These wedding photos are of a themed fancy
dress wedding of the daughter of an old friend of mine. Pat's daughter
Ceri decided to have a themed fancy dress style wedding based very loosely
around Tudor and Elizabethan times. These wedding photos show it was a huge
success. Ceri picked a wide time span for her guests to choose a
character and was relaxed if they veered off slightly into another era as
Robin Hood and Maid Marian did!
In fact she even did this herself. Her
dress was intended to be in true Elizabethan style, but she and the London
Dress designer decided that her figure was better suited to a skirt style of
a much later period and it pays homage to C18th panier skirts
rather than farthingale skirts. The bodice does show Elizabethan
influence in the styling, but the main thing is that it is a glorious silk
dress that suited Ceri. See wedding photo below.
The Themed Costume Wedding Group Picture of Ceri and
Simon in Castle
Unless all your friends are avid re-enactors
if you choose to have a themed wedding, take a wide time span such as Ceri
did, perhaps choose the Victorian era which has several interesting time
frames offering a broad spectrum of styles.
Remember that your guests are bound to
be able to find something then that suits their character. Being too
dictatorial - everyone must dress only from 1 year, for example from 1883
might kill this type of idea unless your friends were ones you met at a
Regency re-enactment or similar!
Wedding Photo of the Bride with her Mother
The Bride Ceri with her Mother ( Queen Elizabeth 1),
father and her sisters.
Remember whilst it may be your dream day, the
guest may not be quite so cooperative if you are too prescriptive.
Flexibility and just that fact that your friends are prepared to make
themselves look fairly daft for your benefit should make you realise that
tolerance is required and if you can relax about it then everyone, including
you will have great and very memorable day.
My friend Pat is dressed
as Queen Elizabeth and I bet that even the BBC could not find a better stand
in. She paid £25 to hire her dress! The bride's designer dress cost
£4000. There are more wedding photos of Pat overleaf who truly was in
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