The immense popularity of vintage style weddings is not in danger of waning anytime soon; as we approach the busy summer wedding season, many of you brides-to-be out there will be walking down the aisle in wedding dresses reminiscent of bye-gone eras amongst an abundance of soft pastels, hedgerow flowers and other nostalgic reminders of days gone by.
Clearly the definition of vintage has relaxed with the increasing popularity of the vintage theme; a bride-to-be doesn't have to opt for just one era, she can pick and choose from different vintage periods to create her own unique vintage vibe. This decision may irk the vintage purist but it’s your wedding and there isn’t a rule book when it comes to vintage wedding planning.
For any bride dreaming up a vintage wedding, the wedding dress is key in creating the right look and, with specialist vintage-inspired bridal boutiques and innumerable pre-loved clothes outlets on the high street, the choices are extensive. Whether you’re looking for the red-lipped glamour of the pre-war 1930s or the fresh-faced classic prom style of the 1950s, no vintage bride would be complete without a few essential accessories. Whether you love feathers, antique silver or glossy pearls, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning vintage headpieces or bridal brooches to make your wedding ensemble complete.
However, it’s not just about the bride when it comes to vintage planning and there’s much the groom and his party can do to vintage up the wedding day; from quirky bow-ties to snappy retro footwear, from stylish double-breasted suits to slicked back hair styles of their favourite era. You could always plan to arrive at the reception in a classic vintage car or a horse-drawn carriage to further enhance the vintage feel of your special day.
English summer weddings are perfect for all those extra vintage touches too - fresh strawberries with lashings of cream served in delicate floral china, an old unwanted typewriter rescued from your local charity shop replacing the standard guests’ book, pretty bunting just about everywhere you look and rustic hand-written chalk boards directing people to where they need to go - the possibilities are endless!
So if you’re looking to re-create the charm of a bye-gone era, it doesn't matter if you call it vintage, modern vintage, retro, nostalgic, shabby chic, eclectic country or even Bohemian, you’ll be stepping back in time for one of the most important days of your life, so throw away the rule book and let your imagination and your heart’s desires lead the way. We hope our blog has given you some extra inspiration for creating the vintage-style wedding of your dreams and be sure to have plenty of fun in researching and planning your magical wedding day!