There are certain decades the human race would rather forget, the 1960’s long hair, hippies and the ‘peace out man’ with the flare and the naff shades, the flamboyance of the 1970’s with the large afros and the gold jewellery, then of course how could we forget the cringe worthy 1980’s with the large mullets, shell suits and heavy facial fair. Not forgetting the heavy makeup and large peach meringue dresses of the 1990’s.
It’s no wonder then that when it comes to weddings more and more couples are leaving the traditional behind and vasts amounts are now opting for a vintage themed wedding. The 1920’s and 1950’s are by far the decades we have produced that ooze utter sophistication and elegance, style and grace from the fashion to the flowers every inch of a vintage wedding screams class and opulence. Here at OneWedding we give our tops tips on vintage ideas that will make your wedding day just that little bit different and unique from all the rest!
Light pastels make a beautiful vintage colour scheme. Ele Horsley
For true vintage style wear pearls, crystals or diamonds. Keep your jewelry glamorous, without looking over-the-top. Simple drop earrings or pearls will go a long way. Add a bit of vintage charm to yourself with the style your dress or hair pieces that will transport to back to a more elegant and refined time! Think of a dress that will give you a sleek, feminine silhouette shape with long elegant lace sleeves rather than the classic puff big peach ones! For hair pieces add flowers, vintage decadence decorated hair combs, vintage clips or garlands to add sparkle and style to your overall look. Choose small, simplistic flowers to hold. They did not have the money or resources to have some of the crazy, beautiful tropical plants they can ship in today so think roses or lilies. Keep make up to a minimum there are many online sites with tips on how to give yourself a vintage movie star look!
Traditional Wedding Bouquets are classically arranged such as a shower, teardrop or cascade bouquet, or round/formal posy for pretty pastel roses, tulips or calla lilies.
There are lots of different aspects to a vintage wedding to choose from. Many couples only need a few extra touches to add a bit of 1950’s glamour to their big day, while others will go the whole hog and vintage theme everything, themselves included! It’s always exciting to include others on your special day so you could ask your guests if they would like to dress up vintage style for the big day. Prom style dresses and bow ties or even just small hair accessories can give your guests some vintage charm and allure!
How you get to the venue these days can be just as important. Roll up in style on board a vintage Rolls Royce, Hillman, Austin or Daimler, money permitting to create that extra vintage magic. If you adore unique antiques and love anything from the past, such as old wine glasses or bottles or any home furnishings or stationary that can be used as centre pieces, then get rummaging at local jumble sales, flea markets yard sales and boot fairs. Not everything has to be bought new especially for the big day. Keep your eyes peeled for rustic items that can be used as vintage centre pieces, like wooden fruit and vegetable boxes, books and vases to hold flowers in. Not every table has to match, that’s the beauty of vintage it’s not about cloned replicas but individual pieces. Perhaps if you don’t want to splash out on vintage items you would rather prefer old mixed in with new? Choosing a vintage colour to set for your wedding will still give a vintage feel.
Try coral, yellow, vibrant royal blue and red for a vintage feel. In the warmer months think vintage summer fete with a vintage outdoor wedding. Get lost in bunting, British tea cups and sandwich trays. Use empty jam jars as vases for flower displays full of sweet delights like roses, peonies and carnations, flowers your grandmother would have grown in her back garden. It is the little touches that give a wedding the vintage feel. You could choose food that replicates this. The way you decorate your wedding cake or Triangle sandwiches, Victoria sponge, vol-au-vents, crepes, quiches and banana splits are just some recepies you could serve up to your guests. Even what you serve it to them on can be just as important! China tea plates in all different shapes and sizes will add a rustic, vintage touch to your day. Instead of a dj booming out the latest black eyed peas hit, how about a jazz band from your area? Hearing vintage music will create a more rustic and vintage feel to your whole day. An outside marquee ties in wonderfully with this theme, with flowers, balloons, ribbons and colourful bunting swaying in the breeze for a relaxed, unique day for everyone to enjoy.