roses and tulips. Focus on keeping it simple and stunning. You do not have to use all the colors in your color palette, instead pick the most flattering color and work around it.

Bridesmaids, groomsmen and flower girls

Stick with full-length dresses for your bridesmaids in either the main colors or in neutral shades. While you may like to look at dresses that fit the latest trends, make sure that it is a choice that will not look dated ten years later. Also aim for elegance. The groomsmen should be in tuxedos, and their shirt or tie colors should match the bridesmaids dresses. While black is the standard choice for tuxes, you can always go with a different color like navy or brown, as long as it flows with the theme. You can have your flower girl wear a miniature version of your dress. Stick with pearls or classic flower choices to dress up your wedding party. Similarly make sure that the accessories and hairstyle you ask them to wear to your wedding are not too unusual.

For boutonnieres and bridesmaids bouquets, adhere to the same rules as for the bridal bouquet. It is best to create beautiful flower pieces out of the colors that are easily available, than force the colors into your bouquet or make-do with the ones that are similar.

Ceremony and reception

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Traditional is always best, when it comes to things like vows. It is easy and practical to use any of the traditional vows with slight variations to suit your taste. Take a look at this article on traditional wedding vows on About.com to find the one that works for you.  You can either go with a professional wedding officiant or a member of family or friend to preside over the ceremony. If you choose the latter, make sure that the person has the required license to lawfully solemnize your marriage.

Classic doesn’t have to mean over-the-top. You can always achieve beauty and sophistication with simplicity, like this bride on Wedding Chicks did. This whimsical and romantic wedding party is so inspiring, so don’t forget to dive into all the details listed there.

Live-band or DJ, soft and serene music is a must for the wedding reception, as is a plated meal. For your playlist, consider a healthy mix of timeless classics with some faster modern numbers as well. Stick to the traditional tunes for the first dances. Make sure that your food options include both traditional and contemporary dishes that everyone is bound to enjoy. If you would like to personalize your menu, we suggest you add family favorites or choices that are culturally significant to you or your better-half. Make sure that everything from the place cards to table linen and chair-backs tie to the theme.

Wedding cake and favors

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Nothing can replace the traditional tiered wedding cake at a classic wedding. Go with the standard round, hexagon or square shape and choose decorations like ribbons, flowers, fruits and beads that are undeniably classic in the effect they create. Soft and melt-in-the-mouth flavors are the best. Some of our favorite wedding cake designs include

  • White tiers with cascades of natural or candied flowers
  • Ombre cakes in pastel or neutral colors with minimum decorations
  • Cakes with alternating tiers of plain frosting and designs like lace or ruffles
  • Metallic cakes
  • Cakes with satin ribbons and classic motifs
  • Nude cakes with fresh fruit and cream

For wedding favors, you must pay attention to the packaging, as this goes a long way in adding the finishing touches to your well-thought out gift. Edible favors like cookies or chocolates, custom wrapped and tagged with beautiful thank you cards will be appreciated. Customized wine glasses, photo mint tins, compact cases, key chains, succulent pots, photo frames or coasters make splendid gifts. Small touches such as the addition of an organza bow and a tag that matches the rest of your wedding stationary, are all it takes to render a unique touch.

To pick your perfect wedding dress for the classic wedding theme that you have been dreaming of all along, all you have to do is visit our bridal gallery on Best for Bride. Get ready to be amazed by the hundreds of choices awaiting you. Visit our store locations or order your wedding dress online, and be on your way to being the most beautiful bride in town.

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Princess-inspired wedding dresses for the wedding look you always dreamed of

There are two things that come to mind, when we think of beautiful gowns: brides and princesses. As a little girl, all of us have someday dreamed of looking like our favorite fairytale princess. Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping beauty have all been our favorites when we were little. The present generation is equally smitten with Elsa from Frozen and Ariel the Mermaid.

Now, ask yourself a quick question. Have you ever imagined yourself as one of these princesses? If the answer is yes, you should consider a fantastic princess-inspired wedding dress. Let us look at some choices that can make this possible. Climb in as we take off on an enchanting journey to visit our favorite fairytale princesses.

Cinderella

Disney’s portrayal of Cinderella in a thickly layered ball gown skirt and her hair tied up high matches this Mori Lee bridal dress 2777 from the 2015 Fall collection.

The scintillating bodice paves the way for an elaborate tulle gown that will transform you into a Cinderella who needn’t worry about the clock striking at midnight. A timeless design that is simply elegant, your guests will be amazed at how beautiful you will look in it, on your wedding day.

Snow White

The pretty princess who earns the wrath of her evil step-mother, for being the fairest maiden in the country; Snow White is a picture of innocence. Here is a gown that is a perfect depiction of the image that comes to mind when we think of this fictional character.

