Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Angara Holiday Offer - Fabulous Free Gift and Doorbuster Deals

Angara offers never before daily deals and free gift with every purchase.Angara-Logos
LOS ANGELES, California --, the leading online  retailer of fine gemstone jewelry, is going farther than ever before to give customers the perfect mix of high quality and unbeatable prices this holiday season.

Free $100 gift with every order:
Exclusively on blue topaz pandantCyber Monday, November 30, every customer who places an order from the stroke of midnight to 11:59 p.m.  Monday evening will receive a genuine blue topaz pendant valued at $100, free with every order. Each pendant is handmade, using a heart-shaped 100 percent natural Blue Topaz, the birthstone for December.
"Unlike other discounts and offers, there is no minimum order size, hidden fees, membership requirements - no strings attached," said CEO Ankur Daga. "Combine that with our deeply discounted prices and free FedEx shipping and it's simply the best deal you will get on jewelry anywhere this season."
Doorbuster deals on gemstone jewelry, every day:
Just after midnight on November 30, will launch "Deals of the Day" - one pendant, one earring and one ring that will be deeply discounted for 24 hours or while supplies last. These secret items will include some of Angara's best selling sapphire, ruby, emerald, tanzanite and aquamarine jewelry items.
Every morning, there will be new Deals of the Day - all offered with free FedEx and 30 day returns.
All Angara jewelry comes with a Certificate of Authenticity for gemstone jewelry, and arrives in beautiful packaging imported from Italy, ready to present. Every package is sent via insured FedEx, and can be returned for a full refund or exchange for 30 days.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Classic Bride

By Laura Firenze

What makes something a classic? It is its timeless style, easy grace, and above all, impeccable good taste. Classic is a word that gets thrown around a lot in the bridal world (second only to "casual elegance", perhaps), but it is an idea that can never be overused and can never appear dated or out of style. Here then, is your guide to the classic bride.

One of the hallmarks of a classic bride is that the gown she wears today will look just as stylish when she looks back at her wedding album in twenty years. Classic styles are meant to last; they are never faddish, trendy, or avant garde. A classic wedding gown may never be the height of fashion at any given moment, but nor will it suddenly be out of style the following year. Classic style is enduring, and not subject to the whims of current trends.

So, what exactly does a classic wedding gown look like? It is white or ivory, created from a fine fabric like pure silk, is very well-crafted, and has a cut that is appropriately demure for a bride, but not necessarily completely covered up. This style of gown may have some subtle embellishments, like a pearl border at the waist or some exquisite lace appliques, but it is not going to be covered with lots of glitz or heavy adornments. The classic bride prefers a fresher and cleaner gown, such as a simple white silk mikado strapless gown with an A-line skirt and a satin band at the top of the bodice.

If there is one thing that absolutely screams "classic bride", it has got to be pearl bridal jewelry. From the traditional strand of pearls, to the cultured pearl bridal earrings, to a simple pearl bracelet, the timeless elegance of pearls is always classic and utterly timeless. The wonderful thing about these special pieces is that their beauty and style will stand the test of time. The pearl bridal earrings that you wear for your own wedding will look just as lovely when your own daughter gets married in thirty years. That is a great reason to invest in quality pieces, because you will find them to have lasting value.

Once a classic bride has found her perfect gown and jewelry, it is time to address some of the other details that make up a wedding. The bridal bouquet is really another accessory, and so it should be designed to complement the rest of the wedding ensemble. Classic wedding flowers include roses, tulips, peonies, ranunculus, and hydrangea. The exotic nature of orchids or the super casual look of wildflowers would make them the wrong choice for a traditional bridal bouquet.

Of course, white is the most traditional color of all for wedding flowers, but a bride need not limit herself quite so strictly. Almost any color of the above flowers would make a perfect bouquet when they are arranged into a round nosegay consisting of a single type of flower. Pink is the most popular color after white, but you could also consider choices like yellow tulips, blue hydrangea, or rich red peonies (so much less cliched than red roses).

The classic bride can finish off her look with a simple veil and a fantastic pair of bridal shoes. Being a young woman with classic taste, you will find it fairly easy to winnow through the accessories that are too gaudy, or that just don't feel quite right. With your beautiful gown, lovely flowers, and perfect accessories, you will look like the picture of timeless elegance on your wedding day.

Laura is interested in wedding planning and wedding trends including jewelry,receptions and gifts. Treat yourself and your bridesmaids to classic pearl bridal earrings.

