Post # 1
*** Alert: I do not say any of this in an attempt to offend anyone ***
As more and more decisions are made, it seems that we will be having a vintage wedding (1940’s/50’s – ish), a fact I am excited about.
-We will be married at a historical location
-My dress is vintage inspired
-The Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are also very vintagey
-Vintage hairstyles for myself, the groom, and the BMs.
My problem now is that I am not crazy about the ‘standard’ vintage wedding decor of lanterns, bird cages, vintage type writers, and suitcases, milkglass. It seems that every wedding I see featured online that boasts a vintage theme has one or more of these elements and I am not crazy about a single one. 🙁
Because of the prevalence of these items I am having a hard time finding vintage inspiration that suits my tastes. Has anyone else run into this problem? And if so, how did you get around it, what sort of inspiration did you find.
If it helps, I am having a spring wedding and these are my colors:
Post # 3
@Thinkboxxx: What about something like these?
Darn-I tried to attach a photo and it didn’t work. Teacups with roses, or cut glass vases? I have a ton of aqua bottles and vases.
Post # 4
vintage doesnt have to be rustic. You could look at other era’s and see if there are styles that inspire you there.
Post # 5
Books/bookends. Baskets. Decorative tin canisters. Tea/coffee pots. Anything cast iron.
These are all ideas I’m tossing around for my wedding, also trying to avoid the typical vintage look!
Post # 6
@Thinkboxxx: I hear ya. I don’t think you need loads of props though either to emphasise the vintage feel. I think the colours you’ve chosen are clever as that alone feels vintage to me. You could accessorise with or accessorise items that you like but aren’t necessarily vintage with a floral print or just your colours.
Post # 7
I’m not a fashionista at all, others will be better at this. I’m trying to identify an era from your inspiration photos. Maybe it’s the colors, or the big prints, but I’m kind of getting a 1950’s sense when I look at your inspiration. If you can identify an era maybe that would help you find the kind of accessories you’d like to use.
Post # 8
Did you look on pinterest? I found this link https://pinterest.com/jwatanabe21/our-1940-s-wedding/
they had these on their tables, simple and easy to do:
Post # 9
OP, I cant see your photo that you posted so I dont know how literal you want the 40s-50s theme to be. I saw this picture and I thought that it would be really fun!
Post # 10
I would decorate with old glass coke bottles and stuff –
Post # 11
Wow, you and I are having very similar weddings!
I am also not using the things you stated (especialy birdcages, because the symbolism bugs me.) We are also not doing rustic, so it’s sort of challenging. Some things I have considered are hat boxes, busts (like, the statue type), bell jars, old books, old frames with various things in them, and knicknacks (like the glass Victorian women that were common during this time perio) spraypainted white and scatteredd around our centerpieces.Various sizes and shapes of framed mirrors, with the frames all painted in your wedding colors, might also be neat If you have a little more money, renting a tufted sofa with some tassleed pillows would also enhance the effect.
If you want, you can let the flowers be the focal point of your decoration. If your wedding party is in vintage dress and your things don’t look overtly modern, it will still read as a vintage wedding to your guests.
Post # 12
Tin signs (a lot of cheap reproductions out there as well), gingham fabric, vintage car details (chrome, high gloss paint), fancy barware elements- swizzle sticks, decanters, trays, glasswear, ice cream station with traditional sundae glasses, egg cream soda signature drinks.
Post # 13
Definately go with an old school retro 1950s cake topper. They were so disinctive in that period. But if you want real vintage then don’t worry about random props sitting around. Just have nice traditional decorations.
Post # 14
I’m with you, a lot of the popular wedding details tagged as “vintage” or “retro” seem like they’re trying consciously to be quirky. I’d suggest looking for inspiration in actual things from the past, like classic movies and old ads. I think those are great for clothing inspiration, and also typefaces and scripts. Based on weddings in movies like “Philadelphia Story” I think things actually look more 40s/50s without a bunch of themed objects everywhere. It also helps to narrow down more based on what you like – styles like geometric, floral, masculine, feminine, simple, ornate, etc.
Personally, I know I am a persnickety beyotch with strong opinions, so I don’t mind looking for a longer time to find just one thing that I like. I haven’t found one particular blog/board/whatever that fits my style, but lots of individual photos, and a few weddings/photoshoots.
Here’s one you might like – that lovely floral print dress reminded me of it: 100 layer cake – 1960s luncheon. It’s 60s, not 40s/50s, but I think the food and furniture could definitely fit. I’d post a picture from it but I can’t pick just one!
Post # 15
I was having the same issue – but then I just decided that what I found was what I would use. I was already and antique collector and we grew up on a farm. We love to party and the chance to be silly with our friends but family is something we both value deeply. Integrating all these things but keeping it as classy as possible was my new goal. (This is key, do you want elegant, dreamy, sweet, rugged, etc)
I started shopping at antique shops and the rest really just started coming as we went on. I am not having birdcages, typewriters, suitcases or other weird sh1t just because it’s ‘in’. As I started shopping I began to find things that were special to us (farm equipement, dogs, horses, couples, etc). There will also be bowls of fruit and picture frames interspersed since we have super-long banquet tables. Now it has evolved from ‘over done rustic/shabby chic’ to bountiful, family style dinner table.
Below is only one example (and the only one with milk glass) – but we will have 20 of these and every single one will be different.
Anyways, I said all that to say this: It will come together as you start finding parts and pieces that you DO like and enjoy. Plus it will bring out the individual parts of your relationship.
Just make sure you carry pics of what you already have to you can evaluate if it is all fitting together when you make new purchases. And good luck with your hunting and designing!
Post # 16
I think some of these things are pretty typical 50’s, and you could certainly make it work with your colors.
Most of the old wedding pictures in my family from that time were very simple white linens and pretty basic floral centerpieces,low and more rounded.