Vintage Wedding – How to Build a Bridal Brooch Bouquet

A brooch bouquet is a perfect choice for the bride seeking to incorporate a unique element into her special day. It’s a great way to combine “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” into a gorgeous hand-crafted treasure that can be passed down to daughters and granddaughters for many generations to come.

Unlike fresh flowers, a brooch bouquet will not leak, wilt or die. Of course, it can break, so the thoughtful bride may want to have a spare floral bouquet on hand to toss to eager bridesmaids. There are no strict rules for building a bouquet. Go where your imagination takes you and with a little treasure hunting perseverance and patience, you can create your very own heirloom quality brooch bouquet.

Start by raiding the dusty corners of your own jewelry box and then ask for contributions from your closest relatives. Bouquets filled with the pins and ornaments of loved ones who have passed away make a beautiful tribute. As with any search for treasure, half the fun is in the journey. Be prepared to laugh aloud and to shed a few tears along the way and remember that these powerful memories are the fabric of your life. Embrace them for all they are worth.

It’s important to decide on a color scheme. It can be whatever you choose. You may wish to go monochromatic – all silver, gold or white while adding accent colors to match or complement the bridal party colors. On the other hand, you may decide to lean more toward sentimentality and toss in everything you find for an eclectic rainbow bouquet. Follow the path where your memories lead and you can’t go wrong.

In addition to color, texture is an important consideration. Will your bouquet be full of glittery rhinestones, brightly colored enamel pieces or both? It’s entirely up to you. To create the bouquet, you will need somewhere between 50 and 85 trinkets depending on their size. Do not limit your treasure hunt to brooches and pins exclusively. Feel free to add in earrings, charms, medallions and pins. Dog tags, buttons and even wine corks from special occasions all help tell the story of your life, your relationship and the love you have found.

The bouquet should also reflect your personality – light and airy, solid and sturdy or even whimsical. Varying the size of the pieces helps to add depth and dimension. If you need more bling, inexpensive brooches and pins are available at craft stores; however, older pieces found at flea markets lend more character and tend to hold up better over time.

Once you have all your pieces collected, decide if the brooch bouquet will be a DIY project. If you are a bit clumsy or just too busy, ask for the assistance of a crafty, artistic friend or consider shipping your treasures to a professional craftsperson who will be happy to put your brooch bouquet together for a reasonable fee. Wedding photos of country singer Miranda Lambert recently received attention for her exquisite and professionally crafted brooch bouquet that was, reportedly, a gift from friends and family at her bridal shower.

Should you decide to go it alone, do not be afraid. It’s not difficult, but it does require time and patience. Just follow these general guidelines. To build the bouquet, secure each individual item to a wire that will form the stem. For weighty pieces, use several wires. The wire stems should be of uniform length. Wrap the wire with florist or corsage tape. Do not worry about the color of the tape since it will be covered later. Gather a handful of artificial flowers in the size and shape of your choice to form a bouquet and then began interspersing and threading in the individual pieces until the artificial flowers forming the shape of your bouquet are barely visible.

After all the “flowers” on their wire stems are in place, gather the stems together to form a handle and wrap the handle in corsage tape. Wrap the base where the bouquet meets the handle in beautiful ribbon, fabric or tulle of your choice and cinch the material for a gathered effect to form a collar. Take a piece of Grandma’s beautiful lace handkerchief or heirloom fabric from your mother’s wedding gown or veil to wrap the handle.

Finally, return to the bouquet to fill in any holes with small accent buttons, vintage pearls or beads. A hot glue gun will come in handy for this step. You can also accent the bouquet with real flowers that can easily be removed once the big day is over.

If you discover you have latent talent and the patience it takes, consider making smaller versions of your bouquet for bridesmaids or a flower girl. Your wedding day guests will marvel at your creativity and share in the emotions that heirloom pieces will undoubtedly evoke. While it may not be the most traditional accessory for a bride, a brooch bouquet is the perfect choice for the sentimental bride who wishes to carry treasured mementos of loved ones here and gone while creating her own special memories.

Factors to Consider When Hiring a Vintage Wedding Car

Picture the scenario… you have made the life changing decision to get married to your partner. Weddings are known to be the most incredible day of a married couple’s life, but also the most stressful period in the weeks and months leading up to the wedding. There are many important decisions to be made before a couple get married. One of those decisions is how to travel to the wedding destination, whether it is a Church, Synagogue, Mosque etc.

One of the options is to hire a vintage wedding car. There are many considerations to take into account when making this decision. The first question is who offers the service for hiring vintage wedding cars. A search on the internet will reveal a large number of companies offering vintage wedding cars for hire. With so many companies offering this service, the next question is how to decide which company to find out more information from.

As always with weddings, sometimes a personal recommendation is the best place to start. If someone you know has recently been married, they may have some advice or even contacts to give you to help you choose. If you are not in this position, then the internet and Google can be a great help. There is a wealth of information on hiring vintage wedding cars and even more companies who offer this service.

If you are using the internet to find a specific company, then you should always make sure that you choose a reputable company. There may be many scam companies out there who may promise the world, but actually deliver nothing. Remember that your wedding day will usually be the most special day of your life – so take a bit more time to research the various vintage wedding car hire companies, and make sure that you choose the right one for you.

Once you have decided which company that would like to use, the next question is what vintage wedding car should you choose? Some of the more popular vintage cars include the 1930s Rolls Royce or the Vintage Austin – however this is more of a personal choice to the happy couple. The majority of websites will include a selection of photos and more detailed specifications about the individual cars. They will also hopefully have information about the availability of those cars. Always check the availability – there is nothing worse than choosing your dream vintage wedding car to then find that it is not available for your happy day.