Monday, July 20, 2009

"Something Old" For the Bride

By Laura Firenze

Every bride who wants to ensure the best possible start to her marriage is familiar with the old saying, "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue". The new part is easy, but what about the old? Take a look at this list of suggestions that you can use.

The reason behind wearing something old for your wedding is to have a link to your heritage. It is even better if the old item has particular sentimental value to you or to the person from whom you get it. Brides will often start with their families when they are seeking out old items, but if nothing inherited presents itself, it is perfectly fine to seek out a vintage item to add to your wedding ensemble.

The most traditional something old is your mother's wedding gown. Sentimental value aside, many brides initially shudder at the thought of wearing their mom's old wedding dress (especially if she was married in the 1970s!), but do not be so quick to dismiss it out of hand. If your mother is willing, it is often possible to dramatically overhaul a vintage wedding gown to give it a more contemporary flair. Not only will you be fulfilling the "something old" requirement, but you will end up with a one-of-a-kind gown in the process.

If this simply is not your style, another nice idea is to steal a little piece of lace or fabric from your mother's wedding gown to incorporate into your bridal ensemble. A bit of lace could be stitched to the inside of your train, or you could use a larger piece of fabric from your mom's wedding dress to make a little drawstring purse to carry your essentials. Some brides might prefer not to wear their mom's gown, but might be able to work with her veil. Don't forget to ask your grandmother, as well. She may just have a gorgeous handmade Belgian lace veil tucked away in her attic just waiting for you to wear it.

Another popular and sentimental choice for the bride's something old is family jewelry. Many a bride has worn her mother's strand of pearls on her wedding day. When you are planning to wear an antique or vintage piece of jewelry, be sure to have a reputable jeweler inspect it before the big day. It is very common for older pieces to need a little maintenance, like re-stringing a pearl strand. Often brides will choose one heirloom piece of wedding jewelry to wear in combination with a new piece of handcrafted bridal jewelry. You can have a pair of earrings or a necklace handcrafted especially to coordinate with the vintage bridal jewelry to add your own style to your accessories.

Vintage jewelry doesn't always have to be worn on your body to qualify as your "something old". An antique brooch looks wonderful pinned to the ribbon wrapped around the stems of the flowers in your bouquet. If there is not a spectacular heirloom brooch in your family, it is easy enough to track one down in an antique store, flea market, or online. You might even find this detail to be so pretty that you want to find vintage brooches to adorn the bridesmaids' bouquets as well.

Almost anything can count as your "something old", though ideally it would have sentimental meaning or at least be very beautiful. It is wonderful to have this connection to your heritage or to brides from the past. Paying homage to the past is a great way to launch your new future.

Laura helps brides with their wedding plans by offering advice on selecting bridesmaids gifts,reception ideas and other aspects of planning a wedding. Handcrafted bridal jewelry can be custom made to coordinate with your wedding gown, as well as your other bridal accessories.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Choosing a Vintage Wedding Gown

Choosing a Vintage Wedding GownAuthor: TM Lung

Since you will be wearing your wedding gown when you are walking down the aisle, you will need to choose the most perfect dress. In fact, you will have plenty of choices when your wedding dress is concerned. And there are also tons of styles you will find when you visit some bridal shops.

Of all the choices, one thing you may have thought of is to choose a vintage wedding gown. Yet it is certainly one of the choices you should consider.

As a matter of fact, a lot of brides will consider wearing a vintage dress on their big day. This is because these dresses are generally very stylish. Of course these dresses are also unique and beautiful at the same time.

Another plus of using a vintage wedding gown is that it can save you a lot of money. The best situation will be that you will be wearing the dress of you mother when she got married. This will certainly make your wedding gown extremely meaningful. Passing the dress from one generation to another is very common indeed

Even if you are going to put on the dress of your mother, you may still need to spend some money. Your measures will probably be different from your mother. As a result, you may need to spend some money to alter the dress. However, it will not be a large amount of money when you compare it with the notion of purchasing a new one.

You may wonder what you can do if it is not possible for you to take the gown of your mother. In fact, you may still consider purchasing a vintage dress. Again, you will be able to save some money since the price of a vintage gown is usually lower than a new one. Of course the prices of it can still vary according to the style and condition of the dress.

One thing you need to understand is that you may not want to choose a dress which was made before the 40s. This is because the fabric may have deteriorated during these 50 to 60 years. It will be alright for you to put such a gown in a museum but it may not be so suitable for wearing. Of course there can be some exceptions but in most cases you will try to purchase a vintage gown which was made in the 70s.

