'Vintage' has well and truly found it's way back into our hearts, it's out with the modern and in with the early 20th Century. From dusty rose palettes to lace fabrics, home-made stationary and quintessentially English bunting, there really is no end to it. Whether you're going for a distinct 1920's theme or perhaps a slightly more rock 'n 'roll 50's style, you'll need to start your wedding planning early. It's time to tear out those wedding magazine snippets and route out those local antique fairs; the planning starts here!
So where does it all begin? Below you'll find some of our top tips on how to organise a vintage wedding.
Choosing Your Wedding Venue
From a traditional village hall to an upmarket stately home, your wedding venue will need lots of character and heritage. Bear in mind that some of the popular venues book up to two years in advance so if you've got somewhere specific in mind you'll need to start your enquiries early. If you're flexible and have a number of venues in mind, you can relax, many venues still have availability a year in advance. If you're on a budget, why not consider a Friday or Sunday wedding when venues will more than likely offer package deals and cheaper rates.
Pick your Palette
When planning a vintage wedding, it's important to keep your colours subtle and to steer away from that bright, modern look. Think muted tones such as dusty reds and greens to give you that old school, elegant style. You'll want to use these colours throughout your wedding, from the bridesmaids dresses to invitations and wedding stationary.
With today's economic climate, many brides find themselves working to a budget and so it's not always essential to go spending thousands on a brand new hand-made wedding dress. Look around on the net and you're sure to find vintage wedding fairs where you can pick-up a beautiful vintage dress at a fraction of the price. These can then be tailored for that perfect fit and no-one will ever know the difference! To create that definitive look of elegance, you'll be opting for lace fabrics and ivory tones.
Where 'modern' is all about complementing and matching, 'vintage' is very much about that natural and home-made look and feel. Your bridesmaids could even each wear a different dress that fits in with the general theme but suits the individual personality and look of the girl. Think about their hair, you don't necessarily want to mimic that 20's look exactly so keep it subtle and think about what your bridesmaids will be wearing in their hair too - flowers are definitely something to consider!
Tables and Decoration
This is where the arts and crafts really begin! From hand made centerpieces and home-made name-tags to shabbby chic table plans and decoration. Think old wooden crates, worn down wooden boards and novelty post-boxes. Decorate your side tables with candles and Hessian fabrics, perhaps the odd ornament or even a retro typewriter for guests to type their own personal message. Consider a Polaroid camera next to the guest book as an alternative to the photo booths that are getting so popular these days. There are no rules, borrow your ideas from the web and put your own personality into it.
A live band is the perfect way to finish off your day. Perhaps a swing band or authentic 1950's rock'n'roll band to really tie up your complete vintage wedding day. Check out the Flip Top Floozies; one of the UK's most popular rock'n'roll wedding bands.