A Southern-style mansion with an elegant ballroom, an open courtyard with a lush garden full of flowers, soft blush and ivory colors with embossed lace patterns—a vintage-inspired wedding is the perfect way to celebrate the most romantic day of your life.
Whether you are putting together a soft and romantic setting or planning for a glamorous event, there are several things you will have to consider to make sure every single aspect of your dream wedding falls into place.
Yes, there is a lot of work involved. But you will enjoy every moment of it if you go about planning it the right way. Here are a few steps you need to follow if you want to host a vintage-inspired wedding:
Define the Era
You should have an era or style in mind if you are thinking of a vintage wedding. From the 1920s to the 1970s, you can choose just about any epoch, depending on your budget and the resources available.
- The Golden ’20s– A pompous wedding in an old castle decorated with candle holders and pearls makes for an exclusive ’20s style theme. Choose a gown with delicate lace, sequin, and fringe.
- The Romantic ’30s– A rustic barn could be the perfect location for a ’30s style wedding. You can think of home-made accessories in color schemes such as beige and brown or rose and blue. A bridal gown with lace is a must here too.
- The Fashionable ’40s– A silk and lace figure-enhancing gown with ruffles or drapes is what you should choose if you want to look like a bride of the ’40s. Pair it up with a red lipstick. A classic car is a must-have.
- The Playful ’50s– Short and calf-length wedding dresses were typical in this era. Create a unique atmosphere with polka dots or checkerboard patterns. Add in a jukebox and a vinyl record.
- The Hippie ’60s and ’70s– A casual wedding dress in a soft flowing fabric should be perfect for a ’60s or ’70s-themed wedding. Pair it up with a beehive hairstyle and, of course, heavy eyeliner.
Before you talk to any of the vendors, make sure you have a proper vision of the era or style that you are going to follow. At this point, you should have a list of all the things that you may need for the wedding.
The Right Color Scheme
Neutrals and pastels make the best color schemes for a vintage-inspired wedding. Here are a few you can check out:
- Grey and Sage– If you want to keep it earthy, you can go with grey and mossy green, adding a few touches of silver here and there. It will render a nostalgic yet sophisticated feel to the most memorable day of your life.
- Turquoise, Moss, and Apricot– Turquoise and Moss is a combination that will give your vintage-inspired wedding a rustic touch. Add in a splash of apricot for extra vibrancy.
- Cantaloupe, Honeydew, and Pistachio– If you are having a fall wedding, this is one of the most exciting color schemes you can select. Pair these colors with browns and natural tans to give it a rustic vibe.
Embrace the Theme with the Perfect Wedding Dress
Whether you want to go with a long flowing gown or keep it short and casual, make sure you choose a wedding dress that will make you look beautiful. It should flatter your figure while making you feel comfortable.
Of course, you can visit several bridal boutiques for wedding dresses of different styles. But make sure you keep in mind the era and the theme that you are choosing for your vintage-style wedding. Take your time, and give it a few trials till you know you have the best dress for your wedding.
Flowers and Furniture
Bluish pink roses, Craspedia billy balls with baby’s breath, dusty miller with hydrangeas, or even loose bundles of wildflowers can all create a timeless look for your flower arrangement. Your florist should be able to help you choose the specific flowers or bouquet styles for the era that you have selected.
When it comes to vintage-inspired furniture, it’s not just the seating arrangements that need your attention. Many vintage weddings include curated lounges with vintage display pieces such as old vanities, antique mirrors, armchairs, velvet loveseats, antique tables, and overhead chandeliers. These pieces will add a touch of nostalgia and make your guests connect to the era that you have chosen.
Details, Details, Details
Unless you carry your theme down to its minutest details, you can’t expect to have the perfect vintage-inspired wedding. Pay attention to each element that will enhance your vintage theme, no matter how small it is. Ask around and get a few suggestions to make sure you are doing everything you can.
Hire a Wedding Planner to Make It Easier
The easiest way to plan your vintage-inspired wedding is by working with a professional wedding planner. Choose someone who is experienced in planning and executing vintage themed weddings in unique ways. Make sure all your requirements are understood and implemented. Then, all that’s left to do is enjoy your big day!