A classic wedding is timeless in style. Elegant in ivory or pretty in pastels, a classic theme is one of understated beauty ensuring wedding photos that will never date. From bridal gowns to table decorations, here are seven simple yet sensational ways to pull off a classic wedding.
A classic bridal gown will never go out of fashion. Our most recent royal wedding saw Princess Kate wear an elegant, A-line lace wedding dress with a nipped-in waist, just as Princess Grace of Monaco did some half a century before her. Whether strapless and simple or delicately embroidered and with pretty sleeves, the beauty of a classic gown for most brides is that it can be kept for future generations.
Classic wedding venues range from historic houses to candlelit castles. and an elegant country mansion makes the perfect romantic backdrop to a classic wedding. Salomans Estate in Tunbridge Wells is set in 36 acres of picturesque gardens, woodland and rolling parkland bordering a large lake, which can be viewed from their stunning south-facing terrace.
A unique wedding venue with its own chapel, Wroxall Abbey Hotel and Estate is set against the idyllic backdrop of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. This is a classic venue for those seeking seclusion and intimacy amidst historical charm and splendour. Surrounded by unspoilt parkland and gardens, it has an impressive 72 individually styled bedrooms, a beautiful walled garden and marquee.
A classic wedding would not be complete without a ring cushion to keep the wedding rings safe and also perhaps provide an added element to your ceremony for a little page boy.
Decorate reception tables with neat little white favour boxes tied with satin ribbons and surround with scattered crystal and white or metallic table confetti; elegant glowing candles will complete the look.
Your classic wedding cake is likely to be three tiers and iced in white, decorated with either fresh or sugar craft flowers or a romantic bride and groom cake topper.
Bridal beauty is usually fairly minimal, to enhance the bride’s natural beauty. Often the bride’s hair is swept up off her face, perhaps in a classic chignon as above, – a very neat bun onto which a tiara can be placed. A long veil will complement the look as will delicate pearl earrings or a necklace, with a French manicure to finish off the style.
A classic first reception drink to serve your guests is a refreshing champagne with orange juice, also known as Bucks Fizz. It is usual to serve a choice of red or white wine with the wedding breakfast with Champagne for the toasts. Have personalised labels for your table wine and water bottles and set your place cards on each glass for pretty, coordinated reception tables.
White roses are symbolic of purity and their delicate beauty and scent means they have long been the bridal bloom of choice for classic brides. The rose is still our favourite flower for bouquets, buttonholes, corsages and venue decoration
If a horse-drawn carriage is out and you arrive at your wedding in a classic car, make sure you decorate it with ivory ribbon and a Just Married sign on the back for after the ceremony. And that’s how to pull off a classic wedding!
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.