Vintage Wedding Planning For Modern Couples
Hands down one of the most difficult things about planning a vintage wedding is finding quality vintage clothing and decorations to suit your taste. For a lot of us that don’t live in or near a city you are going to have to start your search online. Most small towns and a lot of cities do not have niche wedding boutiques that cater to vintage themes. Sure you might get lucky and find a few things at local second hand shops but ultimately you will have to do a bit of searching online.
The one thing that you are going to notice right away while you are shopping for your vintage themed wedding is that most local bridal boutiques only carry traditionally themed white wedding products. White weddings are still today by far the most popular theme of wedding. So it makes a lot of sense that most wedding boutiques and local department stores only stock these popular items.
What Makes A Vintage Wedding Vintage
Vintage themes or styles don’t necessarily always refer to the age of something. Modern Styles and themes can be designed in a vintage manner and wedding clothes and products are no exception. A lot of couples think when they are planning a vintage wedding that they will have to buy second hand everything. If that is your plan not a problem. You will find a lot of wonderful second hand vintage wedding clothing and decorations both online and locally. You might even be able to save a considerable amount of money on your wedding if you buy second hand.
If you are looking to buy new clothing & products for your vintage themed wedding well not to worry. A lot of commercial wedding designers have recognized just how popular the vintage weddings theme are and are designing more traditional wedding themed items. We think you would be surprised just how beautiful some of these modern takes on vintage can be.
For The Vintage Themed Gentlemen
We almost got too far ahead of ourselves discussing vintage weddings. One of the most important parts of planning any type of wedding is the engagement. Proposing marriage to your girl is going to be one of the most important steps and moments in both of your lives. It signifies that you know she is the right one and you want to spend your life together with her. It is a big step and something that you should not take too lightly.
If you have discussed marriage with your fiancé to be or just have that feeling she would want a vintage themed wedding well you better follow traditional practises. Take some time to plan your proposal and make it something she will cherish for the rest of her life. Planning your proposal is very much like planning a wedding. You are going to spend a lot of time and money to make sure every little detail is perfect. Your fiancé to be has probably been dreaming of this day since she was a little girl.
The Essentials to Planning a Vintage Wedding Engagement
A lot of the details that you are going to need to plan for while planning your vintage themed engagement you are already know. You should by now know the girl you are going to marry. You are going to know if she has a favorite place(s) that would make a great venue to propose to her at. You are probably going to know her favorite type of flowers and hopefully she has given you some idea of the type of engagement ring she would like. Most importantly you are going to have to think of a way to pop the question.
Essentials To Popping The Question
A Rehearsed Speech – Take the time to write and rehearse exactly what you want to say to this bride to be. Make it something truly special to both of you as a couple and the experiences you have shared together and want to share together in the future.
A Romantic Venue – Finding and proposing at the perfect venue is almost as important as what you plan to say to this loved one. Think to yourself about some of the important moments in your relationship and how they could be used for your proposal. It could be the restaurant where you shared your first date or it could be a park or beach that you both enjoy. Remember though if you gal is a bit of a private person you will want to propose when it is just you and her. If she loves attention than propose for everyone to see.
A Bouquet of Her Favorite Flowers – Having a beautiful bouquet of flowers is not the most important part of the proposal but it helps. One dozen red roses are probably the most romantic and traditional type of flowers to give during a proposal. They will also help you to keep to your theme
A Beautiful Vintage Engagement Ring
What makes vintage designs so popular is the looks are timeless. They looked good when they were first showcased and they still look incredible today. Vintage styled or themed engagement rings are one of the safest bets to buy for your fiancé to be. Unless she has already hinted at the style and type of engagement ring she already wants then it is a safe bet to get her what she wants.
Aside from the style of ring and cut of the diamond the most important part of buying a ring is having it sized correctly. Our advice to any guy looking at getting engaged is to take the ring as it is in the store, propose in the most romantic way you can, and bring your girl back to the jeweller to have it properly sized. Remember the rule about measuring twice and cutting once. The holds very true to engagement rings. It is probably going to be one of the most important and expensive purchases of your life up until this point.
Planning Your Vintage Wedding as a Newly Engaged Couple
Congratulations She Said “Yes”. Now it is time to start planning your vintage themed wedding. Although planning a wedding can be very stressful planning a themed wedding of any type can add to the stress of the planning. Having to shop for and find quality vintage wedding clothing, rings, decorations, and venues only adds to the stress you are probably already feeling. Well don’t worry. We are here to help you find quality second hand and new vintage items for your wedding.
Some of the most popular places to shop for a Vintage wedding are local second hand shops, niche bridal boutiques, and online. Each has its own pros and cons but before we get into that we should discuss your guest list.
Making a Wedding Guest List and Checking It Twice
The only way you are going to stick to your wedding budget is to make a guest list and stick to it. We are not going to lie to you. Weddings can be very expensive and every time you add a guest and their plus one you are adding to the cost drastically. The more guests invite to your wedding the more it is going to cost you. Think about it for a minute. The more guests you have the bigger the venues you will need. The bigger the venues means the more decorations you will need to buy. By having all these additional guests you’re going to have to pay a larger bill for both food and drinks. If money is not a problem for you by all means invite everyone you can. A wedding is a special event and it is nice to have friends and family there to share it with you. But if you are on a budget like most of us you are going to have to sharpen your pencil and really decide who needs to be at your wedding and who doesn’t.
