(Closed) How to keep your wedding timeless

posted 4 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
178 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with you, I think following the trends (if you genuinely love them) is part of the fun and I really don’t care if in twenty years time my wedding screams of 201-something — that’s when I got married!

Post # 3
976 posts
Busy bee

A timeless wedding would probably be just going to the courthouse, no photos (so you can’t look at dated clothes!), no nothing. Otherwise, anything will be dated. It’s part of the fun though, I agree. Embrace trends if you like them! A wedding shouldn’t be timeless, it should be a great representation of who you were at the very specific and unique time of your life!

Post # 4
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Even if one would try to keep their wedding timeless.. there are going to be things that date it. Because it existed at one specifc moment in one specific year.

This should encourage you to do even more just what YOU want or like without regard to trend. If it’s on trend, awesome. If not, great.

There are simple choices that are considered “classic” but it doesn’t guarantee that it is going to be timeless. Extravagant, over the top – more likely to look dated. But don’t be afraid to do unique things. The last thing you want your grandchildren to say is it looks boring! 😉 Nothing wrong with laughing about trends later.

Post # 5
3345 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I think due to dress, hair, jewelry, make-up, photography styles, things will be dated. I see my great grandmother’s and grandmother’s wedding pics, I can tell what year they got married. There’s nothing wrong with that. 

If you go for something really trendy just because it’s trendy, you may regret it later (or, at least laugh about it later!). If it is what you want, go for it. 

Post # 6
3804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I don’t like that ‘what will be dated’ thread – people are getting quite rude about things! It’s ok to just have what you like and not worry about how it will look in the future. Your wedding is always going to be a snapshot in time – a snapshot of the people you loved at that time, the things that made you happy. Those might change, that’s life, but there’s no point worrying about it. Just do what makes you happy now 🙂 I guess one thing you can do is make sure you are doing something because you really do like it and not just because it’s a trend. But if it happens to also be a trend that’s cool. 

Post # 7
5379 posts
Bee Keeper

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glitterandshine :  I was thinking about this the other day too (not that I am want one bec I prefer a more casual beach wedding). Although everyone’s wedding will look out dated to some degree, I think some elements to keep it timeless as much as possible are:

-a huge factor would be keeping color schemes to white, creams, pale pink, silver, gold…basically nothing too bright or colorful or dark 

-a “timeless” venue for me would be a church/religious ceremony followed by a country club reception

-A-line silhouette white/ivory dress made of silk (kinda hard to pull off with this material) or lace (no blings on the dress)

-groom wearing black tux

-updo hairstyle and simple/light makeup;french or light colored mani/pedi

-very simple gold or silver letter-press invitation

-multi-tiered white cake with simple floral decors and perhaps bride & groom cake toppers (vanilla-flavored)

-sit down plated dinner

-having bridal parties

-a vintage white, ivory or black car

-florals are light colored roses, hydrangeas, calla lillies

-pearl earrings &necklaces and veil

-time wise, a Saturday in June

Some aspects might sound too cliche or boring but these are elements that just run into my head when I hear “timeless”wedding.

Post # 8
7897 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

A person should never be ashamed that they have been married for enough years for their photos to look “dated”. My mum and dad wore simple, “timeless” clothing and all that, but the photos are “dated” because of hairstyles and glasses frames and little things like that. That’s a GOOD thing! Why would I want someone to look at my wedding photos in 50 years and think I was married yesterday? That doesn’t even make sense to me. Wear what you love; decorate how you want to; live for TODAY, not for what someone might think in 30 years.

Post # 9
2593 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I thought the “dated” thread was fun. Because it’s fun to be trendy today. The things brides are doing now are creative & awesome. And, yes,  20 years from now, they’ll have things that are entirely different- so what? 

Post # 10
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Simplicity is always timeless. I wasn’t trying to avoid dated things, but since we had a simple style anyway, I think our wedding will probably read as fairly timeless.

The “current” things we did, like mismatched bridal party, seeded eucalyptus garlands, etc. are things I think I’ll always like and never become ashamed of, so I’m cool with it.

I also think drawing slightly on previous eras can keep it timeless – not a full theme, but a few art deco or (in our case) mid-century modern touches can keep it from being “pure 2017”. My vintage dress was already dated on our wedding day, and it was pretty, so it can’t really get more dated in future haha. 

I channeled my wedding crafting mojo into things I thought would have the greatest impact on guest enjoyment – like sewing a fucking enormous shade canopy and brewing our own beer – and things that we would’ve otherwise had to buy, like invitations, centerpieces, and cake. 

Post # 11
78 posts
Worker bee

My parents had a “timeless” wedding in the 80s. basically with all the things in the list above. But you can still tell it’s the ’80s from what all the guests are wearing, and from the way the photos were taken and printed out.  

If you look up “modest wedding dress”, those are pretty timeless  

Post # 12
1555 posts
Bumble bee

Classic elegance. 

Post # 13
6237 posts
Bee Keeper

I tried to do this but I know things will still look of their time and that’s ok. I had a plain satin dress, pearls, neutral/white colour scheme, plain blush nails that sort of thing. If it’s not timeless I hope at least it look elegant. Some may say boring.   Our ceremony was a humanist one in a tipi though so heavens knows where that fits in!

Post # 14
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I don’t think “timeless” can really apply to weddings, maybe more like “classic”? I think that no matter what you try to do your wedding will look dated in 10, 20, 50+ years! Why? because it was in the past and that’s just what happens.

You can aim for classic beauty & style and plan a classic wedding avoiding trends so you don’t look back at your photos and think WOW those puffy sleeves like some people do now 😛

Post # 15
9632 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i like simple, classic, and elegant.  i’m not a trend follower.  i’ve always just done what iliked and wanted.

my wedding was the same way.  while i am sure there are aspects of it that might be able to pinpoint a timeframe,  i think it will stand the test of time.  my children and grandchildren will not look back and say oh my gosh, how could you dress like that.

my parents’ wedding was the same way.  my mom wore a simple, classic dress, one that i considered wearing myself.  it was the guests and some other features that dated it. unlike my husband’s parents’ wedding where everyone in the wedding party wore pink ruffles. their photos crack me up.


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