While lace was considered to be old-fashioned just years ago, the fabric has since made a comeback and is quickly becoming a popular item in weddings. And, really, it’s no big surprise: lace has a look that’s classic, elegant, yet subtle – exactly what weddings ought to be.
Today, more hotels venue decorators are offering lace-inspired themes in their wedding packages, an affirmation that brides are loving lace again. In this article, we’ll tell you the ways brides can incorporate lace not only in their bridal dress and accessories, but throughout the whole wedding.
White laces have traditionally been used in wedding invitations, a practice that has gotten back into trend. Laces are either wrapped around the invitation suite and secured with ribbons, or are used as decorative frames for the invitation. But who says other colourful laces can’t be used in making lace wedding invitations? And should they always be frilly too? There are infinite ideas for creating lace wedding invitations, and here are a few examples.
• Burlap wedding invitation with shabby lace features
• Rustic vintage lace invitation
• Vintage lace invitation
• Printable lace invitation
• Black and gold lace invitation
• Vintage pearl lace invitation
Lace can be featured in wedding dresses of any colour, style, silhouette or neckline. Although the design is often thought as the defining factor of lace, the quality of the material is what truly sets it apart. The types of lace used for creating lace bridal dresses are named from their places of origin: Alencon, Chantilly, and Venice or Guipure.
• Alencon: Alencon lace has a floral design on a clear net ground. Alencon lace has classic design of flowers and swags outlined with a heavy thread. It comes in different widths and forms, and is usually clipped to make individual appliques. This is the most popular type of lace used for wedding gowns and lingerie, and is distinct from other types of laces as it is more delicate, completely outlined with cord, less-pronounced scallops (especially at the edges), and has a chained beading (instead of picot) for the edge.
• Chantilly: This specific lace features large flowers with deep scallops at the edges. Branches, along with flowers, are held together either by scrolls or ribbons. Its edges are more deeply scalloped than Alencon due to its picot finishing. Chantilly lace is also readily available in a variety of prices and quality. This is frequently used in wedding dress, formal wear and cocktail attire.
• Guipure (sometimes called Venice): This type of lace doesn’t have a net background, hence its firm, stiff texture. It is usually made of cotton and the design is embroidered on water-soluble-films.
Other types of lace used for making bridal dress include metallic, tape, Breton, Burano, Filet, Cluny, and allover.
Lace adds an elegant look to the venue, as well as establishes a gentle ambiance. Here are five ways to incorporate lace in the wedding décor:
1. Lacy Candle Centrepiece
Combining clear glass cylinders with white lace and white candles make for an enchanting evening reception. Lit and placed in cylinders of different sizes, the candles will glow like moonlight, while the intricate lace patterns add a touch of delicateness to the design.
To make lace candle centrepiece, first measure the height and circumference of every cylinder to know how much lace is needed for each cylinder. Brush the lace with fabric stiffener before cutting it so it will not fray. For the bottom part, cut the lace and provide ½ inch of allowance for the seam. For the top edge, simply cut along the outline of the lace pattern. Lastly, wrap lace around the cylinders and secure the ends with a glue gun.
2. Burlap, Flowers and Lace
Create a rustic but elegant floral centrepiece with burlap and laces. To make this centrepiece, start by picking flowers of soft hues and palettes. Retain their long, firm stems and wrap the middle part of the stems with burlap. Wrap the burlap with rustic lace, leaving both ends of the burlap uncovered for about 1 to 1½ inch. Place one bouquet wrapped in burlap and lace in a clear, tall glass cylinder.
3. Lace Wedding Cakes
When it comes to wedding cakes, lace can be incorporated to the cake’s design using fabric, fondant or silicon moulds used for creating intricate patterns. Cakes adorned with beautiful floral patterns look as gorgeous as the bridal dresses from which the cake’s design are usually inspired from. To get an embroidered lace wedding cake, you can use silicon moulds to create intricate floral patterns that are reminiscent of the embroidered ‘60s dress. The resulting ivory cake is one that will appeal both to the bride and her mothers.
4. Lace as a Delicate Addition
As an addition to the cake’s decoration, lace can easily put a sophisticated twist to an otherwise simple wedding tier. First, affix sugar-paste floral applique around each layer of a plain white four-tier cake. Use tinted lace and accessories to match the colour palette of the wedding. Then, put a pastel coloured, medium-size flower at the front of the top tier in a slanting position. Pale yellow lace and baby pink are good colour combination for a subtle and beautiful wedding feature.
5. Cupcake Liner
Having a cupcake tier is also a common choice for wedding cakes nowadays. Using lace as liners makes cupcakes look even more gorgeous. There are two ways to make cupcake liners. One way is to wrap a piece of lace around the cupcake paper liner. The other is to use a doily cupcake wrapper. This can be made easy by downloading a cupcake wrapper template and tracing along the inside curves and at the ends of the doily. Cut it accordingly.
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