Planning your wedding, but want to make sure it has a uniquely vintage feel? We’ve come up with ten wonderful ways you can add just a touch of vintage elegance to your day – or combine them all to create a fully vintage experience for you and your guests!
1. The Vintage Wedding Dress
Of course, the first and foremost way to vintage up your wedding is to wear a vintage wedding dress. These are not nearly as hard to come by as you might think; we have a large collection of them in our Teddington shop spanning all eras and styles, from elegant 1920s/30s bias cut gowns to 1950s prom style dresses to classically cut 1960s/70s shifts. A vintage gown adds an elegance and a history to your wedding day that you just won’t get with a modern dress. Browse our online selection or make an appointment to visit our Teddington shop (e-mail email@example.com or call 0208 943 2432) to see our full collection in person (we have an in house seamstress who can help with any alterations).
If you want to go all out with your vintage theme, you could invite your guests to dress in the fashions of a certain decade too!
2. A Silver Sixpence
Most people know the classic wedding rhyme about lucky clothes and jewellery for the bride: ‘something old. something new, something borrowed, something blue’. But, we tend to forget the next bit: ‘A silver sixpence in her shoe.’ The tradition was for the bride to walk down the aisle with a sixpence in her left shoe to bring luck and prosperity to the marriage. If you want to go full vintage with your wedding, hunt down an old sixpence piece! Tip: to keep it from rolling around in your shoe, or escaping completely, stick it to the inside of your shoe with a piece of tape.
3. Vintage Headwear
A true vintage bride would never walk down the aisle without the appropriate headwear! Different eras favoured different styles of wedding hats and hair accessories, but we have them all at our Teddington shop, so whether you’re looking for a delicate 1920s wax flower crown, a 1950s diamante tiara, or a classic 1960s pillbox hat, we’re sure to have the perfect thing for you. See a selection online, or drop into our shop to take a look for yourself.
4. Vintage China Centrepieces
Create your own cute vintage centrepieces by filling vintage china with flowers. There are companies who will hire you china for the day, but it’s much more fun to collect your own. Our favourite idea is to find a different style of vintage teapot for each table, and stuff them with blooms!
5. Vintage Fur
Vintage fur can be a wonderful wedding accessory, particularly if you’re having an autumn or winter wedding. Not only does it make you look like the epitome of vintage glamour, a fur cape or stole can do a great job of keeping you warm if your dress has short sleeves or a low back. You can also add fur to your ensemble in a more subtle way by carrying a muff to warm your hands in; the above 1950s white fur muff is a lovely example.
6. A Vintage Car (or Carriage!)
Add some vintage class to your arrival at the ceremony or the reception by traveling in a classic car, or even a carriage. It’ll be great fun for you and your partner, and you are guaranteed to make a memorable entrance!
A wonderfully elegant way to add a vintage touch to your wedding is through lighting. Once the day turns into night, why not give your reception a romantic old world glow by using candles to light the room? Reminder: make sure to clear this with your venue first to stay within safety regulations!
8. Polaroid Cameras
Buy some cheap polaroid cameras, stock them up with film, and leave them on the tables for your guests to take their own photos. Have a vintage trunk or vanity case put to one side for guests to add their photos to throughout the day, and these can then form a fun, quirky record of your wedding.
9. A Vintage Brooch Bouquet
Make sure your bridal bouquet is a showstopper by having one made entirely out of vintage brooches! You can buy these readymade, or make certain that it’s unique to you by making it yourself (or with your bridesmaids). First browse our (very large!) vintage brooch collection for inspiration, then take a look at this great tutorial. If you’ve got your heart set on carrying real flowers, then why not wrap a ribbon around your bouquet and pin one or two brooches onto that? Tip: antique cameos work really well for this.
For jewellery special enough to wear on your wedding day, you really can’t go wrong with vintage. Adding a few well chosen vintage pieces to your outfit can create a unique and memorable look that will remain timeless in the photographs of your day. Take a look at our specially selected wedding jewellery to find beautiful examples of vintage diamante and pearl accessories.