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Planning your Vintage Wedding

Planning Your Vintage Wedding


Credit on design to Amanda Allen with MMD Events and photograph to Gina Leigh

Vintage is all about selecting the few unique items that are symbolic of your personality, sensibility, and taste. With a piece of chintz, a passageway lit by lanterns, a tinkling chandelier,you can imbue the thoughtful grace of the past into the present moment. When placed in a rustic setting, vintage really comes to life.  Think vineyards, farmhouses, quaint inns, schoolhouses, and Spanish colonials; and also of mansions if the splendor of the Great Gatsby is more your style.

And while you may be celebrating simplicity on one hand, you may slip into the glamour of an old-fashioned bride or starlet of the silver screen — regardless if your look to your family album for
inspiration, to Audrey Hepburn’s elegance in the fifties, or to Josephine Baker’s cheekiness in the twenties.


Pick an Era…or Mix and Match a Few

When it comes to creating the vintage mood of your wedding, you may either pick a specific era or combine aspects from different ones. If, as a couple, you are both fans of the Mod scene in the sixties, why not stay true to it? Think beehive, an Empire line dress, vintage tea cups, incorporating bingo into the after party, and riding off into your future in a scooter.

photo credit to Renee Brock Photography


Now, if the Jazz Age is more your style, why not wear a drop-waist gown with a cap veil, serve Martinis, and bring down the house with your Charleston moves. Of course, you could recreate the splendor of a Scott Fitzgerald novel, hosting a sumptuous banquet with oodles of champagne, pearls, ivory white, and soaking up the sounds of Jazz in the freshly cut grass.


However, if you’re less concerned about period authenticity, you may be as tastefully eclectic as you wish. Once you go vintage, you are both embracing the element of serendipity in finding the right item of olde, and putting yourself in every detail you choose – it allows  you to create and innovate!


Discover and Reveal

Vintage also invites you to re-discover what may have been overlooked in the generations past. A Mason jar, for example, may have seemed to your grandma like nothing more than a utilitarian container for her apricot jelly, but be elevated to a vase status at your wedding. Milk jugs, tin cans, crochet table cloths…these simple objects can all add beauty and grace.


photo credit: sunny + scout photography

Part of the fun and charm of creating a vintage wedding is just that – finding and discovering what you think is wonderful, and inviting everyone to join in.


A Wedding Planner

Because of the highly personalized aspect of a vintage wedding, be sure to discuss your present inspirations with a wedding planner.  There are many details to creating the perfect ambience you can envision for your wedding, 1000 Fine Events can source all the hard-to-find items that will make your vision a reality!

Links for photo credits:

Amanda Allen with MMD Events http://mmdevents.com/

Gina Leigh  http://ginaleighphotography.com/

Renee Brock Photography http://reneebrock.com/

Sunny & Scout Photography  http://www.sunnyandscout.com/


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