Lace has been one of the most prevailing motifs in weddings over the last few years, and it is, perhaps, appropriate. For centuries, the delicate fabric has been a symbol of luxury, classicism and grace. As you conquer your wedding checklist and contemplate your use of lace, consider the history and significance of it.
Lace: A history
Historians aren’t exactly certain when or where artisans began making lace, though they do know that it became a popular textile among the wealthy and noble during the Renaissance. Many believe that Venetian openwork embroidery was the predecessor of the lace we know now, and the country earned a reputation during the 1500s for its production of the fabric. Lace became a huge export over the course of its history, making countries that produced it economic powers. The fabric is incredibly challenging to make, requiring hours of time and effort. For this reason, women often used lace as their dowry – a girl’s father would offer a man a gift when he and the daughter wed. Lace was a pricey commodity, so it was a popular nuptial present choice.
However, the advent of the Industrial Revolution changed all that. Machines could produce lace at a fraction of the cost. Handmade lace was still an expensive item, though it didn’t hold the same visual impact as it did in years past – just wearing lace didn’t signify wealth since machine-made varieties were affordable for numerous classes. It’s challenging to find handmade lace in modern times.
The traditional choice
Implementing a lace motif at your wedding is a beautiful nod to nuptial history. Most women don’t give a dowry anymore, but the needlework (or machine work, I should say) can be a little nod to the tradition. You can incorporate the graceful and timeless fabric any number of ways.
The dress: You’re sure to find a wedding gown that features lace either subtly or in abundance. A lace dress (for you or your flower girl) will look elegant and antiquated, perfect for a vintage theme.
The wedding invitations: Invite your guests to celebrate your nuptials by sending lace wedding invitations. These products, like the Lacy Romance-Petite Invitation shown on our board, include a lace image upon a background of your choice and will match your theme perfectly.
The reception: Drape lace tablecloths over a solid color fabric at your reception. The hue beneath the lace will make the pattern pop. You can also incorporate the fabric by having a lace inspired wedding cake or wrapping lace around mason jars or chair backs for reception decorations.