Something Old, Something Borrowed…and Some Things Salvaged at Thrift Stores

I am a sucker for all things vintage. OK, I should clarify: I am a sucker for the soft pastel color palettes, Victorian furniture, old travel posters, milk glass, and Depression-era trinkets. Back in high school, I was the only one who liked reading Tender Is the Night in English class. Now, I am channeling these things into our wedding theme. With the aide of Pinterest and heaps of wedding blogs, I drew up some inspiration for our wedding decor. Here are some of my favorite finds:


Vintage furniture from Archive Vintage Rentals / Photo by Studio Castillero


Vintage vases medicine bottles / Photo by Minnow Park via Style Me Pretty


A vintage-inspired altar / Photo by Benj Haisch via Ruffled Blog


Vintage croquet on the lawn / Photo by Brad Claypool via Ruffled Blog

Since we became engaged, I have been making pilgrimages to several consignment stores near my home every few weeks, and I have amassed a pretty impressive collection of old vases and trinkets and, yes, a vintage croquet set. (Photos to come, I promise!)

I plan to arrange small clusters of the vintage vases and medicine bottles for our centerpieces, like the inspiration picture above. This style of centerpieces is saving us a lot of money on florals—I found a florist who will arrange a few big beautiful flowers with some greenery in the vases for pretty cheap. I think this look isn’t too ostentatious and suits Mr. Wallaby’s and my personalities. :)

Meanwhile, all of this wedding stuff has been growing into a small mountain in one of the guest bedrooms of Mr. Wallaby’s house. Wedding planning at its craziest. Our florist is allowing us to drop off the vases and table numbers in advance, so that is one less thing to worry about transporting to our venue the weekend of the wedding.


Our messy “wedding room” / Personal photo


Part of my growing collection of vintage vases and glassware / Personal photo

Have you bought any thrift-store finds for your wedding? How have you stayed organized while gathering up supplies and decorations for your wedding?


Mrs. Wallaby

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November 2012
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    cookie, Guest @ 7:34 am

    Absolutely! I picked up all the containers for our candy buffet from the Salvation Army. I also picked up the tray we used for our beach inspired escort cards from SA. These were things I had no intention of keeping since our wedding was in Florida and we live in Michigan but since all the containers cost me $20, I wasn’t too broken hearted at leaving them with our venue for the next lucky bride to use! We were also incredibly lucky to receive wedding gifts from Crate & Barrel and used those boxes and their packing contents when it came time to ship things from MI to FL!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:48 am

    @Miss Panda: It takes patience and determination haha. And also the right thrift stores… I found consignment stores to be much more helpful than Good Will and the thrift stores.
    @Jacofblues: Thansk! Haha it definitely doubled or tripled since I took that picture. We’re going to have a lot of vases leftover to decorate our new home :)
    @cookie: Nice!!!

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