How To Create A Vintage Wedding Theme

May 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Vintage

One of the hot trends for weddings in 2011 is vintage or retro-inspired with a modern twist.   If you choose one of these oh-so-stylish options, you can carry it off through a variety of means:

  • The style of clothing
  • The flowers
  • The colour scheme
  • The mode of transportation chosen
  • The reception
  • The style of invitations/guestbook
  • Wedding cake
  • Favours

The Dress

Think sophisticated and delicate, with vintage lace, pearls, kitten heels and cap sleeves.  Pretty pastels and bows, patterns and beautiful textures are the marker of a vintage theme.  This year’s hot trend in dress styles is the Princess Style (or A line style) which manifests in two key wedding dress trends – the mermaid-like trumpet dress and the short princess wedding gown which fit in with the 1950s vibe which is so fashionable this year.

If you let your guests know the theme (always a good idea!) they too can dress accordingly.  There are lots of vintage options on the high street this year and it means that those on a budget can have great fun trawling for genuine vintage clothing.


The birdcage veil is another retro look but it is less popular this year than last year.   Taking its place, accessories such as handmade wedding tiaras, vintage headbands, vintage combs, and jewellery -necklaces, bracelets and earrings – adorned with rhinestones, feathers and flowers are increasingly popular ways to get that vintage look.


To achieve the look, use a traditional flower, likely in a posy or a shower style in soft pastels.  To add a contemporary feel, team it with an undertone of greys or silvers in your wedding flowers. Greens, cream and burnt red would also work well for a vintage look.   You should aim to choose washed out colours for that aged look or navy with other blues, especially royal blue, or with violet,  yellow or platinum silver. There are many ways to achieve this elegant nostalgic look.


If you want to stick to the timeless, romantic choice for your wedding, there are many spectacular white and champagne-coloured wedding dresses. Other key colour trends for the vintage look include creams, navy, sage greens and deep plums. To get this season’s look, add modern twist by teaming it up with a brighter colour:  pair navy with yellow, cream with a bright green or blue and plums with deep blues.


Making sure your guests know the theme is important.  The style of ‘save the dates’, invitations and guestbooks should be in keeping with the time period, using fashionable designs – Art Deco, Art Nouveau, 60s style… there are many choices for font style, paper choice and binding that would add to the desired theme.    You might want to consider styling it out in the other details of the reception: antique vintage napkin rings, crockery styles, toasting flutes and cake servers.

The Car and the Location

The mode of transportation chosen should be appropriate to the time period – a vintage Rolls Royce for example or a horse and carriage would evoke that ever important theme.  It’s important to arrive to your big day in style!  It is likely that, for a vintage themed wedding, you’ll be on your way to a church and then on to a reception location likely to  be a natural settings, including outdoor and back garden weddings or church halls.

The Cake

The wedding cake will be traditional royal iced fruitcake which will demonstrate this year’s trend for lace through hand piped icing.  Cakes with sugarcraft roses in subtle colours are a great way to compliment the vintage look.


Ideas could include:

o   Tea cup wedding favours – looking elegant and classic on the tables of the guests. They can also serve as holders for the place cards.

o   Mini Chair Place Cards Favours, a great choice for a couple searching for vintage wedding reception favours. Aside from holding cards, these cute vintage chairs can also be used to display a photo, hold a note, or etc.

o   Origami created from vintage paper, newspaper, or even wrapping paper that has a vintage print – origami boxes that can hold edible favours like chocolates, mints, or almonds. They can also be a part of table decorations.

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