With the craze for all things vintage, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of couples are looking to celebrate their nuptials in 20th-century style. If you’re looking to take your theme from the 40s, the 50s or even the 20s, then here’s how to make sure you get it right.
Make a mood board: Start with buying a scrap book or a cork board and cutting out and keeping anything that gives you inspiration – whether that be pieces from interior magazines, fashion pages, scraps of material that you think might work for a wedding dress, or old photographs. This board will inspire your theme, so look for colours, textures, materials and objects that take your fancy. Once your board is complete, sketch out your theme. This could be anything from an afternoon tea party to a ‘twenties ball.
Do your research: Make sure you’re familiar with the period you want to replicate – including the fashion, themes and wedding customs of that era. Decide which aspects you want to adopt and which you want to scrap, bearing in mind what’s practical and realistic given your budget. Then make a list of everything you’re going to need for your perfect themed wedding, including venue, flowers, table decorations, a wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses and crockery.
Get fashion forward: The clothes are at the centre of any vintage wedding, so start looking into your wedding and bridesmaid dresses early. There are plenty of online vintage outfitters, but it’s also worth scouring the vintage shops near you and checking out eBay for second hand dresses. Some high-street outlets, such as Coast, offer vintage-style dresses, so don’t discount the possibility of finding your perfect bridesmaid dress new either. Finally, check with older friends or relatives – it might be that your grandma has the perfect wedding outfit languishing at the back of her wardrobe.
Choose your music: The final finishing touch at a vintage wedding is the band. This is your opportunity to dance all night to your favourite music, so make sure you identify and book your musicians early. Tribute bands are a favourite for these kind of events, but there are also plenty of fantastic bands that keep a vintage style while managing to remain original.