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Personalize your wedding with a few simple steps

By Ashley Elizabeth Thomas · January 25th, 2010 · Special

Clearly we can’t all have a Round 1 of Big and Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding in Sex and the City, but in the end it turned out that they kept it true to themselves anyhow: unique and simple. Having a beautiful and meaningful wedding while saving money and the Earth might seem far out of reach at times, but it can be accomplished.

That’s exactly what was in mind for Michael and Whitney Neal, who were happily married this past summer.

Whitney looked both charming and elegant wearing a vintage ivory lace dress on her big day. Her grandmother wore a tea-length dress for her own wedding day, so Whitney always knew she wanted to do the same.

After ransacking wedding dress shops only to find options that she wasn’t crazy about, Whitney finally found the winner in a small vintage shop for a mere $70.

The next step was taking the dress to a seamstress for cleaning and repair. The seamstress repaired the zipper, added buttons and cut the back out for a modernized feel.

The bride picked out fabric for her sash, which was made by a friend. For a feminine and soft touch, she wore an ivory flower in her hair and a timeless pearl necklace.

To complete the adage “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” Whitney wore earrings that were once her grandmother’s and lovely beige peep-toe heels from the Nine West Outlet store to match her sash.

Definitely looking stunning on her special day, she saved money and found pieces that truly meant something to her.

Ashley and Brad Dollenger also decided to take the vintage-inspired route for their wedding this past summer. The couple kept the entire day unique while wearing 1940s-esque dresses and three-piece suits at their 20th Century Theatre wedding. They even took photos across the street at the nostalgic Aglamesis Brothers Ice Cream & Candy Shop.

The bridesmaids wore dresses that they each picked for their own body types and tastes — a rising trend in the wedding scene, including multi-colored dresses or suits for bridesmaids and groomsmen.

By shopping vintage, you’re being ecofriendly while finding something unique that will only increase in value as time progresses. To follow suit, try visiting Talk of the Town at 9111 Reading Road. Even if you’ve already found the perfect dress or suit – new or old – this shop offers fantastic vintage hats, gloves, dresses and even jewelry, all in flawless condition.

Talk of the Town’s selection of broaches is to die for. Get creative by using several of them to pin onto your bouquet, your dress or even your wedding cake.

Shopping vintage might or might not require some altering. For all of your simple alteration needs, head down to The Brush Factory at 2019 Central Ave. It’s a co-operative studio and boutique for talented and emerging designers that proudly donates all proceeds from alterations to local charities. Ladies can also find unique accessories here, such as one-of-a-kind head and neck pieces.

For all of you grooms-to-be, find the perfect made-to-fit trousers in the fabric of your choosing for you and your groomsmen. Just stopping into the Brush Factory is enough to inspire you for your wedding day. Other great places around the city that you’ll keep coming back to for both new and vintage are Casablanca Vintage (3944 Spring Grove Ave.) and Mustard Seed Boutique (311 Ludlow Ave.).

Trying to accessorize for an outdoor wedding can be especially difficult. One option is to skip the glitzy tiara and earrings and go for something more naturalistic and romantic.

Leah Durig is a talented designer who specializes in making whimsical and organic-inspired headpieces perfect for weddings, brides and bridesmaids alike at incredibly affordable prices. Check out her line, Headcase by the Letter G, by visiting her online shop at www.etsy.com/shop/headcasebyg. You’re bound to fall in love.

Weddings are special no matter what. Making the event personalized and unique is only the icing on the cake, and there can be as much or as little as you prefer.

But if you choose to represent what makes each of you unique, be creative by shopping vintage, local or by doing-it-yourself. For a day that comes just once in a lifetime (hopefully), why not indulge in the simple things? They’re the sweetest, after all. �



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