Have you been enjoying Netflix's period drama Bridgerton as much as I have? Did you binge the entire season in just a matter of days? Are you, as a result, experiencing some very serious withdrawal? You're not alone.
Not only did I fall in love with the handsome Duke; the decor is just as amazing. So amazing, it would make for a gorgeous wedding. Yeah, you read that right: Bridgerton themed weddings.
Imagine it: lush florals in white and pastel colors such as pink, blue, and lilac. Wisteria backdrop for the ceremony and a ton of lights above the dance floor. What's not to like? You're totally into this idea, aren't you? Well, I can't blame you. Arrive in a horse and carriage, wear a gorgeous, traditional Regency-era dress (Etsy is the place to be, anywhere between €75 and €2700), or modernize it a bit by choosing an empire waist dress. And how about a top hat for the groom, and maybe even his groomsmen? Stay with me, as a paint a picture for you and jumping from one part to another.
You could serve a high tea in a rose garden, as an alternative to a traditional wedding cake or sweets table. Or just do both, the ton of Regency-era London sure loved their sweets. Serve champagne in classic champagne glasses, instead of the modern flutes you're probably more familiar with (I am).
For an opening dance, do the waltz accompanied by a string quartet. I think Vitamin String Quartet has proved for once and for all; this does not have to be boring and stuffy. Decorate the dance floor with string lights and lanterns, just like at that ball towards the end of the first episode.
The dining table should be lit by candles and by candles only. Those fake LED ones are acceptable I suppose ("..but not handsome enough to tempt me", shout out to those who recognize this quote).
To make this even more perfect; the Bridgerton family home (or Ranger's House as it is called in the real world) is available as a wedding venue and it comes with your typical English rose garden, perfect for that High Tea I mentioned earlier.
As a stationer, I was of course curious to find out what the deal was with wedding invitations in the Regency era. Well, there was none, really. If invitations were sent out at all, it was usually a letter written by the bride listing the basic facts of who, what, where, and when.
I used this image of an 'invitation' from 1890 as a guideline for the Regency invitation I designed. Yes, I did it. I was so into this idea of a Bridgerton wedding, I had to design an invitation to go with it. I just couldn't help myself. As you can see, my invitation is a little fancier (again: couldn't help myself) and I added some Lady Whistledown references while I was at it.
Of course, I would recommend you send this as a Regency-era letter, fold it (here's a video on how to do that), and secure it with a wax seal. You kind of have to, to be honest.
I could go on and on, but for now, I think it's best if I would just direct you to my Bridgerton Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest. I'll keep adding inspiration to this on a regular basis, so hit that follow button to be always up to date.
I hope you had as much fun reading this, as I did writing this blog post.
Till next time!
PS. Did you hear? Netflix just confirmed a second season! Woohoo!