One last question is how you should shop for the vintage gown. There are some websites which are specialized in selling such items. You may also consider searching for one on Ebay. No matter you are trying to purchase from an online shop or from Ebay, you have to be very careful when you purchase. You have to check the reputation of the shop or the seller before you pay. You will also need to ask clearly about the size of the dress. And it is also very important for you to know the condition of the dress. You will need to ask the shop or seller to take some photos of the dress and send them to you before you pay!

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Timeline Of Bridal Dresses In The Twentieth Century

Timeline Of Bridal Dresses In TheAuthor: Robert Thatcher

There are only three principal public occasions in a person's life: baptismal, burial and marriage. Among the three, only marriage allows great honor for the principals. Throughout the tradition, marriages had been considered as the special day for a lady who is about to pledge her matrimonial vows towards the chosen one.

Marriage is Her Big Day more than that of the groom. This is why marriages have always been made special and bridal dresses created as such to fit the festive occasion. This practice of making the bride look magnificent in her bridal dress runs down throughout the history, with widespread influence dating back to medieval times.

Bridal dresses were not always white, in opposition for what have been usually perceived by most people. Bridal dresses before the Victorian era would normally adapt the color of what is trendy and what is available. Shades of lively colors were normally used and pastel colors were also popular. But by mid-1800s, white bridal dresses became the norm when Queen Victoria chose a white bridal dress for her wedding day. The same dress was worn over a black silk dress fifty years later. She also was responsible for setting the fashion of having her bridesmaids carry the train.


In his decade, revolutionary changes were done with fashion. Up well to 1920s, bridal dresses were created in accordance with what's the norm. The hemlines rose from shoe to above the knee and became more curtailed. But later, many considered the length of the bridal dress inappropriate for church services, thus the replacement of full-length gowns. In this decade too was the dropped waist and shapeless bodice dresses reach its height of popularity.


The depression in thirties followed the roaring of the twenties. Women changed from the boyish look to the more profound expression of a woman's body. Normally, the bridal dresses in this era hugged the body of the bride. To emphasize the shape of the body, bridal dresses were given boat-shaped collars.


Fashion in the 1940s almost died down, and the same was true for the white bridal dresses. Clothes rations started in 1941 and continued up to the end of the World War I. A number of brides struggled for silk dresses but most suited themselves for the uniform. Those who were not commissioned in the army wore the same costumes.


The padded shoulders of the last decade were superseded by the narrow shoulders in the 1950s. However, many brides wanted their dresses adopt the intermediate style. The bridal trains were fashioned after the trains of the Elizabethan era. But another fashion arrived- The New Look outfit. Simply put, the New Look outfit is tailored after the ballerina dresses in terms of length. The dress typically has a jacket bodice with tight sleeves.


There were not so much bhanges in the bridal fashion in the 1960s. Ladies still preferred wearing the circular dresses, short veils and tight sleeves only differing on the veils with more bouffant approach. Most women wore coronets and a single rose with the veil gathered together from the flower. In contrast with the extravagant and flowing bridal dresses, bouquets in the 1960s were made simpler. More often than not, tiny flowers in tight posies are used.


After two decades of tights sleeves, Tudor sleeves were introduced in the seventies. The high-waisted line of the 1960s gradually moved lower to a princess line. Trains diminished too and the cuts of the dresses were made far simpler.


By this era, the waistlines had returned to their normal position. The dresses were much fuller now and the big bouquets returned back to fashion. This period was marked with more extravagant sleeves, suited after the bridal dress of the Princess of Wales.


Wide skirts remained popular with the start of the 1990s. However, different fashion icons popularized varieties of skirts. But among the most popular are the super low waists with skirts flared down.

New Century

With the coming of the new century, the norms with wedding have changed too. Themed costumes were much more practiced today and so are the themed bridal dresses.

There is no doubt that bridal dresses remain to be the eternal testimony of a wedding. And the efforts of making the dresses extravagant and special are both to the benefit of the bride's contentment and the ever-changing fashion trends.

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Robert Thatcher is a freelance publisher based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles and reports in various ezines and provides bridal dress resources on

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Vintage Dresses are a Must-have

Author: Priyanka Arora

Vintage dresses would make you stand out in the crowd, and it’s something different and unique from what the other people are wearing. We all know that vintage dresses are making a huge comeback today. And I do not mean tacky vintage which you picture as horrible lace, ruffles and flowers.

