How to Have a Vintage Wedding

Why go vintage?

With the rise of all-inclusive hotel wedding packages, it seems that many modern weddings are very predictable. There’s the ceremony, the champagne reception, the photos, the wedding breakfast, speeches, cutting the cake, and a first dance… They even provide you with a master of ceremonies to announce each stage of the day as it progresses (watch out for the black-suited woman with her hair in a bun and a monotonic voice). Perhaps you’d like something different.

Enter the vintage wedding world!

In fashion and style, vintage is BIG. It’s eclectic, unique and most importantly, individual – exactly what you want for your wedding day, where it’s all about you.

How do you go about making your wedding vintage? Here’s a few ideas:

1. A vintage dress – it could be authentic, or an imitation of a vintage style from the 1920s – 1970s. Check out the vintage clothing boutiques near you, and there’s an array of choice online too. You could opt for a classic, Empire-line dress from a high street retailer for an inexpensive alternative to the current trend of strapless corset-with-meringue dresses.

2. Accessorize – from your hair piece to your jewellery, vintage accessories don’t have to be expensive, but can look stunning and unusual. A lacy bolero or beautiful shoes could really make your outfit complete. If you’ve gone for a cheaper dress, why not splash out on your accessories for an indulgent finish?

3. Venue – choose a venue that isn’t a generic hotel, but has something historic or Romantic about it. The ruins of an abbey, or the beams of an old lodge, could give your wedding a real sense of atmosphere, and make for some fabulous photography!

4. Cars – hiring classic cars for transport can add the finishing touch to your vintage look. Make sure the chauffeurs dress appropriately, and ask your photographer to experiment using the windows of the car for different effects, such as mirroring.

5. Chintz and glamour – You can add vintage colours, prints and patterns using fabrics (perhaps for napkins), tableware (you could use vintage cups and saucers as candle-holders) and favours; the possibilities are endless!

Tell your photographer that you’re planning a vintage theme, and then they can produce some images with retro colouring: milky shadows and smoothed shades. A vintage wedding could give you the distinctive stylized day you’ve always dreamed of, and be nostalgic and enchanting for your guests.

Make Your Big Day Special With a Vintage Wedding Dress

While contemporary wedding dresses are fine and beautiful, vintage wedding dresses add a special element to any wedding. The typical bride today is choosing to shop for a vintage dress as it offers an old fashioned, charming effect to the ceremony.

If you love quality clothing, then you know that sometimes new wedding dresses that are designed nicely have something that is not quite right, or something missing. Perhaps it is the use of inexpensive material or maybe the dress was not sewn well. Whatever the reason, some of the most expensive, modern wedding dresses are just not pleasing to the eye.

If you go with a vintage wedding dress on the other hand you are all but assured of good quality. The vintage wedding dresses being sold in high-end boutiques and on the internet were made during a period in time when every last detail was attended to. You can easily find dresses that date back to the early 1900s, which were worn once and then stored away properly so that they are as good as new. You can find designer originals created by the likes of Kathleen Kennedy or Chris Hudson Couture which feature antique lace and wonderful floral designs. Imagine how lovely your wedding photo will look when you are dressed from head to toe in one of these original gowns that often come with beautiful under-slips to complete the look.

Some of the most popular types of vintage wedding gowns being worn today are Edwardian style gowns. This type of gown features a high lace neckline and a large front lace yoke. The finest laces are used on the mutton-style sleeves and cuffs and the bodice is normally fitted through the waistline. Not only will your wedding pictures look amazing when you are wearing this type of gown but you will look absolutely spectacular as you walk down the aisle to exchange vows with the man of your dreams.

If you choose to shop online for vintage wedding gowns you can also enjoy looking through the vintage bridal lingerie, veils, shawls, capes and stoles. If your wedding budget permits you could even opt for some wonderful vintage bridal accessories such as lovely antique necklaces and anklets. There are many retailers on the web who offer vintage wedding clothing so be sure to set enough time aside to look through many of the sites. The offerings are breath-taking and the prices vary widely. There is so much to choose from today if your dream is to have a truly vintage style wedding.

Vintage Wedding Theme – Decoration Ideas

A vintage wedding theme is a romantic and classy theme for your wedding day. Turn to history for inspiration and create a glamorous and elegant wedding theme full of old world charm. When creating your bridal theme consider invitations, flowers, reception and table decorations, place cards, favours and bombonniere as well as your wedding dress and the bridal party outfits. Carry your chosen theme through all aspects of your wedding to coordinate your day.

Vintage Wedding Dress
A victorian or classic wedding gown will be the basis for your theme. Wearing a one of a kind vintage wedding dress will add a special and unique touch to your day. If you don’t want to wear an antique wedding dress there are many brand new wedding dresses available in vintage styles. Be inspired by ivory, lace, pearls and diamonds to create a vintage look for your bridal gown. A sparkly hair clip or headpiece and earrings will complete your vintage look.

Table Decorations and Wedding Favours
Wedding favors fulfil a number of purposes, as gifts for your guests, table decorations and even place cards. There are many options when it comes to decorating your wedding reception venue and tables. Think vintage birdcages, antique picture frames with guest names inside, ivory lace hand fans, crystal table scatters and decorative candle holders to carry your vintage inspired wedding theme throughout your reception.

Vintage Wedding Flowers
Decorate your wedding reception venue with bunches of gorgeous blooms in vintage inspired vases and jars. Browse markets and second hand stores or shop online to locate genuine vintage vases to arrange your flowers in. Alternatively ask friends and family to save glass jars for you and arrange mismatched glass jars filled with in season flowers and tied with matching ribbons in clusters along your tables. A few single blooms tied with ribbon to the back of chairs or to the front of napkins also looks amazing.

Bridal Party Outfits
A vintage themed wedding is an easy to look to create with your bridal party outfits. Bridesmaids in mismatched vintage dresses in varying shades of pink or cream would look gorgeous. Accessorise your bridesmaids outfits with pearls, feathered hair combs or netted headpieces. Lace hand fans, shawls or parasols are also fabulous vintage wedding accessories. To really accentuate your theme ask guests to dress in vintage outfits, this will create gorgeous wedding photos and won’t cost you a cent.