How to Create a Vintage Glamour Style Wedding to Add Hollywood Shine

Vintage glamour style weddings are some of the most popular themes out there right now. There’s just something about that 1940’s Hollywood look with the fishtail dresses, gorgeous hats, and feathered flower arrangements that is attractive for the modern bride. If this style really appeals to you, here are some ways that you can achieve it at your wedding.

Start with the venue. If you really want a glamour wedding, a glam venue is important. It might be worth spending a little extra money on a venue that doesn’t need to be decorated as much. Look for little details like beautiful wallpaper or ceilings or old-fashioned wooden floors.

If you do have to decorate your venue to make it look more vintage glam, not to worry. There are plenty of ways to do this. One is to add lots of feathers into your decorations. Mirrors are excellent ways to bring in this theme, too. You can purchase rounded mirrors inexpensively, and you can also get ostrich feathers and other types of feathers for your centrepieces and other decorations without too much effort. These can easily be worked into more traditional looking flower arrangements to make them look more 1940’s style.

Wedding favours in the vintage glam theme can be fun, too. Why not get copies of mixed CDs from the era, or give guests copies of old Hollywood movies? Another option is to have linen napkins monogrammed for your guests, or you can even have them take home small bottles of sparkling water or champagne with labels that match your colours and vintage glam theme.

One of the best ways to add that vintage look to your wedding is with the dresses you choose. Dresses from this era are often sleek through the knees, where they flare out mermaid style. Your bridal dress can suit this style, and adding a deep V neck will make it even more glamorous. Add in more details like rhinestones and vintage jewelry to really draw the theme together.

Choosing your veil and hairstyle wisely will also add that glam element to your wedding ensemble. In the 1940’s, small boxy hats that sat on the back of the head and had short veils were popular. This is a great way to really complete a vintage style dress.

Another great option is to hire a vintage car for the day. If nothing else, you’ll get some excellent pictures in it! Check around with different services to see if you can get a 1940’s car for your wedding day. It can take you from your ceremony to your reception, and it can be a fun, memorable point to the day.

Incorporating different decorations and elements into a vintage glamour style wedding can be fun and exciting. It can end up with one of the most memorable weddings your guests have ever been to

Casual Wedding Dress Styles

There is a great new array of more casual wedding dress styles available today – especially during the spring and summer – so you can feel relaxed, comfortable and beautiful on your wedding day. For many women, dressing up in a spectacular wedding gown can be the highlight of their year – for others, the thought of formal bridalwear makes them a little uncomfortable. So if traditional wedding dresses and ball gowns really aren’t your style then fear not, there are plenty of other, more casual designs to choose from – either in wedding boutiques or even on the high street.

Some styles to consider include:

Blouson – loose and floaty, blouson styles are gathered at the waist or just below for a flattering and summery look. Usually made from fine or sheer fabric, you will often find blouson styles made from delicate and feminine prints. Go for pastel or muted colours and dress up with sparkling jewellery and a sleek hair do.

Drop Waist – drop waist gowns can lengthen the body by placing the waist at the hip area, with either a fitted or loose bodice above – usually with detailing on the skirt. This kind of wedding dress can suit both classic and casual brides, and is a great modern style. Available in a huge range of styles and fabrics, this kind of wedding dress can look as formal or as traditional as you like.

Grecian – draping and luxurious, Grecian wedding gowns are comfortable and suit most body shapes. Best in silky and smooth fabrics, Grecian dresses are usually floor-length with detailing around the strap/neckline area. For a contemporary look, go for asymmetrical straps and a bold colour. Perfect with flat sandals or bare feet and loose, curled hair.

Mini – show off your legs and make your fiance’s jaw hit the floor! A mini dress can be any style you like – skin-tight, loose and flowing or with a bubble hem. Go for classic white or ivory with delicate detailing for a more formal look, or step out of tradition and go for a completely different colour. Because your dress is, well, mini, you can maximise on accessories instead! And because you’ll be showing off your shoes, make sure you choose some stunners.

Tea-length – these wedding gowns stop just above the ankle and often hark back to the 50s with wide, full skirts. Bouncy, fun and fashionable, tea-length wedding dresses are very popular at the moment. Beautiful with a sweetheart neckline and lots of retro accessories.

Vintage – choose your favourite era and play dress up! From elegant lacy 20s style to the glamorous golden era of the 30s and 40s, from the rock and roll 50s to the psychadelic 60s and 70s, or even go all Wedding Singer and go for neon 80s style – it’s up to you.

Two-piece – A skirt and top combo can be a lovely alternative to the traditional wedding dress. Mix and match with your favourite colours, fabrics and styles to create your own signature look.

Dress/Trouser Suits – More commonly seen at registry office weddings, a dress or trouser suit is yet another way of stepping away from the traditional wedding gown. There are plenty of styles and colours to choose from, on and off the high street. Though we would advise buying the best you can afford, and consulting a seamstress or tailor to get a perfect fit – not all suits are created equal!

Whatever kind of wedding outfit you choose, make sure it reflects your personality, your style and most of all that you feel absolutely comfortable in it. Beyond that, the specifics are up to you!

How to Design an Exotic Style Room

If you hate the natural home style with those safe neutral beige and cream color schemes then perhaps your tastes run more to the exotic. You will have plenty of choice in room color schemes and accessories if that is the kind of style you like especially as we are now used to being able to easily import goods from far flung countries, which are just right for such a scheme. In fact, you will find stores springing up everywhere, both locally and on line, to cater for those who love the exotic look. Not only that, but these days many of us are traveling to places at the other side of the world and like to return with treasures ready to give our homes that special look and remind us of our days on vacation in beautiful places of the world.

But how do you put an exotic style together?

1. Decide on an Overall Look

There are many styles which belong in the exotic category and yet they don’t all fit well with each other. For example, you might favor oriental style or the styles of India and these styles do not work well together although separately each can provide the base for a wonderful stylish room. Perhaps the easiest way to have a coherent theme is to choose the traditional look of a particular country. Traditional is best if you want an exotic look as many modern homes are starting to have the same “international” look the world over.

2. Decide on a Color Scheme

Each type of look will lend itself to a particular color scheme or range of colors. For example, a Japanese look uses a lot of black lacquered or dark wood furniture. An Indian look is resplendent with bright colors such as oranges and fuchsia. A North African or Moroccan color scheme would lend itself to earthy colors mixed with bright blue. You can vary how you use the colors in your room. Think about wall paint or paper, curtains and window valances, carpets and flooring as well as accessories for an overall look that works well together. To make sure you don’t go over the top, choose some simple single-color elements from the look such as wooden flooring or plain solid colored walls.

3. Collect Your Items

There is no need to have every item be exactly authentic. Choose key pieces which provide the backbone for the look and then ensure that other items are simply in keeping with the look. For example, you could make a feature of your windows in a Far Eastern room by draping bright, sari fabric over a drapery pole to create a wonderful scarf window valance treatment. In a Japanese style room you could use a beautiful screen with a black frame and Japanese characters as a room divider which then becomes one of the focal points. You probably need about five or six items which have the authentic look of the style you have chosen to set the theme. You can always start with three or four and add to them as you find them.