8 Ways to Pull Off a Classic Wedding

Whether you're more black-tie ballroom, barefoot on the beach or somewhere in between, read our guide for pulling off a gorgeous wedding.
by The Knot
  1. Your Style

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    Forgoing 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.
  2. The Setting

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    Look for a historic institution, like a country club or a grand hotel ballroom.

  3. Wedding Wear

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    A sophisticated ball gown with touches of lace (think: Kate Middleton). A veil is the quintessential accessory.

  4. Color Combos

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    Classic pairings like black and white; Tiffany blue with accents of white and gold; gold and cream; or even all-white.

  5. Best Blooms

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    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.

  6. The Decor

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    "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.

  7. The Music

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    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.

  8. The Menu

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    For the cocktail hour, champagne served in pretty flutes or old-fashioned coupes is a must. Come dinner, put your own twist on the standard plated, sit-down meal by personalizing the menu.
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