Victorian Elegance and Sophistication - Wedding Compass Blog

Wedding Design Ideas: Achieve A Victorian Elegance and Sophistication For Your Wedding Design

You probably don’t have the time or the budget to reproduce the royal extravaganza that was the wedding of Will and Kate. (Where does one find footmen in Southern California, after all?) You can, however, be the princess bride at your own affair by giving a nod to the Victorian era and all its high style glam.


Think glitter and gleam – loads of crystal and shining silver.  Search out silver trays, candlesticks, bowls and serving pieces from relatives and antique stores.  Round up your gals, lay out some finger sandwiches and champagne, and have a polishing party. You’ll need a high luster to reflect the sparkling candlelight! Drape crystals and fringe around your candlesticks for a distinctly vintage feel.

Old Tradition – New Life


Create a tablescape with potted ferns strewn down an antique lace tablecloth. Victorian brides saved snippets of ivy from their bouquet to root and pass on to friends and relations. Tiny teacups with ivy plantings will grace your place setting and make a nice take away for your guests. Add an ornate, old fashioned skeleton key and a note explaining the tradition.  Truly a favor to savor!

Little Touches With Big Impact

Low-key and simple are your guides to color.  Think pastels, pewter, black and white. Amp up the impact with satin ribbons and floral patterns.  Go regal with a glitzy tiara or hairpin. A cameo necklace or pearl choker will elegantly set off your neckline. A sparkly beaded purse and wrist length crocheted gloves complete the look.

The Victorian era has long been synonymous with romance, sophistication and elegance.  Bring the past to life again and enjoy your special day.  On the day that you marry your Prince Charming, you’ll know for sure that fairy tales do come true!