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Plan the perfect vintage wedding

Lets face it… there’s nothing more charming than a wedding with a vintage twist. Beautiful bunting, a flourish of lace and a general touch of nostalgia?

Whatever vintage twist you choose there’s no denying that it will scream romance! But where to start with planning your vintage wedding? We’ve created a step by step guide to take you through the whole process…

The Stationery

Think brown paper, lace, paper doilies and parcel tags. There are so many cheap and effective ways of adding some vintage charm to your wedding stationery.

By hand making your wedding stationery you will already have a head start in the charm factor! However simple techniques like using a tea bag to age your paper or using some pretty ribbon or lace to tie loose bits of paper together will put you in the lead. Paper doilies are a really effective way to add some texture to your stationery and are also super cheap!

If you’re having your stationery printed choose a whimsical motif and an old lettering style that you can then use throughout the whole wedding, for things like your seating plan and place names.

You can find many vintage effect invitations like these on Etsy

The Transport

It’s definitely fair to say that a classic Rolls Royce is the pièce de résistance of vintage wedding cars. However, second to that would obviously be a horse and carriage. If you’re after a more retro vibe then why not source a beautiful Beetle or even a Cadillac? Add some ribbons and flowers and you’re laughing!

The Flowers

Pastel hues and faded tones are the obvious choice for colour when it comes to choosing classic vintage flowers. However, you could also go down a more rustic route by choosing wild flowers tied with some lace or ribbon.

The Decor

Bunting is the most obvious and simple way of creating a vintage festive vibe. It’s so easy to make and something that you can rope your friends into helping with on your hen do or at your bridal shower.

The simplest way to create a vintage twist when it comes to your crockery is to mix and match as much as possible. Beg, borrow and steal from anyone that is willing and slowly begin to gather a collection of odds and sods. Charity shops are a fantastic place to find random treasures so start your hunt early and by the time your wedding day arrives you will have pretty china, floral tea pots and your great granny’s silver coming out of your ears!

You can continue the mix and match theme when it comes to your centre pieces. Collect lanterns, bird cages, vases and glass jars and bottles. Arrange these in a random fashion over a lace table runner, fill them with flowers and candles and you have the quintessential, vintage wedding table.

The Cake

Although the naked wedding cake is a fairly modern thing, they actually perfectly compliment a more rustic, vintage theme. For a more classical wedding you would be better to go down the traditional tiered route perhaps with some lace icing and pearl detailing.

The Food

To create a vintage wedding spread it is more about presentation than what’s actually on the menu. A buffet works fantastically with the vintage theme as there are so many cute ways to display and arrange your food. You could stack triangle sandwiches on vintage cake stands and create different levels for your plates of food using vintage suitcases and rustic crates. You could also think about creating a drinks table with a selection of cocktails in retro mason jar pitchers served in glass jars with fun paper straws.

Image from Inside Weddings

The Bride

When it comes to thinking about the bride’s overall look, you really need to think about what era you’re going for. Is it a 1950’s, tea length wedding dress you have in mind or is the roaring 20’s, Gatsby style more your thing? Once you have decided on your preferred style, you just need to pinpoint a few main features of that look and then work your outfit around these. There are so many vintage and retro wedding dresses on the market and plenty of salons are now specialising in retro hair and make-up.

The Groom

Nowadays there’s as much choice for the grooms as there is for the brides but when it comes to styling a vintage groom, we feel that there a three key features; A waist coat, a bow tie and braces.

The Rings

If you’re thinking about choosing a pair of rings to fit your vintage theme, we would suggest going for something with some millgrain detail or a decorative finish like our hand-engraved rings. The beautiful and intricate designs will add some real vintage charm.

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