8 Ways to Pull Off A Romantic 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 lauren kay
  1. Your Style

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    You love rom-coms and the Twilight series, and you've been thinking about your wedding day since you were little. So you know what you want: pretty and elegant, yet personal.

  2. The Setting

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    Think dreamy and exotic, like a botanical garden, or live out your own real-life fairy tale at a castle or a Gatsby-style mansion.

  3. Wedding Wear

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    Your gown should be soft and flowing -- with just a hint of drama.

  4. Color Combos

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    Stick to sophisticated shades, like soft blushes, cream and hints of gold. Or choose a black-and-white theme with bright pops of color, like deep purple or mint green. A variegated spectrum of purples and pinks is cheery yet still romantic.
  5. Best Bloom

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    Lots and lots of large flowers (such as peonies and garden roses) at different heights.
  6. The Decor

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    "Romantic brides embrace everything wedding, especially the thoughtful details," says Ceci Johnson, founder and creative director of Ceci New York. Still, have a little fun with your personal taste (and your groom's) to balance it out. Use lighting, whether it's simple twinkle lights or regal candelabras, to create the proper ambience. Honor your parents' and grandparents' love stories with a sentimental display of their wedding photos. Stick to simple, lush arrangements with just a few varieties of fuller blooms, like hydrangeas and garden roses.

  7. The Music

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    Hire a harpist or flutist for the ceremony. For the reception, have a band play the classics: Sinatra and Duke Ellington.

  8. The Menu

    photo by Jennifer Baciocco / The Knot

    Opt for a regal feast with guests dining by candlelight on multiple courses that waiters serve on silver trays.

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