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A Regency Wedding Gown

Updated on August 30, 2017

The Regency Wedding

There are an abundance of people who want to have a modest wedding dress. Reasons can range from religious conviction to just wanting to be classy and chic on their big day. One of the ways to have a modest elegant wedding day is to have a theme wedding. Regency England was modest and more comfortable than other eras in the past. You don't even have to wear a corset, a good bra will do just fine for these gowns. You can have a simple dress or a more elaborate one. Trim and embroidery can dress up simple material. Silks, cotton, and muslin were all fabrics that were widely used in this time frame.

This dress was worn by Princess Charlotte was golden in color and shiny and very fancy.

I drew this a few years ago.

The painting is by sir Thomas Lawrence, era 1820.
The painting is by sir Thomas Lawrence, era 1820. | Source

A Regency Wedding Gown

This will be a group of lenses that will help you plan, setup and create a Regency style wedding for you or someone you love. You might even be a wedding planner who needs a few tips to help you understand what Regency style weddings were really like. This lens is dedicated to the wedding gown.

Wedding gowns back then were different than they are today. A lady might not have bought a new dress or even have one made. She might have worn her best frock. These dresses might not have been white, but they would have been fancy and a lighter color gown. Dark dresses were considered as lower class. Poorer women wore darker dresses, because it would not have shown the dirt that would have built up as they labored, like light dresses would have. The Dresses could have been patterned dresses. The richer the person the more adornments would have been on the dress, gold trim or beading.

Regency Wedding - My zombie drawing, zombie Jane Austen is there.

Shiny Wedding

I like this look, I would make this dress in a shiny eggshell white. This is a dress, but I've seen this style and cut on coats as well. You have to consider what wrap, shall, cloak or coat you'd like. You can make a coat or buy a winter's cloak. Cloak patterns are also available online. If you choose a coat it can be made of the same material as the dress and simply slide over the dress. For wedding though a cloak was more popular.

Metallic material can add a fancy fun flair to your wedding day. This thicker material should only be used during a fall or winter wedding. This kind of gown can keep you worm and can be paired with a cloak for an authentic romantic look. Long white leather gloves can look chic and keep your hands from getting chapped.

The Plain Dress

Many women with skin problems cannot wear unnatural fibers and materials. Things like satin, nylon and polyester do not breath as well as cotton, this dress is made out of cotton and would not affect their skin in the same way. A cotton dress like this is great for summer and spring weddings.

A plane homemade dress is merely the first step to creating a more refined look. A satin ribbon would be tided under the breast at the seam. It can be tide at the front or with a bow in the back, a pretty pin can be worn in the middle of the ribbon.

White gloves would be worn as well, cotton if during the summer. A lace shall or fancy shrug can also be added, turning this simply homemade cotton dress into something lovely. A long gold chain paired with a locket or a cross could also be added. A single strand of pearls could be worn with the chain or by itself. Dangle beaded earrings were all the rage in Jane Austen's England. If you are being married on a summer or spring day a white lace parasol can look beautiful and does the job of shielding you from the harsh sun. A fancy lace fan can also be added.

Something New

From recency era, public domain
From recency era, public domain | Source

Petticoats

The petticoat, we don't wear petticoats everyday anymore, but this dress has a few of them. The more petticoats a woman wore, the higher her rank. A poor woman could not afford a lot of petticoats and would have very little use for them. They would not be practical for work or play.

Petticoats make the skirt of the dress a lot fuller and is a good alternative for for a woman who wants a Jane Austen wedding and who's family and friends expect more of a ball gown.

This dress is lovely and has a nice transparent material over the petticoats, it has a bit of a small train and is great for almost any type of wedding. The dress sparkles just a little and will catch the light as she dances with her groom.

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Painting is by sir Lawrence again revenge era and is in public domain.
Painting is by sir Lawrence again revenge era and is in public domain. | Source

Not Regency, but almost

This dress was actually made in the early Edwardian time, but I had to add it to this lens. This is one of the prettiest dresses that I have seen and I would love to wear a dress like this if I ever married. The style is somewhere between the sleek dresses of the Regency Era and the larger dresses of the later Edwardian Era.

It is a mix of muslin, stain and lace, with trim around the a lined shirt. The Material is gathered at the bodice, right before the empire waist. There are satin bows decorating the bottom of the three quarter length sleeves.

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Cassandra Austen in public domain
Cassandra Austen in public domain | Source

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Lovely dresses!

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      I love your choices in dress and detailed information. Thank you.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      The Regency style flatters a range of feminine figures more than other fashions. Such a pretty and informative lens!

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Great gift especially for me because in next few day I am going to engage.

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      funbee lm 5 years ago

      These are beautiful and modest, love it!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Have visited again just to waft in the beauty and elegance of a bygone era.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      This is such a wonderful spot to visit this morning. Your displayed regency wedding dresses are absolutely gorgeous. I love them.

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      These are simply lovely. Yes, simplicity is my vote, but elegance shows through so beautifully.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      This lens received my 1000th Angel Blessing - I can't think of anything nicer.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Whilst these dresses are simple, they are beautifully elegant, which is often the way - "less is more". I love this era and think the gowns are very stylish and would be lovely to be married in. Blessings.

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      emmakeynes 5 years ago

      Wow, stunning dresses. Fantastic lens.

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      I love everything Regency especially the intro dress!

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      I found the high empire waist gowns particularly appealing.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      I like the royal gown in the intro photo and think it would look lovely in ivory with some lace. nice lens!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Beautiful choices.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Very nice and interesting lens...I mentioned in my lens "Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Berlin" about my grandmothers Pearled French Lace wedding dress made into my sister and mine Baptism dresses. I'm glad at least I have a photo of them.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Your lens is really nice, I superliked it.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      so classy. one can use this at the opera.

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      Nice selection! This dresses here are amazing simple yet classy. Great job!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This is gorgeous. Love these vintage dresses. I'll feature it on my Regency Dresses lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      These are all beautiful wedding dresses! Of course, a happy bride can make a simple dress, elegant :)

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      Barthlays 6 years ago

      great lens ! I liked it :)

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      MrDarcy LM 6 years ago

      What a wonderful lens!

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      KatBar 6 years ago

      Those gowns are gorgeous

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      BlogsWriter 6 years ago

      What a gorgeous selections of wedding gowns and inspirational too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A Regency Wedding sounds like it has everything one could want, a touch of elegance at a modest price and lovely! Sounds like a dream come true. Very nicely done.