THE ART OF WAX BLOSSOMS

What began as a bridal garland is perhaps the oldest tradition of the wedding costume. It's earliest origins were a wreath of olive or myrtle in ancient times. The Victorians, who were responsible for placing the garland firmly in the bride's hand as a bouquet,...

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A GUIDE TO WEDDING VEIL LENGTHS

SHOULDER LENGTH: Often referred to as the "Madonna" veil because it resembles a beautiful shroud around the face. Dramatic and mysterious, it is made from doubled layers of tulle cut into a circle. Each layer is folded at the cap to form a face blusher. The cascade of...

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THE ETIQUETTE OF OPERA GLOVES

Should I consider Gloves with my Gown?   Gloves are a beautiful tradition and there is no reason why you should not consider them in this day and age. Unfortunately, classic opera gloves have nearly disappeared from the modern retailers inventory, making only a...

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HOW TO BUY A VINTAGE WEDDING GOWN Part One

We were meant to be, I have found a love so true. Fill my soul with you... You've fallen in love! ... And last night you announced your engagement to family and friends. Now comes the planning. In the next days, weeks and months, you'll receive advice from all sorts...

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HOW TO BUY A VINTAGE WEDDING GOWN Part Two

Absolute Rule Number One Establish how much you are willing to PAY. "What will be the total cost of my vintage wedding gown?" is the most obvious question, but sometimes the answer isn't as simple as it seems... Is your gown going to arrive clean and ceremony ready?...

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CHOOSING A VINTAGE WEDDING VEIL

Say, Is it appropriate to wear a vintage wedding veil, vintage gloves or garter during your ceremony? You bet ! Not only are vintage wedding materials beautiful, but they are considered good luck for the Bride. The addition of a beautiful vintage wedding headpiece or...

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A GUIDE TO GLOVE LENGTHS

The length of a glove is traditionally expressed in "buttons", an antique French unit of measure which is slightly longer than one inch. Button measures are customarily taken from the bottom of the thumb seam to the top of the glove, and the actual length of the glove...

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THE ETIQUETTE OF GARTERS

"I'm really worried about my fiance making a tacky scene at the garter removal... but I love your vintage style garters." Oh Dear. This reminds me of the story of Princess Imogen, daughter of King Cymbeline of Britain, whose stepmother (the new Queen) plots to have...

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