Are you looking to incorporate some lovely, vintage touches into your wedding and reception? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Many modern brides are opting to incorporate something old into their décor, as well as their wedding day look. It is a fun way to add pops of color, quirky accents, and even to incorporate special memories from your own childhood or your rich family history. So, whether you have sentimental pieces handed down to you by a loved one, or are just looking for an excuse to scour antique stores, here are some great vintage pieces to work into your wedding!
What to Look For and Fun Ways to Use Vintage Items
After you have chosen your wedding venue and date, you should have a general idea of the look you’re trying to achieve. And whether this look is entirely kitschy or more timeless, traditional with hints of quirk or mostly vintage with just a bit of a modern flair, here are some of our favorite finds, and how to incorporate them into your wedding day decor:
- Vintage linens can add a rich or playful touch to your table décor. Look for lovely laces, mismatched floral prints, or even traditional picnic cloths for a more laidback look. Thicker blankets could also work great, especially for a rustic fall wedding, like the ones we see at our venues here at Texas Old Town!
- Mismatched dinnerware has also become an incredibly popular way to set your event apart. Choose different plates in a variety of colors for a Fiesta-inspired look, or different patterns with similar color schemes to add quirk but still maintain some sense of cohesion. In some cases, purchasing or renting vintage pieces doesn’t cost much more than buying disposable goods, it’s better for the environment, and it packs a lot of decorative punch, in a practical way!
- Keep in mind you don’t have to stick to just using vintage plates. Mismatched silverware is easy to find, and a great touch. And so are glasses, cake plates, and even coffee mugs, perfect for a coffee or cocoa bar!
- Vintage suitcases also make great card and gift catchers, while vintage cameras, globes and other odds and ends make great table decor, and wonderful ways to highlight your interests as a couple. You can even paint numbers directly on some of these old items, or affix vintage flashcards or postcards to create table numbers (or places) that are sure to delight guests.
Who, What, Wear?
As for bridal fashion, you can use a little or a lot of vintage! Even if your mom’s wedding dress doesn’t fit, for instance, if you really love its vintage style consider having it altered to fit you, or look for a modernly made dress with similarities.
- Also, don’t be afraid to utilize that beautiful costume jewelry you inherited from your great grandma. Borrowed pearls also make an excellent bridal addition!
- You can also use a silk scarf or even a piece of lace from your mother’s gown to wrap your bouquet, if you don’t plan to wear her dress (with her permission of course!). Add an heirloom brooch for an extra special flair!
- And if you’re a true vintage lover, don’t limit yourself to small accents.
- Consider having your bridesmaids choose a variety of mismatched vintage dresses in similar colors or patterns. Or, shop together for vintage-inspired gowns. (We love an array of floral dresses for an outdoor spring wedding, or shades of pink or even champagne formal gowns for a more formal affair!)
- Ties and bowties are also easy to score secondhand. So consider finding ones for each of the groomsmen to wear!