Vintage is having a moment. This moment has lasted some time, and it doesn’t look like it’ll stop anytime soon. There’s something so appealing about buying into something, whether it is jewelry, clothes, cars or accessories and knowing that it has a history and hasn’t been made in bulk. It’s been loved before and you know you’re not likely to bump into someone wearing the same thing.
Bearing that in mind, have you considered having a vintage themed wedding day?
There are a lot of ways to incorporate vintage into your wedding, whether it’s a vintage wine that is served with the wedding breakfast, or a retro car to take you to the venue in style. You could have a band playing the songs of yesteryear, or finish off your wedding look with a veil sourced from a vintage store (when it comes to important vintage finds, one always ‘sources’ them, rather than ‘buy’).
Of course, your wedding dress is one way to go vintage with maximum impact. You could borrow or reuse a family member’s dress and give it a whole new lease of life, or scour second hand shops and vintage stores to find a pre-loved gown from another time to wear on your wedding day.
If you don’t fancy wearing a dress that has been worn before, you can always buy a new dress that has a vintage look to it. Many designs are influenced by styles from previous decades and you can find something to suit any taste and figure by looking back. If you’re tall, the long, bias cut gowns of the 1920s would work for you, but if you’re curvier, consider a 50s inspired gown with a full skirt and accentuated waist. A bride who is a fan of the 60s and 70s might go for flowing lines and hippy chic bare feet, whilst those with more glamorous tendencies might opt for a floor length design inspired by 1930s Hollywood glamour.
If you do opt for a vintage gown, whether it’s the real deal or just a vintage-inspired creation, you need to make sure your accessories and weeding makeup suit your wedding dress. It’s a good idea to research the era your dress is inspired by, and to put together a look that echoes that. You don’t have to go all out — it’s not a fancy dress party! But discreet touches can really emphasize that vintage vibe.
You can match your color scheme, cars and menu choices to your chosen vintage era if you wish by arriving in a 1960s VW Camper, or a sleek 1950s Cadillac, or serving up gin and high tea for your 20s theme.
Visit car boot sales and charity shops to track down items that will help create the perfect vintage wedding décor. Just remember the motto when planning your vintage wedding: ‘Something old, something old, something borrowed, something old’!