From the blazing opulence of The Great Gatsby to the demure glamour of Downton Abbey, we’ve all dreamed of a rich, turn-of-the-century inspired big day, but what are the key ingredients in nailing that tricky period theme? Check out our blog from Warren House, a beautiful London venue, for five great tips on how to bring the period wedding into the 21st century, with advice on fashion, setting and more!
British fashion in the early 20th century was defined by subtlety and refinement; high necks and sleeveless dresses were certainly in, with extravagant accessories such as veils and gloves finishing off the bridal outfit with a touch of excess. Re-invent this look by opting for a subtler dress and letting your accessories do the talking. For men, the heritage trend continues to endure, with subtle tweed suits and bulky leather brogues forming the perfect wedding outfit that can easily be repurposed for the office.
Traditional manors or country houses are the logical choice for the period wedding, offering swathes of both style and class without being too ostentatious. Period features shouldn’t mean period facilities, however; the modern couple needs a versatile venue with high quality accommodation for guests, flawless kitchens and spacious communal areas. Houses with stunning surroundings and grounds don’t only form the perfect setting for those timeless wedding photos, but also offer guests the freedom to explore during those long summer evenings.
When it comes to cuisine in 2016, it’s all about re-inventing the classics. Stick with a conventional sit-down meal to retain a sense of class, but be sure to add a lashing of modern flavour and design. Take a traditional British roast and give it a modern twist, embracing haute cuisine and reducing portion sizes to make your meal more palatable, particularly if you’re aiming for a summer wedding. For dessert, swap out traditional heavier puddings for a cool, vibrant berry sorbet using locally-picked fruits.
Once the meals are finished and the toasts are completed, it’s time to loosen that necktie and embrace the seductive charm of the jazz age. Go bold and go brass for your wedding this summer, infusing the best in swing music with modern classics to create a memorable night that will last into the early hours.
Check out Warren House for a stunning London venue that blends both revered tradition and modernity today.