Vintage weddings come with such a huge variety of possibilities that you’ll find a lot of vendors at your beck and call. Where must you begin? In the past, where else!
The following are tips to help you plan a remarkable vintage wedding:
1. Pick an era.
Is there a certain decade you’ve always been crazy about? Watch movies, read books and check out artwork from that era to get your creative juices flowing. If you are strongly attached to your heritage and the older generations of your family, what can beat introducing your own twist to your grandparents’ nuptials?
2. Create fitting designs for your paper products.
Those tiny cards with save-the-date information will be the best way to tell your guests about your vintage theme, which you should maintain with all your other paper products, like invitations, ceremony programs, etc. You can look into old lettering styles or design your invites and cards to look like old pictures, steamship tickets or what have you. If you want guests to don vintage attire as well, give the necessary details as well as pointers on local costume-rentals.
3. Choose your ceremony and reception venues.
Back in those days, weddings were usually held at home, with stunning garden receptions outside, so this could be right for the do for the time period you’ve picked. A house in the country could have a barn that you can design for the reception. If you have a standard venue, such as a hotel or catering hall, just adding the right design touches will be enough to carry you into the past.
4. Make use of colors so as to further define the era you’ve picked.
Turquoise is screaming 1950s, and soft pinks and laces are more reminiscent of turn-of-the-century days. Choose materials and hues that harmonize with your venue. As for lighting, consider hanging antique chandeliers or lining your ceremony aisle with antique candles and holders. If you chose Renaissance, purple velvet table runners will be fantastic, along with small dioramas placed inside antique apothecary jars.
5. Choose a wedding dress and accessories that completely represent the era you’ve selected.
It’s really difficult to find a vintage gown at a bridal chain store, which most probably stocks only on the latest trends. Luckily, you have the Internet at your fingertips, and you’re sure to find a near-endless array of choices out there. Of course, part of the decisions you’ll make regarding your dress are the accessories to wear it with. As you know, different accessories made it big across the different eras, so make sure you do your homework. A long string of pearls, for instance, was big in the 1920s while Art Deco jewelry is just great for the 1930s and 1940s. Of course, everyone work a pillbox hat. Lastly, consider having your bouquet cascaded instead of rounded off (which is popular these days).
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