Vintage Wedding Theme for the Classy and Creative

Your wedding is one of the most important celebrations that you are ever going to plan. Chances are that you have dreamed of it for years, but now that it is here, you may be a little unsure of where to start. The truth is that if you are like most brides, you want your day to be special and unique. One of the best ways to ensure that your wedding is going to be one of a kind, is to create a vintage wedding.

A vintage wedding is a wonderful thing because it has a very romantic feel to it. There is something magical about past eras and if you pair that with the love that you and your partner share it is the making for a really wonderful event.

Of course, when you are planning a vintage wedding you will want to start by selecting which era you would like to emulate with your wedding. Look back at the styles and music of our past and find one that fits the personalities of both you and your fiancé. Be sure that you love the era because you are going to want to include it in every wedding decision that you make. You are going to want to integrate the era into your choice of attire, food, decor, and even your location.

You may not be sure of how to do this, but it is actually quite easy. The key is to pay attention to the details. For example, if you are centring your vintage wedding around a Victorian theme, you may want to find a beautiful wedding bomboniere that will embellish your chosen theme. The wedding bomboniere could be a beautiful antique frame for photos. You can use this as part of your table decorations. It will give your tables that vintage wedding feel of romance and personalisation that you are looking for.

Additionally, you want to try to take cues from the era as to what type of attire you and the rest of your bridal party should be wearing. For example, if you are looking to plan a 1940’s vintage wedding you may want to choose a wedding gown with a silhouette similar to the ones that you would have seen in the 1940’s. Or perhaps you would rather incorporate the era into the makeup design of your bridal party. Red lipstick played a big part in the look of 1940’s starlets. If you want to look like you just stepped off of the red carpet, you might want to wear lush red lips for your big day.

You may also want to look at incorporating some family heirlooms into your vintage wedding. These pieces have some history and nostalgia to them. If your grandmother had a beautiful set of jewellery that fits into your theme, you should wear it to your vintage wedding. Or perhaps you want to fill your wedding bomboniere antique frames with vintage wedding photographs of your relatives on their wedding days.

Planning a vintage wedding is not nearly as hard as you may have thought, in fact it can be a lot of fun to explore the romantic eras of the past to find one that speaks to you. Additionally, having a vintage theme for your wedding can help to focus your overall event design. This ensures that your wedding day will be cohesive in its design and beautiful for all who attend.

To Arrive in Style, Try a Vintage Wedding Car Hire

Isn’t your wedding the most special day of your life? You obviously want everything to be perfect, romantic and beautiful on your ceremony. Everything from your dress, jewelry, menu to the location, decor and of course your wedding transportation. There can be nothing classier than a vintage car for your wedding.

We’ve all seen Mustangs, Bentleys and Rolls-Royces in photos. Imagine one of those gliding towards the church or your wedding site with those beautifully tied white ribbons flowing from the front of the bonnet to the car windows.

You could find one of these vintage cars through wedding transportation companies which are present virtually everywhere. Unfortunately most of these companies have only one or two vintage cars available for rent. This is because these cars are expensive to purchase and maintain. You’ll have to do some research to find a good vintage car and book it in advance.

Visit as many local wedding transportation companies as you can find. It is important for the groom to make sure that vintage car is clean. Since they are old, many of them have overly greased door hinges which do not match and look pretty with the glowing white bridal gowns.

You probably would not want to drive the hired vintage car yourself with your newlywed bride sitting next to you. Check that the company you hire the car from offers a chauffeur service. Take a test drive of the car the previous day to make sure it runs smoothly and does not break down mid way. If there are any repairs that you feel need to be done, ask the company to get it done or choose another car. You wouldn’t want to be embarrassed on your wedding with a car whose doors or windows don’t open.

A wedding is a girl’s special day. Decorate the car with flowers, ribbons to make your bride feel like a princess in a fairy tale when she travels in it.

How to Have a Vintage Wedding

Why go vintage?

With the rise of all-inclusive hotel wedding packages, it seems that many modern weddings are very predictable. There’s the ceremony, the champagne reception, the photos, the wedding breakfast, speeches, cutting the cake, and a first dance… They even provide you with a master of ceremonies to announce each stage of the day as it progresses (watch out for the black-suited woman with her hair in a bun and a monotonic voice). Perhaps you’d like something different.

Enter the vintage wedding world!

In fashion and style, vintage is BIG. It’s eclectic, unique and most importantly, individual – exactly what you want for your wedding day, where it’s all about you.

How do you go about making your wedding vintage? Here’s a few ideas:

1. A vintage dress – it could be authentic, or an imitation of a vintage style from the 1920s – 1970s. Check out the vintage clothing boutiques near you, and there’s an array of choice online too. You could opt for a classic, Empire-line dress from a high street retailer for an inexpensive alternative to the current trend of strapless corset-with-meringue dresses.

2. Accessorize – from your hair piece to your jewellery, vintage accessories don’t have to be expensive, but can look stunning and unusual. A lacy bolero or beautiful shoes could really make your outfit complete. If you’ve gone for a cheaper dress, why not splash out on your accessories for an indulgent finish?

