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Saturday, January 16, 2010

What is a Vintage Wedding?


Ok so I have many brides saying they want a vintage styled wedding but what does this really mean?

When approaching your wedding design much thought needs to be given to exactly what vintage means to you, this will certainly help your wedding stylist/planner pull together elements for your wedding to be in theme, from the initial save the date cards, to the design, decoration, music and cars.

The past century has been a wild ride with changes in every decade.

Starting with the Victorian era, garden tea party style, lace, parasols, big blooms, peonies, large tea roses, cameos, delicate crystal and pearl details and vintage look invitations are all definitely the key for this era.

Then we hit the roaring 20's, The Great Gatsby, sleek satin dresses, headbands, feathers, long pearl necklaces and of course speakeasies, champagne fountains, teacups, and Charleston.

The Art Deco 30's and Big Band 40's styles, Hollywood Glamour, long sleek dresses with shoulder pads, hats with small veils, newspapers, letters and bunting all evocative of the wartime glamour.

Then we move onto the more funky, retro style from the 50's and 60's Audrey Hepburn, beehives, rock and roll, jiving, big skirts and pumps, retro candy and cinemas. Funky floral fabrics Cath Kidston style, cherries, homemade lemonades and ginger beers, alcopops


Finishing off the list of decades for vintage wedding trends is the hippy chick flower power, from the late 60's and 70's, Mamma Mia style weddings with long floating dresses, loose hair styles decorated with flowers, beach sandals, camper vans, peace and love, flower fairies and of course plenty of ribbons.


This currently is where is stops, we have not been asked to do the late seventies disco or the big shoulder pads of the 80's along with Filofax favours as yet! I have no doubt this time next year I will be designing white flares, medallions, disco balls, and listening to the Bee Gees, who I love in anycase!

1 comment:

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hi there Laura
Beautiful posts, all of these. I love the mood boards for the decades, I am lusting after the mercury glass tealight holder and just like you I adore big over-the-top paeonies!!!
I hope all is going well leading up to the opening of the shop - sending lots of positive vibes :-)
Denise x