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Picks on Paper - Victorian Wedding Details Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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We all know that what was once considered old, almost always becomes new again, and this is indeed the case with the romance, refinement and delicacy of the Victorian era.

All of those tea parties one dreams of as a little girl using grandmother's china, with full and fragrant roses, white lace gloves and dainty handkerchiefs, are now serving as bride's greatest inspiration for her dream wedding day. Family heirlooms, vintage and flea market finds are a bride's new best friend, as wedding decor inspired by the era is an ever-so-slightly mismatched collection of fancy tea cups and saucers, fringed lamp shades, lace table overlays, ornamental frames, tapered candles and silver flatware.

A charming garden venue is the perfect location for a Victorian inspired affair, complete with classical music and dance, and a fine afternoon tea offering guests an assortment of finger sandwiches, cookies and jams (which would make a super cute wedding favor, too!).

You know those big Valentines with doilies you made as a kid? Interestingly enough, they are a product of the lavish Victorian era known for its pretty paper with elaborate calligraphy, floral patterns, lace, ribbons and bows. Victoria fashion...Think corseted wedding gowns with full skirts, fitted sleeves, ruffles and lace. Cameos, white kid-leather gloves and embroidered hankies were all signatures of a traditional Victorian bride.

Best known for its elaborate details and intricacies, a wedding inspired by the Victorian era is best made using today's Picks on Paper: ornate antique furnishings, fine china, cameos and a lovely pink and sea foam green color palette.

Picks on Paper - Trends from the Victorian Era

Top trends in wedding paper, wedding fashion and wedding decor from the Victorian Era

5. Chandeliers
Sources: Pamela on Pinterest and The Shabby Boutique.

4. Sea Foam Green
Sources: and Merriment Events.

3. Fine China
Source: The Neo-traditionalist and Engaged to Ever After.

2. Keys and Precious Metals
Sources:, silver flatware from Pottery Barn and Victoria on Pinterest.

1. Cameos
Source: and The Wedding Chicks.

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Alicia @CharityWedding (Arizona)

Apr 27, 2011 10:36 AM

Love this post! And it looks like the combo of one gorgeous wedding! I wore a cameo as did my bridesmaids!