Board #452 | A Taste for Timeless

One of the many pressures on brides today is to come up with a totally unique wedding style. Something no one has seen before. A wedding in which every last detail is a reflection of the bride’s and groom’s personalities, from the personalized vows to the napkins. I certainly have felt this pressure, and when it starts to drive me utterly bananas, I try to remind myself that what makes a wedding truly unique and personalized and yours, is that it is a ceremony and celebration for you and your partner. It’s a wedding that, presumably, hasn’t been seen before.

All of that is to say, you do not have to reinvent the wheel. Stick with classic elements that will never look dated, and do them well: beautiful engraved invitations with traditional wording, pearl jewelry and a blusher veil, white flowers, champagne toasts, a white buttercream cake. A lovely wedding that is perfectly simple and timeless.

Mood: simply classic, timeless
Palette: wedding white, touches of green foliage

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Top row from left: clematis centerpieces from Martha Stewart Weddings, dress with butterfly sleeves from J.Crew’s Spring 2010 collection, classic buttercream cake from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: champagne flute photo by Marla Christina, pearl earrings from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: traditional engraved wedding invitation and white flower girl dresses both from Martha Stewart Weddings, clematis and rose bouquet photo by Meg Smith, tulle blusher from Martha Stewart Weddings


  • Erin says:

    Very, very well said! This is the type of wedding I'm going for.. and everytime I see a new, trendy idea that I want to incorporate but can't find a way, I will remind myself of exactly what you have said!

  • Camille @ STYLE NOTES says:

    Couldn't agree more!! Sometimes in the quest to be uber-creative and unique, a couple's personal style actually gets lost. Keeping the elements classically elegant allows the decor to be a backdrop for the beautiful meaning of the day. Gorgeous inspiration!!

  • somewhereinthyme says:

    I totally agree. When you are at a loss as to what to do…stick to the classic all white. I think it is timeless and beautiful. An all white cake is my favorite (i pass on all the quite colorful cakes of the recent past.)And a elegant all white bouquet can't be beat.

  • Emily @ Southern Weddings says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I am really loving this board.

  • Meg says:

    Agreed! you can't go wrong with simple, classic, elegance. Lovely board!

  • Jena says:

    I completely agree with you Kathryn. And when the time comes for me to get married, this inspiration board is what I have always envisioned. Thanks for even more inspiration!

  • D.C. Belle says:

    Thank you for this post! I'm such a classic/traditionalist in every way, but I've felt so much pressure to plan a unique/trendy wedding. I'm glad to know that sticking to my traditional side is ok. Love the inspiration board too!

  • Laurel says:

    This just saved me… I can not tell you how overwhelmed I was getting. we dont have to be original … just good. (Love that quote)

  • Amber says:

    i have definitely, definitely been feeling the pressure to be unique. Every time I think I've come up with something, I see it in a magazine or on a blog. But I keep telling my fiance, even if our wedding ends up being cliche in the wedding blog world, it will be new to us and most of our guests.

  • ami @ elizabeth anne designs says:

    amen! i love classic and timeless and really get tired of seeing the same trends over and over again. :)

  • Leila Khalil |Wedding Publicist| Be Inspired PR says:

    thank god someone feels the same way (wink wink) im so happy you did a board/post on just doing something simple and classic which can be just as beautiful as some crazy new and different theme- going to share it lots of people!

  • Rosanna says:

    As a bride, I'm struggling with exactly the opposite problem… ie I have a lot of unique ideas and the vendors I contact aren't willing to challenge their confort zone.
    For example, I really don't like all of these "Pantone wedding" with two arbitrary colors used as color palettes, so I chose a tone-on-tone wedding. Well, everybody pushes me to the bright contrasting colors I don't want to have in my wedding.
    Another problem I encounter is the veil, because I want silk tulle and everybody and their grandmother tries to push bridal illusion down my throat. When they heard I want colored Swarovski on the veil they just about fainted then proceeded to inform me that "every bride has AB crystals".
    I'm not "playing original", I am this way and I don't want anything different from who I am. But somehow the industry is set to make me feel "bad" because I don't conform.

  • Christi says:

    Rosanna said "But somehow the industry is set to make me feel "bad" because I don't conform."
    You are the customer. If the vendor doesn't want to make a tone on tone bouquet or add colored jewels to a veil, then that isn't the vendor for you! I can't imagine that there isn't a single florist near you who has never, ever been paid to create a monochromatic bouquet. Maybe to support your "unique" ideas in your area you need to look for a "unique" vendor. Like a nursery with a great designer in-house who can create the florals instead of the same old florist that "everyone" uses.

    Look at Etsy for your veil – I'm sure you'll find plenty of artisans willing to create your vision for you.

  • Michael and Anna Costa says:

    Less is more – and a classical white wedding proves it!

  • Lisa Marie says:

    Ah, what a breath of fresh air. Deepest thank yous! Definitely time to start letting brides know there are other ways to proceed. I tasted my first wedding cake at age 7 and fell in love instantly with white cake with white frosting. Speaking with a cake designer the other day, he immediately bagan to suggest fillings. Next! Moving on to someone who gets our preferences… : )

  • Lily says:

    Wow,this is exactly the kind of wedding i am planning for!!

    I do have one question though – If the boys are wearing black suits and black ties,is this going to throw away the whole simple,classic,clean kind of look?

    Thanks so much for this!

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