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06 Jul 2014

Vintage Styling Tips from Barny and Moo

by zoe@hitched

Everyone loves a vintage themed wedding, so I caught up with Claire from decorative hire and styling company Barny and Moo to get her top five tips on how to transform your wedding into a vintage wonderland…

Less is more…

Getting the vintage look for your wedding might feel like trying to get that "just got out of bed hairdo” just right. A good hairdresser will tell you a little product goes a long way, and a good vintage stylist will agree, less is certainly more when it comes to perfecting “the look”. The elegance of vintage comes from simplicity, attention to detail and handpicking decorations that create a sentiment of nostalgia.

Repro… Gosh no!

It can be tempting to buy repro vintage with all that is on offer now at the hot dollar store. In my opinion these stores are great for candles...but not much else. Repro vintage may have its place…(somewhere?) but not at your wedding! Think thrift shops and eBay. I would use nana's knickers (metaphorically speaking) before I used a paper doily. Consider pre loved linen and material for your tables. Old faded (good quality) curtains found in a thrift shop make for a beautiful photo booth backdrop, rather than a pristine white drop from Flashy McFlash.

Odds and sods…

Here is an old trick my mum taught me. Ornaments should be arranged in threes and fives…I can’t remember her reasoning but it just looks so much more feng shui to me. An example might be a vintage camera, a small arrangement of garden flowers and a sign with appropriately thought out message. Or teacup and saucer with a single flower draped with pearls (Nan won't be as upset about you borrowing these to display).

Eco friendly, raw, organic… but still posh

After fine china, eco tableware is my second best friend. I find it suits the vintage theme beautifully and works well with raw organic catering. Source some heart shaped bowls, wrap wooden cutlery in twine and decorate paper straws with heart shapes. I love placing cardboard suitcases on the dessert table, open with eco tableware displayed. Add some handmade suitcase bunting and you have yourself a feature that adds a whimsical element to your vintage theme.

The cake

Drum rolls at vintage weddings are not reserved for the cake. In my opinion, the cake can be a block of sponge with some icing thrown on it from a distance. The attention here needs to be in the detail of the table. A simple garland cake topper or fresh flowers will make a shabby chic cake look a picture of elegance when it is surrounded with beautiful décor. The table should be dressed with beautiful starched linen and have flowers placed in your favorite vintage props. Signage should be personalized and unique.

To find out more about hiring Barny and Moo, visit their website - www.barnyandmoo.com.au

Credit: Photography - Jason Tey, Hairpiece - Olivia Sjahrir-Chia 

Zoe x

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Published 6 Jul 2014 22:56 by zoe@hitched