East Side Bride is a writer/director who accidentally started blogging while she was planning her wedding. She quite enjoys telling other people what to do.
The truth is, no wedding can be categorized.
However, it doesn’t hurt to choose a few key words to inspire you during the planning. (Mine, I am slightly embarrassed to admit, were: Vintage, Recycled, Local, Organic, Handmade. Yes, I spent a lot of time on Etsy.)
Here are four easy styles to get you started.
[Clockwise, from top left: Pleated String Lights from PigeonToeCeramics, Canary Silk Organza Dress by Leanimal, Personalized Envelope Clutch from Harlex, Decorative Figurines from thegoodmachinery. Find more modern pieces on Etsy.]
Who says you have to wear a white dress?
All that matters is that it fits. And that you feel amazing in it.
[Clockwise, from top left: Garland Streamers from FleurLux, Lace and Cotton Wedding Dress by Leanimal, Sparkle Tulle Shoe Clips by Mignonnehandmade, Yellow Gold Classic Band from Onestonenewyork. Find more romantic pieces on Etsy.]
If you are a girly girl, your wedding is your chance to go hog wild.
And even if you’re more of a tomboy, you might be surprised to find yourself donning lace. Why not?
Just be sure to add a few hard edges here and there to play against all that softness.
[Clockwise, from top left: Double Layer Tulle Headband by Myrakim, The Deneuve Cape by Alexandragrecco, Vintage Cocktail Glasses from Buysoldschool, 1950s Heels from ArtifactVintage. Find more glam pieces on Etsy.]
For one glorious day, you and your betrothed are the stars of the show.
Don’t be afraid to turn everything up a notch: the hair, the makeup, the vintage glassware.
In weddings, as in life, there are no rules.
Get married in a skirt, if you like. Stamp a Jackalope on your invitations.
Do whatever makes you happy.
Are you getting the idea?
No matter what your style, do what makes you happy. Not your mother, not your mother-in-law, not your maid of honor. YOU.
And try to keep a little perspective. If the vintage leather dogwood brooches you spent eight months obsessively collecting for your bridespeople look wrong when you finally pin them on, it’s okay to nix them five minutes before the ceremony.
In the end, all that really matters is that you are married!