Vintage Themed Wedding –the Basics of Planning
The golden era was the birthplace of grand romantic gestures, sharp well-fitted suits, flowing extravagant gowns, voluminous waves and frankly, unrealistic expectations. It embodied charm, elegance, class and most importantly romance. The romanticism is enough to whisk you off into another alternate universe and make you swoon in awe. If you have spent your years ogling over the timeless classics of Hollywood and dreaming of Cary Grant sweeping you off of your feet on the top of the Empire State building, then having a vintage themed wedding is your calling. It will add the perfect hint of nostalgia to your celebration whilst giving it a unique touch away from the usual, repetitive arrangement.
Some might be worried, isn’t the theme too restricting? You are in luck because there is an entire of a sea of possibilities that you can experiment with. From wedding dresses and fashion to the interior décor, food, and drinks, you will find yourself with countless options to ponder over. To add your own exclusive and contemporary touch to things, you can always customize them whilst seeking inspiration from the classics.
So, where to start? Choose your favorite era of the past. Seek inspiration from your favorite movies, books, or your grandparent’s wedding photographs or nuptials, anything that gets the creative juices flowing. Immerse yourself in the grandeur and magnificence of the past, envision your wedding in your head and start planning. Here are some basics to help you out.
Venue Choice and Décor
Finding the perfect venue will determine the general vintage vibes in your wedding. It depends heavily on what era you plan on going for the theme. List your possibilities in accordance, for example, if you wish to have a Gatsby-themed celebration with all the 1920’s glory, a ballroom would be a perfect choice.
For a more intimate setting, country houses with an exquisite garden or a barn will be the best canvas for the wedding planner to paint on. If you wish to keep the course of things more traditional, you can always go for a church ceremony. For those amongst us who want a beautiful modern touch to the vintage splendor, you can opt for a vineyard, a vintage mansion’s long lawn, or a hotel and then customize your décor with the help of your planner.
Your décor can make or break the theme. Pay special attention to details such as color scheme, fabric choice, and lighting. Vibrant, spunky colors are more peculiar to the late 50’s and 60’s whereas, the muted pastels are more modern. The fabric is particularly important as lace and silk dominated in the past. Incorporate these into your décor in accordance with the venue and general setting. For lighting, chandeliers and candles and lamps are your most obvious choices. Candles in antique holders or glass jars look absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Play with them and find your perfect setting.
The Bridal Gown and the Groom’s Suit
The search for a dress or a suit can get difficult if you are looking at bridal stores that normally focus on contemporary designs. Thanks to independent businesses, you can now find designers online who specialize in vintage dresses or are willing to make you a custom dress.
For men, you can always get a tailored, well-fitted suit to compliment the theme. Set up appointments and discuss your ideas with them and what they might be able to help you out with. If you wish to don a family heirloom like your mother’s or your grandmother’s wedding dress, there truly is nothing better. Try adding your unique touch to it if you wish by making small additions with detailing. It is your wedding and you deserve to wear what you want and look your absolute best.
Accessories, Hair, and Makeup
You couldn’t find a classic gown and you just cannot take your eyes off this contemporary number, then just accessorize. Accessorizing appropriately can switch your look up without too much effort. A string of pearls is your safest option if you are feeling clueless. As Jackie Kennedy aptly quotes, “Pearls are always appropriate.” Try out hairpieces or a birdcage veil for some added glamour to your vintage look. Perhaps a crown or a tiara fit for a queen and suspenders for your beau. Another gorgeous addition can be a beautiful cascading bouquet with pastel colored flowers to bring the whole look together.
Vintage just reminds me of impeccably styled hair and flawless outfits. Slick, gelled back side parts were the staple for men. They were clean, sexy and polished. As for women, it was all about the volume and drama. Perfect set waves with beautiful side parts were legendary. In addition to that, the makeup was minimal yet very statement. They were not afraid to rock a bold lip. A classic red bold lip, thick winged eyeliner, and beautiful waves, paint a picture in your mind, yet? It’s simple yet iconic. For those who want to keep things less daring, go for something softer like monochromes and pastels.
