How you can have a ‘Bridgerton’ marriage ceremony, together with what to put on and how one can embellish it

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After the huge success of the first season of Netflix’s Bridgerton, it should come as no surprise that Regency-era wedding details are on trend. According to global shopping platform Lyst, the search for empire waist dresses like those from Daphne and draped wisteria as seen on the front of the Bridgerton residence, as well as other details from the show, has increased tremendously. Whether you want to fully recreate the Duke and Duchess’ intimate ceremony or just want a stunning tiara instead of a veil, everything you need to get the look right can be found here.

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WHAT TO WEAR

Empire waist silhouettes, also known as the Regency-era it look, are set just below the chest, with the skirt falling loosely in a kind of A-line (they’re not cut like a mermaid, nor are they puffy like a ball gown). Daphne and her colleagues wear this style almost exclusively throughout the show, which means you can comb through tons of inspiration while planning your dream dress. The actual wedding ensemble of the Duchess also has a square neckline, puff sleeves and Swiss point lace with elaborate embroidery throughout the skirt, all details that we would like to copy as soon as possible.

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This trend might not actually have been started by Bridgerton (according to Lyst, the top search for bridal headdresses is actually that dramatically draped figure of area), but Daphne’s headdress certainly fits the 2021 bride exactly. She wears hers for the actual ceremony on a long one , simple veil, but there is no “revelation” and many modern brides forego tulle altogether, opting for crystal headbands, tiaras or even statement hair clips instead.

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HOW TO DECORATE

eBay reported a 300 percent increase in sales for wisteria after the show debuted in December, thanks to its prominent placement at the front of the Bridgerton house. The delicate shades of blue and purple go perfectly with the light blue theme of the Bridgerton family’s wardrobes and would look equally stunning draped around a chuppah for a spring or summer wedding.

Daphne and the Duke’s wedding was pretty straightforward in terms of decoration, but there was one thing they seemed like for the ceremony: lots and lots of white flowers and lots of green to boot. The aisles of the church were adorned with small bouquets of white flowers (perhaps carnations or roses), while the upper sides were lined with green flower garlands and white wisteria. Fortunately for Bridgerton brides, green is often much cheaper than brightly colored flowers, making this a more budget-friendly way to decorate with flowers.

Okay, so this detail doesn’t come from the wedding of the Duke and Duchess, but from the ball where they first develop feelings for each other (fainting). For anyone planning an outdoor reception, lighting to keep the party going after dark can be a tricky issue. But just as the guests of this spectacular festival were enthusiastic about the magic of the electric lanterns, you will certainly be just as enthusiastic about the fairy lights or solar-powered lanterns. Hang them up in your tent or set up trellises to dance under if you are not worried about the weather.

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WHAT TO EAT

To be honest, many of the most popular Regency-era dinners are just as common today – cold cuts and cheese sandwiches, savory pies, buttered veggies – but the absolute highlight was dessert. Multi-tier cakes with marzipan and sugar-coated fruit were like showpieces at the end of a dinner party, and Daphne’s wedding cake definitely followed. It even had little icing crests of hers and her new husband’s family. So skip the trendy cupcakes or donut walls in favor of a traditional cake, preferably adorned with intricate swirls and a few personal details that are unique just to you and your partner.

Food for the actual reception can be limited to what your venue has to offer, but you can keep the Bridgerton vibe going with the menu for your bridal shower with classic afternoon tea. As a nod to social events hosted by Daphne and her colleagues, serve the best tasty finger foods of the era – mini sandwiches, deviled eggs, petite fours, and other small cakes – alongside pots of freshly brewed black tea.

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