How to Get that Vintage Bride Style

Of all the wedding trends we have seen recently, we have to say that the vintage style is still a favorite among brides. Perhaps it is the romantic quality of the style that creates a sense of nostalgia in our modern times or maybe it is the subtle glamour that is captivating. Regardless, achieving the vintage bride look takes some thought and preparation, and we've come up with a guide highlighting important pieces to consider when putting this look together. 


The first and most important step to achieving this look is picking the right gown. Paying attention to elements like the silhouette and fabric details are important. One of our favorite details for this look is antique silver beading.  Intricate beading on the gown rather than serious sparkle offers a very special vintage look.

Lace is a preferred fabric for the vintage bride, alluding to romance. We suggest combining the use of this fabric with longer sleeves, creating a hint of modesty, which is essential to achieve the vintage look. 


Another gown style we like for this look is an off-shoulder gown that dominated the early 19th Century. Make sure to use delicate fabrics across the arms such as: tulle, silk or lace. The contrast of covering part of the arms, while baring the shoulders creates a subtle sexiness while still being modest and classic. 

Once you decide on a gown, the next thing you want to think about are the accessories. Accessories have a great impact on finessing the entire look. Making sure your accessories complement the gown will help you achieve the right vintage look.


We recommend a shorter, delicate heel with a rounder shaped toe; closed or peep-toe shoes are a great option.

Veils and Hairpieces

The headpiece is an essential element and one that can make or break the final look. If you are considering wearing a veil, we recommend a birdcage style veil for vintage glamour appeal. Hair combs with embellished details are also a favorite, and if you're feeling very inspired, a fascinator hat reminiscent of the 1940s or a Juliet style soft tulle veil after the iconic bridal look of Grace Kelly will finalize the look perfectly. 

The Essential Bridal Shoe Guide

Wobbling down the aisle, getting stuck in the lawn, tripping during your first dance. These are all scenarios that have crossed the minds of most brides, which is why picking the right shoes is an essential part of preparing for the big day.

When selecting wedding shoes, many brides go with the traditional heel option. However, there are many other options that may very well suit the bride’s personality, wedding theme and even desired comfort level, and by no means should a bride have to choose comfort over elegance. Once you’ve selected the style of wedding shoe, see our 7 helpful tips to break in your wedding shoes, so you can dance the night away.

Heels: If heels are your number one preference, go for thicker chunkier heels that are no more than 2 - 3 inches. Stay away from pinpoint-width stilettos. After all, most of your shoes will not be visible beneath your gown. Also, make sure these heels have extra cushion support to help with comfort and balance. Choose a pretty kitten heel or vintage-inspired pump.  


Platforms: Although the height of these shoes may scare you away, the extra padding along the base of the shoe adds support and the added platform lessens the angle of the arch. The thicker platform makes balance and walking a bit easier than standard heels of this height.


Wedges: If you still want to have the height without the heel element, wedges are a great option. Because of the larger surface area in contact with the ground, they exert less pressure. 

Low Wedges: These not only provide the benefits of the regular wedge but in addition they also do without the arch-aching height.

Wedge Sneakers: For the daring bride that wants the ultimate in comfort, these are the best option. The genius behind the shoe is that it mixes the femininity of high heels with the comfort of a sneaker.

Open-Toed Booties: A favorite for winter or fall. The shoe covers and supports your entire foot while keeping your warm. 

Flats: You don’t need stilettos to make a statement, flats can not only provide and amazing amount of comfort but with the right pair can be elegant and be be re-worn for all other less formal occasions of the wedding.

Barefoot: For a hot summer day and or beach wedding, being in contact with the earth can be not only comfortable but a grounding experience.  Just make sure you have booked your special pedicure and even add some lace or jewel design to decorate the feet.


Once you have decided what kind of shoes you are going to wear, here are 7 tips on to how to prepare your shoes for the big day:

Choose a size larger: try on a size that are one half to one full size above your normal size. You want to make sure there is enough wiggle room for your toes and heel, yet not too much space left that may make movement difficult.

Break in Your Heels: shoes that have been slightly worn will offer greater ease of movement, than brand new shoes. Move around in them and let your feet adjust, the last thing you want is blisters on your feet the day two hours into your wedding day. 

Straps Trick: If you are wearing shoes with straps, and these are rubbing your feet. One quick an easy way to relieve the irritated skin is to put some deodorant on that spot. This will provide a cushion between your feet and the strap.

Use heat to add flexibility: moments before putting your shoes on, use a hairdryer to heat your shoes. The heat will increase the flexibility of the fabric. This will allow for your shoes to move comfortably and conform to the contours of your feet when you slip them on.

Invest in a pair of Inserts: search for a gel or full insole inserts that supports the length of your foot. You can also choose to buy inserts that support only certain parts of the foot like the arch, toe, or ball of the foot. This small investment can make a big difference.

Don’t forget to book your pedicure: There is so much to prepare for, that your feet may be the last you thing you remember to take care of. Specially if you are going barefoot, wearing sandals or open toed shoes; you want to make sure your toes are looking wedding ready.

Bring a spare pair: Even if you take all the precautions suggested, you never know what can happen. Make sure you to bring a spare pair of shoes just in case.




Top 10 Wedding Dress Trends for 2017

As we release our 2017 COLLECTION, we want to highlight some our favorite bridal gown trends. We see inspiration from bohemian to vintage to the classics. Beautiful fabrics, playful necklines, and lace details are some of the fun elements that caught our eye. 


Here at Trish Lee, we are big fans of Rue de Seine. Their boho luxe appeal is just off the charts. Our all-time favorite Rue de Seine gown is the Juno. We love the soft graphic lace and low back detail.

2. THE 70s

We couldn't resist including this 1970's-inspired gown by Rebecca Schoneveld. The Adele gown is subtle with just the right amount of edginess, perfect for the modern woman who wants to finish her look with a small dose of nostalgia.


From the Romantics Collection by Sarah Seven, we had to include the Hawthorne Gown on our list. This gown is the epitome of romance, from the draping to the lace detail, we die.


We're in love with Love Her Madly by Claire La Faye. This designer sure knows how to tell a whimsical story through her dresses, and we're ready to run away with her. We absolutely love the scalloped lace edge on the hem.


To add some color to our list, we can't think of a better gown than the Paloma Gown by Elizabeth Dye. The light blush tones of the tulle skirt with the delicate Chantilly-style lace on the bodice is a powerful combo.


The femininity and sexiness of the Genevieve Gown by Alexandra Grecco took our breath away. The plunging backless neckline with the delicateness of the lace throughout the gown is a surprising yet lovely contrast.


This year we saw the runway trend of two-piece gowns in bridal as well. We like how Spellbound by Claire La Faye is laid back while having some formal elements like a train and heavy use of lace. 


We love Rue de Seine's spin on the high-low hem. Staying true to their boho appeal, the fresh hand-knotted fringe detail is the icing on the cake. 


For all the brides that love simplicity and clean lines, the Maia Slip Gown by Alexandra Grecco is a must. The silk crepe fabric is just effortless.


Lastly we had to include the playful Miranda gown by Houghton. For the daring and fashion-forward bride, this dress is the perfect fit. We love the tiered layers and combination of fabric that make this dress one-of-a-kind.