If you have been following along with my Wedding Week posts you’ll have spied that I had a little bit of fun with our wedding decor! If you too are planning on having a vintage-inspired wedding I’ve compiled a few little ideas to help you get the look as well as some of my favourite places to pick up vintage-inspired bits and pieces.
First of all I started with an inspiration board, this gave me something to stick to when planning flowers, stationery, bridesmaids dresses, picking props etc. This included colour swatches and little details I loved. It was essentially a mini version of my millions of wedding pins on Pinterest! The final look was a granny-chic meets whimsical vintage botanics kinda feel and once I had this in my mind I got to work finding and gathering up all the bits for my vision.
I then began picking up lots of china, silver teapots, lace and vintage bottles from flea markets, second-hand stores, online auctions, Etsy and from family and friends. I did plan on having a different plate and teacup for every guest but the venue actually ended up having nice fancy ones so I decided not to. A vintage wedding simply requires teacups and the more mis-matched the better! We used all our found teacups as votives with tealights instead and they gave such a pretty glow once it became dark. I added in some pretty vintage linens to the tables and to our chairs to give it a real granny chic feel.
Start your wedding day as you mean to go on by incorporating the vintage style into your stationery and carry the look throughout the day. We used vintage inspired hankie wedding invitations and then a vintage botanical style which we used for ceremony programs, menus and table plan as well as framed signage.
For the cake table I used collected mis-matched cakestands and vintage-inspired patisserie bits and bobs. I picked these up in vintage stores and shops like TK Maxx and Flying Tiger and again lots of vintage and second-hand stores. Paper goods such as pinwheels, pom poms and honeycomb shapes were traditionally used to decorate weddings in the 50s and 60s so I added elements like this to our selfie wall and dotted around the venue. Perfect for an inexpensive display. Finally, for the perfect ambience I used various candle holders from brass tapers to milk glass votives and of course, teacups!. Don’t be afraid to mix and match for a more vintage look.
- Circle Fan Pinwheel Decorations in Pastel Pin from Project Party €7.95
- Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Embroidered Tablecloth from Dunnes Stores €30
- Claymore Antiqued Beaded Silver Votive from One World €23.99
- Vintage Inspired Stationery from Knots and Kisses POA
- Scalloped Edge Floral Paper Napkins from The Party Boutique Shop €3.95
- Vintage Inspired Dovecote Sideplate M&S €8
- Sweet Plum Dessert Plate Square Wedgewood WAS €47.00 NOW €23.50
- Royal Blue and Gold Floral Plate from Pip Studio €12.95
- Mr and Mrs Velvet Chair Banners from BHLDN $68
- Vintage Cake Slice from M&S €13.50
- Dovecote Cake Stand with Dome from M&S €20
- Cuckoo 2-Tier Cake Stand from Wedgewood €93
If you love the look of our wedding My Mum and I are now styling weddings and events under the name Sweet Pea and Violet. You can check out www.sweetpeaandviolet.com for more of our work or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to help you make your dream Pinterest boards come to life!
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