Remember you should always try to view the car before you make a booking. Pictures on the internet can sometimes be deceiving so always try to make an appointment with the company so that you can see the car in person, and picture yourself travelling in luxury to your wedding. The majority of companies will provide their own chauffeur for your journey, but you should always double check this. It is often useful to make sure that the chauffeur does have some knowledge of the area which he will be driving in, just in case there are traffic issues on your big day.

Many couples also like to decorate their wedding car – whether it is inside, or on the outside. Most vintage wedding cars do actually come with decorations, however you should always double check with the company in advance to make sure. You should also check what wedding coverage or insurance is included with the car rental.

Finally, remember this is your happy day. Travelling in luxury in a vintage wedding car will hopefully contribute and make this the happiest day of your life.

Wedding Photo Booth – To Hire Or Not To Hire?

Weddings in the UK form an unshakable multi-million pound industry – most people in their lifetimes will have one, maybe two, or at least experience one. From the traditionally inspired to the weird and wonderful, brides and grooms are looking for the most unique way to say “I do”.

Wedding photo booth hire, although no longer a totally unique idea, is an idea that evolves and changes with every wedding reception. More and more happy couples are looking to apply this firm favourite to their proceedings, having already recognised the benefits. But what are those benefits?

Apart from providing a unique experience and entertainment for your guests, a booth inspires a fun, creative approach to the traditional notion of wedding photography that brings it bang up to date. Many companies now provide guestbook options, whereby the staff operating the photo booth can ensure all the users stick copies of the photographic prints in and write personalised messages. Where once a guestbook would roam a wedding reception getting lost or seldom used, a photo booth guestbook is cared for and carefully coordinated by the “booth butlers” resulting in a precious keepsake from the day. See your friends and family as you’ve never seen them before, adorned in fancy dress or striking their best pose on high quality four-frame prints. You’ll catch a side of them you’ve never seen.

Every photo taken from the wedding photo booth will also be stored on a CD or DVD for the bride and groom to have after the event, as well as being uploaded to the company website or Facebook page. Guests will have a long lasting enjoyable memory of the day long after it’s over, as they tag the photos, share them and make them their profile pictures. There’ll be no doubt that everyone enjoyed your wedding day just as much as you!

So the benefits of wedding photo booth hire are clear. But if everybody else has seen the benefits, why should you get one? Won’t that make it like everybody else’s?

Wedding photo booth hire offers unbelievable customisation opportunities. The option of black and white prints or full colour is one example. Black and white can help a more sophisticated or vintage look, while full colour gives a fun appeal. You can also customise the booth itself, by choosing a unique skin. Bright white to match the dress? Why not! What about red, your bride’s favourite colour? You got it. But the groom is a die hard Newcastle fan – it’s got to be black and white stripes! No problem what so ever.

Unlimited prints are made for everyone who uses it (plus a double for the guestbook) that come complete with your pesonalised message. No matter how much your guests drink, they’ll always remember when that photo was taken with a single glance!

Wedding photo booth hire is a stress-free approach to wedding photography that provides fun and entertainment for guests of all ages. In fact, hiring your photo booth will be the least stressful part of your planning experience.

Vintage Wedding Theme – Decoration Ideas

A vintage wedding theme is a romantic and classy theme for your wedding day. Turn to history for inspiration and create a glamorous and elegant wedding theme full of old world charm. When creating your bridal theme consider invitations, flowers, reception and table decorations, place cards, favours and bombonniere as well as your wedding dress and the bridal party outfits. Carry your chosen theme through all aspects of your wedding to coordinate your day.

Vintage Wedding Dress
A victorian or classic wedding gown will be the basis for your theme. Wearing a one of a kind vintage wedding dress will add a special and unique touch to your day. If you don’t want to wear an antique wedding dress there are many brand new wedding dresses available in vintage styles. Be inspired by ivory, lace, pearls and diamonds to create a vintage look for your bridal gown. A sparkly hair clip or headpiece and earrings will complete your vintage look.

Table Decorations and Wedding Favours
Wedding favors fulfil a number of purposes, as gifts for your guests, table decorations and even place cards. There are many options when it comes to decorating your wedding reception venue and tables. Think vintage birdcages, antique picture frames with guest names inside, ivory lace hand fans, crystal table scatters and decorative candle holders to carry your vintage inspired wedding theme throughout your reception.

Vintage Wedding Flowers
Decorate your wedding reception venue with bunches of gorgeous blooms in vintage inspired vases and jars. Browse markets and second hand stores or shop online to locate genuine vintage vases to arrange your flowers in. Alternatively ask friends and family to save glass jars for you and arrange mismatched glass jars filled with in season flowers and tied with matching ribbons in clusters along your tables. A few single blooms tied with ribbon to the back of chairs or to the front of napkins also looks amazing.

Bridal Party Outfits
A vintage themed wedding is an easy to look to create with your bridal party outfits. Bridesmaids in mismatched vintage dresses in varying shades of pink or cream would look gorgeous. Accessorise your bridesmaids outfits with pearls, feathered hair combs or netted headpieces. Lace hand fans, shawls or parasols are also fabulous vintage wedding accessories. To really accentuate your theme ask guests to dress in vintage outfits, this will create gorgeous wedding photos and won’t cost you a cent.