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.

Unique Ideas For Your Vintage Wedding

The last decade has seen an increase in the popularity of Vintage Weddings — perhaps it’s a desire to go back to simpler times when moral values seemed to make choices more straight forward.

Following are some tips that may be useful if you are considering a Vintage Wedding for that special day.

*** Vintage Wedding Attire ***

Traditionally, wedding dresses were often handed down from mother to daughter and they were not always white. Darker colors were common because wedding dresses were often expected to be used later for special occasions. Still you will find most of your choices will be white or ivory.

One advantage of choosing a vintage gown is you will have a wide variety of styles to choose from but the Victorian gown is the most popular.

Don’t expect your vintage gown to be in perfect condition but still you should choose with care. Shy away from missing buttons (they are impossible to replace), huge stains or tears. Also pay special attention to the stitching to ensure it will not start unraveling.

Also remember sizes were a little different in the past. Be sure and try on the dress or if purchasing online be sure you can return it if it does not fit.

Accessories are also important to the look. The veil was often the most elaborate piece the bride wore. It was almost always ivory or white, even with the colored dresses. Pearls are always appropriate with white and ivory gowns and make sure your jewelry, shoes and purse are matched to the color of your gown.

*** Vintage Decorations ***

Vintage decorations will usually incorporate a lot of lace and somewhat muted colors but make sure the colors match. http://colorschemer.com is an excellent tool for choosing colors and they even have a special category for vintage weddings.

The centerpiece can help set the theme. It can be as simple as an antique vase with flowers or a vintage looking laced candelabra with candles. Another idea is a clear vase or bowl or an antique jewelry box filled with strings of faux pearls or even antique birdcages spray painted with a color of your choice.

You can usually find relatively inexpensive antique items for table decorations such as salt and pepper shakers, miniature or vintage tea sets with teapots and teacups placed on boxes and covered in lace to show they are not for actual use, antique candles or even perfume bottles.

*** Vintage Invitations ***

Use the invitation as a way to begin to set the theme with your guests. Throwback stationery styles like letterpress printing and tea stained papers can give your invitations some nostalgic charm.

Here’s another idea — use postal stamps with personalized pictures to make your invitations unique. I guarantee this will be a talking point among your guests for a long time. Have pictures taken of the bride and groom in appropriate era costumes for the invitation stamps and then use wedding staged photos for the stamp on your thank you notes.

A vintage wedding can truly make your special day more memorable both for you and your guests. Some even invite their guests to participate in the theme with appropriate costumes. It takes a little bit more effort but it can be fun and the end result is almost always worth the effort.