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Planning a Vintage Wedding

If you’d like to have a memorable wedding and are planning on going vintage, you should decide if you’d like it fully vintage or just sprinkled with bits and pieces from the past. The idea here is to plan and plan well.

Here are tips to get you started:

Era

Each era is made unique by certain details: the 20s have their fearless spirit and Hollywood parties and sophisticated banquets. The 60s were defined by perfectly feminine dresses, as Audrey Hepburn’s Christian Dior; while the 70s were very hippie or disco. Vintage means antique and from different eras, which indicates that a vintage wedding needs to be simple and random, so as to prevent it from being overbearing or out of context.

Photography

The type of photography you choose for your wedding may also be vintage style. For instance, in the 50s, the happy family portrait was a norm – very traditional, colorful and sharp; the 70s, however, had a particular blur and pastel hints, plus lots of sun and warmth. Talk to your photographer and discuss certain scenarios that you want photographed based on the style of the period you have picked.

Details

When it comes to vintage weddings, always remember that it’s the details that make the difference. For instance, if your wedding is set in the 50s, you can play Frank Sinatra songs and the like. As for invitations, include a bride-and-groom photo set in that time, or use old postcards from that era – if you find any, that is. You can even give these details a push by asking your guests if they could come to the wedding wearing outfits that match your chosen theme.

Venue

The wedding venue you choose should also be consistent with the vintage era that you have decided to use for your theme. For instance, a country house with a vibrant green garden will be just perfect for a wedding set in the 50s. Or if you’re more a fan of the 20s, the best location would probably be a mansion from that very era. If that’s not quite possible, at least look for something that was designed to mimic the architecture of that glorious decade.

Wedding Dress and Suit

Certainly, the bride’s dress has to be characteristically vintage. For a 50s wedding, this would be full-skirt and knee-length, with the addition of a birdcage veil and a conservative bouquet. Knee-length and full-skirt are very 50s, along with that famous birdcage veil and small bouquet. As for the groom’s suit, the New York businessman style is a perfect model. Or for more inspiration, try watching the Mad Men series. Pulling off a vintage wedding is a big challenge, but with both the bride and groom sold to the idea, it can be done successfully. Of course, it’s always helpful to work with a professional.
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