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Tips for Styling a Vintage Themed Wedding

08-16-18

For us, the ultimate nod to #throwbackthursday might be a vintage themed wedding. Whether your vintage theme favors rustic, 50’s retro, or straight from the 1920’s, there are certain components that go into a vintage wedding that should be included. Below, we’re sharing our favorite ways to create a vintage themed wedding that’s sure to make for a remarkable celebration for you and your guests.

 

Decor

A vintage theme can be applied to almost any venue if you make the right decor choices. For vintage style right from the get-go, choose a venue that compliments a vintage theme. It's easier than you think! Barns a great start for a rustic vintage wedding, full of antique lace, wood, and dreamy candles. Ballrooms are the perfect setting for old-world vintage weddings from times before.

 

For added decor, use vintage frames in your setup and signage. eBay, Etsy, and second-hand shops are great places to source these items. Consider using vintage furniture for favor or dessert tables to fill space and reinforce the theme.

 

For the reception, style the reception or cocktail space with vintage style furniture. We love when we see tufted settees, velvet, and other luxe but traditional textiles. For a touch of personalization, incorporate vintage photos of loved ones. We think framed wedding photos from past generations are especially beautiful around the cake.

 

Table arrangements and place settings are a fun take on the theme when you mix and match vintage glassware and plates. A geometric art deco pattern looks lovely as an option for reception linens, and the pattern adds another touch of interest to your space.

 

Flowers

Your wedding flowers should follow the theme, too. Loose wildflower bouquets are perfect for a vintage rustic day, while those containing hydrangeas, light colored roses, and dusty miller are romantic and timeless for a traditional vintage look. You can even ask your florist about period specific flowers or bouquet styles if you want to take it one step further.

 

For your groom, the best lapel addition might not be flowers. Try a pocket square in a sophisticated silk or antique pattern or a vintage brooch.

 

Accessories

The bride and groom are the stars of the day, so it would make sense that accessories, especially bridal accessories, are an important part of creating a wedding day look. Make sure to make vintage-inspired choices when you're selecting your shoes, clutch and bridal jewelry. Better yet, ask around to see if there are any family heirlooms waiting to be worn for the special occasion. Pearls, gemstones, and vintage fur jackets are a great place to start your search.

 

Wedding Extras

The details really make the difference, and these few require some planning but really pay off. Send out save the dates or invitation suites with vintage designs, prints, or layouts and give your guests a sneak peek of what the evening will hold. It’s a great start to establishing your theme for the big day.

 

And, at the end of the night, you’ll certainly need a getaway car. Reserve a vintage car so you can drive away from your dream day in style. Or maybe there's a great option you can borrow? Whatever you choose, make it one that allows for a grand exit!

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