The History of Weddings

Though weddings have existed for over a millenia, they haven’t always been pictured as we do today. There was time where most brides expected to have their weddings in their homes. Other times where the white dress was not even considered a “thing”. The idea of weddings have truly come a long way.

 

There’s some interesting history behind weddings and we thought we’d share it with you.

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The earliest records of weddings describe them as being done by coercion or capture. There were usually no emotional ties between the man and the woman, in fact, the woman wasn’t really thought of as much during these times. Most men desired wives for sexual relief, procreation, and household duties. Love nor true commitment were ever apart of the plan when it came to marriage.

 

It wasn’t until roughly the 1800s that marriage was considered more of a personal decision. This is the time where the trend of wedding ceremonies began to emerge. However, during this time, weddings weren’t anything close to what they are today. Most brides had private ceremonies with just them, their groom, and both sets of parents and one set of parents’ house and then the bride would be recognized for her nuptials the following Sunday at church. Brides didn’t even purchase dresses for their weddings, their wedding dresses were their best dress that they already owned and was often a dark color because it doubled as funeral attire. Could you imagine not wearing a new dress on your special day? Weddings were small like this due to the realistic need for minimalism. Having your wedding at home meant that you could limit the amount of people who attended therefore not needing as many things to accommodate.

 

In the earlier 1800s, upper class weddings began to evolve into something like the types of weddings we are familiar with today but were still small and private. In the 1840s, unlike those before her, Queen Victoria of Britain married Prince Albert in a satin white gown and since all of the women wanted to be and look like the queen at that time, brides sought to have white dresses for their weddings. Before, having a white gown for your wedding was for the rich but was now becoming a trend for the middle class as well.

 

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Towards the end of the 1800s, what we know today as wedding vendors began to emerge and the weddings that would have been previously held at home were now being held in churches. With the a larger space to accommodate more people, there required a larger “show”. Brides were no longer sewing their own dresses, they were seeking out seamstresses or looking to purchases their dresses already made. The cakes and floral arrangements that would have been made at home were now being made by bakers and florists. By the 1900s, the brides were only turning to professional help for organizing their weddings.

 

One of the earlier contributions of the image of the “new” bride was bridal departments being added to larger stores. There were one stop shops available for all your decorations, attire, etc. Along with this, catered weddings and engraved invitations were longer an luxury for the rich but now a standard all brides were aspiring for. It was also during this time that wedding photographers began to emerge and become a very important part of the big day for everyone. By the 70s though, brides started to crave some kind of uniqueness in their weddings so they began to take their weddings out of churches and have them at event halls, back at homes, even in backyards of friend or relative’s house. This is also when the destination wedding became a “thing”. Weddings in the 21st century aren’t too different. The average bride spends about $20k on her wedding and it is predominantly organized by professionals.

 

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As we said in the beginning, weddings have a come a VERY long way. Always remember, you’re wedding is whatever YOU want it to be. It can be as big or as small as you desire and look like whatever you want it to.

 

Congratulations! Best of luck to you with wedding planning.

You've Said Yes, Now What?

The top 5 things you need to do FIRST after you’ve become engaged.

Becoming engaged can easily be classified as one of the top 10 moments in a woman’s life. All the dreams you’ve had of your wedding day and how you would look in your beautiful dress are finally coming true! But I bet you’re wondering where to start to successfully (and sanely) make it to your big day. We’ve had the pleasure of putting together a list of the top 5 things that you should do first after you get engaged, check them out below!

(These are in no specific order, you can choose to do these things in the order you see fit)

#1 – Decide on a budget.

Before you do anything else, you want to decide on a budget. Setting a budget allows you to know what kind of options you will have when deciding on the logistics. Deciding on a budget can also include deciding on how many people you’re going to invite as this could have a huge impact on the budget as well. If you aren’t remotely sure of what is a reasonable budget for your wedding, you can start with researching some of things you want your wedding to have. Whatever you do, set your budget FIRST.

#2 – Set the Date.

Let me warn you, this sounds a lot easier than it actually is. Choosing a wedding date requires a little more thought than you would initially think but there are several things to take into consideration when choosing your wedding date. The weather is one of the biggest things you want to think about. Depending on what type of wedding you want, it may have to take place during a certain season. For example, if you’ve always dreamed of a beautiful beach wedding, it might not be too beautiful in December in the middle of the winter. Another thing to think about when considering your wedding date is your flowers. Certain flowers may not be available during certain seasons. Lastly, with picking a date, you want to consider any major holidays that may be coming up before the date or after it. Again, an easy way to decide what your wedding date should be is making a list of all the things you want your wedding to include!

