Fans who tuned in to the Season Three Premiere of Downton Abbey were treated to a series of delicious Crawley Family travails, from murder charges to stolen moments of passion to impending financial doom. The highlight for many viewers, however, was Lady Mary’s highly anticipated wedding to Matthew. Although fans were not privy to much of the actual ceremony itself, Lady Mary’s gorgeous 1920’s bridal ensemble was nicely featured. Here’s how to recreate her ultra-feminine, ultra-romantic look:
The gown: Look for a dress with an elegant shape and a flowing fabric. Lady Mary was decked out in vintage lace, but more modern bridal fabrics like crinkle chiffon or draped charmeuse can also produce the same soft silhouette. For brides who love Mary’s high-necked Edwardian look, the Diedre from Fancy Bridal won’t disappoint. For the same feel in a more modern cut, try this beautiful gown available at David’s Bridal locations.
The veil: A chapel length veil - which is slightly shorter than cathedral but equally as stunning - will add serious elegance and create a bit of drama. To achieve the scalloped-edge look pictured above, choose a veil that features simple and feminine lace edging like this.
The headpiece: Chapel length veils are often combined with a headpiece to add even more elegant flair. The Downton Abbey costume design crew spent a whopping $200,000 on Lady Mary’s Bentley & Skinner stunner, but more affordable options can offer the same opulent romanticism to any bridal ensemble. At Simply Bridal you can search by city to find gown and accessories shops in your area. For ladies in the Greater Akron area, Coming Attractions Bridal offers an array of tiaras and other headpieces for brides on a budget.
With so many affordable ways to add gorgeous 1920s style to modern weddings, even the Dowager Countess would approve.