Do you dream of a tender, romantic and fabulous wedding? The shabby chic style is perfect for you! Appeared in the 80s in England, it combines the carelessness of vintage and the elegance of classics, and its translation - "shabby chic" - speaks for itself.
Pastel colors, antique pieces of furniture, lace, peonies and garden roses — in this article we will tell you everything about preparing for a wedding in the style of shabby chic.
The image of the bride
Shabby chic is lightness, femininity and the atmosphere of a fairy tale. It is better to immediately abandon corsets, lush multi-layered skirts, heavy makeup and tightly varnished styling. But what the image of the bride should be:
- a simple style dress made of flying fabric - silk, lace, organza, guipure;
- pastel color scheme - the bride's outfit can be not only white, but, for example, powdery, pale blue, champagne or ivory;
- vintage jewelry - both on the body and in the hair;
- the hairstyle may be slightly careless, loose or gathered back hair, natural curls and a braid will look good.
Remember that shabby chic is a combination of shabbiness and sophistication, so the image of the bride should be light, but not too simple. You can add chic with the help of interesting details: pearl necklace, vintage brooch, lace ribbons and other jewelry "from grandma's chest".
The image of the groom
The image of the groom, as well as the image of the bride, should not be "heavy": a classic tailcoat can be replaced with a more restrained pantsuit or a shirt with a wool vest, and a bow tie. Also, the image must be supplemented with some vintage detail: a boutonniere, suspenders, an antique watch on a chain, etc.
The color scheme should not be too dark: an interesting option would be a combination of light trousers and a jacket or a white shirt and unusual suspenders.
Decorating a wedding in the style of shabby chic opens up a real scope for imagination: you can entrust the decoration to professionals or pick up each item yourself. The main elements of the style include:
- vintage or artificially aged furniture;
- cages for birds;
- massive photo frames;
- "grandmother's" boxes;
- lace, ribbons and pearls;
- tableware with floral patterns, porcelain, crystal.
You don't need to spend fabulous sums on decoration: if you don't have real vintage items, you can buy them at a thrift store or age them yourself using simple techniques.
Celebrating a wedding in a restaurant, choose a spacious room with large windows and light furniture. It's great if there are crystal chandeliers and curtains made of light fabrics in the hall.
Since shabby chic is eclectic in its own way, use this feature when designing a photo zone. Guests will surely enjoy the combination of a panel with old, half-torn floral wallpaper and a vintage armchair with beautiful velvet upholstery or the neighborhood of an elegant mirror with a battered chest of drawers.
Also, as a basis for the photo zone, you can use empty photo frames of different sizes and shapes, flower arrangements or panels of light wood draped with fabric.
Invitations should match the style of the wedding. As a basis, you can take kraft paper or designer cardboard, and decorate the invitation:
- lace or satin inserts;
- beads or pearls;
- light ribbons;
- scrapbooking paper with flowers;
- thematic images (birds, tea set, profile portraits, etc.).
Invitations can be signed by hand or choose a handwritten font for printing. You can also decorate the paper with monograms or monograms.
The bride's bouquet should be lush and at the same time very delicate. The best shape is considered to be a neat round, pastel color scheme. The most suitable flowers for this style are garden roses and peonies, and you can complement large inflorescences with light hyacinths, lilacs, ranunculi and lilies of the valley. Be sure to decorate the bouquet with decorative elements! It can be velvet ribbons, pearls, brooches, lace or guipure.
Wedding in the style of shabby chic: treats
For the "culinary" component of the shabby chic style, it is more important not what the treats are made of, but how they are served. Use silver, vintage tableware and a beautiful setting with patterns to serve a cake or other dessert (for example, cupcakes or homemade pies will perfectly fit into the style). If you decide not to abandon the classic cake, then it should be simple and elegant. As decorations, light glaze and flowers are suitable — both real and edible.
Shabby chic style is the perfect solution if you dream of a touching and romantic holiday. Its theme, like no other, is suitable for a wedding, and the newlyweds get a real scope for creativity.