Why Grandma’s stuff is cool again…
2011 is shaping up to be the year of yesteryear, as everything old is new. You see it in vintage handbags, antique jewelry, clothing or home décor that reproduces the charm of a bygone era. Tradition and family pieces being incorporated into a brides special day are once again reigning supreme as we saw throughout 2010.
Whether you are looking to create a complete vintage wedding theme from top to bottom or would like to add meaningful touches sprinkled throughout your special day there are many fun and creative ways to do so.
The details, oh how they can become overwhelming. The thing to remember when creating a vintage look is keeping it soft, understated and charming. Subtle hues of whites, champagnes, gold & silver with touches of soft colors such as lavender and light blues are a wonderful way to create the Victorian/vintage feel.
The bridal shower is a great place to start by giving the guests a sneak peek at what they can expect when sharing your special day. A tea party themed bridal shower can begin with the invitation, Victorian era pictures can be found with a simple web search and used to create a to die for look that will be sure to peak everyone’s curiosity.
The bridal shower decor can include touches of lace, an array of finger sandwiches presented on ornate trays, a few of Grandma’s great dessert recipes and a delicious selection of teas served in dainty cups from fantastic teapots will bring out the nostalgia in everyone. To further promote the past coming forward ask guests to bring a family dessert recipe to be presented to the bride on a recipe card sent with the shower invitation. We all loved to play tea party when we were little except now the tea is real and rather than your favorite stuffed animal sitting across the table, your best girlfriends and family members will be creating memories with you.
This seasons gowns are a wonderful way to incorporate the vintage look as touches of lace, satin sashes and antique inspired brooches are being incorporated from the bridesmaid dresses all the way to the crowning glory itself, the wedding dress. And where would we be without our accessories? Vintage inspired handbags for your bridal party, headpieces with feathers, brooches or vintage inspired fabric along with classic and understated jewelry complete the soft and elegant look from head to toe.
Bouquets can be wrapped in vintage fabric with pearl pin details, ring pillows and other accessories personalized with monograms. Gifts for the bridal party can be items such as engraved silver jewelry boxes for the ladies with a hidden gift of timeless pearls, engraved pocket watches for the men, items that have meaning and will for years to come. The vintage look is about the special details that exuded quality.
The reception is the place to pull the look together. Centerpieces can be vintage milk glass, tins, cake stands filled with an array of such wonderful flowers as garden roses in soft and creamy hues, hydrangea, veronica's, baby’s breath, greenery, and peony. Each table can hold a different and eclectic feel by using an array of vessels to hold the flower arrangements.
Aside from finding ideas online spend an afternoon or two exploring a few antique stores for inspiration, in the process you may find pieces that can fit into your wedding décor as well as be used in your home as a tangible reminder of your special day to be passed down to future generations. The key is to have fun with this theme, layer colors and textures to give the look a personal touch.
Photography: Brandon Kidd
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