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Dressing For A Vintage Themed Wedding
Don’t leave out your girlfriends and best mates from all the fun. For the ladies, you can find a wide array of designs to fit the retro glam theme. Play with flares, lace, chiffon, ruffles, sequins, beads, etc. The world is your oyster. Instead of picking out the same outfit for every bridesmaid, you can opt for a variety. Different dresses with similar cuts and designs, in the same color scheme to match the theme, can add a fun twist to the usual monotonous same dress policy. Accessorize your favorite ladies with beads, pearls, chunky bracelets or statement headbands to complete the look.
Men are often left out in this entire montage. With all the chaos of finding the perfect dress for the bride and the dresses for her bridesmaids, I’m sure the groomsmen must be feeling a little neglected. They key is to find something that fits the theme and allows the groom and the groomsmen to reflect their personal styles. Mismatched suits for the groom and the groomsmen, waistcoats, tweed suits, braces, and suspenders are your basic starter’s guide. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to have a little fun with bold colors or prints for that matter. Let your personality shine through your style. Also, a color and print variety means everyone gets to wear what they please. Everyone’s happy they attended your vintage themed wedding.
Vintage Themed Wedding Menus and Table Settings
It’s not a vintage wedding if you are not incorporating any inspiration into your menu. Do some research on the most popular drinks of the era and make sure to add those on your specials list for the big day, the more the better.
The naked cake makes a true vintage style so it’s surely a yes for your Wedding cake! As for the food, discuss your ideas with your caterer about details such as food presentation or innovative ideas to make it more era-appropriate. The fusion menu inspired from early and mid 19th century with a touché of modern twist would create splendor for your guests.
Menu recommendations For Your Vintage Themed Wedding:
Main course: Coronation Chicken, Pie and mash, herbed rice pillaf
Dessert Advice: Puffy Buttermilk scones, chiffon or lemon drizzle cake, or strawberry short cakes.
Appetizers: farmhouse fruit cakes, flapjacks, Stuffed eggs, mini hot dogs or mini burgers.
Drink Choices: ginger bear, tea, sassy fruit punch cocktails.
You want your guests to be transported to the past. Try finding recipes from the era and sit down with your caterer to discuss the possibility of him recreating some of them. A better option would be finding old family recipes and simply recreating those with a contemporary culinary twist. For small intimate events, many times the family decides to prepare the wedding feast themselves.
Vintage Themed Wedding Favors
Wedding favors have gained some popularity over the years. It is a token of appreciation for attending their celebration and a small reminder of your wedding festivities. Couples often invest a lot of time and thought into how to make their big day memorable through wedding giveaways. For a vintage themed wedding, you can let all your creative juices flowing because the options are endless. Little personalized jars filled with old-fashioned candy is a great hit with children. As for the adults, scented candles are a great idea in vintage teacups. You can go for something homely like your grandmother’s famous jam in jam jars with a personalized note attached. For those who wish to be more extravagant, try a perfume or other bathroom essentials like oils and soap bars, wrapped in lace or ribbon. There are quite literally thousands of different ideas online. Pick your favorite and give your guests a cute parting gift.
The romanticism, drama, and charm of the past encapsulate your mind and transport you to a time when things were easier and simpler –this is what a vintage themed wedding is all about. It was a time of immaculately dressed individuals with flawless hair, a glamorous, yet minimalistic approach towards life. There was splendor, celebration, and peace. Your wedding should be the biggest day of your life. It is the day you say yes to your one true love and watch your dreams become a reality. From the moment you walk down the aisle to the moment you and your beloved share your first dance, it should all be how you imagined. If you imagined yourself in the 1950’s in a beautiful lace gown, a crown on your head with your man waiting for you like he just walked out of a Hollywood classic, then so be it. It is your day. Take your guests on a journey, give yourself and them the full experience and most importantly, have fun on the day you commemorate your love.