#3 – Pick your wedding party.

This for most brides is usually a no brainer, you’ve got your close friends, maybe a sister or two you’re your favorite cousin. Your fiancé may choose the same. Don’t forget you have to choose a maid of honor and he has to choose a best man. Make sure whoever you choose are people that you hold near and dear and that you want there to support you on this new chapter of your life.

#4 – Pick your venue.

Picking a venue is a very critical and important step as you can’t send out those cute save the dates until you know where the big party is going to happen!  Searching for venues can be a bit tedious but also extremely fun! There are so many options for wedding venues just about everywhere! Some have all inclusive packages and some let you do everything how you want. I also suggest touring the venue you’d like to use so you can be familiar with the place and any requirements there may be.

#5 – Save the dates!

Now that we’ve got a few of the basics covered, we can let everyone know when the big show is going to happen and where! When it comes to save the dates, the sky is the limit, you can make them look however you want. I’ve even seen where people have made theirs into refrigerator magnets so you can make sure you don’t forget! However you decide to do them, make sure they include the date and the location of your big day!

 

Congratulations beautiful! I hope this helps get you started in preparing for your big day!

5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Bridal Beauty Team

Congratulations, You’re engaged!! Right after you say , ‘Yes!’ your mind begins whirring with all the possibilities and details of planning the perfect wedding. Where will it be? When will it be? What will you wear? With so many big decisions looming ahead; hair and makeup might get put on the back burner.

Use these tips for finding and booking the hair and makeup team that is right for you.

 

Brushworx Bridal Tip #1- Book earlier than you think you need to.

 

We tell brides, “ It’s never too early to book, but it can very quickly become too late!”

Great hair and makeup teams, just like sought after venues, can book a year or more in advance. If you find an artist/team you mesh with and you love their work- don’t hold out looking for a ‘deal’. Book!

 

Brushworx Bridal Tip #2- Find a Team/Artist you’re comfortable with

 

Finding an artist/team who’s work you love is just part of the process. You also need to feel comfortable with them on a personal level. Your hair and/or makeup artist is probably the first vendor you will see on your wedding day and they may even be with you for multiple events if you use them for bridal portraits and rehearsal dinner. Finding someone who is fun, easy going, organized, and brings a calming presence to your wedding day is priceless!

 

Brushworx Bridal Tip #3-  Trust Your Vendor Referrals

 

If you’ve hired an event planner or photographer, ask them who they like to refer for hair and makeup. Planners and photographers have to work closely with beauty teams on things such as timing, lighting, schedules,and collaborating on style. They will know which companies show up on time and stick to a timeline  or the artists that they don’t have to photoshop their bad makeup. It’s important that your hair and makeup artists are professional, timely , and play well with others!


 

Brushworx Bridal Tip #4 - Don’t get Pinterest blinded!

 

Pinterest can be a great resource for hair and makeup inspiration! However, the untrained eye may not realize that what you see is not always what it reality. Many hairstyles have multiple sets of extensions or hair pads to achieve the fullness. And many makeup photos have been retouched to achieve the soft focus look or a certain glow that would not appear the same in real life. Send your photos to your artist before you see them for a trial and share your likes about each one. Ask for their honest opinion of what is needed to achieve your ‘dream look’ and if it is a realistic expectation.

 

Brushworx Bridal Tip #5- Choose a Pro. Not a Friend


One of the saddest things we hear from brides is that they did a ‘trial’ run with their bestie or with ‘Aunt Mary’ with hair or makeup because it was offered for free and ‘they do their own hair/makeup so well!’Only, their trial Didn’t go so well and now they have to deal with hurting someones’ feelings. Doing your own hair/makeup well is Very different from being able to do someone elses! Pros charge for the knowledge of being able to work with all hair types and textures under a variety of weather conditions and knowing how to deal with all skin types . We study extensively to understand what every shape of eye and type of bone structure needs to look it’s best on camera. Also, we know how to handle the stress of a wedding day without it affecting our work or distracting us from our mission- to make you Stunning! You will have all eyes on you during your wedding day, not to mention pictures you’ll be showing off for decades to come. Feeling confident and proud of how amazing you look for that is Priceless!