Kennedy Style Weddings

The Kennedy presidential era was considered to be Camelot – a time of promise which captured the American imagination.  The Kennedy family has been a dynasty that is an emblem of American royalty.  For decades, American’s have looked onto the many royal like weddings of the Kennedy clan.    

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To create a wedding of Kennedy repute look onto the classic Kennedy bride Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy.  She was a fashion icon, and the world was anxiously waiting to see what she wore on her wedding day.  A couture gown was designed for her, which depicted the style of 1950’s wedding dresses.  Mrs. Kennedy chose pearl jewelry, a very classic choice for brides.  She carried a bouquet of pink and white flowers, and accessorized with wrist length gloves as well as a small lace cap.  A bride with classic fashion sense may follow Mrs. Kennedy’s wedding style with her own modern touches.  Choosing a classic gown and traditional jewelry will create the look of the Camelot bride.

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The Kennedy wedding was certainly extravagant with over a thousand guests.  It was a church ceremony and the reception was held on the terrace of the Auchincloss oceanfront estate at Hammersmith Farm.  The cake had 5 tiers and a full orchestra played under a canopy.  To create this elaborate type of wedding, select a venue, such as a local mansion house or presidential library to create this sort of atmosphere.  Hire a live band or an orchestra.  If budget is an issue, hire a quartet to create the same elegant ambience.  Since wedding menus in the 1950’s were not as extravagant as the wedding itself, this is where money can be saved.  Think simple and light, such as a fruit salad, chicken, and sorbet or ice cream.


The modern bride may not want to work with the details of Jacqueline and John Kennedy; however she may prefer the taste of their son, John F Kennedy Jr., and his bride Carolyn Bessette.  Their wedding was much more intimate as they were married in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, off the coast of Georgia.  There were only 40 guests at the evening ceremony that took place on a wood-frame Brack Chappel. Carolyn Bessette, selected simplicity and elegance for her gown.  She wore a pearl-colored silk crepe floor-length gown, hand-rolled tulle silk veil and long silk gloves.   Her hair was pulled back with a clip belonging to Jackie Kennedy and held a bouquet of lily of the valley.  The modern bride, who prefers simplicity can select a silky strait gown and accessorize with gloves.  Perhaps a getaway wedding for intimate family and friends would be of preference.  Look for romantic and rustic locations, such as a country farm house decorated with candles and lanterns.  Carolyn Bessette and John F. Kennedy Jr. had their reception at the Greyfield Inn and dinner was simply served with shrimp, artichokes, grilled swordfish and lemon-raspberry ice cream.  The cake was a traditional three tier white wedding cake.  Such an elegant and simple wedding is not difficult to create at a Country Inn or even a Victorian home.  This is a great style for fall weddings and a romantic bride.


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