How to organise a Vintage Wedding

How to organise a Vintage Wedding

'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.

Wedding Dress

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.

Live Music

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.

If it's the 1930's that you love, you'll want to hire a swing band. Take a look at Swing Groove who offer a range of line-ups from a 4-piece to a 9-piece to suit any size venue and budget.

  • The Flip Top Floozies
    The Flip Top Floozies
    From £1000
    Dressed to the nines in authentic 1950's style, the Flip Top Floozies will bring the era of Rock 'n' Roll back to life. This young energetic band first leapt onto the...
  • Indiana
    From £1465
    Indiana are a high-energy vintage wedding band performing a combination of contemporary party songs and folk renditions of popular modern classics. With their...
  • The Retro Jets
    The Retro Jets
    From £1230
    The Retro Jets are a chic, retro function band performing favourites from the 50s and 60s alongside an array of contemporary hits in their own unique rock 'n' roll...
  • The Swing Band
    The Swing Band
    From £840
    Performing a selection of classic tracks from all the greats, 'The Swing Band' offer an authentic take on the 40's and 50's covering artists such as Frank Sinatra,...
  • LulaBelle
    From £655
    Meet LulaBelle, a stylish vintage duo bringing you a taste of the old and the new with their selection of modern classics with a twist. With a combination of beautiful...
  • The Pranksters
    The Pranksters
    From £1575
    The Pranksters are a jump and jive 1940s swing band with exuberant spirit! A swing band like no other, The Pranksters welcome you to their unique vintage swing band,...
  • Absolute Vintage
    Absolute Vintage
    From £1465
    Absolute Vintage know the 1920s like the back of their hands and have a stack of classic swing and contemporary songs to stir up any crowd! If you're planning on...
  • Clever Dixie
    Clever Dixie
    From £1250
    Clever Dixie are a sensational 6-piece Swing Jive band for hire performing a range of popular pop and rock songs with a twist. Their unique cross-genre repertoire has...
  • Vintage Vibes
    Vintage Vibes
    From £490
    Vintage Vibes are an exciting vintage duo who perfectly capture the 1920s era with their effortless renditions of popular jazz, blues and swing classics. The band...
  • The Gypsy Carnivals
    The Gypsy Carnivals
    From £880
    The Gypsy Carnivals bring the sound of 1930's Paris back to life with their charming selection of gypsy jazz and modern covers. Their combination of violin, guitar and...
  • Prohibition Sound
    Prohibition Sound
    From £820
    Prohibition Sound bring contemporary and classic hits reinvented into charming jazz & swing arrangements! Capturing the 1920s and 30s prohibition era is all the...
  • Jamie Berry - Electro Swing DJ
    Jamie Berry - Electro Swing DJ
    From £795
    Fresh-faced producer Jamie Berry is recognised for his musical couplet of shuffling modern beats and vintage swing sounds. His idiosyncratic sound piques your interest...
  • The Hot Club
    The Hot Club
    From £820
    The Hot Club are a swinging, gypsy jazz style acoustic band who deliver infectious rhythms and melodies from this hypnotic genre! A truly captivating act to witness,...
  • The Rockin' Rhythms
    The Rockin' Rhythms
    From £1055
    The Rockin' Rhythms are a 3-piece retro outfit playing classic hits from the beloved 50s and 60s. Guaranteed to get you movin' and a shakin', this authentic rock 'n'...
  • A Touch Of Paris
    A Touch Of Paris
    From £280
    A Touch Of Paris specialise in classic American Swing, French Chanson and Cabaret. With a French born singer whose impressive vocals cover a four octave range, the...
  • That Old Swing Thing
    That Old Swing Thing
    From £695
    That Old Swing Thing bring you the very best swing tunes from the 20's, the perfect soundtrack for your vintage wedding, party or corporate event. With the biggest and...
  • Syndicate Du Swing
    Syndicate Du Swing
    From £1170
    Syndicate Du Swing are an awe-inspiring, speakeasy swing band fronted by three highly talented vocalists. A unique band with an authentic vintage look to accompany...
  • Swing Groove
    Swing Groove
    From £1500
    Swing Groove is a Swing Band and a Soul Band, covering all the party classics from Sinatra, Buble and Elvis through to Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and more! With an...