I will admit here and now that I absolutely adore lace. It is delicate, beautiful, and timeless and it is, quite possibly, the ultimate bridal fabric. It’s also surprisingly adaptable and can be part of almost any wedding theme you care to mention. It can look wonderfully rustic (team it with hessian for a fantastic country-luxe look) or it can be dreamily romantic when used with pastel tones. So, let’s have a little look at other ways to incorporate lace in your wedding day and I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do.
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Of course, your wedding dress is the natural starting point for a lace themed wedding and, thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge, this ethereal fabric is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. To me, what makes lace so special is that there are so many ways to use it. Vintage-inspired gowns from every era can include a little lace and modern designs too use it to perfection. Whatever style or design you prefer, there will be a way to include lace!
You’ll also be spoiled for choice with lacy accessories too. Everything from pretty shoes and gloves to the finest lace-edged veils and bridal hair accessories (such as the Floral Enchantment Headpiece from Glitzy Secrets) is available to you, you lucky thing.
Bridesmaids and flowergirls can also share the lace love with lace gowns and adornments and of course, you can all include lacy touches in your bouquets by wrapping the handle of your posies with lengths of fabric and this can be carried through to buttonholes and corsages too. Full roses, peonies and other traditional blooms look fantastic with lace and baby’s breath is a whimsical, budget friendly option that could be made to team with this enchanting fabric.
I really love bespoke backdrops at weddings – they look wonderful, are excellent for photographs and bring personality to your wedding day. Creating your own backdrop with lace couldn’t be easier – just hang a pair of lace curtains from wherever takes your fancy and there you go! You can add flowers or props if you like or keep it simple. Alternatively, stretch different types and colours of lacy fabric across large wooden frames of various sizes and place in groups where you will. Easy and effective wedding DIY!
Because lace is so intricate, it also looks fabulous when used on smaller details too. Wrap lengths around favour boxes, cutlery, napkins, stationery or wind strips around jars and fill with flowers, sweets, cookies or anything you like. If you’d like to bring the lace look to stationery in another way, you can buy paper punches that produce a lace-like effect so these can be wonderful if you’re making your own invitations and wedding day stationery such as table plans, menus and more.
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Whilst we’re talking of the lace look, don’t forget that doilies can be perfect for this. Twist them into cones for confetti, tie them around jars or invitations or string them together to make simple garlands. The lace effect can also be created on cakes and, when accessorised with more delicate fresh flowers, these are so gorgeous that you might not want to cut into your masterpiece!
My top tip for your lace inspired wedding would be to search your local haberdashers and buy all the roll ends and off-cuts of lace you can. You don’t need to use the same fabric throughout and in fact, the look will be more visually appealing if the laces are different. Use lengths as table runners or garlands, trail fabric from card cases or table displays and tie some around tablecentres and props. Everything is made lovelier with a touch of lace.
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