The Vintage Wedding Look

Choosing your theme

Deciding on your theme is probably one of the first things you should do, as everything else - your venue, your dress, your flowers - will need to fit in. For me, it was easy. My wedding date was October 30th, and I knew I wanted an autumnal wedding, with pumpkins, leaves, pine cones and rustic decor, in a venue with wooden floors and exposed beams and open fires. However, there are a HUGE range of wedding looks and settling on one can be tricky.

The key is to pick something you are happy with and which reflects your own style, personality and things that you love. Look around your own home for inspiration - what colours are you drawn to when you decorate? What sort of accessories do you choose? I am mad on hearts and candles, so these played a huge part in my wedding day!


You may already have an exact idea in mind, or you may be spending hours on Pinterest looking for inspiration. If you are still unsure, I hope this blog post, focusing on Vintage Weddings, will help!



The vintage themed wedding is hugely popular and works very well with weddings. I love this theme, as if you're a crafty type, it is a great way to save money, as homemade decorations and finishing touches fit in perfectly!





Pretty bunting at a vintage wedding

This beautiful blue and white dining room in the East Cliff Cottage Hotel lends itself perfectly to a vintage wedding. We added our floral bunting, which works so well with the decor.








Wildflowers in jam jars or glass bottles dressed with lace work beautifully at a vintage wedding. Get your friends and family saving you their jars or alternatively, buy some that have already been made, such as these. Pastel colours work perfectly as vintage wedding deocr, and these jarshave "vintage wedding" written all over them! Save money by visiting a wholesale florist and ask your venue decorator to arrange the flowers in vases, such as those pictured, which I arranged for a wedding at Uplyme Village Hall.









Bring vintage to your tables with pretty mismatched crockery, set upon lace table runners. Add handmade place settings and your jars of flowers, and voila! Vintage wedding styling is a doddle!







The thing I love most about vintage weddings is just how pretty they are. Take our birdcages for instance. Simply draped with a string of pearls, with foam roses and fabric daisies added, they make beautiful centrepieces when filled with flowers or candle jars. Our delicate white wooden love hearts add the finishing touches to a chiavari chair wrapped in a lace sash. And our hand decorated love signs, finished in antique white chalk paint, with irridescent pink daisies and a pink rose ribbon trim, are perfect as a top table decoration and can be hung on the wall at home as a wedding keepsake.










When it comes to what to do with your wedding cards, I have a few favourites for vintage themed weddings.




Our lockable wedding post box has been decorated with antique white chalk paint, vintage print paper and a cream lace trim. It brings a vintage elegance to your wedding and will make sure your cards don't go missing!


Hire our vintage suitcase for your guests to fill with cards and presents! In cream leather with a vintage print lining, it will stand out on your present table!


Or maybe you would prefer a whitewashed crate, decorated with vintage hearts and bunting?



Alternatively, a white wooden postbox such as this one, available for hire from Love By Design Weddings, can be dressed with flowers to match your overall colour scheme.












And let's not forget props! How about hiring a vintage ladder to display photos, jars, seating plans or lanterns?



Vintage weddings tend to sit better in rustic venues, especially those with original features like beams, fireplaces and exposed floorboards. Barns are very popular but village halls are a cost effective alternative. With some clever draping, walls can be concealed and with fairy lights behind the voile, your wedding day will really sparkle!


I hope my blog has given you some ideas for your own vintage themed wedding.


Credit to Samantha Tyers of S&S Photography and David Hammond Wedding Photography for some of the images. All other images are by Love By Design Weddings.