The reason why vintage dresses are so huge today is because it gives women a chance to reminisce and go back to the decade which influenced and inspired them the most. Some go for the movie era of the 1930s, or the curvy dresses from the 1950s or perhaps the groovy and trendy trends of the 1970s. You may let your own personality shine with the vintage dress that you picked.

These vintage dresses give you a feminine class that makes you feel like a natural woman. They add sophistication, elegance and glamour which make you very unique from the mass produced ready to wear dresses worn by other women. So if you want to stand out in the crowd, vintage dresses are for you.

These dresses are perfect for a night out at town, partying and dancing the night away or even for a formal occasion with your family. The different vintage styles vary from prom dresses, casual dresses or cocktail dresses.

Even women on their wedding day prefer vintage wedding gowns because they feel stylish and elegant. They are timeless. These vintage dresses will never go out of style. They are classy and timeless, and will forever be in style.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Things to Remember Before Purchasing a Crochet Wedding Dress

By Scott Nichols

Before ordering a crochet wedding dress, you'll have to keep in mind that the dress must be ordered way before the actual wedding because a lot of time is needed for the dress to be finished on time. But for how long? It solely depends on the number of workers who will work on your wedding dress.

Antique crochet wedding dresses can be ordered pre-made already. You can order them from wedding outlets that offer pre-made resses. These dresses are handcrafted, this aspect of the dress adds so much value that it is often considered a precious family heirloom or prized possessions.


Accessorizing your crochet wedding dress is your chance to get creative. It's nice to keep almost everything crochet, like a crocheted headpiece with a crocheted veil. You'll need to make sure that the thread is lightweight so it won't be too heavy. If you want a veil made from tulle or organza, try incorporating crochet details around the edges. Try accessorizing the way the Irish originally accessorized a crochet wedding dress. Whatever suits your sense of style will certainly work with your dress.

Some brides prefer not to wear a veil so why don't you try putting a bunch of flowers on your hair. Try substituting those traditional fresh flowers with crocheted, pearl or crystals for a more elegant feel. Crocheted fabrics can be pretty challenging, always make sure that whatever accessory you add goes well with the wedding dress.

Dress Styles

For your crochet wedding dress, you can virtually choose any style that you prefer, just bear in mind that it should sport a full skirt, the lining needs to be stiff enough so that the dress falls gently to the floor. During the late 1800s, these dresses were in great demand because of the exemplary crocheting skills the Irish produced. A few antique Irish crocheted wedding dresses still exists today, they are preserved well and can be seen in some museums.

Your crochet wedding dress is a good opportunity for you to express yourself through tradition and style. One really good thing about crocheted dresses is that you can customize it to fit you perfectly.

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British Victorian Wedding Gowns UK

By Rafi Michael

With many couples desiring to relive the golden ages by having ethnic and vintage weddings, there has been a revival by designers and wedding planners to reproduce ethnic dresses in the whole of Europe. In the UK, prominent wedding designers are now known to have a collection of antique wedding dresses and have come up with ideas on how to incorporate antique outfits with a traditional fairytale or a modern wedding arrangement in a presentable way.

UK Wedding Dress Styles

There are varieties of bridal designer collections with a UK touch. Wedding dresses from the 16th Century down to the early 20th century have been used in many weddings recently. In the 18th and 19th century weddings, brides wore many colors. It is not until the 20th century that traditional wedding gowns were embroidered in white color. A wedding gown would be passed down the family for generations and preserved for years. Many of these costume collections can be seen in British museum collections, still with their lace and satin in near perfect condition. The art of dress was at a highpoint in the British colonies during the Victorian and Edwardian era that, according to many, has never been equaled. The Victorian obsession with character, morality and grace was due to the ultimate display of the wedding dress. Their magnificence and elegance can be observed in the Cincinnati Art Museum and many websites that offer antique information on British history and traditions.

Corset Styles

In 18th Century English, a new design known as the corset was in use. The dress has an easy shape to wear and looks good on a modern woman due to its boning that releases the pressure off the diaphragm and the waist. The British style corset creates a cleavage that shows off a woman's bust and enhances the overall appearance by compression. The corsets give the illusion of a smaller waist. This is further enhanced by intense decoration of the front with a style plus the incorporation of a new silhouette.

Today, corsets can be cut from original patterns, with or without tabs. Alternatively, they can also be modified to reflect modern styles with waists cut a little lower and even done with elastic inserts for ease and comfort. The wearer has the right of emphasizing bone channels. Having suitable interlinings with adequate boning is the key in any corset design, otherwise the wedding gown will seem to buckle at the waist.

