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Vintage Wedding 101: 17th and 18th Century Wedding

Updated on March 28, 2014

If you are planning a vintage-themed wedding, you should have access to the right resources. One of the attributes of these types of weddings revolves around finding the right stuff to use in making your wedding a unique one.

In planning a vintage wedding, you should not get lost in organizing the theme. A good element of a vintage wedding theme, is it focuses on a particular year. For instance, look in the eighteenth, seventeenth century fashion and so on. A good research on the fashion trends during those years will provide you a clear idea. By doing so, you focus on the elements of that particular year or century, thus achieving consistency.

With such type of wedding theme, you should be prepared not only emotionally, but also financially as vintage weddings can be costly. However, if you have lots of time to prepare, then proceed with caution and do as much research as you can.

For one, look into the following photos for the choice of bridal gowns. Search for the material that is closest to the bridal ensembles below to get satisfactory results.

These are women’s fashion during those times and looking at these photos will provide you with a better idea of how you would like your bridal gown to look like.


You can get your bridal entourage dress ideas from these photos to match the bridal gown era.

So as not to get confused, refer to the photos below so you would have a general idea of what types of dresses women wear depending on their social economic class.

The first dress is what a tradeswoman wear during the seventeenth to eighteenth century. The second one is what a countrywoman wears during those times. The third lady is recognized as a lady-in-rank in the French social economic class. Number four and five are examples of the usual costumes that women wear when attending balls and masquerades. The sixth, seventh and eighth are walking and house dresses.


The above photos are samples of what ladies-in-rank wear. Ninth, tenth and eleventh was the trend during the 1780’s while number 13 and 14 were the trend during 1785. Nothing much has changed after five years as shown by the lady-in-rank number 15.

For the groom, the following photos can be used as reference in tailoring his suit.

As you can see, the coat is extended at the back and the cravat is usually depicted as layers of cloth and ruffles. The top hat is part of the ensemble as well as the boots, otherwise, a black leather shoe will suffice.

As for the children, there is not much of a difference. Usually, they are just miniature gowns, suit and coats.

When you’re done with deciding which designs you would use for your wedding entourage, it is also vital that you plan the wedding invitations ahead of time. For consistency, a classic wedding invitation would be great for this particular type of wedding. You can use a pocket-fold type of wedding invitation and use a wax seal. The design of the seal can be ordered in Divisoria or any manufacturers that create metal monograms. These are locally termed as metal stencils used for hot stamping. It is advisable to order the metal stencils ahead of time.

There are a lot of things to take note of when planning a vintage wedding. It would not look good to take out bits and pieces of each century and put them together in a wedding. Take heed on these tips and do watch out for our next article on this exciting topic!


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