5 Easy Ways to Style a Vintage Themed Wedding
Vintage describes items of quality or style from the 1920s to the 1970s. In these fifty years, trends moved so rapidly from the secret indulgence of the Prohibition Era to the groovy Sixties and Seventies. There’s a vintage style to suit every wedding.
It can be difficult to know where to start with styling a vintage themed wedding, which is why we’re here to help! By adding an influence to each of these five different elements, you can transform your day with a few delicate touches.
Wedding stationery is one of the initial items your guests will see. You’ll want to set the right expectations on first impressions. Will you be announcing that it will be a themed day? Or will it be a subtle hint? Either way, you’ll begin with the design! Embracing traditions is the perfect way to create an authentic vintage theme. Up until the 1990s, people were writing using typewriters, so this could be a key method for producing your invitations.
Fashion is one of the defining features of an era and may play a huge role in your special day. Your wedding dress will vary tremendously depending on the era your theme is based upon. For example, a 1920s inspired dress is often slinky with delicate beading. Whereas, 1950s wedding dresses are often based on Dior’s new look with a fit and flare silhouette. Outfit decisions will be crucial to ensure you look the part on your vintage themed day.
Can you recycle and reuse for your wedding day décor? You can save money and give old items a new lease of life when you incorporate them into your day. Search your attics and charity shops to find special pieces from bygone eras to decorate your venue.
Another option is to use old family photographs to introduce a personal touch to the event. As well as creating new memories, you can share old ones with your family and loved ones.
Pick a stylistic venue which is of its era to bolster your theme. You could host your day in a quaint mid-century village hall or go glam with a 1920s Art Deco setting. As the venue will be your largest physical asset, a setting from the appropriate period won’t go unnoticed. This will be enhanced by your choice of décor. Each will go hand in hand to ensure your theme shines through.
There are no specific flower types to match each decade, so you have more freedom to decide when it comes to bouquets. However, tropical flowers (like orchids and calla lilies) were unlikely choices during the 20th Century because of their expensive importation costs. Think of traditional flowers we grow natively, such as: roses, peonies, and lots of foliage.
At Florence & Vera, we love styling vintage weddings because there’s so much fun to be had with using historical influences. The research and inspiration which goes into these weddings can hold a great amount of meaning, which makes your special day even more memorable. If you’re looking for further recommendations or vintage props, we’d be delighted to help. Please get in touch.