A properly cut English wedding corset has a smooth finish from the neckline all the way down to the base. They can be produced in a wide variety of fabrics and endless ways of decorating them exist. In addition, they come with a combination of sleeve shapes.

Other Contemporary Wedding gowns

Other gowns with medieval overtures are Evelyn and Estella. Evelyn has a laced arm gauntlet with a toning skirt and hanging sleeves, while the Estella has a modern slim fitting fishtail with the elegance and style of a Victorian evening dress. Most of these weddings have undergone minor modifications before their use in modern wedding ceremonies. In any case, their original English classic look is evident and clearly discernible to an observant eye.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

The "Gluttony" bag was custom built for Twilight Art's group show "Ugly" (this bag is one of a kind, any interested parties contact Twilight Art until the end of July '09). This bag is intended for arts sake and, as such, is pretty much non-carriable due to it's excesses.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Guide to Finding Vintage Wedding Gowns

By Scott Nichols

Looking for a wedding dress is no longer a problem now, the only problem you'll encounter is what of wedding gown you like. Vintage wedding gowns are also gaining popularity over the years. Vintage wedding gowns are popular for its style and elegance. These gowns are also known to compliment almost every women. If you are a bride to be and is looking for a vintage wedding gown, you must think of some things first before purchasing any gown.

The Rules

Before buying any vintage wedding gown, you must follow some rules first. First is to make sure that you check carefully that there are no stains or rips on the wedding gown. When a wedding gown fabric has been stained, it is really hard to get it out especially if the stain has been there for years. This is also the case for rips or holes. Fabric and material of wedding gowns today are very different from before. And once there is a rip on your vintage wedding gown, it might be impossible to fix it especially finding a fabric that it almost the same as the fabric from the gown you bought.

The next rule is size. Your regular size for a wedding dress is different with your size on a vintage wedding dress so you will definitely look different in it. The general population has been growing taller and thicker while the clothing industry has been adjusting their sizes downward. That is why when looking for a vintage wedding dress, you need to look for a couple of sizes up so that the dress can fit you properly.

Another rule is keeping away from dresses that are too old because the fabric wears out through time. It is always a must that you take a lot of time when looking for a vintage wedding dress. You can also try stretching it out to see if the fabric is still in good condition. Keep in mind that any dress made before the 1900's is quite risky to buy and use on your wedding day.

One of the benefits of buying is the money you can save. That is why it is always good to have a budget when you shop for a vintage wedding dress compared to shopping for a regular wedding gown. But before you buy a vintage wedding dress make sure it fits your budget and you will not go overboard. With your budget, you will have an idea of which gowns are at your price range or not. This will also help you with the options you can choose from.

The last rule you should keep in mind is to have fun when choosing for you vintage wedding dress. Do not feel pressured and don't hurry in choosing the right gown. There are many gowns that are classic and elegant and one of them is just perfect for you.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Walk Down The Aisle In A Vintage Wedding Dress

By Tania Penwell

You will rarely find a girl who doesn't grow up thinking about the big day when she would tie the knot with her prince charming! Every girl loves to imagine how stunning and ravishing she would look on her wedding day! And why not? It is you day and you have every right to outshine all others present in the wedding hall!

While every bride looks special in the night of wedding day, you can make it even more special with the touch of your unique sense of style. Let others swim through the stacks of wedding gowns in the designer stores and juggle between the budget and their choice - you take the easier route to the style statement; go for vintage wedding dress.

So what is a vintage wedding dress?

As with jewelry, in the world of dresses also you will find two terms 'vintage' and 'antique' used side by side creating a good deal of confusion.

There is a little difference between these two terms.

Antique dresses are those made in 1920 or earlier. "Vintage" is a term that is generally used to refer to the dresses that were made 25 or more years ago.

What is special about vintage wedding dresses? Why should you opt for one?

Just recall the scene from Sound of music where Julie Andrews set the screen on fire in her classical bridal get up! The satins, the laces, the flare, the feminine neckline-everything makes the bride look like a character from the pages of fairy tale!

This is precisely the essence of the vintage wedding dresses-they transport you back to a forgotten era!

The vintage wedding dress becomes a must, when your wedding ceremony is based on a historical theme. The bride and groom taking the vow dressed in vintage wedding gowns and suits add drama to the entire ceremony.

