ADDING VINTAGE TOUCHES TO YOUR BIG DAY
Vintage appears to be the wedding trend du jour and we’ve seen some pretty clever touches of late that are guaranteed to amp up the nostalgia without the granny effect. The key, you see, is in the detail. Surprise and delight your guests with vintage touches that make them smile; keep it simple rather than relying on larger gestures that might overwhelm.
But where to start? Consider a handful of smaller vintage details over an all-out assault which may result in a highly theatrical look. Vintage starts with the handmade, the found and reclaimed, so start by stocking up on vintage fabrics, jars and knick knacks to get the inspiration flowing.
Starting with invitations, look to bygone eras and the typography used or allow vintage graphics to dictate your colour scheme. The typography can follow through to your place cards and thank you notes or, even better, why not supply a vintage typewriter to guests instead of a guest book as a way to mark their good wishes?
Vintage cocktail glasses and champagne glasses can give a table setting an air of elegance and frivolity, while mismatched vases and jars can create a surprising centrepiece display filled with rustic floral bouquets of succulents or herbs. Yes, almost anything goes with vintage – books as menus, bath tubs as drink stations, twine- or ribbon-wrapped bridesmaid bouquets and lanterns hanging from trees are all unique details that add a vintage feel.
Bonbonniere with a vintage vibe requires a personal touch like a monogrammed handkerchief or boiled sweets, yet also think about the homemade with fudge treats or cupcakes. Vintage also celebrates novelty, expressed in trinkets such as wooden pegs, cotton spools, jewellery boxes, brooches, stamps, ribbons and bunting, and memories of the past expressed in fine family jewellery, wooden picture frames and nostalgic tunes of a bygone era (a live band is the ultimate indulgence!).
A vintage touch is not so much about setting a style statement but about connecting with an era. Its values and expression bring a sense of love, warmth and uniqueness to your special day.