Victorian themed weddings are all about the grace and class; they are destined to include romantic gestures and dainty elements. If you are an Idaho bride who adores lots of lace, fine floral china and plenty of gorgeous smelling roses, a Victorian wedding is the ideal choice for your special day. There are few, if any, periods in history that are more romantic than the Victorian era. When planning your Victorian themed Idaho wedding, you will need to start considering all the things that evoke elegance and romance, so here are some tips to help you get started with the planning of your special day. Don't forget to add us to your schedule but in the meantime, here are some tips to keep in mind.
When selecting the venue, think nostalgic. Victorians adored fountains, statues and colorful gardens, so a botanical garden is a great choice for a Victorian themed Idaho wedding. If you prefer an indoor venue, consider a ballroom that is drenched in jewel-toned colors, a historic Inn with antique furnishings or a Victorian history museum.
Dressing the Part
One of the most fun parts of a Victorian wedding is the clothing. Early Victorians wore white gowns with a fitted bodice and a full skirt worn over a hoop and petticoat. Gowns were made with lots of lace, silk, tulle and linen; the Idaho Bridal Show is a great place to find ideas on Victorian inspired wedding gowns as well as the perfect Victorian inspired attire for the groom.
Although the primary Victorian flower is roses, other flowers, such as tulips, hyacinths and/or pansies will also provide a romantic feel to your Victorian wedding. The Victorian bridal bouquets were arranged in a nosegay style and should include flowers with meaning. For example, Victorians believed that orchids were the symbol of true love and daisies represent innocence.
One of the most important elements to include in the decorations of a Victorian themed wedding is antique lace and flowers. Fine china and teacup place settings should be used and the tables covered in romantic lace and floor length tablecloths. You will need to include lots of white candles (of all sizes) and vases of fresh flowers.
Wedding Party and Guest Favors
When it comes time to thank your wedding party, consider giving your bridesmaids a period style gift, such as an engraved locket or a silver comb and your maid of honor would love a cameo necklace. There is a wide range of options to choose from for your guest favors, such as homemade shortbread cookies, individual size jars of fresh jam or an ornate Victorian paper fan.
To end your special day in the perfect Victorian fashion, change into your traveling clothes and ride off in an ornate, horse drawn carriage. Part of the fun of a Victorian themed wedding is the planning. The Idaho Wedding Show is a great place to talk with florists who specialize in creating Victorian themed wedding flower arrangements, view various Victorian inspired wedding gowns and to simply enjoy being an Idaho bride.