8 Ways to Pull Off a Classic Wedding
Your StyleForgoing trendy for timeless, you always look perfectly put-together, just like your icons, Grace Kelly and Jackie O, and want your wedding to have that same classic feel.
Look for a historic institution, like a country club or a grand hotel ballroom.
A sophisticated ball gown with touches of lace (think: Kate Middleton). A veil is the quintessential accessory.
Classic pairings like black and white; Tiffany blue with accents of white and gold; gold and cream; or even all-white.
There's a reason why roses are among the most requested wedding blooms: Their full, feminine shape packs a pretty punch, and they come in a rainbow of colors. Not only are roses synonymous with romance (red ones symbolize love), but they're also available year-round. Other classic flowers to try: peonies, hydrangeas, hyacinths and freesias.
"Traditional doesn't have to mean stuffy or fussy," says New York City event planner Loulie Walker. "Honor what has come before, but make it your own." Mix in bright colors or contemporary music, and add your own signature touches to time-honored rituals. Think: round or square tables decked in fitted cream or ivory linens, candelabras and simple, lush centerpieces with just a few varieties of fuller blooms. A compact design with tightly arranged flowers will stand the test of time. For a more formal affair, each place setting should include a charger, china with touches of gold or silver, crystal stemware and silver flatware. Up the elegance factor with ornate vessels that look as if they were borrowed from a royal dining room -- tall, gilded pedestal vases, crystal cylinders and metallic goblets -- and seat guests at long banquet tables for a sense of regal drama.
It's all about the classics, like "At Last" by Etta James. While a band is the more traditional option, feel free to have fun with the song selection. Big-band or swing music will keep guests of all generations (and tastes) on the dance floor.