Our Wedding Inspiration series is where we explore the most popular wedding styles and how you can incorporate these into your own big day.
There’s been an upsurge in vintage themed weddings in recent years, but it’s a theme that never grows boring or repetitive. A vintage themed wedding can be easily personalised so that it remains unique to each couple; there’s plenty of things you can do differently to really express your own individuality.
When planning a vintage wedding, remember that simplicity is key. You can convey your vintage theme in a way that is classic and elegant rather than garish and over the top. The necessities of a vintage themed wedding are antique details such as lace and old-world elements that are styled in a charming yet contemporary way. Here are our top tips on how to plan a vintage inspired wedding that remains both classy and elegant.
Your invitations can set the tone of your wedding months in advance so it’s important to try and convey the overarching theme of your wedding at this stage. In terms of a vintage inspired wedding, consider highlighting the colour palette of your wedding and using a classic typeface. Vintage wedding invitations should be subtle but slightly quirky. For vintage invitations, you should also consider the type of paper you use. Parchment or thick off-white card can help to encapsulate the antique charm that you’re trying to portray.
A vintage wedding theme can be incorporated into almost any type of wedding venue. Before booking your venue, it’s important that you’ve checked that you can decorate the venue to meet your tastes.
The main thing is to make sure your venue looks aged in a charming and quaint way rather than making it appear too contrived or faux-antiqued. Personally, our 50 acres of land lends itself to the perfect backdrop to a vintage wedding that centers on the popular secret-garden style vintage wedding. Furthermore, the rustic style of our venue coupled with the classic elegance of our baby grand piano will add a touch of grandeur to your big day.
Finding the perfect wedding dress is arguably the most important part of the wedding planning process for any bride. Of course, if you’re having a vintage wedding then it makes sense to have a genuine vintage dress. If you’re going for a vintage dress, then some specialist bridal boutiques offer second-hand and vintage dresses with all proceeds from the sale going to charity, which means you’ll be doing a good deed as well as securing your dream dress. If vintage clothing isn’t your cup of tea, then it isn’t the end of the world. Opt for simplistic styles which are delicately cut and have understated silhouettes, and lace is always a winner!
In terms of accessories, consider using heirloom pearls or a brooch to finish off the look; vintage accessories that have been in your family for generations will add an extra special touch to your day, and it can double as your something borrowed!
With suits, it’s all about the detailing. For your vintage wedding, consider getting your groom and his groomsmen to wear antique boutonnières and cufflinks. Cravats and pocket watches can also be a nice touch, depending on the vintage decade that you’re trying to emulate.
Your choice of blooms will tie the whole vintage theme together. Choose loose bunches of wildflowers tied with a little lace or blush pink roses that create a timeless and romantic look. Incorporate the colours to tie in with your table decorations.
The finishing touches
From the wedding cars to the wedding favours, this is your opportunity to really tie your entire theme together. Don’t overlook any detail, no matter how small! Write your table place names in ink and practice your finest calligraphy! When it comes to decorating your tables, use antique candleholders and don’t be afraid of having mismatched items as this adds to the quirky, antique charm.
Whatever style of wedding you’re considering, come to one of our wedding showcases to truly envision how we can turn your big-day dreams into a reality.
Images by Marc Smith