Regency Wedding Stuff
Posted by P. Bingham on June 18, 1998 at 03:36:04:
In response to Regency fashion, written by Constanza on June 16, 1998 at 12:56:22
With the 'Regency' style so in vogue these days, it is a great idea of your's to take on such a theme for your wedding. Here are a few details I've collected on the subject:
There was the wedding breakfast which was actually a luncheon. It could be a full-course meal. I believe there was a post on this subject further down and several of our posters contributed a nice selection of ideas. At this 'breakfast' there would be a bride's cake to be cut. It was not called a wedding cake until Victorian times.
At the wedding the bride's maid holds your posey. The wedding itself is posted somewhere here in Pemberely, I think the FAQ. Also: We here in Pemberley have an on-going "conflictment' as to whether the groom and the bride actually kiss!
For your apparell: your dress can be white and silver with the high waist (which should not be a problem as this style is very much in vogue now). Your veil would be a trailing scarf of lace or gauze which is pinned in the center of your hair with the long ends falling around your arms (which would be bare). This veil won't be covering your face but would fall down behind you nearly to the hem of your gown. Your headress would be a floral wreath, perhaps with roses but especially with orange blossoms.
Your groom's apparel: He would be in fancy dress but not in black.
For your bride's maids and even guests, you might think to utilize Regency colors such as yellows, light blues, lavenders, tangerines, soft greens, etc. We're not quite talking pastel here, but soft colors with definate tints that would be appropriate for a wedding. Choose a supplimental color that would stand out against the lighter color you choose (tangerine is good for that or even orange-red).
As far as specific customs, I think there were discussions on that earlier. You might want to check the archives.
Do take a closer look at the movies P&B and S&S. The wedding scenes may not be exactly authentic but they are close enough for a good impression and overall feel.
Also: Go to the library and check out a book on Regency style. It will give you a good feel about what fabrics were popular, prints, etc. And then you can improvise.
There is also a Post farther down as a Teacher was intrested to know how to set up a Regency Party for her student. There are many wonderful ideas there that you can use to decorate the church and 'wedding breakfast' location. Perhaps on your invitation you can word it accordingly and substitute 'reception' for 'breakfast'.
That's all I can think of now. Good luck to you and congratulations.
- Oops! posted in the wrong place! Sorry. (nfm) P. Bingham 04:56:07 6/21/98 (1)
- Actually, I suspected as much ;-) nfm Constanza 12:38:11 6/22/98 (0)
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