We have lots of theories as to why so many brides love the "vintage" look. It's a gimmick-free style that guests of all ages warm to. It's also perennially tasteful, offering a way to create a wedding that's romantic and traditional—but not boring. To make sure your chosen venue is compatible with the era you're using as an inspiration point, we asked Marilyn Ambra of Marilyn Ambra Party Consultants to talk about three types of venues that epitomize specific eras, and to provide style cheat sheets to go with them.

ERA: BELLE ÉPOQUE

"This era was about all things ornate, so a gorgeous brick estate like the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, Ca., which was built in 1914, is a natural setting for a romantic, opulent wedding," says Marilyn. "I love the elegant wood-paneled ballroom and the grand staircase, but the best part is the outdoor space."

STYLE IDEAS
Color scheme: Rich shades of blue, purple, and gold
Attire: Lace gown with a seed-pearl choker
Centerpieces: Tall, dramatic, and lush, embellished with peacock feathers, ribbons, and faux pearls
Drinks: Champagne punch served in a crystal punch bowl; post-dinner brandy bar set up in an area off the main ballroom
Nice touch: Fans and parasols to hand out to guests as they arrive at the ceremony
Getaway vehicle: Horse and carriage

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