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Vintage Hollywood
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The look of the starlet is forever young – when you combine the gamine classiness of Hepburn, the sensational rhythm of Ginger, the empowerment of Kelly, and the seductiveness of Taylor, you’ve got the world of feminine mystique wrapped around your little finger. Incorporate the dazzle of spotlights, the sheen of a scarlet pout, and the ultra-hot lux of a wavy coif into your wedding day with just a few key aesthetic pairings. A glitzy, outrageous affair makes for a knock-out evening, polished off with lacey accoutrement. Return to the golden age, where true romance reigned, and style stole the show.
laced to frill
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Step into a gown by Monique Lhuillier, Christian Lacroix or Oscar de la Renta and you’ll be stepping back in time. Nothing offsets flashing lights quite like the scintillating embellishments of antique lace, brocade fabrics, floral appliqués, scalloped voiles, and satin bows. Va-va-veils, crystals, rhinestones and ruffles also add oomph, flounce and hearken to by-gone-glamour. But before you drown in la-la land fandangles, get trenching with cap sleeves, thin straps, and plunging necklines. You’ll be sure to evoke that schizophrenic style of angelic innocence and come-hither vamp.
ring around the retro
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A smattering of crystals, a traipsing of pearls and a collage of crinoline will make any bouquet wink with the seductive powers of a leading lady. Roses, peonies and calla lilies are timelessly hot-to-trot items for that velvet-roped aisle, though all brides bold and beautiful should consider employing dramatic feathers or lace-trimmed parasols as floral stand-ins.
antiquate my ride
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Here’s looking at the all-bravado Bentley, the only chase-scene hero with enough gusto to knock James Dean out of first place. The Rolls Royce is equally hot on its toes, but if you’re entourage is of rat-pack proportions, ditch the novelty car and opt for a sleek Phantom or ultra-leggy limo. Hook up a stretch of red carpet for some velveteen footfall to await your arrival.
the tinseltown brand
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A vintage monogram is the perfect flourish of graphic savoir-fair. Implement your linking initials onto the invites, the cake, the petal-spotted aisle and the vintage parasol. Shades of black and silver suggest a boudoir sensibility while an antique wax seal sets the crystal cherry on top. A daring accent color like fuchsia will deliver just the right amount of emboldened pow.
deco-der rings
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With an orbit of itsy stones hugging the hand-cut alpha diamond, vintage rings will have the most modest vanilla-lover panting. Millegraining (a technical term for discreet, ornamental beads) contributes to the overall antiquey feel, as do semi-precious stones like emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Colored diamonds are also a unique option, but a bit tough to track down in all of their one-of-a-kind glory.
accessories, period
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Vintage accessories like chandelier earrings, hair jewels and big, chunky bracelets are as modern as ever, and birdcage veils hop the bandwagon with an airy-fairy feel of Parisian cinematic feats. If you’re throwing a winter wedding, accent your dress with a fur bolero. It’ll bring an element of glamour to your ensemble and keep you toasty throughout the night.
Have your bridesmaids don a cascade of pearls or brocade scarves around their neckline. Those femme fatales will charm the art deco cufflinks right off gaping groomsmen.
some like it vintage
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Emulate the smooth-talking mood of your class-act affair by playing such crooning cornerstones as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, and Nat King Cole (just to name a few). This is sure to bring out a misty-eye sense of nostalgia in everyone. Interweaving a cool vibe and some starry magic will keep couples grooving into the wee hours of the morning. Get in touch with your authentic side by featuring a turn-table or hired brassy big-band.
citizen cake
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The belle of the vintage cake is typically four tiered and sumptuously round. You also have the option of serving a square-tiered masterpiece, or a down-and-out sugar-fest with a petit fourre. Just keep the magic number at 4 in order to create that exceptional, majestic effect.
it’s chinatown
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Details of table décor never go unnoticed. Go ahead and incorporate some fun flirty trivia, naming each place setting after one half of a Hollywood couple, and give lovelorn guests the evening to find their stage-mate. Use vintage crystal ware and offer a menu drawn out in curly-cue calligraphy. Include classic film quotes at each table to inspire some memory-lane conversation.
just like fred and ginger
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Top off your night with a magnificent waltz or peppy foxtrot to a classic Sinatra song. A ballroom number is sure to impress, and two-left feet is no excuse thanks to the copious amount of dance schools offering comforting instruction. Inquire after potential wedding packages that may be obtainable at local academies.