This Mori Lee 5370 from the Fall 2015 collection has embroidered lace appliques spread over net, to create a charming bridal gown. The cap sleeves are a unique statement element, and the dress also features an A-line skirt.

Ariel

There are many gowns inspired by the mermaid style, brought to life by the pretty mermaid Ariel. She dreams of marrying her prince charming one day, and here is a gown that is worth her attention.

The Mori Lee 2723 from the Spring 2015 collection is a classic mermaid-inspired dress, with the finest details adding beauty to it. The silhouette closely glides across your natural curves and spreads out into a layered skirt at the knees. An illusion neckline crafted with fine crystal detailing wraps over a lace bodice, and the clusters of floral magnificence spread all the way up to the skirt.

Sleeping Beauty

The princess cursed to sleep when her finger is pricked by a spindle, till a kiss of true love awakens her from her slumber; Sleeping Beauty is a fantasy princess like no other. And, here is a dress fit for this princess.

This Y11571 Sophia Tolli 2015 bridal gown features splendid asymmetrical draping over the bodice, that gathers on one side and drops into an elegant layered skirt. The beautiful crystal details on the bodice and at the dropped waist add shimmer and shine to an already fabulous pattern. Fine lace scallops dance over the hemline and continue into a magnificent train, making it a dress fit for any princess.

To take a closer look at any of these gowns, or to find another one that you will fall in love with, visit our bridal collection at Best for Bride today.

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4 signs that you have found the wedding dress of your dreams

Princess-style ball gowns, stunning mermaid-inspired dresses, elegant A-line dresses—the options in wedding dresses are endless. Your wedding shopping is the experience of a lifetime, one where you buy the most important dress you’ll ever wear. While you may come across several fabulous dresses at your bridal boutique appointment, how do you know which of these is “the dress?”

Let us look at the signs that the dress you have on is the right one!

  1. You forget all about the other dresses you tried on when you wear this one
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When you find the dress of your dreams, all the confusion about whether the dress with the beautiful neckline was better than the one with the stunning back details suddenly disappear. You do not think of any other dress, but this one. This is because, this is “the dress!”

  1. You suddenly feel emotional, or someone accompanying you tears up seeing you in the dress

The normal reaction for a bride who has found the perfect dress is to suddenly feel emotional. But, if you aren’t the person for tears, there is still a chance that someone who has accompanied you will be tearing up. The right dress will have everyone gasping in amazement when they see you walk out in it. When you find everyone glassy-eyed and unable to take their eyes off you, you should know that this dress is just perfect.

  1. You feel you’ve never looked this beautiful before
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The magic of the perfect dress is that it makes you feel like a Goddess. You feel you look flawless from head to toe. Everything, or almost everything about the dress flatters you, and you cannot think of anything that you want to change in this dress. You do not want to take it off, and you are mesmerized with how well it suits you, from every angle. If you feel that the dress you are wearing is the best one you’ve worn all your life, don’t think any more—buy it.

  1. You begin imagining your wedding day already

When you find a dress that fits your expectations, the first picture that comes to your mind is walking down the aisle and getting married in it. Images of your big day are formed in your mind, and you imagine the wedding ceremony in it. You may of course, need to make a few changes and alter it to fit you perfectly, but you can’t wait to wear it and amaze everyone with how beautiful you look in it.

  1. All your previous ideas for your wedding dress seem insignificant when you try this dress

You may have decided to settle for nothing but a ball gown skirt or you may not be able to imagine anything but a sweetheart bodice, but when you find the right dress, all these thoughts disappear from your mind. Even when the silhouette, neckline, sleeves and pattern are entirely different from what you had envisioned, you will not want to look at another dress. This is a sure sign that you have found your dream wedding gown.

To find the perfect dress for your wedding day, and for more wedding tips and advice, visit our website at Best for Bride.

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Beginner’s Guide: How to Embellish a Wedding Dress – Everything You Need To Know

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More and more couples are using their creativity to enhance the wedding with DIY decorations and centerpieces. The DIY trend isn’t stopping with decorations. Brides are always on the hunt of how to embellish a wedding dress and adding details in different ways to give it a personal touch. They might add fantastic little details such as beads or appliqués. Whether it is a smidge more lace or covering the entire bodice with beading, the options are endless to customize the bridal dress.

There are several advantages when you embellish a wedding dress. Let us look at what they are.

Different advantages of adding wedding gown embellishments

When you embellish a wedding dress, your bridal gown will look more expensive

Beginner’s Guide: How to Embellish a Wedding Dress - Everything You Need To Know

Embellishments can be used to upgrade the overall look of a simple and inexpensive wedding dress. Brides will know that an embellished gown can be pricey. So, if you are on a budget but want to enjoy the look for less, embellishments are the way to go. With the right choice of embellishments, you can add a gaudy touch to a simple wedding gown and make it look more expensive than what you actually paid for it.

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