Your wedding day is one of the most significant moments in your life. The memories, photos, and video of your big day will stay in your hearts, home, and family for generations. You might have a perfect wedding vision in mind, but there are a few things to remember when planning. It's easy to get lost in the inspiration, trends, and decision making, especially when you have family expectations or limited resources. So to spare your time and future embarrassment, there are a few things to remember so as to achieve a timeless wedding day or weekend.
What does a timeless wedding mean? It means having a simple and clean aesthetic, having colors and details that compliment this aesthetic, creating an atmosphere in which your experience and the guests' experience is clean and well structured, and in which your memories, photos, and videos never date. We’ve researched and rounded up some of our top tips on how to achieve a timeless wedding day look so that you can achieve the experience you'll want to remember your day as years from now.
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 can be overwhelming. Everyone you know will give you recommendations about how they think your wedding should be. Your head will be full of photos of celebrity weddings while family and friends will try to encourage you to do what they personally did. Keep in mind that people are always trying to outdo others' weddings, and it may inspire in the wrong direction. What you'll want to do is search within yourself and your fiancé to see what details truly matter the most, and from there, you will find ways to blend together fresh and classic styles to make your wedding feel both personal and classy.
For example, getting married in one's church has been a classic tradition for a lot of people. Some couples have preferred not to get married in a church or just prefer the location and experience of a venue. Instead of finding a location for a reception then, it makes the most sense to find a venue that can host your ceremony AND reception. To keep things timeliness then, search for a venue that is designed for weddings. Not just that they host weddings, but that they curate the aesthetics of the atmosphere towards the beauty of your day and what is most important to you. If a beautiful, scenic backdrop is what matters to you, then search for a location that fits your needs. Don't just find a pretty spot or a big open space to get married and neglect the rest of the details. If you want an isle that is flooded with flower petals, don't clutter the isle with other items. If you want a nicely lit reception, don't just add disco lights with the DJ, ask the DJ or venue, or even the videographer, what lights are available so that it is done professionally.
As you will find, the SIMPLE experience is all in the details. It's in the small things that make up the whole, not the other way around. It's like a well-thought-out outfit, one that fits the occasion, is clean and compliments your physique. To have your wedding done simple, hire a planner and the right vendors who will take care of every detail for you.
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 with inspiration, but don’t consider it to be the bible when it comes to weddings. A lot of what you’ll find on Pinterest are picture perfect, best of the best weddings or styles that are new today and old tomorrow. Pinterest can also feel extremely overwhelming, and make you think of dozens of things you're forgetting.
Keep in mind, if you see the same thing appearing on your Pinterest feed repeatedly, then that usually means it’s a trend or interest to you as opposed to a classic design. Don’t overcomplicate things, rather stick to just a couple 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 the one opportunity to go all out, so you should always opt for the most formal table setting that fits your style. Rectangle tables over circular, for example, create a more classic and rustic atmosphere, especially when stretched along/around the room with runners or floral and candles. Circular tables are more common for ballroom weddings and should remain simple with a single large centerpiece. 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 at your wedding or on your tables, it can look tacky and leave your guests feeling overwhelmed, and your photos will 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,