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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday—Good for You, Good for the Groom

Neat ideas for modern weddings from Bridal Musings 

Less frill, more masculine elegance

A Nod to the Groom
I love these ideas from Bridal Musings for making weddings less traditionally feminine. 

Let's face it, ladies...Most Boomer brides went bat-shit girly when it came to our own weddings.  That was the style.  When Lady Diana Spencer got married in July 1981, she was wearing miles of ivory silk taffeta decorated with layers of antique lace, hand embroidery and 10 thousand pearls.  

For my $500 backyard wedding plus reception-at-my-gramma's-condominium-clubroom, I wore a Jessica McClintock Gunne Sax dress, permanently borrowed from my sister who bought it for her high school freshman Homecoming in 1977.  

June 28, 1980
Maids-of-Honor, Heidi & Brooke_Judge Segerblom_Best Man, Jim
To hear the wedding march of Di and Charles, click here > Prince of Denmark's March  (When you get to the website, click the PLAY button.)

To see some Gunne Sax patterns, click here >  Vintage Gunne Sax Dresses  

We were cute, but...
Times have changed for the better, I think.  The Emily Post book of wedding rules is out, and weddings are about the personalities, styles, and personal preferences of the wedding couples.

10 Ideas for A Masculine Wedding by Bridal Musings 

My Faves
  • #4.  Minimal Bloom Buttonholes — Choose simple & soft, e.g. Dusty Miller with lavender, Lamb's Ear with Lantana, orange blossom & fern, pussy willow & a single white button chrysanthemum.  Or, lose the flowers altogether & go with these little doodads and a super-cool pocket square by Sartorial Grandeur.

  • #9.  Industrial Complex — Love this non-traditional venue!  Anything non-traditional would be cool (e.g. a refurbished barn, a baseball field, a lakeside garden, a mountain lodge, etc.).  An upscale country club with lots of outdoor balcony space, wood paneling, a full bar, servers, garden paths, and oversized glass windows with a fantastic view...also great.   

  • #10.  Live music — Lose yappy DJs for a jazz trio, a ukelele singer, a small bluegrass band, a piano bar singer.  Make sure the music is good for dancing & fits the demographic of the guests.    

Keep it simple •  Keep it elegant  •  Make it personal