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Tips for Planning a Vintage Wedding

If you’d like to have a memorable wedding and are planning on going vintage, you should decide if you’d like it fully vintage or just sprinkled with bits and pieces from the past. The idea here is to plan and plan well.

To begin, you can consider these tips:

Time Period
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Each era is made unique by certain details: the 20s have their fearless spirit and Hollywood parties and sophisticated banquets. The 60s were defined by perfect feminine dresses as Audrey Hepburn’s Christian Dior; while the 70s were more of a very disco or very hippie period. Vintage means antique and from different eras, which indicates that a vintage wedding needs to be simple and random, so as to prevent it from being overbearing or out of context.
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Photography

The type of photography you choose for your wedding may also be vintage style. For instance, in the 50s, the happy family portrait was a norm – very traditional, colorful and sharp; the 70s, however, had a particular blur and pastel hints, plus lots of sun and warmth. Talk to your photographer and discuss scenarios where the occasion can be photographed based on the era that you have picked as a wedding theme.

Details

When it comes to vintage weddings, always remember that it’s the details that make the difference. For example, for a 50s wedding, playing Frank Sinatra in the background couldn’t be better. In terms of invitations, maybe you can insert a bride-and-groom photograph with that era as a theme, or use old postcards from that period (if you can find any, that is). You can even take these details forward by requesting your guests to come to your wedding dressed for the theme you want.

Venue

The wedding venue must also be in line with the vintage period that you have selected for your theme. For instance, a country house with a vibrant green garden will be just perfect for a wedding set in the 50s. Or if you’re more a fan of the 20s, the best location would probably be a mansion from that very era. If that’s not quite possible, at least look for something that was designed to mimic the architecture of that glorious decade.

Wedding Dress and Suit

Certainly, the bride’s dress has to be characteristically vintage. A 50s wedding dress would be knee-length and full-skirt, complemented by a birdcage veil and a tiny bouquet. Knee-length and full-skirt are very 50s, along with that famous birdcage veil and small bouquet. For the groom’s suit, New York businessman style is just about the best model. Or check out the Mad Men series where you can some great inspiration. Pulling off a vintage wedding is a big challenge, but with both the bride and groom sold to the idea, it can be done successfully. Of course, it always helps to hire a professional.