How to Create the Perfect Vintage Wedding
Vintage style weddings are rising in popularity for couples. But ‘vintage’ no longer means just shabby chic birdcages and table settings, but covers a huge array of different eras and styles. If you’re looking for ideas of how to arrive to your wedding in style or designing your venue, then these following tips can help inspire your wedding planning.
Use your save the dates and official wedding invitations to set the vintage tone. Check out our online Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations which feature rustic wooden backdrops, with flowers and candles that help portray a vintage feel to your guests. For a more minimalistic touch, colours such as copper, brown and cream in your text or background can still be rustic without overpowering with too many images.
Vintage Wedding Cars
If you want your wedding to be completely vintage and rustic inspired, then don’t forget your transport. Hiring a vintage wedding car to arrive to your wedding ceremony or venue can set off your elegant wedding theme.
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Ford Thunderbird Vintage Wedding Car
If you want to stick to a classic vintage wedding them, then an old Ford Thunderbird car can really project the tone you are looking for. This car can add style and glamour to any wedding, matching your rustic venue perfectly.
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Gatsby Style Vintage Wedding Car
If your wedding is more 1920’s jazz than antique candles and leather books, then hiring a Gatsby-esque car to whisk you both away to the venue is perfect.
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Zip away from your wedding on a vintage Vespa for that added antique feel. Vespa’s are easy to hire for a wedding and if you own one yourself, you can effortlessly integrate it into your wedding.
Wedding Dress & Accessories
The wedding dress is likely the most important part of the wedding to any bride. From the dress to the accessories you will want every part to look vintage to keep within your chosen theme. The following tips can help you achieve that.
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Vintage Lace Wedding Dress
Lace can add a vintage feel to any dress. So if you only want a small amount on the hem or a full length lace covered gown, choosing a dress with it incorporated can help make your outfit appear antique and beautiful.
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Vintage Hair Accessories or Vintage Floral Crowns
The accessories you wear should complement the vintage dress you are wearing. Weave an antique hair comb through your up do or buy or create your own vintage floral crowns for you and the bridesmaids.
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Vintage Bridal Bouquet
Brides may overlook how their bouquet impacts their outfit but there are many little things you can do to make even the flowers you hold have a vintage feel. Whether you choose classic roses or peonies, surrounding them with cascading greenery helps to add a rustic vibe. Also, pearls weaved within the flowers, and antique broaches on the handles, can turn any bouquet into an antique masterpiece to tie together a wedding outfit.
The design of the ceremony and party venues are integral to creating a vintage atmosphere. By searching stores, online or even creating your own vintage wedding décor following the tips and inspiration below, you can create a beautiful rustic scene.
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Vintage Lanterns and Candles
Decorate your ceremony space, or reception venue, using vintage lanterns with pillar candles surrounded by flowers such as hydrangeas and roses. Similarly, you can utilize old fashioned urns- spray paint them silver or gold and hold even larger floral arrangements.
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Vintage Typewriter Guest Book
Having a guestbook is a lovely way to read well wishes and comments from your friends and family. To add a vintage feel to this tradition, leave a typewriter with instructions for guests to use. This will give your guests something fun and different to do throughout the wedding reception as well leaving you lovely messages to read the day after.
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Vintage Quill and Ink Guest Book
Another vintage wedding idea for guestbooks is having your guests use a quill and ink. Leave a large guestbook open for guests to try their hand at this old-fashioned way of writing to mark their love for you and the wedding.
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If you are hosting your wedding party outside you can add some vintage elegance by suspending unique lanterns and chandeliers above the tables. The glass will reflect the setting sun to create a picturesque scene and relaxing ambiance.
Antique Style Centrepieces
Centrepieces are a staple for any wedding table design and can help add that vintage feel to any reception and party. The following tips and ideas can help encourage your own plans for a rustic inspired centrepiece.
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Vintage Books Centrepiece
If you’re a fan of classic literature and wish to incorporate this into your vintage wedding, then stack leather-bound books on each other with a different quote about love from your favourite classic novels on top. Place flowers and greenery and a couple of candles around each stack to amplify the rustic theme.
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Vintage Jars Centrepieces
Transform basic, cheap mason jars from your local craft store into dazzling, vintage centrepieces. Add glass stalks from cheap or old wineglasses to make them into unique candelabras that will definitely be appreciated by your guests.
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Vintage Crystal, Lace and Pearls
Miniature floral arrangements look precious when paired with vintage crystal glasses, pearl necklaces and lace tablecloths. Search your local charity shops for antique glasses donated, with mismatching ones adding height and variety of patterns to the centrepiece. Use the same flowers as in your bouquet to keep the rustic theme consistent.
Rustic Food Ideas
Set your wedding apart from the rest by choosing more unique ways to serve food to your guests that the classic paper plate buffet or set meal.
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Vintage Table Setting
Even just changing the way you set your plates and cutlery out for guests can create an antique feel to your reception. Antique china or cheaper, pastel coloured plates mixed with gold coloured cutlery and cups can help give your meal some elegance.
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Vintage Wedding Cake
Create your vintage wedding cake by dressing it up with pearls, jewels, flowers, and ruffles. Keeping the colours simple with white, light golds and pale pinks can create an effective rustic feel. Try and find, or have someone create for you, unique vintage cake topper to finish off and complete your perfect vintage wedding cake.
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Vintage Food Trucks
One especially unique and vintage way to serve food is by hiring a food van to cater for you guests. This recalls a more recent history of the late twentieth-century, with old-fashioned ice cream trucks and fish and chip vans. Have guests choose online in advance what they want so on the day everyone, including vegetarians are catered for, served quickly, and satisfied.
Set the tone early and let everyone know about your vintage wedding plans by sending out rustic Save the Dates Online. Take a look at out free digital online invitations and either choose a template and customise it, or we can make a bespoke design for you.
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