If you start with a really rough, masculine space, you can actually add a lot of lace before things get out of control. I want to especially point out the linens…this is something we don’t do much of any more but back in the day, linens were a major part of a woman’s trousseau (Trousseau (tr’oo so or troo so’): a woman’s possessions such as clothing, lingerie and linens that accompany her into marriage. The origin of Trousseau is taken from the French trousse, meaning a small bundle). Pandora, who has the most amazing collection of European linens I’ve ever seen–and a spirit as soothing as the linens–explained to me that part of preparing for marriage used to mean creating beautiful linens: pillows, sheets, bed covers, tablecloths, hankies…everything you’d need in those pre-registry pre-disposable days. While I realize this is a bit of a lost art, I think it’s a beautiful idea to invest in or even try a hand at making some special textiles at the start of your marriage that will last a lifetime and hopefully longer.
image credits: 1, 7: Once Wed photos of antique pillows from Pandora de Balthazar; 2. Once Wed photo of a collection of hankies from the Brimfield Market; 3, 5. Mikkel Vang for Gourmet; 4. Rebecca Thuss; 6. Jose Villa and Flowerwild for Once Wed
Ok…and I just have to say: while visiting Pandora, I tried out the Sleep System she has developed and it is one of the most amazing, luxurious, fabulous thing I have ever experienced and I highly recommend it. If you have a hard time sleeping or just like the finer things…this is for real. Go ahead, call me a raving fan.
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Not every wedding guest list has to have every single one of your second cousins, their spouses and kids, and everyone from the neighborhood you grew up in. You might feel more at home with a very intimate wedding, maybe with just your siblings and parents.