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Just as classic dress shapes are poised to dominate the aisle this year, old-fashioned trends of every sort – from 1930s veils to smartphone-free ceremonies – are feeling new again.
There’s (still) no escaping Gatsby-inspired feathered fascinators – you’ll see them on the wedding party and on the guests this year. Another equally vintage – and perhaps more original – headpiece is a 1930s-era cap veil. Half hat, half veil, this lacy style can be worn, as it was by Kate Moss for her 2011 nuptials, slightly further back on the crown or pulled down over the forehead to hit just above the brows.
Densely packed spherical bouquets have been standard issue for many years now. But with the resurgence of early 20th-century wedding fashion, brides are asking florists to replicate the loose, cascading arrangements of the time. No mere posies tied up with string, these bouquets are statement-makers – often trailing several feet towards the floor with blooms, ivy and ribbon – and are best suited to formal affairs, held in the hand of a confident sophisticate.
One of the things that makes the big day so special is sharing it with family and friends. You just don’t necessarily want them to share it with the world. The solution: a formal request for guests to pocket their smartphones. No texting, no tweeting and no Instagram. That way the attention remains on the happy couple, who’ll be the first one to post a (professionally rendered) ceremony shot to Facebook, thank you very much.