Your wedding day is a special moment that you’ll cherish forever. While trends come and go, there’s something truly magical about a classic wedding that never goes out of style. It’s all about capturing the essence of love and celebrating it in a way that transcends passing fads. If you’re hoping to look at your wedding photos in 10 years and still love every single detail of your big day, keep scrolling to see small ways to have a classic wedding that will stand the test of time.
How to Have a Timeless Wedding
To have a timeless wedding, start with a classic venue. Opt for a location that exudes elegance, such as a historic mansion, a traditional church, a sophisticated villa, or a picturesque garden. These types of venues provide a beautiful backdrop that doesn’t need a bunch of trendy decorations to help make them stand out. You’d be surprised at just how far beautiful architecture goes when it comes to the overall aesthetic of your big day.
Your wedding attire is one of the biggest areas in which you can get that timeless look. Opt for a classic lace or satin gown with minimal embellishments. When it comes to your hair and headpieces, a veil goes a long way. All other accessories should be kept rather simple, focusing on pieces that have personal significance to you. For the groom, choose a well-fitted, traditional tuxedo or suit in neutral colors, such as black or navy.
Black Tie Dress Code
Although it’s a little controversial to give your guests a dress code, what they wear to your wedding impacts the overall feeling of the day. By requesting a black tie dress code, you’re immediately going to elevate the vibe of the wedding. Not only does it make for great photos, but these gowns and tuxes will never go out of style, so your guests can wear their outfits again while also feeling confident that when they look back in 20 years, they’ll still love the outfit they chose.
Neutral Color Palette
There’s nothing we love more than couples choosing bright, bold color palettes for their big day right now. However, this is a trend that very well could be dated in a few years (though this is hard to say, of course). To ensure that your wedding is timeless, choose a more neutral color palette that isn’t “on trend.” Think of shades like ivory, champagne, pastel pink or blue, navy, and black. These colors are elegant and versatile, allowing you to incorporate them into various aspects of your wedding. If you aren’t ready to sacrifice color, incorporate brighter, more colorful details in subtle ways (such as your invitations, signage, or florals).
Nothing says timeless more than using calligraphy or elegant script fonts and choosing high-quality paper and printing techniques for your wedding invitations. Minimalistic fonts and a black-and-white color scheme are another way to ensure you’re keeping the timelessness that you’re searching for!
When it comes to floral arrangements, go for timeless blooms like roses, peonies, and lilies. These flowers have a romantic look that photograph beautifully. As for the arrangements themselves, keep them elegant and simple, using neutral colors (specifically white) and greenery to complement your color palette. And while we’re on the topic of decor, go crazy with the candles and string lights. They make things feel extra cozy.
There’s something about live musicians playing modern and classical music–especially during the ceremony–that makes us swoon. We’re talking Bridgerton style. Classical music or classic love songs performed by an orchestra can create a romantic atmosphere during your ceremony. If you want a DJ for your reception but still want it to feel sophisticated, ask them to play classics like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole while your guests enjoy dinner. Then you can make the switch over to your favorite party tunes once you’re ready to get the mood turned up.
Photography trends are a little harder to spot, making hiring a photographer a bit trickier. Our advice? Choose someone who has experience capturing candid moments and emotions and edits their photos in natural colors rather than with heavy presets. Black and white photos never go out of style, either.
One of the easiest ways to wow your guests and keep them talking about your wedding for years after the fact is choosing a caterer known for their delicious, fresh food and beautiful presentation. Consider a plated dinner with local ingredients and bright colors (picture lots of fruits and veggies).
Vintage Car Getaway
There’s nothing classier than leaving the party of a lifetime in a vintage car with your new partner for life. Not only is this a great way to end the night, but it also makes for seriously fun photos–especially if you have a mini photoshoot with your photographer.
Lastly, infuse your wedding with personal touches that reflect your love story. Incorporate elements that are significant to your relationship, whether it’s a favorite quote or poem, a cherished song, or family heirlooms. These details will make your wedding uniquely yours while maintaining a timeless feel.
A timeless wedding is not about following the latest trends but about creating a day all about your love. By choosing timeless elements and personalizing your special day, you can have a wedding that stands the test of time. Ready to dive into the world of wedding planning now? Junebug’s got you covered. Check out our guide to help you create the perfect mood board, so you can bring your classic wedding to life.