Monday, April 30, 2012

Wedding Dress Ideas

Yes, I'm not getting married until next Spring, but my mind is already running crazy with wedding ideas and inspirations.

I know that once it gets near I'll have to be busy thinking about packing and moving, so I would really like to be able to get lots of the smaller wedding things - including decorations, clothes, etc. done ahead of time, and put away ready for the big day!

I'm trying to keep my dress a complete secret from Jordan. (and since he also reads this blog I can't share too many details.....) It will be a historical 1860s style, of course, but what *exactly* will have to be a surprise...However, I *will* give you a little sneak peek into the material and a few dress images that have been inspiring me lately.

So, the fabric. It's already been ordered and I have it in hand ready to go....though I won't start on it for probably a couple of months. The dress will involve two different fabrics:

#1. Ivory silk taffeta from Renassaince Fabrics.
 Gorgeous stuff - love the way it catches the light!

#2. White cotton voile from Dharma Trading.
I have used this many times before - as always it is sheer and floaty and wonderful.

As for the dress style, I have a pretty exact sketch and idea in mind (not to say it won't change during construction, though! lol) But it took alot of different inspiration to get me there. Here are a few of my favorites:

As beautiful as some of the above examples are, I've never been able to see myself wearing a veil. Not sure why, but it just doesn't fit. So I'm thinking about going with a simpler option, some sort of a natural looking floral wreath. Many, many of the victorian wedding ensembles I've looked at have featured a crown of flowers, either fresh or paper - mostly in combination with a veil, but I think it will be equally pretty without.

19th c. painting

Paper flower headdress, c. 1860

Even Queen Victoria wore one! ;)

I thought about buying from one of the many Etsy shops that sells such lovely bridal hair pieces,
 such as 'The Honeycomb'

But, in the end I decided to order the supplies all separate and make my own. I may even end up making them for some of the other girls too! I'm excited to see how it turns out! I have never attempted something like this before so hopefully it won't be too difficult...

I would love to know if you girls have any thoughts/input for wedding inspiration!


Riah said...

Oh yes... Go ahead and start planning and gathering stuff now. I've been planning my wedding since last June and I'm getting married June 16th. Believe me, it makes everything so much less stressful! My only suggestion for wedding idea though, is to get decorations that you (or your family) can use in your house after the wedding, that way you don't have a bunch of stuff you're never gonna use again. :)

Giselle La Pompe-Moore said...

This is so exciting! I have a great book on Royal Weddings with some lovely inspiration in there, I picked it up at the Victoria Revealed exhibition at Kensington Palace. So let me know if you want me to email some images from the book and also from the exhibition as I have a photograph of Queen Victoria's dress and orange blossom jewellery/headband.

Giselle x

Sarah Dawneé said...

Wonderful inspirations!
And, the fabric looks stunning.

I think making and wearing a floral crown is positively wonderful!
If I'm one day blessed to marry I would like to wear one too.

Very happy and excited for you! =)

Samantha said...

i can't wait to see what you come up with! your inspiration pictures are lovely.

Lilac Bud Gal said...

Well, I don't think I have any great ideas, but every time I think about you getting married, I just get giddy with excitement for you! haha! :) So, I'm afraid my brain wouldn't be much of a help for ideas. ;) However, I DO know that whatever you come up with, will be just BEAUTIFUL and that you will look even more beautiful in it! :) :)

Naomi said...

WOW Atlanta!! It looks GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! (: (:
Love you~Naomi

Sarah said...

What lovely ideas! I am getting married next year too, and plan to sew my wedding gown. I keep going back and forth over ideas of style and fabric. I enjoyed seeing your ideas. You and your fiance make a beautiful couple! May the LORD bless you both.


Amy said...

Planning a wedding is truly fun -- provided you don't let yourself get too stressed. This is why keeping the event simple and sweet is the way to go. :) At least it was for me. Of course, I'll be dying to see your gown, in-progress or otherwise, but I totally understand keeping it a secret (it's funner that way)!

Blessings and more blessings! Much love,

Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns said...

You really can't go wrong with any of those dress styles! And what a blessing that you have so much time to construct your gown. I'm sure it will be a much less stressful project than many brides's dresses could be!

Happy sewing,


Elizabeth K. said...

Oh, Altanta! I LOVE that top reference picture... and the others are gorgeous too! Now I can't wait to see what you come up with! Made out of that fabric, I know it will be absolutely lovely.

cxxxxxx said...

Hi! would you mind telling me where you founf the vines to make the crown from? I want to make my own but dont know where to cosource these materials!

Atlanta said...

Hi there,

the vine is called 'grapevine wire' and can be got at Hobby Lobby and other craft stores.



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