Monday, July 25, 2011

Vintage Is The New Black!

Vintage is alive and kicking when it comes to weddings these days. Why? Well, my theory is that the economic hardships that many people are experiencing are causing them to really buckle down on their wedding expenses. Before, brides were buying or renting everything full price, but now that many have to watch their costs, they are beginning to incorporate more do it yourself (DIY) projects. Many times, DIY and vintage go hand in hand. For instance, it is easy and inexpensive for a bride to go antiquing to find her wedding decor. She may search for old windows and doors that can be painted and used as reception decor. Also, another popular item to find and use as a unique wedding decoration, is a birdcage.

Vintage has also made a comeback with wedding dresses. Elements of lace, slimmer silhouettes, shorter trains and bird cage veils are all popular amongst brides. Having a vintage-themed wedding allows the couple to be individual and creative because there are a number of different vintage eras that can be chosen. The most popular styles that we are seeing are from the Romantic eras because of the elegance and class. Brides are also very into the retro style from the 1940's and 1950's. Many times, these retro brides wear a tea length wedding dress with red lips and a bird cage veil. Vintage conveys fond memories of the past and a little piece of history to every wedding, no matter what the time period. It is perfect for those couples who want to integrate their personalities and their history into their wedding day. Plus, your vintage details will be sure to awe the guests and make your special day memorable. 

 Here are some examples of vintage weddings
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The picture above is a vintage bride with a tea length dress on. You can see the lace sleeves, detailing of the veil and the pearl necklace also add to the vintage flair.
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Here we can see that an old suitcase that can be found very easily at a thrift or antique store, has been turned into the card area. The table runner in the suitcase and the table cloth both have a vintage feel and the flowers really bring the look together.
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This is the classic vintage wedding gown look for many brides. The bride has a smile off-white dress, which was very popular in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as a mid-length veil. Each bridesmaid has an earthy tone, which is also an element of vintage. The bride looks similar to a Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn bride.
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This bride is wearing the typical bird cage veil. Many times, bird cage veils come with some small detailing like the white flower and leaf in this particular picture. Feathers are also a common detail on these veils. The bride, as you can see, has very minimal eye makeup on; however, her red lips really make her face pop.
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  A table center piece common use for a vintage bird cage. You can use a variety of cages to make each table unique. Also, instead of using flowers, the bird cages can be filled with candles or pictures of the couple. They can also be used as a place to put cards.
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The fabric strips in the background have been a growing trend for weddings. They are great as a background for the ceremony, a picture area or for the cake table (like this picture).The mismatch candle holder and vase are great details, along with the antique tray and lace table runner. They are all perfect for a romantic period wedding. 
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This reception table is great because of the small details. First, the mismatched chairs are really fun and really bring the entire setting together. The small details such as the candler holders, small suitcase, vintage cameras and flowers will keep your guests interested all day long.
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This DIY chandelier is great for elegant garden weddings. It is very inexpensive to make and they add a nice rustic, yet classic touch to the decor.
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This is by far one of my favorite pieces I've seen. The frame can be found at a second hand store. A small bulletin board can be covered with fabric and then attached to the frame. They keys are a perfect wedding favor and table placement.
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Here is an example of some great vintage rustic wedding invitations. it is important for the invitations to match the overall style of the wedding and I think these would work well with a rustic wedding.
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Here is another example of a DIY project that is easy to make. All you have to do is connect some chicken wire to on old window frame. The wooden letters can be found in stores such as Micheal's or Walmart and can be painted to go with the wedding theme.
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This last picture is an example of a vintage save the date. The graphic is simple enough that it won't be expensive to print; however, the style of it will make guests curious about what the wedding will look like.




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2 comments:

  1. If I could do it all over again I would be all over the vintage look for my wedding!

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  2. This is interesting analysis about vintage wedding decorations . i really like it.vintage wedding decorations

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