PREFACE: For those of you finding this webpage from internet searches … Please feel free to ‘borrow’ any information you find here if it helps you promote your Medieval and / or Renaissance Wedding Website. But Pleeease – post a message to let us know you are doing that! We hope you find both Our Medieval Links Page and Our Costume Links Page helpful to you. The content below was written Prior to our Medieval Wedding August 31, 2002. Thank-You.
THE WEDDING PARTY WILL BE COSTUMED UP!!
Costume garb is optional. Be adventurous! We encourage all who wish to DRESS UP for our wedding
follow the Medieval and/or Renaissance styles.
WHAT IS MEDIEVAL? WHAT IS RENAISSANCE?
There is a practical difference between Medieval and Renaissance
(Medieval covers approximately from 4th to 14th Century CE,
Renaissance approximately from the 15th to 17th century),
with of course some overlapping occurring.
However, for all practical intents of our themed wedding,
a mix of these styles is perfectly all right to maintain the general theme of the day.
Medieval dress runs from skirts, blouses and
bodices for ‘wench’ type costuming,
to elaborate gowns with draped sleeves and veiled hats.
For men, woodsman-style vests, shirts and pants
to richly brocaded tunics and hose.
Renaissance tends to more flowing gowns for women
and elaborate coats and breeches for the men.
FRAME OF REFERENCE
What we’re calling the “medieval era” is huge, stretching from 450 to 1600 A.D. The period includes:
The borderline ancient/medieval period (mid- to late 400s A.D.), when Attila the Hun ruled.
The early medieval period (500 to 1050 A.D.), when knights sat at the round table, Prince Valiant was valiant, and Excalibur was lodged in that big stone.
The Middle Ages (1050 to 1450 A.D.), when the Crusades were in progress, William Wallace (a.k.a. Mel Gibson in Braveheart) was taking back Scotland, and Robin Hood was taking from the rich to give to the poor.
The Renaissance (1450 to 1600 A.D.), when Columbus sailed to the New World and Henry VIII reigned in England.
BASIC MEDIEVAL ATTIRE
Basic medieval attire can consist of:
Royalty: the era’s most over-the-top, formal clothes
Merchant: pretty but not showy, indicating modest prosperity
Peasant: casual, carefree, outdoorsy, and largely unembellished
Classic medieval: women in long, slim-fitting gowns; men in tights and tunics
Classic renaissance: women in tight bodices and full skirts; men in tights, breeches, pirate shirts, and lace vests
Remember that simple styles will be most comfortable — some formal
medieval clothes are heavy and confining. Where to find the clothes? Order them from catalogs, have them custom-made, or rent them from local costume shops.
WHERE CAN I GET A MEDIEVAL OR RENAISSANCE COSTUME IN WINNIPEG?
375 Hargrave Street
PH: (800) 823-6706 toll-free
Fax: (204) 943-7013
Ask MIKE to assist you, if you plan to rent from this company.
We are not demanding that you rent (or buy) attire for our wedding.
If you want to join our celebration in theme, but don’t really
want to go full costume .. try a cape, cloak, and hat
or even hairpiece or a wig could be used to add a ‘Medieval flavor’.
There are also many ideas you can get from the internet
to creating your own costume … and don’t worry…. it will look great!
In the links sections, you will see Costume sites .. feel free to
browse and get a better idea of what the clothes looked like in this era
If you browse the COSTUME link there are several
neat-O websites that you can see many examples and types of Medieval and Renaissance
– Mike Schiedel was very full of ideas
and well informed about the Medieval / Renaissance style garb effect we are looking
forward for – for the entire wedding party – including ourselves. We will be going
back in early June 2002 for final selection. We are also recommending that if any
of you want to rent costumes, or accessories … see Mike as, he will be familiar with
the many other people’s choices that are also being rented for our themed wedding affair.
OTHER MEDIEVAL / RENAISSANCE LINKS FOUND AROUND THE ‘NET
Type in ‘MEDIEVAL RENAISSANCE’ in the Search Query field