The last decade has seen an increase in the popularity of Vintage Weddings — perhaps it’s a desire to go back to simpler times when moral values seemed to make choices more straight forward.
Following are some tips that may be useful if you are considering a Vintage Wedding for that special day.
*** Vintage Wedding Attire ***
Traditionally, wedding dresses were often handed down from mother to daughter and they were not always white. Darker colors were common because wedding dresses were often expected to be used later for special occasions. Still you will find most of your choices will be white or ivory.
One advantage of choosing a vintage gown is you will have a wide variety of styles to choose from but the Victorian gown is the most popular.
Don’t expect your vintage gown to be in perfect condition but still you should choose with care. Shy away from missing buttons (they are impossible to replace), huge stains or tears. Also pay special attention to the stitching to ensure it will not start unraveling.
Also remember sizes were a little different in the past. Be sure and try on the dress or if purchasing online be sure you can return it if it does not fit.
Accessories are also important to the look. The veil was often the most elaborate piece the bride wore. It was almost always ivory or white, even with the colored dresses. Pearls are always appropriate with white and ivory gowns and make sure your jewelry, shoes and purse are matched to the color of your gown.
*** Vintage Decorations ***
Vintage decorations will usually incorporate a lot of lace and somewhat muted colors but make sure the colors match. http://colorschemer.com is an excellent tool for choosing colors and they even have a special category for vintage weddings.
The centerpiece can help set the theme. It can be as simple as an antique vase with flowers or a vintage looking laced candelabra with candles. Another idea is a clear vase or bowl or an antique jewelry box filled with strings of faux pearls or even antique birdcages spray painted with a color of your choice.
You can usually find relatively inexpensive antique items for table decorations such as salt and pepper shakers, miniature or vintage tea sets with teapots and teacups placed on boxes and covered in lace to show they are not for actual use, antique candles or even perfume bottles.
*** Vintage Invitations ***
Use the invitation as a way to begin to set the theme with your guests. Throwback stationery styles like letterpress printing and tea stained papers can give your invitations some nostalgic charm.
Here’s another idea — use postal stamps with personalized pictures to make your invitations unique. I guarantee this will be a talking point among your guests for a long time. Have pictures taken of the bride and groom in appropriate era costumes for the invitation stamps and then use wedding staged photos for the stamp on your thank you notes.
A vintage wedding can truly make your special day more memorable both for you and your guests. Some even invite their guests to participate in the theme with appropriate costumes. It takes a little bit more effort but it can be fun and the end result is almost always worth the effort.