Post # 1
I’m hoping to have a vintage theme wedding. Our ceremony is outside on the beach but the reception is at a cute little restaurant in their outdoor courtyard. I have seen many over the top sites for the vintage theme but wanted to see real vintage theme weddings or what ideas do other brides have for centerpieces, escort cards, decor etc.
Post # 3
centerpieces – old bottles and jars with candles and flowers, maybe lace wrapped around some.
Post # 4
I was thinking about putting flowers in vintage silver teapots.
Post # 5
@Peony007: That’s exactly what we did!
So on the left is how we used them at the wedding, the right is how I reused them for a shower I threw for a friend, just to give you an idea of how you can add some height if you wanted to. At the wedding, we used barnboard as table runners.
I wrapped votives in lace and put them on the tables (and in this rock firepit we had to deal with, long story).
We also filled the little sugar/creamer pots with baby’s breath as accents (DIY’ed this and saved about $400 at the florist).
We used woven suitcases for our flip flops and pashminas for our guests, and I made our cardbox out of them:
(sorry for the non-pro photo here)
I found this vintage cake topper at a thrift shop:
Striped paper straws and my favourite specialty soda:
Our tent with white lanterns and white linens. We kept things fairly simple and let our venue do a lot of the talking with the stone walls.
Sorry for the tons of photos!! LOL!
Post # 6
@bakerella I love the picures, thank you. I am also having an outdoor reception with beautiful stone walls and didn’t want to overkill the tables so the natural beauty of the courtyard was overlooked. I’d love to see more pics of the table I like the idea of the barnboard, but where do you find all this stuff? I can’t seem to find anything really unique am I missing something here in the DIY department 🙂
Post # 7
@Happy7: Unfortunately I don’t have tons of photos of my tables (grrrrrrrr that’s the one thing I’m so disappointed with!) but I’ll comb through my guest photos and see what I can dig up for you. Some of my recaps might help though:
Bakerella’s pro photos – Getting the tent set up – Very photo heavy!!
Bakerella’s pro photos – Our first look
Bakerella’s pro photos – The ceremony
Bakerella’s pro photos – The cocktail hour
Bakerella’s pro pics – The reception
Bakerella’s pro photos – Details details details
Bakerella’s pro pics – The late night buffet & some dancin!
For the barn board, it was really expensive to source, so we ended up… Umm…. liberating some from an abandoned farm…… LOL! Not illegal at all I swear 😉 The teapots, sugar bowls and creamers I bought from thrift shops and on Craigslist over the course of about 6 months. Thrift shops were a better source for me, but I had to switch up where I was buying them because I swear after a couple months they were on to me and started raising their prices. I had a limit of $10/teapot. I broke the rule on a couple that were really gorgeous, but I rationalized that it balanced out with the ones that I got for couple dollars. Garage sales are also great if you’re an early riser 🙂
Honestly, the majority of what I found was from thrift shops. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. the “U plus me equals 2” is kids wooden building blocks I glued together, and the “love” is from a kids abacus that I dismantled. I DIYed the banners for our 1973 Winnebago (by far our largest vintage piece 😉 ).
Like you said, I really wanted to let the architecture of our site speak for itself, so I didn’t want to compete with anything. I kept the flowers and linens on a really neutral palette with lots of whites and creams. I brought in tiny pops of colour with our favour jars (homemade caramel) and accents in the stationery.
Post # 8
@bakerella– thank you! I gotta admit I’m over here with a little bit of envy. Your wedding looks beautiful. I really hope everything comes together for us so nicely.
Post # 9
@Happy7: Aww thanks! Halfway through I had a lot of doubt because everything was so piecemeal and it was hard to put it all together in my head, but personally, I found half of the fun was in being ecclectic and not worrying so much about how matchy-matchy it all was. I didn’t have “wedding colours” or a theme, and my bridesmaids didn’t wear matching dresses. We just had an idea of the vibe we wanted the wedding to have and picked things that went with that instead. It made it a heck of a lot easier on me and it let Darling Husband have some ownership in the wedding too which was nice 🙂
Post # 10
We’re thrifting all of our decorations. We love going to thrift stores and finding treasures. Our theme is “vintage-thrifty” and it’s going to be eclectic, like our everyday style. We only have two decorations right now (just picked up this weekend – a huge mason jar and a beautiful decanter…both are going to be table decorations), but we’re not getting married until March 2013, so we have some time.
Post # 11
I’ve tried to be thrifty. So far I’ve gotten about 100 antique bottles from an excavator and about 30 old books that I wanted to use as part of my centerpieces. My grandmother has an old typewriter, breifcase and other vintage items I’d like to use but not sure where they will fit in.
Post # 12
We are renting vintage farm tables and using ivory lace runners on them. For our colors, cream, blush, cranberry, and charcoal were chosen. We’ve also been collecting white ceramic pitchers, milk vases, and mason jars for any florals. One of our main flowers is baby’s breath, which I love for its vintage appeal. I will also be hanging cans for florals, using lace embroidery hoops, and making my own lace doily lanterns. You are welcome to take a look at my Wedding Inspirations board on Pinterest. I have put most of my ideas on there, and constantly add to it. Hope this is helpful! Best wishes and happy planning!
Post # 13
@bakerella: Oooooh…Pop Shoppe soda! I still remember walking to the factory with my Nanny (grandmother) to get this…lemon-lime was my favourite!
@Happy7: I’ve seen pictures of tables with stacks of teacups(mixed designs) and trappts filled with tea lights on lace doilies, stacks of books with feather pens and inkwells, mason jars filled with an assortment of things (maybe some small ones with candles and bigger ones with sand and seashells to match your beach wedding?). If I think of anything else I’ll add it 🙂