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How to Plan a Vintage Wedding

If you want something different for your wedding and are leaning towards vintage, you have to decide if you want it totally vintage or just sprinkled with reminders of the past. Of course, the secret lies in planning.

Here are tips to get you started:

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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 perfect feminine dresses as Audrey Hepburn’s Christian Dior; while the 70s were more of a very disco or very hippie period. Vintage equals antique and from era to era, which means a vintage wedding must include simple and random details to keep it from being overbearing or totally out of context.
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The photography for your wedding may also take inspiration form vintage. For example, the happy family portrait was a symbol of the 50s; the 70s, however, offered a of blur and pastel shade, lots of sun and life. Talk to your photographer and discuss scenarios where the occasion can be photographed based on the era that you have picked as a wedding theme.


When we talk about vintage weddings, always remember that details are what matter most. For example, for a 50s wedding, playing Frank Sinatra in the background couldn’t be better. In terms of invitations, maybe you can insert a bride-and-groom photograph with that era as a theme, or use old postcards from that period (if you can find any, that is). You can even take these details forward by requesting your guests to come to your wedding dressed for the theme you want.


The wedding venue must also be in line with the vintage period that you have selected for your theme. For example, if you’re going with the 50s, a country house with a lush green garden would be just perfect. Or if you’re more attracted to the 20s, perhaps you can look for a mansion that was actually built in that era. If that’s quite impossible, you can at least find something that was designed to copy the architecture of that very decade.

Wedding Dress and Suit

Of course, the bride’s dress should be very 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 may be a huge challenge, but it can easily be a success if both the bride and groom share the same passion about the idea. Of course, it pays to work with a professional.