Everything For a Jaw-Dropping, Eye-Popping Wedding

Glamorous, over-the-top weddings are back in style. Take some tips from the experts as you plan the elegant wedding of your dreams.

By Shelby Robinson

Despite the recent popularity of rustic and shabby-chic weddings, glamorous, over-the-top weddings are coming back in style.

Simplicity is beautiful but diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Take some tips from the professionals then add vintage touches, unique decor or some Southern charm to complete the look.

Dora Dannsa, owner and lead planner of TinaRose Weddings and Events, and Senta Martz, owner of  B.Mingled Weddings and Events, LLC, were kind enough to give us some of their expert advice to help you make your wedding the social event of the year.



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“Glamorous weddings usually have a very chic feel from the moment you walk through the entrance,” said Martz. “Lighting is the first component. The correct use of up-lighting to accent walls, focal tables (such as the head table, cake table, dessert bar, etc.) and centerpieces are important.”

Dannsa, of TinaRose, adds, “While a grand ballroom is a classic option, you don’t have to be tied to a ballroom. Consider art museums, vineyards, historic mansions and country clubs as alternatives. There are so many venues in Northern Virginia that allow you to create an elegant wedding.”

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There is no such thing as too much shine at an elegant wedding. Dannsa and Martz agree that there should be gold, sequins, crystal and ruffles to really make the decor pop. Martz says, “Brides and designers are still incorporating the use of sequined table linens and ruffled chair covers to help complete the look. Crystal chandeliers and candelabras add to the charm.”

Dannsa notes, “A few years ago most brides were not keen to the idea of gold plated flatware or gold accents on china.  These days a touch of gold on the table adds a little more glam to any wedding. Think gold flatware, lots of lush white blooms and greenery, and lots of candle light. Use specialty linen in neutral of metallic hues. “



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For attire, Dannsa recommends a fitted, lacy dress with a vintage flare. “A fit and flare lace gown with lace sleeves that extend to create an illusion neckline is the way to go. It is simply elegant, classy and flattering on most body types. Choose one with a chapel length train and add a finger-tip length veil to complete the look. For accessories the ‘Great Gatsby’ trend has taken over these days. And nothing screams 1920s glam more than beautifully embellished hairpiece and bold jewelry. Of course if you have heirloom pieces, there’s no perfect time than now to wear it.”



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When deciding what kind of flowers will compliment your elegant wedding, stick to neutral colors and interesting textures. Martz recommends, “As far as floral design, the use of poppies, pansies, and garden roses are really trendy. These flowers are very full and create a soft look. A mix of pale pinks, whites, creams, and light greens make a pretty centerpiece and bouquet. Diamond accents and brooches are being added into the bride’s bouquet and/or mixed into centerpieces.”

Dannsa adds, “Remember that almost all the pictures of your dress will also feature your bouquet so you want it to compliment it well. Many brides these days are personalizing their bouquets and honoring loved ones at the same time. To create this you can tie your grandpa’s handkerchief, wrap your grandma’s scarf around it, or attach your mother’s brooch on it.”



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To finish off your glamorous wedding, make sure that your send-off is as elegant and interesting as the rest of the wedding. A fun and fabulous send-off is a huge indication of a successful party.

Give your wedding the finale that you and your guests will remember forever. Dannsa’s recommendation is, “Get away in a memorable and stylish way. Send off in style with sparklers and a vintage getaway car or ditch the idea for something more unique.”

Most wedding planners agree that the most important part of your wedding is making it fun and memorable for you and your guests. Make sure that you plan a fun wedding that shows off your unique style and interests.