Our guide on Vintage Weddings

Due to get married soon and don’t want to go down the traditional route? Fear not, there’s solution. Why not try out a vintage style wedding? Whilst being both elegant and classy, it’s something completely different from your average, every day wedding. If that sounds right up your street, here’s a quick guide on how to pull it off by Terisa Able who writes for Bride Heaven.

In order to have the perfect vintage wedding, you need to make sure the décor channels that vintage style you’re after, making sure that there’s lots of nostalgic touches to take people back in time (and of course look gorgeous!) If you’re looking for centrepieces, try putting a bunch of flowers into old fashioned vases, vintage tea tins or watering cans. If you want to go one step further, why not add some pin brooches to name cards, or some lace (or even doilies!) around the edging of your invites – lace always gives a lovely vintage feel!

Who would have thought doilies could work so well!

Who would have thought doilies could work so well!

Simple Vintage Wedding Decorations

Simple Vintage Wedding Decorations!

Lets talk colour combinations…

When deciding on a colour combination for your big day, you need to think carefully! Your colour scheme will run throughout the wedding with bridesmaids dresses, décor, cakes and even the shoes! The key thing to remember when pulling off heirloom inspired looks is to think within the colour families. Choose subtle variations of one colour which will blend well with the rest of the colour palate. Muted, pastel colours always add a vintage-inspired feeling, so go for peaches, creams, pale yellows, mint greens and lavender tones to add the perfect feminine touch. Every bride and groom must remember to choose a variety of colours and not just one or your wedding will look bland, and ….. well boring!

Peach and pale green - so pretty!

Peach and pale green – so pretty!

The Dress…(oh the dress!)

The most important piece of the whole day is your wedding dress! If you are going vintage you need to choose something elegant and classy that suits your body shape. Second-hand gowns are a good starting point but make sure to take them to a trusted tailor to personalise them to your figure. Or if you want something a bit different, channel Old Hollywood Glamour in a striking, V-neck column gown and red lipstick. You could also try a backless or lace gown- not for everyone but stunning when pulled off on the big day. Make sure your husband-to-be and his groomsmen are dressed vintage-appropriate, too! But, most of all, remember to choose accessories and clothing that suits you; nothing is worse than going full-out and looking like a clown! Why not pop over to our brand new event – The Great British Thrift Fair – and find out all about our ‘Pre-Loved Wedding Zone’, where brides and grooms will be selling off parts of their special day! Fab bargains are to be had here folks!

We just LOVE the parasols!

We just LOVE the parasols!

The Reception… 

Vintage wedding dinners can be tricky, so perhaps opt for subtle vintage accessories. Dress up your dessert table with sweet treats and pretty vintage cake stands to add a feminine touch to your day. Tying lace around chair covers in pretty bows, put in place by a gorgeous vintage brooch is another option….or you could try placing some dressed up, authentic milk crates and vintage suitcases throughout the venue to keep the theme, which will definitely bring the vintage feel to your day! For more inspiration why not visit our vintage wedding board on pinterest!

This couldn't be easier - but so effective!

This couldn’t be easier – but so effective!

If vintage is not your usual thing, do a little research into other wedding themes. There is a theme to suit everyone’s taste. Find your perfect theme and run with it, even if it is a crazy idea! If you’re still stuck for ideas, take a look at Bride Heaven for more bridal hints and tips.

If you’re looking for inspiration and fab vintage wedding suppliers then why not pop to one of our vintage and handmade wedding fairs. This month we have not one, but two in Darlington and York!

We’ll be back soon with more pre-loved inspiration and humbling stories! Alex and Sam x

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