Your wedding day is one of the most significant moments in your life. The photos of your big day will stay in your home and family for generations. While you might feel like you need to incorporate all the current trends into your wedding, they can quickly go out of fashion.
You want your wedding to have a timeless feel so that your photos and videos never date. I’ve rounded up a few of my top tips on how to achieve a timeless wedding day look so that you can avoid future embarrassment or regret.
1. The Dress Takes Centre Stage
The bride is in almost every photo of the big day, especially the sentimental ones. Your wedding dress is an expression of your personality and should reflect the style of your wedding. While the dress is as unique as the woman who wears it, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. You want a dress that works for your body shape with an evergreen design. When you’re flicking through bridal magazines, take a look at what dresses were in vogue in the 60s onwards that are still in style today. Lace is one material that will always remain timeless and is an elegant choice for any wedding gown. Veils are a family heirloom and one item that has remained consistent between the Victorian era and now.
2. Simple Is Always Best
Planning a wedding is an overwhelming task. Everyone you know will give you recommendations about how they think your wedding should be. Your Inbox will be full of photos of celebrity weddings with your friends telling you that you should replicate their designs and setups. While it might seem fun to recreate Kim Kardashian-West’s flower wall, it’s likely to become dated within a few years.
You want to blend together old and new to incorporate trends with timeless design elements to let your wedding feel both fresh and classic.
3. Be Careful with Pinterest
Most brides have been building a Pinterest board full of ideas for their weddings for years before they even get engaged. You might want to use the social media platform to help you get some inspiration, but don’t consider it to be the bible when it comes to weddings. A lot of what you’ll find on Pinterest is ‘do it yourself’ wedding designs that quickly become dated even after a year or two. Pinterest can also feel extremely overwhelming, and make you think that you need dozens of pieces in your table designs.
If you see the same thing appearing on your Pinterest feed repeatedly, then that usually means it’s a trend as opposed to a classic design. Don’t overcomplicate things and stick to one or two design elements that you incorporate throughout your wedding.
4. Choose a Neutral Color Palette
Choosing the color scheme for your wedding can be a daunting task. Keep in mind that the colors you chose should carry across everything from bridesmaids dresses to table designs and flowers. When in doubt, opt for neutral colors that you can layer on top of each other. You can never go wrong with white, a light pastel and a touch of a neutral, Crème Brulee color. Once you have your color palette, stick to it!
If your favorite color is highlighter pink or magenta purple, then you can incorporate these colors into your bridal shower instead of your wedding. Other bridal events such as showers and engagement parties are the time to embrace trends and have a little fun.
5. Keep Your Table Settings Minimalistic
Thanks to the Pinterest age, wedding table settings are getting more extravagant. There are a few key elements that you want to use to create a timeless table setting at your wedding that won’t ever date. Your wedding day is your opportunity to go all out, so you should always opt for a formal table setting. The venue that you choose will usually be able to work with you on this. If you’re able to use fine china and genuine silverware, then that’s a bonus.
If you have a seating plan, then you can have the nameplates produced by calligraphy artist that match the overall seating plan that you’ll have on display at the front of your venue. For garnishes on your table, flowers and candles are all you need. Remember – less is more.
6. Add Subtle Personalization
What puts people off the prospect of a timeless wedding is the idea that it can be repetitive and feel the same as everyone else. If this is a concern for you, there’s one easy solution to this problem. Invest in a wedding monogram that incorporates both of your initials. This design can appear on everything from your wedding invitation to your napkins and any favors you offer on the table. Your invitation will set the tone for your wedding, and it’s the perfect place to introduce your wedding monogram.
For a timeless look, keep your monogram neutral and smaller in size. You can take inspiration from the monograms used by royals on their official stationery.
4. Candles and Greenery
Centerpieces at weddings come in every shape and size. If you have too many elements to your wedding, it can leave your guests feeling overwhelmed, and your photos can look cluttered. Two things that will never go out of style are candles and greenery. Candles are an instant way to add a touch of romanticism and intimacy to your venue. When you are building your color palette, greenery can help provide a neutral tone to set against a pastel shade or to play up different textures.
With greenery and candles, you have an opportunity to add your flair to your wedding day by incorporating your favorite scents.
For a timeless wedding, you want to focus on classics over trends. For every bridal magazine that you read, go back into the archives, and see what couples were opting for twenty years ago. If you find something that looks as though it was from 2019 and not 1999, then it’s timeless.
With all these tips, do not forget that it is your day and you can make it whatever you want. Letting trends and opinions of others affect you can completely change your perspectives about what you would like to see on that special day, which can lead to regret after some time, regret of not following your own heart. So trust your gut, trust your dreams and have an amazing Wedding Day of your dreams! Yours Always,