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Vintage Wedding Theme

2 August 2010

A vintage style wedding has to be one my favourite themes.  A setting full of beautiful stately bits that have been collected over generations and washed by time and used to a lovely softness.  There is a randomness that can’t be endlessly repeated on each table.

Unlike the sharp crisp lines in contemporary looks, the vintage style has a soft, cozy wiltedness to it. Lovely pastel blendings of random teapots, sugar bowls, water pewters and flea market vases to hold garden variety flowers for your centerpieces. For flowers think peonies, garden roses and Queen Anne’s lace with wisps of trailing ivy.

Vintage begins with an overall color scheme of soft palette such as, but not limited to ivory, white, and pinks. It then continues with the use of graceful details, such as fringed napkins, ruffled ribbons, lace-covered luminaries, and loose petals.

Ensure your table display captures that shabby chic appeal by bringing the same muted colour palette through soft fabrics, ruffles and florals accented by vintage glass, silver, and jeweled elements.  Use mismatched crockery, vintage cake stands, tea cups and saucers for serving.

The best thing about decorating vintage style is that things don’t have to match; neither do they have to be brand new.  Mix and match old and used items, whether store bought or borrowed from family and friends.
Old-fashioned handkerchiefs in pretty floral prints and dainty embroidery or lace edging can act as improvised place mats or table doilies.

A variety of antique jars and cans can make wonderful vases.  Fill them with blooms such as carnations or daisies. Use second-hand wooden chopping boards a distressed finish and used as serving trays.
Give scented candles or soaps, dried flower arrangements or lovely antique-looking frames with the couple's photo in them as favours.

As for your photography, definitely opt for post-processed in black-and-white or sepia tones for an authentic feel.

Flowers in mismatched cups and galvanized watering cans serving as vases dotted around your venue make a lovely statement.  Bird motifs, such as rustic wooden birdcages romanced with fillers like ivy or roses, surrounded by individual favor nests are also fabulous.  Hanging clusters of festive paper lanterns from the ceiling and votives hung from tree branches, plus plenty of ribbons to flutter in the breeze.  Instead of an ordinary signature frame, have your guests sign die-cut flower cards and glue the individual blooms to the matte for a more whimsical look.

Use vintage images to create DIY invitations and decorations. Old-fashioned photos or artwork can be cut out and glued into centerpieces, as well as be printed on table place cards and napkin holders.

When considering your look, opt for an ivory gown touched with delicate floral embroidery or one graced with lace.  Perhaps incorporate a petticoat with a touch of pink.  Chandelier earrings are perfect as are cameos for bridesmaids.  Pearls are always so comme il faut and a sparkling brooch at the neckline or sash make a fabulous vintage statement.  Pastels are perfect for vintage bridesmaid dresses.

Be sure to pique the palette with treats such as petit fours, tea sandwiches, fruit kebabs and tiered cupcakes topped with fondant butterflies.  Then, quench their thirst with Martha-esque rows of iced teas and fruity lemonades.


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