Vintage inspired weddings are really popular these days. Take your favorite time period, absorb its unique style and flair, and use it as the basis to plan a really spectacular wedding. These are some ways to use your vintage inspirations to create a wedding that will be unforgettable.
Attire. If there is one thing that instantly evokes a specific era, it is its clothing. The entire bridal party should definitely dress in wedding attire which is inspired by the theme era. Having a 1950s style celebration? A strapless gown with a full tulle skirt and pearl bridal jewelry will conjure up the perfect style. It is not only the bridal style which should suit the vintage time period; the bridesmaids will look darling in pink strapless tea length gowns with classic pearl jewelry for the ’50s wedding. For a Roaring ’20s wedding, beaded chiffon dresses would be perfect, or choose a silky bias cut dress for a 1930s Old Hollywood affair.
Flowers. It many not be as obvious as attire, but every time period definitely had its own signature flowers as well. If you love the romance of the Victorian era, pick your bouquet based on the Victorian language of flowers. The bride who loves the ’50s can carry orchids or roses, while sleek calla lilies will suit a 1930s glamor bride. Select time period appropriate vessels for the centerpieces to really cement the effect.
Invitations. Did you know that fonts go in and out of style, just like any other fashion? The sleek Art Deco lettering of the Jazz Age would be perfect for your 1920s inspired cocktail party wedding reception. A very ornate calligraphy will set the tone for a Victorian wedding. If you love the 1960s, check out some of the groovy wavy psychedelic fonts of the era. How cool would it be to design invitations that look like a colorful poster advertising a band? For a ’50s style wedding, by contrast, stick with classic black engraving on white or cream paper.
Cake. This is a key element of any wedding, so be sure that your wedding cake really brings home the theme of your vintage wedding. A great way to make your cake fit the era is to find a vintage cake topper. There are many available, dating back to around the 1920s. You can either choose to design your cake to look very much like one from the era (the classic white buttercream cake of the 1950s), or create a cake which is inspired by the style of the time period, but does not replicate an original, such as an ice blue and silver cake designed to look like an Art Deco skyscraper for a ’20s theme wedding.
Drinks. Every era had their own special style of entertaining, and this is a fantastic way to make your guests feel like they have been transported to your favorite time period. Serve Manhattans and Martinis for a 1950s wedding reception or Sidecars to evoke the feeling of a speakeasy. Signature drinks made with rum or brandy would be perfect for a 1940s inspired affair, or break out the vodka for popular drinks of the ’60s such as Screwdrivers and Vodka Gimlets. And of course, Champagne is always in style for a wedding in any era. Happy planning!