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How to ‘do’ a vintage style wedding

Do you have a bit of a ‘thing’ for times gone by? Do you really suit the fashions of a bygone era? Are you looking to add a splash of vintage to your special day? If so then then read on! This blog post is all about creating the vintage styled wedding of your dreams.

First things first, you’ll need to decide on your era. This may be a no-brainer for you or it may be a bit of a conundrum, after all in all theory you have all of history to choose from! Vintage is a fairly broad term nowadays but generally speaking it spans from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Post 50’s is when the term retro starts to come in to play. Each decade has it’s own flavour and there’s tonnes of inspiration out there to give you a helping hand. Why not check out some of our vintage inspo Pinterest boards:

http://www.pinterest.co.uk/bellesandbobs/1920s-great-gatsby-weddings/

http://www.pinterest.co.uk/bellesandbobs/1930s-vintage-circus-wedding-ideas/

Once you have found your ‘golden time’ (Like the Woody Allen Movie; midnight in Paris) there are various ways in which to weave the theme throughout your wedding.

Wedding Stationary:

Save the dates or invitations give the first idea of what’s to come to your guests. Give them a hint of the 1920’s glamour (or the 1980’s glam rock?!) that awaits them. If possible try to get all you wedding stationary (invites, place cards, table plan, thank you cards) from one supplier. That way you will have a cohesive design throughout all the different elements and it will really strengthen your theme.

THE Dresss:

Now a themed dress is not everyone’s cup of tea. After all this is going to be the most wonderful dress you will ever wear! However depending on the era you are going for it may be worth looking into a dress that hints at it. For example the spangly, drop waisted flapper dresses of the 1920’s are pretty divine. But obviously you don’t want to be to prescriptive. I love the 1920’s style dresses but do they suit me? No sir-eey! If the gowns of your chosen era weren’t designed with your body type in mind there are other ways to incorporate it. Mainly through accessories. A 1920’s feathered headpiece might be right up your alley. Of course if the full skirted ‘New Look’ style dresses of the 50’s suits you down to the ground then absolutely go for it!

Victorian bride
Would you go this vintage?!

Bridesmaid dresses:

Again choosing a bridesmaid dress that nods towards your theme is a great way of creating a genuine looking vintage wedding. However you will need to be wary depending on how many bridesmaids you have. Obviously if a certain style of dress really doesn’t suit one or some of them they aren’t going to be comfortable at the wedding and of course you want everyone to have a fabulous time! It may be best to go for full on vintage style accessories.

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Maybe not these kinds of bridesmaid dresses…

Venue:

One of the trickiest wedding decisions you will have to make is finding the right venue as it has pretty much the biggest impact on the enjoyment of the day (barring being jilted at the altar!). Your venue can really help to bring your theme together. For example a quaint village hall would be great for a 1950’s tea party style wedding, a marquee for a 60’s style festival or an opulent art deco ballroom for a 1920’s do. Have a good look around and search in unusual places. Just because a place doesn’t advertise weddings (e.g. a restaurant or nightclub) it doesn’t mean they won’t do them. Maybe that 1940’s style cafe in your local village would be ecstatic at the prospect of holding a wedding! Explore all your options. You never know what you might discover.

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Wedding Decor:

This is probably the most important aspect of a vintage wedding. The key here is consistency. If you hire a venue stylist they should be able to create a bespoke decoration plan for you that will fit perfectly with your theme. Props could be authentic pieces from your chosen era e.g. a 1940’s suitcase to collect your wedding cards in or a 1920’s type writer for guests to leave you messages. Things to think about include: ceremony venue decor, chair covers/decor, floral arrangements, props, guestbook station, gift area, centrepieces to name a few!

vintage type writer hire

Catering:

If you are going for a 1940’s theme ration era food may not be the way to go for the wedding breakfast. But there are certain aspects that you could bring in to give a hint of your era. Eg. Tableware and glasses that complement your theme such as champagne saucers or vintage china. Your wedding cake design could be inspired by your era; maybe a square shaped, black and gold art deco one or a tie die effect 60’s style creation.

Music:

Music is the perfect way to ensure your vintage wedding lives up to expectations. Why not hire a live swing band, a Rocabilly tribute act or even an Elvis impersonator. Live music is a crowd pleaser and great for your evening reception. However throughout the day you could include songs from your decade. You could walk down the aisle to Etta James’ 1960 hit ‘At Last’ or have some of your favourite Beatles hits piped into your drinks reception.

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Transport:

Another great way to add a touch of vintage to your wedding. There are a plethora of vintage wedding transport companies out there. The choice is yours! Perhaps a 1960’s split screen VW camper or a 1950’s vintage bus. Vintage cars always look great in your wedding photos and they are usually a conversation starter too.

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So there we have it, I hope this blog post helps you to create the vintage styled wedding of your dreams! What era did you or will you be going for? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂

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