To Love and to Cherish: Vintage Hankies

{Melissa Musgrove via Marry You Me}

First of all, I want to apologize for my absence the last few days. That being said, our wedding is NEXT MONTH!!

Despite all the wedding planning I should be doing, and thesis writing I should be finishing, in the last month, I have been to Spain, France, Belgium, and Germany. Along the way I’ve managed to collect a number of great little trinkets to include in our big day. I’ll blog about all the great stuff I’ve picked up, but today I just want to talk about vintage hankies!

Much like the rest of the blogosphere, I am head over heels in love with vintage handkerchiefs.
I’ve been picking up handkerchiefs at flea markets across Europe at around $0.25-$0.50 a piece!

Here are some of my favs!

{Personal Photo}

Last weekend, I also picked up three handmade lace embroidered hankies in Brugge, the lace capital of the world.

{Personal Photo}

This one is for my bridal bouquet. Since it’s all white I’ll probably use some twine or pink ribbon to add some texture and color.

{Personal Photo}

I picked these up for mama Pancakes and my FMI . I am considering getting them embroidered with our wedding date but they are so sweet already that I may just leave them alone!

Now that I have all these lovely floral hankies, I have to decide what to do with them. I originally thought I would take the traditional route and put them in a basket for my guests, much like our very own Mrs. Cheeseburger.

{Mrs. Cheeseburger/Photographer: Jessica Ames}

But then I began to have second thoughts. This may sound a little selfish but hear me out. One of the reasons I am reconsidering the hankies in a basket option is because I am not sure that many people will appreciate having a vintage hankie. On the other hand, I would LOVE to own 30 vintage hankies. I would use them all the time! The less selfish version: I really want to give our guests favors/gifts that they will not just appreciate but enjoy and cherish. So I am thinking perhaps I should use the hankies for something else.

Here’s a great way to present these hankies as gift to your bridesmaids. Lauren’s blog has a complete tutorial on how to put together these sweet little gifts.

{Lauren Elise Crafted}

Now if you’ve been on the wedding blog circuit from awhile you will recognize this next picture. I mean, who doesn’t love Dani, from Oh hello Friend! Not to mention the gorgeousness that is Simply Bloom (and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should probably head over and check out both their blogs. After you finish reading this blog post, of course. :D)

{Simply Bloom via 100 Layer Cake}

Point is, a vintage handkerchief banner could be soooo perfect. Imagine it hanging over a dessert table with a gorgeous cake and lots of baked goodies piled high on perfect little vintage cake stands!

I think I prefer the triangle look but the squares with the clothespins also has a certain rustic sweetness to it. I image this option would photograph really well at an outdoor wedding with a slight breeze. Doesn’t that sound to die for?

{Jill Thomas via Style Me Pretty}

Then there are these less traditional uses which I don’t love as much but I thought I’d share!

{Once Wed via Fill Your Well}

{For a DIY tutorial check out: Skip to my Lou}

Last but not least, here are some great things I could do with the hankies after the wedding.

Wouldn’t a vintage hankie quilt make the best wedding memento?

{Etsy: Mary McCulty’s Design Shop}


What do you think? How would you put these vintage lovelies to use? What other options did I miss?


Mrs. Pancakes

New York/Costa Rica
Wedding Date:
May 2011
With this Wing: Photobooth + Receiving Line
The Bold and the Beautiful
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  1. Member
    Crown 578 posts, Busy bee @ 12:59 pm

    Oh Pancakes…you share my LOVVVE of vintage hankies! I think your idea of the hanky banner hanging over the dessert and/or guest book tables would look super-sweet. I especially adore putting them in a basket for the ceremony. (May have to snag that idea.) I recently found a hanky with my initial on it, and plan to wrap it around my bouquet.

  2. ostrich Member
    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:13 pm

    i have had a serious crush on vintage hankies for every and a day. these are lovely ideas, Miss P!

  3. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:55 pm

    I, too, should be a member of Vintage-Hankies-Anonymous.
    And, I’m a huge fan of the VH bunting :)

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 2:03 pm

    Those are some beautiful hankies!

  5. cinnamonbun Member
    cinnamonbun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:11 pm

    I like the triangle-style banner best!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:12 pm

    How awesome that you’ve procured these from all around Europe! I, too, lust after vintage hankies and love the idea of making a quilt out of them!

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    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:12 pm

    I love vintage hankies. My BMs used them to hold their lanterns during the ceremony.

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:24 pm

    I love vintage hankies!! I bought a bunch at flea markets for our wedding and they were all taken! I love that my guests (I’m assuming most were female) have a beautiful little memento of our wedding!

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    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:38 pm

    Ahhh, gorgeous hankies! I am partial to the triangle-folded display option for the wedding and the framed hankies for after! Though I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the methods you’ve picked out!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:58 pm

    I love vintage hankies- you can do so many things with them!

  11. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 6:03 pm

    I really wanted to hand out vintage hankies to everyone, but after hunting for affordable ones online for about 2 hours, it just seemed like too much work. I compromised and got them for myself and my bridesmaids! I know the girls will really appreciate them :).

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 9:51 pm

    I really like the last photo, the one of the framed hankies. I think it’s ok to be a little “selfish” and keep them as mementos of your wedding (and the places you picked them up) rather than give them as favors. Can’t wait to see which route you go with them!

  13. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:28 pm

    Love that last image!

  14. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:12 am

    I bet the bunting would pack and travel well!

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    KristiJ1201 19 posts, Newbee @ 12:53 am

    Love the vintage hankies! I printed my STDs on them. One of my bridesmaids is a printmaker so she designed the image and carved it into a linoleum block. It was pretty labor intensive but they came out so awesome and I’ve been getting great feedback from people.

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    michele, Guest @ 3:59 pm

    I too love vintage hankies and am in the process of gathering some for my nieces wedding. Some are stained—what is the best way to clean vintage hankies?

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    Andrea, Guest @ 9:32 pm

    I love hankies, I have at least a hundred LOL. We will give some away at the ceremony (I love the for your tears of joy picture with the basket but I saw another with hankies in pretty envelops: I’m torn which one to choose for the presentation) and the leftover will be made into a quilt – thanks for the idea. I also like the framed pictures. I love everything vintage and antique.

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    Linda Neely, Guest @ 12:24 am

    I also have many hankies and I would love to figure out how to make the quilt. I think it is so beautiful. I also want to make some curtains and a shower curtain too.

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