Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration – The Late Edwardian Era

We’re celebrating vintage wedding dresses on the blog today and key looks from the late Edwardian Era for your vintage wedding dress inspiration, with sleek silhouettes, beautiful lace detailing, tiered hems, flower crowns and of course a popular choice from the era, some epic veils!

(For the purists out there – most of these dresses are 1910’s but the wedding industry tends to call this period Edwardian)

Here we chat to you about the choices of the bride from the late Edwardian/1910s era and how you can re-create the look when searching for your own vintage wedding dress… 

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration – The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

The Victorian era saw brides corseted and bustled into uncomfortable styles, but with the turn of the century and a new King, wedding dresses changed. Brides were starting to choose comfort but also fashion, preferring lighter fabrics and slightly looser shapes which continued until the end of the 1920s.  

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Hemlines started to get shorter especially by the mid 1910s, with most ending mid-calf revealing simple white pumps or boots. Dresses were layered over simple slips, shapes were natural with a satin sash nipping in the waist, often with flower corsage pinned on one side. 

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

The most extravagant dresses would be beaded and embroidered in satins and velvets with multiple layers, teamed with a parasol. A more simple style would be to wear a white cotton blouse and skirt, which would be perfect for a more country wedding.

The more fashionable Edwardian/1910s brides would have ruffles, long opera gloves and stunning large art nouveau jewellery. 

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

The veil was long and worn cap style with flowers worn over the top reminiscent of the flower crowns worn today. Brides chose herbs and ferns to adorn their bouquets, believing that the former would warn off evil spirits.  

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Photography was increasing in popularity so the Edwardian couple would have had very staged photos taken at their wedding. Clever tricks were introduced to bring through hints of colour within the images, highlighting the bride’s flowers and rouge. She stood transfixed in interesting poses to reveal her new slender form. 

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

This Edwardian/1910s look is increasing in popularity for vintage weddings and modern too and more cotton and lace styles have survived. However, often the sizes are small but there are some fabulous designers out there inspired by this look catering for all. 

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

 Vintage Wedding Dress Inspiration - The Edwardian Era

Suppliers –

Photography:  Claire Macintyre 

Model: Chloe Papworth

Styling: Kate Beavis 

Hair and Makeup: Aurora Loves 

Location: Mansion House, Bedfordshire 

Dresses: Days of GraceKatya Katya Shehurina, Abigail’s Vintage BridalReal Green Dress

Veils and Wax Flower Headpiece: Real Green Dress 

Flowers: Water Baby Flowers 

Cake: Bake and Bloom 

Court Shoes: Love Lane Wedding Shoe Boutique / Boots: Love Art, Wear Art 

Tiara and Side flowers: Cherished Vintage Bridal 

Parasol and Gloves: Bijou and Vintage 

Jewellery: Gemma Redmond Vintage 

Looking for more vintage wedding dress inspiration? Check out our online magazine BOND BRIDE

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