Then modern couples are increasingly choosing the castles or other historical palaces as their wedding venues and in that case, only a vintage wedding dress can do justice to the whole arrangement.

There is another case when, the bride and groom go for classic dressing style-when they are passionately in love with the Hollywood classics like "It Happened One Night." These are the likes of movies that inspire today's couples to dress like the stars of the yester years.

But most important reason why you should consider buying a vintage wedding dress is: they exemplify the extra ordinary craftsmanship and exquisite details for half or less prices that you are expected to pay for an off-the-rack dress with comparable detailing.

Things to keep in mind when you are buying your dream dress

Don't get swayed away by the magical old world charm of these elegant dresses-being old means they invariably carry some imperfections like odors, slight strains, missing buttons, torn up laces and so on. But don't get worked up-they are easy to repair. While bargaining, keep these hidden costs in mind.
One thing you must be very careful of and that is the size. Always check the exact measurement; this will help you get the perfect size for your body type.

If you are buying online, deal only with renowned sellers and also read descriptions of the dress carefully.

Looking for the best place to buy vintage wedding dress? Here are some great places to start with:

  • Vintage store or antique stores. Thrift stores for the 70's and 80's fashion.
  • Ebay makes a reliable source for vintage dresses.
  • The for higher end items.
  • for high end, exclusive items.
  • VintageVixen for budget conscious. One advantage of this shop is they sell deadstock dresses that have never been worn.
  • Isadora's for excellent quality items, but the stock is not exactly large.

So you'll find that it's not too difficult to take your vows in a classic setting for a truly beautiful occasion!

Tania Penwell provides information on vintage wedding dresses and other kinds of wedding dresses & bridal gowns for The Wedding Blogger - your guide to weddings online.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Modern Vintage Wedding

By Laura Firenze

You may be asking yourself, how can I design a wedding that pulls together the best from the past, while still feeling fresh and current? The answer: a modern vintage style wedding. Read on for ideas on how to combine these two contrasting styles into one fabulous event.

The idea of vintage is to enjoy the best that the past has to offer. That can mean anything from physical elements, such as gowns and flowers, to more esoteric things like customs and rites. Many couples like the idea of paying their respect to the beauty of weddings past, and yet also wish for their wedding to have the unique and personal feeling of today's weddings. The idea is to take your inspiration from past eras without trying to recreate a wedding from a bygone time.

The way to bring vintage and modern together successfully is to mix them shamelessly. For example, a Victorian style wedding gown would be made of lace and have a high collar and long sleeves (a revival that was popular in the 1980s). The updated version would feature a beautiful soft lace, but the cut of the gown would be much more streamlined and pared down, such as a spaghetti strap lace sheath wedding dress.

Your accessories can also give a nod to the past while still feeling fresh and updated. One of the hottest accessories on the red carpet this year was the clutch handbag. This style of bag has been in style in many different time periods, and you can find some fantastic original vintage beaded clutches in antique shops or even on ebay. Handmade wedding jewelry is another detail that is perfect for the modern vintage wedding. Choosing pieces of jewelry for your wedding that are handmade one by one from beautiful gems like pearls and crystals goes back to a time when craftsmanship was revered.

Another great element for a modern vintage wedding is letterpress stationery. This is a very old style that has become very much in vogue over the last five or ten years. You will often find letterpress invitations with cool retro motifs such as birds. The color palettes are also that cool retro modern look; you see lots of brown, mixed with pink, sky blue, or mint green. It is the perfect way to set the tone for a modern vintage wedding.

Your wedding favors are an area where you can have a lot of fun being creative. Pick ones that fit in with the general tone of your wedding, but don't worry about matching too exactly. An easy idea for an updated vintage favor would be the classic Jordan almonds, which symbolize the bitter and the sweet of marriage. Instead of putting them in the ubiquitous tulle bags, which would just look old fashioned, give your favors a more modern twist by placing the Jordan almonds into a glassine bag sealed with a sticker with your wedding motif on it.

For your wedding decorations, you can use wonderful flowers with an old-fashioned look like big bunches of peonies, garden roses, or hydrangea. Casually arranged in less formal vessels such as mis-matched vases, you will have centerpieces that are very pretty without feeling stuffy or overdone. This relaxed elegance is at the heart of a modern vintage style wedding.

Laura helps brides with their wedding plans by offering advice on selecting bridesmaids gifts, reception ideas and other aspects of planning a wedding. For something unique, take a look at handmade wedding jewelry

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