(Closed) Decor for a vintage (40s) wedding?

posted 10 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our tables are the same width (maybe even slightly less!), but 16″ long.  

Our centerpieces are going to be set on burlap table runners and are going to be a single row of vintage ball jar candles, milk bottle vases, vintage soda bottles as bud vases and birch candles.  The bud vases will each have a single white carnation in them, and the milk bottles will have branches.  I have some smooth black stones and moss balls to scatter along in between them.  

Our theme is more rustic/vintage/woodsy.  Our colors are chocolate & moss with touches of purple.

Post # 5
47430 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The thing to remember about the 40’s is that it was War time and everything was simple, the mantra of the day was “Make Do and Mend”.

It was a time of big band music and dancing :

Mirrored ball over the dance floor.

Saxophone and other instruments as decor- centerpieces- on the card table etc

Bubble machine

Tall vase with single rose and a pair of long white gloves draped alongside

Use a miniature music stand with some old sheet music with a musical instrument like a saxophone or trumpet leaning against it

Gardenias, calla lilies and ostrich feathers were popular

these ideas as well: Feathers, Boas, black and white hollywood pictures

vintage typerwriters


A very different 1940’s theme centerpiece is made using vintage suitcases.
Simply use the small case and decorate with vintage stickers, or travel destination stickers to the outside.

Or you can use it as the base for your flower arrangement (place a vase inside it that will hold the flowers).

Post # 6
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am kind of having the same feel.  I am using vintage silver bowls for my centerpieces and mismatched vintage china for table settings. To give the tables some height, I am using large candlesticks I bought at the 90% off sale at Hobby Lobby.

Post # 7
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I found out yesterday that our venues “white tablecloths” are actually that thin plastic sheet stuff on a roll.  Pure disappointment.  Were scrambling now trying to find tablecloths to rent, or a good price on fabric so I can make some.  Because, you know, everyone needs another giant DIY 4 weeks before the wedding… Yell

I’m hoping my dad comes home with the milk bottles this morning – can’t wait!!  They are in my grandmothers basement, and have been for MANY years, so I’ve got some cleaning to do! 

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