When it comes to creating a vintage wedding in modern times, you may think that there are lots and lots of obstacles between you and your perfect day. The good news, however, is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is an abundance of wedding-related aspects that can very easily be transformed to fit the vintage style, from wedding hair accessories, dresses, suits, venues and music. Let’s discuss a few of these aspects.
Vintage weddings can be beautifully sculpted around any season, which means this style is not going to restrict your options as far as the specific time of the year you’re getting married. You can simply choose a date that is truly meaningful to the two of you, then use that season as inspiration for other wedding-related aspects.
Again, with this style, you’re in luck, since it won’t dictate a very specific venue that you should be going for. The vintage style works beautifully with venues that are quite traditional, such as hotels, castles and ballrooms. If you want to go all out, you can pick a historic venue, such as an old library, and have the wedding there. Alternatively, if you’re looking to infuse some modern elements into your vintage special day, you have the option of picking a more carefree location, such as a barn, a garden, or a vineyard.
Just like it was the case with the above aspects, the colors are yours to pick. We will, however, give you a few ideas just to get you started.
For instance, a great color combination would be bronze, black and forest green. This palette works beautifully for winter weddings, though you can use it for other seasons too.
Salmon pink, seafoam green and mint can also come together to create an unforgettable combination that works perfectly for vintage weddings that are set in a lovely backyard. When using these colors, keep in mind that implementing texture is a great way of adding emphasis.
If you’re hoping to have your wedding during the fall, a great palette would be aqua, rust and copper, which combines two staple fall colors with a fresh, bright one that gives that extra pop.
Vintage garden weddings, on the other hand, can benefit greatly from wine, blush and mauve. This particular palette can be dressed up with details made of pearls and crystals, or brought down to earth with handkerchiefs in a faded color and burlap.
Another great palette for a vintage garden wedding would be made out of mauve, lilac and butter yellow. This is great if you’re looking for something to add a bit of romance and sophistication to the decor.
Speaking of decor, you can create countless combinations that will lead to your particular take on this style. If you want a more traditional vintage look, you can play around with elements such as bird cages, lace, tea cups, floral prints and pearls. On the other hand, if you would rather have a blend of modern and vintage features, you can bring items from the two styles together. This will lead to a more unique, personalized look, which can be achieved by placing things like antique tea cups next to rose gold vases.
When you’re creating your invitations, you can combine features like ribbons, lace, and wax seals, since these are all classics of the vintage style. If you’re getting most of your vintage style inspiration from a specific decade, then you should incorporate elements of that decade into your invitations. You can look at posters, artwork and cards from that era to get some ideas.
For vintage weddings, the best thing to do is to use classic flowers, such as calla lilies, roses, astilbe, anemones and peonies. Cascading bouquets are a great idea if you’re going for a royal atmosphere. In your arrangements, you can feel free to add vintage elements, such as pearls, long ribbons or brooches. In fact, you can even have your centerpieces be placed in vintage vessels, like retro candy tins.
The wedding dress should incorporate lace, since this element is a vintage staple. However, you can play around with the particular shape of the dress, going for a fit and flare one, swiss dot wedding dress, or even a short dress.
As far as the tuxedos and suits go, they should reflect the classic style as closely as possible. Of course, you can personalize them as much as you want, even going for a navy-blue color and textured fabric.
The cake is likely going to be talked about quite a bit, which is why special attention should be given to it. A ruffled cake, or a simple one, with a few lace details and pastel flowers strategically placed as accents can both work beautifully. You can also opt for a naked cake, or for a combination between a ruffled and laced dessert. Of course, the possibilities are endless, and we’re merely giving you a few pointers to help you figure out which option you’d prefer.
Something else you have to give special considerations to is the placement of the cake. You can build a beautiful display that incorporates candles, flowers and greenery elements, to truly wow your guests.
A good idea for a vintage wedding favor would be an engraved letter opener. You can have them wrapped in brown paper, which is then tied with ribbon or twine. Another sweet and wonderful idea is to collect vintage handkerchiefs from different sites, and embroider them with your monogram. Yet another great option, which brings a bit of a modern air to your vintage wedding is recording some golden old songs that help create the vintage atmosphere, and place them on a flash drive that you can then give to your guests. You can place them in vintage wallpaper decorated matchboxes. This works beautifully if you’re looking to incorporate some DIY into your favors.
If you know a lot of your guests smoke, you can use classic smokes as a favor, and have them placed on antique ashtrays from where they can take them when heading out. Finally, you can use candy as a wedding favor, especially if you have it wrapped with vintage-looking paper.
Planning a vintage wedding is a great opportunity to bring out your creativity in the best way possible. There are no limits to what you can do, so just make sure you leave your artistic side unlocked, since it will have plenty of opportunities to show itself.