3. Venue – choose a venue that isn’t a generic hotel, but has something historic or Romantic about it. The ruins of an abbey, or the beams of an old lodge, could give your wedding a real sense of atmosphere, and make for some fabulous photography!

4. Cars – hiring classic cars for transport can add the finishing touch to your vintage look. Make sure the chauffeurs dress appropriately, and ask your photographer to experiment using the windows of the car for different effects, such as mirroring.

5. Chintz and glamour – You can add vintage colours, prints and patterns using fabrics (perhaps for napkins), tableware (you could use vintage cups and saucers as candle-holders) and favours; the possibilities are endless!

Tell your photographer that you’re planning a vintage theme, and then they can produce some images with retro colouring: milky shadows and smoothed shades. A vintage wedding could give you the distinctive stylized day you’ve always dreamed of, and be nostalgic and enchanting for your guests.

Ideas For A Vintage Themed Wedding, One Of This Year’s Hottest Trends

Out with the old, and in with the… old? That’s what celebrities Annie Lennox, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, and Matthew McConoughy seemed to think at least. Celebrities and their wedding planners have their fingers on the pulse of trends in fashion, and weddings are no exception!

No wonder vintage themed weddings debuted as such a hit last year. This chic remake of the 1920’s era is all about style and grace. From the decor to the attire, an antique look is the perfect choice for your wedding day.

Colors and Decor

The most popular and traditional-looking vintage wedding tones have been rose pinks and champagne beiges. It almost brings to mind the sepia-tones of an old photograph.

Damask, chandelier silhouettes, and love birds are great choices for prints and design to add some dimension.

Dress

Wedding gown designers are realizing the popularity of this trend in vintage styles and have created some stunning options for you. Lace is one of the main ingredients. Overlays of gently hanging delicate lace over satin are truly feminine and sweet.

Some designers are offering a variety of shades in champagne and rose tones. Or you can accent with a belt or sash of these antique tones to add a little splash of color.

This is also a great opportunity to wear gloves. Wrist length, elbow, or full length gloves can be the perfect touch depending on the style of your dress.

Hair

Long hair is swept up or back in a relaxed or loose style. Soft waves or hanging pieces can add texture. Chignons at the base of the neck are a great idea for the sophisticated look. For shorter hair, cropped bobs and bangs are the most authentic to the era.

Headpieces and Veils

Your choice of veil or headpiece can really set-off your entire look. From head bands with feathers and large decorative or jeweled pieces, to beaded caps, there are many ways to be sure to look the part of a vintage bride. These options are great for shorter hair.

For the traditional veil, long and sweeping yet soft looks are more true to the time period of the 1920’s. Choose something that lays closer to the head without much height or layers that stand out too full.

For the groom and groomsmen, don’t forget the choices in hats that help to pull their look into the overall theme as well. You can go old-time gangster style with white bands, or simple fedoras. For formal weddings, top hats and tails like something you’d see on the Titanic are a great choice.

Jewelry

Vintage wedding jewelry can actually be one of the most important details of the ensemble. What’s even better is that you will want to wear it again because it’s currently in style and can go with so many other outfits!

There are a lot to choose from but the most popular designs seen are usually pearls and larger pieces of off-center rhinestones. Because of the simplicity of the rest of the attire, you can get by with a more elaborate jewelry set. This can be a focal point to complement your dress and headpiece.

Shoes

You have to love an occasion to wear cute strappy shoes, or thick lower heals like traditional “pumps” with large bows, buckles, or jewels. Or how about wearing the still-stylish lace up “granny boots” for kicks under your vintage gown? You may have some trouble making up your mind with this one because there are TONS of cute shoe options to choose.

Accessories

Vintage lace style wedding accessories help you bring decor and function together. Guest books and pen sets, ring bearer pillows, even your garter can be found with this style.

Flowers

Flowers play an important role in the vintage wedding. Real wedding bouquets in the 1920’s were HUGE! They were sometimes longer than the hemlines! But what a gorgeous tradition, and one you should consider keeping for a truly authentic and beautiful vintage wedding.

Be sure to include lots of roses, hydrangeas, and lilacs to match the heirloom tones of the style.

Favors and Gifts

Make sure to have plenty of vintage style favors to thank your guests for sharing your day.

And for your guys and dolls who stood up with you while you said your “I Do’s”, don’t forget to present them with a great gift. For the groomsmen, pocket watches have been a traditional favorite and go with the overall theme. For the bridesmaids, maybe consider that dazzling vintage necklace set for the special day.

Photographer

You’ll want to preserve the charm of the day with excellent photography. Make sure your photographer knows your theme ahead of time. They may have some creative ideas to help you record the moments. Vintage wedding photos look especially elegant in black and white so be sure to have some printed in a true old-fashioned way!

Getaway Car

Some couples have even gone so far as to rent vintage vehicles from the 20’s or 30’s to magically transport them as husband and wife. Imagine the great photo opportunities around this set of wheels!

After almost an entire century, we’re still drawn to these styles. They’re timeless and classy. Weddings are the perfect opportunity to bring them back for a day! With these essentials, you can be the best “ragtime bride” that’s ever walked down the aisle!