Wedding Dress Fashion: Through the Ages

“I chose my wife as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear her well.”

- Oliver Goldsmith

Through the years, wedding dresses have made statements—and headlines—and have even been considered timeless. Think Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, Jacquie Kennedy, Kate Middleton, Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor…

Today, wedding dresses have become such a staple piece to weddings, they even have their own TV show (Say Yes to the Dress)! This was not always the case. Roaring back to the 1920s, women would wear plain skirt suits or loose white frocks with dropped waists to marry their grooms. Through the 1930s to the 1960s, brides typically dressed in an unembellished, sleeved white dress (the skirt-length and sleeves got shorter as time went on). Pearls, beading, lace, chiffon? Nope. Everything was plain, plain, plain (with the rare exception).

Fast-forward to what I like to call “The Wedding Dress Era.” This is when women started to care about the aesthetics of the dress they’d wear on the most special day of their lives.

The 1970s – Era of the Puffy Sleeves    michele-steve-dichter-august-27-1983gina-michael-grieco-june-28-1992-       Short dresses
-       Silk and satin material
-       Pearls, beading and nylon were introduced (and I don’t mean stockings—nylon was actually used to make sheer necklines and trains)
-       High necklines
-       Puffy sleeves (along with puffy hair)
-       Minimal jewelry
-       Long veils

 The 1980s – Era of the Shoulder PadsDiana80s-1 -       Box-shaped dresses
-       The birth of shoulder pads
-       Introduction of lace, sheer and chiffon
-       Romantic style dresses
-       Necklines were filled with lace
-       Details (beading, pearls, waistlines)
-       Formfitting bodices
-       Large dresses—think Diana

*These dresses should look familiar to present brides—many of their parents were married in this decade!

The 1990s – Era of the DesignersVictoria-Beckham-Wedding-Dress 1990.2    -       In this decade, designers began to make wedding dresses for the first time (Vera Wang, for example, was one of the first and most popular–check out the one she did for Victoria Beckham! )
-       Dresses were designed in Paris and New York, as opposed to your local boutique
-       Bridal magazines were developed
-       The death of shoulder pads
-       Introduction of the “pick-up” skirt (this soon would transition into bustling)
-       Long lace sleeves and a lot of lace accents
-       Off-the-shoulder dresses
-       Silk and form-fitting were combined (this developed into the mermaid-style dress)

The 2000s – Era of High Fashion1313689541_jessica-simpson-wedding-dress-hp 6aad7c1cf42352df_01SEX.LARGE1princess kate-       Lace, lace and more lace
-       Sweetheart necklines
-       Personality and fashion over traditional dresses
-       Wedding dresses in alternate colors—including black
-       Form fitting (this might be why gym memberships have increased over the last decade!)
-       Elegance (Roman-Era dresses)
-       Neutral silk and satin partnered with chiffon, feathers, lace, taffeta, etc.
-       Bling (for anyone that’s been living under a rock, that means shiny and sparkly stuff)
-       Brides are ditching the veils
-       Accessories

So as you can see, the wedding dress has come a long way. It is an essential piece to every bride’s big day and it will continue to evolve as the wedding-fashion focal point for decades to come—and if history is any indicator, some “outdated” styles will rise again! Personally, though, I really hope we don’t see shoulder pads ever again!


A Bridal Fair to Remember

It’s open season–for Wedgewood bridal fairs! We would love if you came to visit us at our beautiful wedding venues for each property’s fair…or if 16 is too many for you to attend, we’ll settle with one.

For those of you who have never come to a Wedgewood bridal fair, it’s quite the event! You’ll meet our incredible vendors, enjoy a glass of champagne and even sample some cake and appetizers (the grooms’ favorite part!).

If you haven’t booked your Wedgewood wedding yet, you’ll get some awesome incentives to do so the night of your favorite property’s fair. If you’re already a Wedgewood bride (or groom, or mother of the bride, etc.), we have incentives for you to visit, too–like great raffle prizes and specials on package upgrades! You can also check out our sample table setups and get some ideas for your own wedding design.

No matter your role in a Wedgewood wedding, our bridal fairs promise to please. Bring your love, bring your mom, bring yourself–we can’t wait to see you at the party!

February Bridal Fairs
Fresno – February 9th – 4-6 p.m.
Indian Hills – February 19th – 5-8 p.m.
Crystal Springs – February 20th – 5-8 p.m.
San Ramon – February 27th – 5-7:30 p.m.

March Bridal Fairs
Brentwood – March 5th – 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Carmel – March 8th – 1-4 p.m.
Ventura – March 12th – 6-8 p.m.
Eagle Ridge – March 13th – 5:30-8 p.m.
Metropolitan – March 19th – 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Delta View – March 20th – 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Foxtail – March 23rd – 3-5:30 p.m.
Las Vegas – March 25th – 5-8 p.m.

April Bridal Fairs
Sterling Hills – April 2nd – 6-8 p.m.
Upland Hills – April 2nd – 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Fallbrook – April 3rd – 5-8 p.m.
Vellano – April 8th – 5-8 p.m.
San Clemente – April 17th – 5-8 p.m.
The Retreat – April 23rd – 5-8 p.m.

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Let Your Love Take Flight This Valentine’s Day

Feeling a little romantically spontaneous? Might you be interested in saving some money? Why not get married THIS upcoming Valentine’s Day on 2/14/14?pic1A few of our Wedgewood properties still have the most romantic day of the year available for your special day. With our fantastic all-inclusive and completely customizable package options, as well as an exclusive discounted offer, we can help you plan and put together the wedding of your dreams in plenty of time for Valentine’s Day. 2-14-14pic2With our experienced vendors, sales and wedding coordination teams, we can take care of just about everything but the dress shopping: the beautiful location, delicious food, DJ, bakery, florist, photo booth, photographer, minister, and more–complete with unbeatable value, service and convenience.pic3You can share a wedding kiss with your new spouse on the most memorable Valentine’s Day of your life! It can be done easily and affordably–just ask your CSD about the promotion, and you can receive 10%-20% off!

Call now to start planning! Let’s talk about the first day of the rest of your lives.pic4