Vintage is continuity between the past, the present, and the future, but how do you achieve it? To me, vintage style means lace, ruffles, a soft color palette, and small touches of a bygone era. Here are some ideas you can incorporate into your vintage wedding plans:
An authentic vintage wedding dress worn by the bride’s mother or family member is the perfect touch for the vintage bride. Or have one made by a skilled seamstress who can add that vintage feel.
Art Deco, etched scrolls, or filigree styles can be inherited from family or purchased affordably because vintage rings have been previously worn by another couple.
Vintage touches such as rhinestones, pearls, and crystals can be found on vintage headpieces, hair ornaments and bridal jewelry and can add the perfect soft touch to any bride.
“Flowers are very important to any size wedding and theme. A bride’s personality can be shown through her choice of flowers, and they provide a way for a bride to express herself in color and design.” Amanda Gabro, florist who provided flowers for our bride.
A soft color palette, cascading flowers and pearls, along with a vintage-inspired topper are needed for a vintage feel.
Tea-dyed table toppers with dried flowers in mason jars wrapped with sheer lace and tied with a variety of ribbons as centerpieces set the perfect mood for grandmother’s china or mismatched floral-inspired dinnerware. Vintage doors anchored and adorned with lace panels can make a beautiful backdrop for the bride and groom’s table.
Keep it simple. Break down the planning into several manageable stages. Do not try to do it all yourself and attend to too many details. Invite family and close friends to assist with all the details. They will never know you need help unless you ask them. If it’s in your budget hire a coordinator.
“Including a day-of coordinator in your budget will save you both time and money. They can make suggestions on the best and most affordable places to make purchases as well as create a professionally written timeline that will have you enjoying your day stress-free. Weddings don’t have to be expensive in order to be memorable. It’s the little things that count most; the songs you choose, the interaction you have with your guests and the smile on your face.”
Keri Lugo, Timeless Rose Events
Once you select your theme, stick with it. Flip-flopping after you make purchases in the middle of the planning stage can lead to frustration, and the décor will lack cohesion. Keep your budget in mind and splurge on items that are visible or important to you.
A vintage themed wedding never gets old. Congratulations to the happy couple!