Saying “No” to people is probably one of the harder things to do when planning your weddings aside from actually paying for it. The key to is to do it quickly and do it in person. Most people you are going to have to say no to are going to understand. If you are a young couple people are going to get that you are probably on a limited budget and you have a lot of expenses coming your way. Once you say your vows life is going to get very expensive for you two. You are probably going to want to buy a home and start a family together. It is better to go into your new life together with as little of debt as possible. Couples don’t fight when they have money in the bank. Plain and simple debt destroys relationships.
Deciding On Your Vintage Wedding Venues
Wedding venues of all types can be broken down into two parts. The wedding ceremony venue and the wedding reception venue. Although they can be at the same location they can also be at two different locations. I guess as a couple you are probably going to want to ask yourselves if you want to get married locally or would you like to have a destination wedding?
For those of you planning a vintage wedding a local wedding may be more applicable to your theme. Having your wedding locally gives you a bit of a home field advantage and time to scout the perfect locations. For those of you planning on getting married in a church well it is an easy decision. Stay in your local church and community. You will be married by someone you know and also trust.
Destination weddings on the other hand typically take on more of a beach wedding style because the majority of couples travel to the sun and sand for them. If you are looking to elope and want to keep to your vintage theme Las Vegas might be the perfect destination for your wedding. The flights and accommodation are really quiet reasonable for both yourselves and your guests and Vegas is the wedding capital of the world. So you are sure to find not only a wedding package that fits your budget but also your vintage wedding theme.
Sending Out Your Vintage Wedding Invitations
After you have completed your guest’s lists and have chosen your venues you will probably want to send out your wedding invitations to give your guests as much time as possible to get ready for your wedding. Most people would be surprised to know just how much it costs all of your guests to attend your wedding. It is probably on par with what you are actually going to spend on your wedding. Your guests have to buy clothes, travel to your wedding, and also get you a gift. It adds up especially when people are having to travel great distances just to attend your wedding.
With your vintage wedding it invitations it is almost impossible to buy authentic wedding invitations. You probably can’t reuse someone else’s old invitations and if you could paper does not hold up very well over the years. You are going to have to buy modern wedding invitations with a traditional vintage flare.
Types Of Vintage Wedding Invitations You May Need To Buy For Wedding
Engagement Party Invitations – Engagement parties are a great way to bring both of your families and friends together to meet and celebrate your new engagement.
Wedding Save The Dates – Are a great way to announce the date of your wedding and also let your guests know they made the cut on your vintage wedding guest list.
Wedding R.S.V.Ps – Are sent to your guests with your wedding invitations. They are cards that contain details of your wedding and also allow your guests to formally accept or decline your wedding invite.
Wedding Invitations – Are the formal invitation you send to your guests inviting them to your wedding. It finalizes the dates, times, and venues.
Shopping For Vintage Wedding Clothing, Decorations, and Favors
One of the best parts of planning a wedding is shopping for it. The key to finding great vintage is to give yourself a lot of time. Unlike shopping for your traditional white wedding, quality vintage items can be a bit more of a challenge to find. Especially when you want them matching to your theme of wedding. Although it is a challenge it is a fun one that becomes very rewarding when you see your beautiful wedding come.
Like we said earlier it is very important to keep to your wedding budget. Staying on budget will help to keep your stress to a minimum. It is better to know what you can afford up front and follow it through than it is to spend now and try and figure out how to pay for the wedding later.
Vintage Wedding Clothing For The Wedding Party
As all eyes are on the bride it is best to start shopping around her style of dress for the wedding. Both online and local boutiques have a large selection of vintage wedding dresses and bridal accessories. Its best to start your search online first and get a decent feel for how much the dress should cost and what type of options you have available to you. The world of wedding dresses is a vast one full of different colors, styles, and materials. Although it can be stressful it doesn’t have to be. A time honored tradition for new brides to be is to get together with their wedding parties and hit the town for a day of dress shopping. Even if you decide to buy your dress online make sure you don’t skip this step. You will never know what you will find in a local boutique and it’s all about the experience.
After you have chosen your dress you will have a better idea of how to accessorize it. There are two trains of thought when it comes to accessorizing a wedding dress. The thoughts are a lot of small details add to the overall look and also less is always more.
Some of the essentials to every brides outfit are below.
- A Wedding Veil
- Bridal Purse
- A Brides Wedding Shoes
- A Wedding Bouquet
- A Wedding Garter Belt
And don’t forget to have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
After you have picked your dress you can now begin planning the look of the wedding party. Your bridesmaids should be dressed also in the vintage theme and the color and style of dresses should complement your wedding style. The groom and groomsmen will probably be decked out in some of the finest tuxes you can rent. Although the tuxes will be rented they come in a variety of colors and styles perfect for a vintage wedding. Suits are also an option for the guys. Try to match colors the best you can and also match the color of ties.
Shopping For Classic Wedding Decorations
The size of your wedding venues will really dictate the number of wedding decorations you will need. Although you may be able to re-use some from your wedding ceremony to your wedding reception plan to buy some specifically for both numbers.
If you are luck vintage wedding decorations are abundant online. Vintage weddings I wouldn’t say are trendy in the wedding market but they are a staple. A lot of people want a traditional white wedding when they get married. A white dress, possibly a church, and traditional decorations.
Timeless Wedding Favors
Wedding favors are a great way to thank your guests for attending your wedding. Like yourselves most of your guests will spend a considerable amount of time and money to attend your vintage wedding. Wedding favors are small tokens of your appreciation and you can buy them for any theme of wedding you can imagine. They
Now hopefully you have a grasp on some of the basics of planning a vintage wedding. Hopefully all that is left now is for you two to walk down that aisle and say your “I dos”. Congratulations and best of luck to you as Husband and Wife.