What is a Vintage Wedding?

What is a Vintage Wedding?

The word vintage is used to describe a certain style, and one which conjures images of anything from the glitzy, sparkly, romantic Hollywood glamour of Jean Harlow and other lovelies in the fabulous 1930’s movies, to the more down to earth village hall and bunting make do and mend, with tea being poured from a big Brown Betty (a giant earthenware teapot).


Everything from your wedding dress, veil and shoes, flowers, bridesmaids’ outfits, table decorations and even your wedding cake can all be vintage style, and the use of vintage china hire can bring a dramatic vintage look to your wedding day.  It is perfectly acceptable to wear your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress and to purchase an antique headdress for your veil.


One of the main reasons I love vintage so much is that it can be quite individual and for me, wishing to create my own style, I know that choosing vintage means there probably isn’t another frock, hat or brooch similar.


If you are going for a high glam Hollywood look for your wedding, the reception can easily be decorated with magnificent silver candelabra, pretty lace table cloths and silver teapots and cake stands for an elegant afternoon tea in true vintage style. In the background you can have chamber music, gentle Baroque Music or a small orchestra playing 1920’s and 30’s hits.


In the evening you can still moderately keep the vintage theme by having a buffet or spit roast as your party kicks in to the thundering sound of the DJ playing retro 70’s and 80’s pop hits, which of course are in keeping with the word “vintage”.


You can find vintage inspiration from glossy books depicting Hollywood glamour and you can also attend the myriad of Vintage Wedding Fairs that are now being held regularly up and down the country.


I love vintage fairs and a favourite is The Dairy House Antiques. They are holding their 2nd annual Vintage Costume and Textile Fair on 10th April.


This would be a great place to pick up some lovely old lace or even a beautiful wedding dress. I got my wedding dress from The Chelsea Antiques Emporium which used to be on Kings Road. I got married in 1976 and my mother and I finally agreed on this dress. It was a cream lace and silk satin Edwardian wedding dress which had a flimsy lace high waisted bodice, a skirt with several petticoats that came to the ankles and I tied an oyster pink satin sash in a bow. I hired a pair of Edwardian cream lace up boots from a theatrical costumier and gathered flowers for my bouquet from the garden on the morning of my wedding.


Article by Amanda Baird of The Utterly Sexy Café

Image from Flickr by Jenlynnephoto


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