Lots of brides to be use the word “vintage” fairly loosely these days to describe the look they are trying to achieve; however I often wonder if they actually mean “retro” or “antique”. To try and de-mystify this dilemma I have decided to blog about this topic because as a planner it’s my role to understand what it is they really want so I am able to translate that into their ideal wedding theme.
If you decide to plan for a wedding that is inspired by the Roaring 20’s, 30’s etc my advice would be to get into that 1920’s flapper fashion by dressing in a drop waist vintage beaded french lace will capture old time romance & accessorise with vintage crystal and diamond brooches. For the guys a suit with tails and top hat will compliment the bride just perfectly. Styling your vintage themed event with touches such as feathers, birdcages with silk flowers, venetian mirrors and candlelight will set the reception shimmering. You can even add antique silver bowls filled with flowers as centrepieces and have vintage cars as your transportation.
When planning a “retro” style themed wedding, think about “all-american classic”, “1950’s rock’n’roll”, “Happy Days” era of bobby socks and the big full tea length skirt, with the big 1950’s cadillac.
This period is generally referred to as the Edwardian or Victorian Era. With this in mind, it’s best to describe this theme as rich, romantic, old fashioned etc. Colours that are generally used are those in the pastel palette; ivory,pink,gold etc.Intricate victorian lace, beading and pearls are at the heart of this romantic wedding theme which just shouts “pretty & romantic”.
I hope I have been able to at least shed some light on this topic and by having a clearer understanding of what each terminology is you will be able to exactly describe to your wedding planner/supplier what it is you want and get the wedding of your dreams with your own personality shining through.