Guest post written by Angela Berry, Editor of Ripped me
Vintage weddings have always been beautiful and popular but now, when the demand for them has been higher than ever before, it can be difficult to sort through all those cute vintage ideas. If you don’t want your reception to be too overwhelming, here are the top five must-have vintage wedding elements.
Dresses and suits for a vintage wedding
No matter what era you chose for your vintage wedding, one thing is definitely a must – lace! Plenty of delicate lace, unique necklines and interesting embroideries and beaded details will make your dress look perfect and are the best choice if you want to conjure the elegance and style of olden times. Long-sleeved gowns and floral crowns are also a lovely throwback that always looks classic. If you’re not that into flower crowns, you can complete your look with an interesting the Juliet headdress. If you have a vision of your wedding dress, but just can’t find it in stores, you can design it yourself. There’s nothing more vintage than a completely unique dress!
When it comes to the groom, waist coats are always the perfect vintage accessory, no matter the era, season or venue. They always look dapper and can even come in handy during cold autumn or winter weddings. If you’re planning a more rustic casual wedding you can go for some cool suspenders. They can match the shirt or suit for a subtle look, or be of bold and contrasting colour for a more whimsical look.
Decoration ideas for your vintage wedding
One super cool trick when it comes to vintage wedding decor is decorating the venue with vintage dressers, armoires and cabinets. These antique furniture pieces can be transformed into bar areas, a pretty altar or a breathtaking guest book display. When it comes to tables and chairs you can also rely on lace. Lace covered chairs simply look amazing. Another uber vintage thing you can incorporate into your wedding decor is a cloche. You can use them to cover dishes and desserts for a cool surprise or use glass ones over flowers or figurines. You can also have your cake decorated in a vintage style with hand-painted floral designs. It’s an amazing option for barn or backyard weddings, or for any rustically decorated venue. Other little trinkets that scream vintage are tea pots and tea cups, preferably mismatched! So, instead of having cocktail hour, you can organise a cute little vintage tea party with all sorts of aromatic teas and delicious cookies.
Arrive in style
No vintage wedding can go without an authentic vintage ride for the bride and groom. Find a company that deals in wedding cars and pick your perfect ride. Although there are many cool vintage cars you can choose from, you can never go wrong with Bentley or Rolls Royce classic sedans. White or champagne is the colour you should be looking for, and make sure it’s nicely decorated with ribbons and flowers. Ahhhh, so classy.
The venue is probably the thing that adds to the mood and atmosphere the most, so make sure you make the right choice. An old barn or your backyard will always be more authentic than any other venue you can rent, no matter the decoration. It’s the nature, fresh air and starry sky that make outdoor weddings so rustic and special, so if the weather allows it (and Sydney weather is perfect for outdoor weddings) feel free to bring your party outside. Outdoor weddings don’t need a lot of decoration, just a few candles, lanterns and flower arrangements. You can leave the rest to nature and its beauties.
Vintage wedding photography
Wedding photography is super important because no matter how much you think you could never forget that special day, time still manages to do its thing. Find a photographer who can offer you something new and authentic, and don’t be afraid of some unusual locations. Those photos usually turn out to be the best and most fun to shoot. Many Australians choose to rent a vintage photo booth or get a few Polaroid cameras for their guests. It’s not only super fun but they’ll also have some memories to take home.
A vintage wedding should be full of quirkiness, style and romance. A skilful combination of artsy, luxurious and romantic elements from the past can create that perfect sense of nostalgia. For all those who want a vintage wedding, we say go for it and enjoy your special day!