Vintage fashion and styling was once underground and confined to the countryside and the few vintage and antique stores struggling to get by.
Now however vintage is well and truly in vogue, with everything from clothing to shabby chic furniture in homes, to dresses from the 1920s being worn on the high street. This is in stark contrast to the minimalist, metallic and futuristic trends of a few years ago, and a welcome touch of femininity in the mainstream. Vintage isn’t restricted to fashion and home ware however, and it makes an excellent wedding day theme with so much scope for imagination and creativity.
In or out?
A vintage wedding lends itself perfectly to an outdoor do, with strong ties to nature and the typical British garden party theme of old. Spring and summer wedding will work best for this so you can make the best use of the flora and fauna and the weather is more likely to hold up for the day. This type of al fresco vintage has quite a picnicy vibe to it too, so you might even work this in to your celebration. If you would prefer to get married in the autumn or winter, or simply want to assure no rain on your big day, then vintage can be achieved indoors with some small touches such as tea cups and lace trim. An indoor vintage wedding is a little more Downton Abbey, and you can go as sophisticated as you like with this theme.
Location, location, location
If you decide to go with an outdoor wedding or reception, you will want to find a large space for your guests to enjoy. If you are very outdoorsy a field in the countryside would be perfect, but do make sure you have a marquee or barn for eating, cake cutting and in case of adverse weather. If you choose an indoor ceremony or reception, then pick your venue carefully as a swanky modern room won’t cut it with vintage décor. Try a rustic hotel or old stately home for the ideal backdrop to your vintage festivities.
Don’t skip the details
You can make or break a theme with the little details, so it is just as important to think about the napkins, as it is the furnishings. Tie everything in to your theme starting from the save the date cards and the invitations, right through to the thank you notes. Detailing needn’t be expensive either, and with careful planning you can make most of these little vintage touches yourself. If you want some authentic bits to add to the set up, then the Internet and second hand stores will be your new treasure troves in which to seek things out. Fabric and tableware should be your first port of call followed by little trinkets for the room.
Vintage weddings are all the rage at the moment, and you won’t be short on places to look for inspiration. The great thing about this theme however is that you have the ability to really make it your own with little unique touches. Explore examples of what others have done, but make sure you get a good dollop of you and your partners personality in too.
By Harry Price
Harry Price is an author and entrepreneur. He enjoys volunterring at his local charities and has a passion for supporting homeless organisations.