Today we’re looking at vintage wedding decorations in the company of multi-award winning wedding stylist Kirsten Butler from The Little Wedding Helper. You might just fall for vintage too.
What Is Vintage?
To understand why vintage wedding themes have become so popular with couples, you need to understand exactly what the term means. As Kirsten explains, there’s more to a successful vintage wedding than colour schemes and a few quirky props:
“The dictionary defines the word vintage as ‘denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind’. To me, vintage means just this. Fashion, furniture and objects could, if they would, tell amazing stories of the past. There’s also a sense of quality that has survived the test of time.”
“Vintage is always in fashion because it never seems to age and date. We live in a fast and disposable age and trends come and go but beauty and quality from the past never go out of fashion, just like love.”
Vintage Wedding Decorations
If you’re planning a wedding with a vintage theme, fantastic décor and details will make your wedding all the more personal. Kirsten is the Queen of wedding styling so here are her favourite ideas for vintage wedding decorations:
- Registrar’s Table – “I love using a beautiful wooden desk here. So many photos are taken of this moment so adding in a piece with detail and texture looks wonderful.
- Writing Bureaus – “A vintage writing bureau can relive its past with guests sitting down to write in your guest book and slotting their wedding cards into the letter racks within.”
- Glassware – “As an alternative to vintage china, using old glassware and vases to display your flowers in looks so pretty, either for centrepiece displays or on mantelpieces and windowsill.”
- Books – “Old books can give height and colour to tables too. Collect books with coloured covers to match your theme or choose titles that suit your wedding.”
- Photobooths – “These are fun for everyone and it’s easy to fill an old suitcase or chest with props and then spray a large old frame for guests to hold.”
- Chill Out Areas – “I love creating chill out areas with vintage sofas, armchairs and coffee tables too. When guests want to take a break, just having a few old fashioned games to play or old photos to look at really helps everyone interact.”
Wedding Decorations – Hire or Buy?
If you’re looking to make the most of your wedding budget and create a vintage wedding that everyone will love, should you hire or buy? Kirsten from The Little Wedding Helper has a few wise words:
“I would recommend that it’s easier to hire decorative items for your wedding. Everything is delivered and collected with ease and you don’t have lots of items after the big day that you’re not sure what to do with.”
“I’d never deter anyone from having fun finding items though, especially if you can pick up a bargain. Before you buy, do think about practicalities such as storage but, if you find a piece you love, go for it. An item of furniture that you adore and know will fit beautifully in your home is a great find and will hold memories for years to come.”
Whatever your style, whatever era you choose and whether your hire or buy, your wedding should always be a reflection of you both. Vintage wedding themes that are personal and beautiful will always be truly stylish celebrations.
For more wedding ideas and inspiration, make sure you check out all our other vintage wedding blog posts and start planning your perfect vintage day!