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6 Tips for an Elegant Vintage Wedding

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cake with floral arrangement from an elegant vintage weddingThe terms ‘elegant’ and ‘vintage’ are not mutually exclusive; to the contrary, they can be combined into a beautiful and distinctive wedding day. From a Great Gatsby theme to an art deco affair, there are a ton of elegant vintage wedding ideas that can create a unique wedding atmosphere during your ceremony and reception.  Invitations, elegant vintage wedding décor, throwback wedding attire—there are so many different elegant vintage tips that can make your wedding day personal and special.

Start with the invitations.

Select invitations that fit with your elegant vintage touches.  If you are planning an elegant vintage wedding with lace and pearls, look for wedding invitations with those elegant vintage details.  If you are doing a vintage wedding from the early 1900’s, look for aged paper with a historic penned look.

Choose a historic wedding venue that sets the scene.

bride and groom on steps of elegant historic wedding venueNot just any wedding venue can create an elegant vintage atmosphere like a historic venue.  Make sure you still use the same criteria as you would for a modern venue so you don’t make these common mistakes when choosing your wedding venue.  Don’t get so focused on the décor of your historic wedding venue that you overlook important details like parking for your guests, and handicap accessibility.

Incorporate your family history.

If you have any antiques, photos, jewelry or other pieces of family heritage, include them in your elegant vintage wedding décor and attire.  Items such as a antique broach, family photo from your great-grandparents or grandparents, your grandmother’s wedding dress, or an antique chest can make unique and sweet touches at your elegant vintage wedding.

Select a wedding dress and hairpiece that fits with your theme.

So you don’t stand out like a sore thumb in your historic venue filled with elegant vintages décor, choose a wedding dress that plays up your vintage wedding theme.  You can also take this same approach with bridesmaid, groom, and groomsmen attire; consider lace dresses for your girls for a vintage touch, or hairpieces that play up your Great Gatsby theme.  Ask your groom and groomsmen to look for suits that play into your theme as well.

Signs can be elegant and classic.

elegant historic wedding venueIf you think a chalkboard sign is off the list, think again.  With a beautiful frame, or frames, and elegant looking print, any sign can be a beautiful touch of elegant vintage décor—and a function piece that directs guests, gives information, or just says ‘thank you.’

Sweat the details.

Every detail of your wedding should complement your theme, from vintage wedding favors to your lace wedding décor.  To complete the look, choose a historic wedding venue with event planners on staff that can choose the vendors and elegant vintage touches that enhance your wedding atmosphere.  The biggest benefit? They can personalize the wedding to your style, giving you an elegant vintage wedding that is uniquely you.

Fun (and Fresh!) Spring Wedding Ideas

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unique spring wedding idea: patterned black and white table coverings with purple pastel chair bowsSpring is a time of new beginnings, and a perfect time to celebrate your new beginning as a married couple. But spring also has another advantage: it’s a season full of fun spring wedding ideas that you can customize to create your unique spring-themed big day.

Invitations

spring wedding idea: muted purple table coverings with grey sashes and patterned table coveringSet the mood for your unique spring wedding with watercolor wedding invites or a more formal laser cut floral lace feel. Choose wedding invitations that are as elegant as your wedding reception venue and fit with your wedding reception décor.

Creative Floral Decor

Flowers are the first spring wedding idea that comes to most people’s minds. Give your wedding a different take on beautiful floral décor with floating flower centerpieces, such as floating tulips in tall vases, or with vases of baby breath, pussy willows, budding flowers, or cherry blossoms.

Spring Drinks

creative spring centerpieces: roses in metallic vases and small candlesThink cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, with fresh fruit, ice, and (even!) frozen flowers. Add edible glitter for a touch of glitz to your fun spring wedding drinks, and customize your cocktails and drinks to fit with your wedding décor. The sky’s the limit with spring drinks for your wedding reception: mango, watermelon, or any other fun-flavored martini, lavender lemonade, mango anything….

Color…or not

spring wedding idea: patterned table covering with black vase and white floral arrangementIf you want a more classic look, plan your spring wedding with a very neutral palette with beautiful accents. For a more whimsical, but still elegant look, mix in colors and textures that give your wedding a original and unique atmosphere. Patterned table coverings and metallic vases can give your wedding a subtle and unexpected bit of wedding décor flare.

Attire

For fun and traditional spring wedding, outfit your bridesmaids in pastel or very neutral dresses that you can play up with fun spring bouquets. If you don’t have a spring wedding idea: flowers and crystal arrangementset spring wedding color, let each bridesmaid choose a different pastel-colored bridesmaid dress. Tea length dresses are another spring wedding trend that can give your big day a touch of spring whimsy. Don’t let the spring end with your bridesmaid dresses; select a wedding dress that fits with your spring theme, and choose light-colored attire for your groom and groomsmen.

Bling

spring wedding idea: uplighting on crystal wall behind beautiful table with spring floral arrangementsJust because the traditional spring wedding vision is dominated by flowers, don’t let that image hold you back from including a bit of bling at your spring wedding. If you want a bit of sparkle at your spring wedding, mix in crystals and candles for very special spring wedding décor. Think walls of sparkle, metallic vases, glass, floating candles, candelabras, up lighting… If you want spring wedding ideas specific to your wedding venue, don’t hesitate to ask your venue staff. They’re here to help with original, personalized ideas perfect for your spring wedding.