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As brides-to-be anticipate a new future, they are also looking back to the past for wedding inspiration, especially when it comes to their sartorial decisions. They’re weaving those timeless touches into their dress selections and accessories, whether it’s a broach from their grandmother, silver jewelry or birdcage veils.

For vintage touches, brides are choosing gowns made with chiffon and laces and detailed with bateau necklines and textured floral embellishments. Designers such as San Francisco-based Amy Kuschel are incorporating vintage aesthetics into their creations. For 2010, Amy Kuschel is offering silhouettes, such as “April,” a scallop-edged lace gown with a V-neckline and trumpet silhouette, and “Elle,” a sleeveless satin gown adorned with dainty crystals along the neckline and waist.

In keeping with the vintage style, brides are choosing gowns in colors other than white, such as ivory and neutral tones like platinum, cream and champagne, says Amanda Caraker, owner of Something Blue Bridal in Orlando, Fla. It’s a theme whose designs and colors can flatter all brides, she says.

“Whether you’re 25 or 40, the trend can fit your age,” Caraker says.

Accessories are another way brides can capture the vintage feeling. Delicate hairpieces, such as birdcage veils, crystal-covered bobby pins and sterling silver-plated filigree crystal barrettes, are options found at Michelle’s Vintage Jewelry, an online vintage jeweler based in Lakeville, Minn. Some brides are attaching brooches to their sashes at their hips or tying them on a bow.

Modern jewelry also is borrowing from yesteryear. The “Open Hearts by Jane Seymour” jewelry collection was created by the actress for Kay Jewelers featuring bridal jewelry evoking vintage glamour and romance. Seymour’s open hearts design, rendered in white gold, yellow gold and sterling silver, features earrings, bracelets and pendant necklaces, and drop diamond earrings, that can retail from $200 to $700 and cable-chained pendants that sell for about $130 to $1,500.

Bridal boutiques see the trend lasting for at least another season as brides embrace a more romantic approach to their weddings.

“Lots of brides want that soft, girlie feel,” says Anne Davis, co-owner of Bliss Bride in Del Mar, Calif., which carries Claire Pettibone and Anne Barge. “I think the popularity of stores such as Anthropologie and its ‘Shabby Chic’ feel are trickling over into the bridal market.”

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