Wedding season is fast approaching, and if you’re in the process of planning your own special day then you’ll soon find yourself facing thousands of difficult decisions. Should you invite that great aunt you barely remember? How mad will your sister be if you don’t make her Maid of Honor? Is there such a thing as too many mason jars? But perhaps the most important decision of all is The Dress.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want a small country wedding or something a little more off-beat, inspiration can always be found in your favorite novels. Here are six literary-inspired styles to help you find that perfect look on your wedding day:
Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice
Elizabeth’s wedding look is all about soft romance and vintage silhouettes. Her dress is an updated version of a Regency-era gown, with an empire waist and full skirt. This is a bride who favors traditional jewelry and accessories, with only a pop of color—like pale pink roses.
Margaery Tyrell from A Storm of Swords or “The Purple Wedding” (Game of Thrones)
Margaery is beautiful but cunning, and this unique, deco-style gown is a perfect choice for her marriage to Joffrey. A Margaery bride isn’t afraid to take risks, like deep purple flowers and her crown-inspired engagement ring. And any smart girl marrying Joffrey would remember her poison…even if it is only perfume.
Claire Randall from Outlander
Clare and Jamie’s wedding was simple and rushed, though Jamie made sure she had a pretty gown and, later, a Celtic-style ring. This dress captures that romantic simplicity, and a bouquet of wildflowers strikes the perfect chord. Plus no Outlander wedding would be complete without a small chunk of amber, modeled after one of Clare’s wedding presents.
Rebecca Bloomwood from Shopaholic Ties the Knot
Rebecca is a chick lit heroine known for her great—and daring!—fashion sense, so of course her dress would need to be modern couture. But the Rebecca bride is still a romantic at heart, and the soft pink details mixed with modern touches (like a crystal butterfly embedded in the bouquet), speak to her dueling nature. And what English-bride is complete without a fascinator? Daring and classic.
Anne Shirley from Anne’s House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables)
Anne was the ultimate romantic-at-heart, and this blush-colored vintage gown reflects that perfectly. You just know she’d want a wedding at dusk in the woods, with soft light, a long veil, and fresh flowers in her hair.
Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind
Sometimes a wedding just needs a diva, and Scarlett would more than fit the bill. She’d be all about the bling, with diamonds dripping from her hair and her neck. Plus her dress would need to be a giant princess gown—to remind her of the hoop skirts she loves so much.
We might not be able to help you pick out place settings, but hopefully these literary-themed outfits will provide some inspiration for your big day…now you just have to decide if you’re a Scarlett or an Elizabeth.
Which look speaks to you the most? Let us know in the comments!
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