It’s all over the catwalks, the lifestyle magazines, the stores. It’s uber-pretty, perfect for summer, and full of feminine charm. It’s also the must-have element of every wedding this year. We’re talking about lace, of course, this season’s latest and greatest craze. And nowhere has it found more fans than in the wedding world!
If you’re thinking of building your wedding theme around lace, you couldn’t have picked a prettier or more versatile material to work with. Lace is delicate and decorative, but it can be used to customize almost any kind of wedding product, from vases to veils, table runners to trees! Wondering how to make it work? Follow our tips:
- Work out how you can incorporate lace into each aspect of the wedding. Firstly, your own and your fiancé’s outfit. Will you wear a head-to-toe lace dress or one with a lace bodice or hem? Or would you prefer an old-fashioned lace veil? You can even experiment with lace gloves or hairpieces! As for your groom, how about a lace flower boutonniere for his lapel?
- Choose lace dresses for your bridesmaids. They don’t have to be all white – a lace fabric backed by another color creates a fun, fashionable look that will tie in with your theme but not clash with your own outfit. Add sashes in the base color and bright hued shoes, and you’re ready to go!
- Consider how you can use lace in the setting for the ceremony. Would a lace backdrop behind the altar work in an outdoor ceremony? Or would you try something totally unique, like the lace-wrapped tree pictured below? How about a vintage lace cushion for the ringbearer?
- At the reception, use lace runners on the tables or Lace Tablecovers with matching Tableskirts. Another option is to create beautiful centerpieces using lace doilies and elegant Glass Vases enveloped in cobwebby lace. You can even use lace borders to customize a Cupcake Stand.
- Design your guest book and favors with the lace theme in mind. Create a lace covered pinboard and have guests write their wishes on paper flowers and pin them to the board. Or wrap a Manzanita Branch in lace and ask each guest to hang their message on it.
There are so many options for the bride who wants to try her hand at a little DIY. All you have to do first is decide what kind of theme you want to create using the lace. A lot of brides opt for the pure and ethereal look, which works perfectly with lace. The effect is utterly sophisticated, timelessly elegant, and very traditional.
For this theme, make the most of lace-embellished items like cupcake stands and cake trays. Ask your wedding cake creator to design a lacy-look cake, or serve cupcakes in Laser-Cut Wrappers that echo the lace effect. You’ll find that you don’t need to use actual lace in every element; there are many cleverly designed products that mimic the look but are more practical, like these Eyelet Paper Lanterns or White Medallion Lanterns.
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Lace and pearls and ivory silk also lend themselves beautifully to a vintage theme. How about combining the lace theme with some authentically vintage details for a really classy-looking event? A lace dress and vintage shoes are a must, of course, and how about some old-fashioned lace jewelry and lace flowers in your bouquet? You can add lace touches to the reception by covering simple Glass Votive Holders in lace and placing them all over, or adorning the top of your cake with a sweet Lace-trimmed Wedding Cake Top.
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Your lace wedding doesn’t have to be white, of course. You can introduce colors quite easily into this scheme too. How about a subtle but pretty blue and white combination?
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Tips for developing a lace-based theme:
- Remember, lace decorations don’t have to be expensive. Paper Lace Doilies attached to a row of String Lights look just as pretty as pricier decorations.
- Scour craft shops for lace pieces, or look online to get the best deals.
- Experiment with cheaper alternatives: plastic lace overlays that look like lace tablecloths, for example, or lace runners instead of entire lace tablecovers.
- Try extending the theme by creating the look without using lace. Laser cut invitations with a filigree pattern can be lacy-looking but not as expensive as those wrapped in actual lace.
- Take on simple DIY projects like lace-covered votive holders for a fun and inexpensive way to build the theme.