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How to have a vintage wedding

Themed weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years. Vintage weddings, in particular, are a favourite among couples looking to add character without breaking the bank. [...]

Themed weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years. Vintage weddings, in particular, are a favourite among couples looking to add character without breaking the bank. Use your favourite period for inspiration or look to previous centuries for design ideas. The roaring 20s, 50s Hollywood glamour and Victorian-style are popular for vintage-inspired weddings.

Here are a few tips on how to indulge in the vintage trend for your upcoming nuptials.

Vintage wedding outfits

Choose a dress from the decade you’re looking to replicate, paired with complementary makeup from the era. Opt for a Victorian ivory corset and corded lace or a sparkling flapper dress from the 1920s. Incorporate heirloom jewellery into the mix with family brooches and jewellery. 

Many bridges enjoy intertwining old and new items. For example, a vintage wedding dress with modern strappy sandals. Vintage dresses may be a more affordable option, as well. You can always get them tailored to your shape, so they look just as beautiful as a brand-new dress.

You could style your wedding outfit with vintage designer pieces. If you have a more affordable dress, splash out on some vintage Chanel earrings or shoes. Look to your favourite designers for second-hand details that will really make your vintage theme pop. 

Of course, no wedding dress is complete without a dazzling engagement ring. Choose an engagement ring that shows off your partner’s personality, and perhaps, their taste for vintage items! A diamond engagement ring has been a classic style for years and will continue to be so for decades to come. 

Transport 

Invest in a vintage car so you can arrive in style to your wedding. Renting a vintage car is fairly straightforward, and many makes and models are available to give a splash of character to your day. A 1971 Rolls Royce is a popular choice among couples.

Food and drink

Serve era-specific drinks, like classic cocktails and simple food choices that fit into your period of choice. You could even make up your own wedding cocktails and give them personalised names. 

Décor

The décor and props at your wedding will really make the vintage theme shine. Add a vintage style photoshoot and polaroid cameras on every table to capture the day in an old-fashioned kind of way. You could even hire a cameraperson with a classic vintage camera! 

You should also add props to every table that are reminiscent of the era you’re trying to replicate. Use hand-crafted table decorations to create a shabby-chic style throughout your wedding. Old books, hats and trinkets make lovely table decorations, especially if they’re also family heirlooms.

Gold is a brilliant way to add a vintage quality to your invitations and menu. Use gold calligraphy in a scrawling script and botanical drawings for an elegant finish. 

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