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August 25, 2016

Planning Tips for Your Vintage Wedding

Vintage weddings provide a whole range of possibilities that you’ll find so many vendors prepared and waiting. Where should you start? Definitely, in the past!

The following are tips to help you plan a remarkable vintage wedding:

1. Choose your era.

Do you have a certain decade in mind that has always fascinated you? Watch movies, read books and check out artwork from that era to get your creative juices flowing. If you have a strong attachment to your heritage and the family’s older members, what could be better than adding your own twist to your grandparents’ wedding?

2. Make fitting designs for your paper products.

Those small, save-the-date info cards will let your guests know your vintage theme, which you should be consistent in all your paper products, such as invitations, programs, and the rest. You can look up old lettering styles or make your cards and invites look like old photographs, theater programs, etc. 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.

In the olden days, weddings happened in homes, with beautiful garden receptions outside, so this might do for the time period you’ve chosen. A house in the country may have have a barn which you can transform into you’re a shabby- chic reception area. 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 heavily reminiscent of the 1950s, while laces and soft pinks are more associated with the turn-of-the-century era. Pick hues and materials which in harmony 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. Pick a wedding dress and accessories that exactly embody the period you’ve chosen.

It’s really difficult to find a vintage gown at a bridal chain store, which most probably stocks only on the latest trends. Fortunately, you can count on the Internet to give you a near-infinite range of options. Of course, choosing a dress also means choosing the accessories to go with it. As you know, different eras were defined by different fashion accessories, so make it a point to 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. Finally, have your bouquet designed in a cascade instead of being round (which is the current trend).
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