Embracing the Antiquated: Vintage Wedding Props and Decorations

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about our wedding decorations. I’ve been scouring websites like Style Me Pretty and Once Wed for ideas, and I love all the beautiful pictures and DIY projects. They really inspire me, and I can’t wait to get started on the Parasol wedding decorations.

At the same time, though, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the different ideas out there. There’s just so many amazing things you can do to make a space look and feel magical. How am I supposed to decide which ideas to use and which ideas to let fall by the wayside? It’s almost enough to drive this bride crazy!

Although I’m still flushing out many of the decoration details, Mr. Parasol and I have decided that we definitely want to use some vintage props and decor to make my parents’ house look amazing for our wedding day. I love the idea of using an old-fashioned wooden wagon to store drinks, decorating tables with vintage editions of our favorite books, and filling Mason jars and milk pitchers with wildflowers. I know that some of these ideas may not be possible, especially considering that vintage items can not only be difficult to find, but can also be quite expensive.

While looking for vintage props online, though, I found two websites that may very well solve both of my problems: Heritage & Craft and One True Love Vintage. I can’t even really explain how I stumbled across these amazing sites, but I’m so thankful I did! Both are Bay Area based companies (can you believe my luck?) that specialize in finding and renting out vintage props and decorations for weddings and other special events. Sounds perfect, right? I certainly think so. And just look at all the amazing things they have available:

Image via Heritage & Craft

Image via One True Love Vintage

Image via Heritage & Craft

Image via Heritage & Craft

Image via One True Love Vintage

Image via Heritage & Craft

Image via One True Love Vintage

Image via Heritage & Craft

Image via One True Love Vintage

Image via One True Love Vintage

It’s all I can do not to order all of these items right now! I think they’re so amazing and fun and would make our wedding look fantastic. The vintage books, typewriter, cameras, and various jars and pitchers are at the top of my wish list, and I’m hopeful that these places can give me an affordable package on vintage decor. Both companies provide full setup and delivery, and it would make my life infinitely easier if I didn’t have to go out and hunt for the perfect bargain on vintage wedding props. At the very least, though, the pictures serve for great inspiration!

How are you decorating your reception and ceremony venues? What ideas and pictures get you inspired?


Mrs. Parasol

San Ramon, California
Wedding Date:
September 2011
Meeting my New Obsession
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  1. ladyfingers Member
    ladyfingers 1257 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:42 am

    Oh fun! I wish we had something like this around us, it would have been so much easier to rent all our antique bottles rather than hunting around for them. Though… the search WAS fun!

  2. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:45 am

    Those antique keys and the rose colored bottles are to die for!!

  3. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:05 am

    We don’t have that type of rental place around here either, but luckily it looks like stuff in my dad’s garage. :) I can’t wait to see what kind of vintage goodness you incorporate into your wedding!

  4. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:26 am

    I am SO envious that you get to take advantage of those incredible resources! I stared at the goodies on both of those websites throughout the planning, trying to will the Bay Area closer. 😉

  5. parasol Member
    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:30 am

    @Mrs. Tartlet: You are so funny! The Bay Area is THE place to be, I guess. :)

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    JTH, Guest @ 1:02 pm

    awesome! if we were doing any other style wedding, it would be rustic. i love all the decorations! don’t forget about having an old bathtub to hold drinks, too!

  7. penguin Member
    penguin 3490 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:45 pm

    Seriously one of the best parts about getting married in the bay…these are AWESOME companies! :)

  8. teacup Member
    teacup 631 posts, Busy bee @ 12:10 am

    So so pretty! Looking forward to seeing what you choose and how it’s incorporated in your vision :)

  9. cucumbersandwich Member
    cucumbersandwich 604 posts, Busy bee @ 9:33 pm

    Oooh you are one lucky duck. I need to find something like this in the nj area because I am seriously coveting all of those things!

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    weddingstars2012 479 posts, Helper bee @ 2:49 pm

    omg that’s AWESOME!

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    Kelly, Guest @ 2:39 pm

    I am having a vintage inspired wedding in April of 2012. I have been to the flea market twice and I scored 68 antique glass bottles, 2 cameras from the 1950s, a big wooden crate holding the glass bottles, an old radio from the 1960s, an ice crusher (from the 50s), 2 old wooden ironing boards, and I picked up an old suit case along side the road the other day… so all of those items, plus an antique pair of eye glasses – cost me 50.00… Don’t order anything online. Get up early and go shopping at your local flea market.

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