How to Plan Your Vintage Wedding

A vintage car with a "Just Married" sign decorated with flowers and hanging off the back.

There’s nothing more charming and romantic than a vintage wedding. If you’re someone who has a fondness for lace details, antique accents, and a touch of nostalgia, then vintage might be the perfect theme for your wedding. So, how do you plan your vintage wedding? It’s important to get all the delicate details just right. A successful themed wedding ties in every single element, from decor to florals, to look both chic and effortless (even if it wasn’t!). We created a step-by-step plan to help you create the vintage wedding of your dreams.

What’s Your Era?

Vintage means different things to different people. Some consider 1920s their ideal vintage vibe, while others might lean towards boho chic vintage looks of the 1960s. Before you start hammering out the details of your big day, it’s important to consider what vintage feel you’re desiring and the era that it encapsulates.

Choose Your Venue

An antique church with wood pews decorated for a wedding with white bows.

Your venue is the most important part of the wedding day puzzle. It sets the tone and backdrop of your big day, which means it needs to scream vintage. Think a rustic farmhouse, an elegant B&B, or even a beautiful park or garden. The vibe has to be just right to you, so make sure that you take your time in selecting the best location for your theme and budget.

Select Your Vintage Colors

Your color scheme will play a huge part of setting the vintage vibe that fits best for your big day. Typically, a vintage palette tends to lean towards tons of neutrals—think off-white, beige, and creams—as well as lots of pastels like pinks, yellows, violets, and blues. However, a nice pop of crimson pairs wonderfully with cream and emanates that great old world vintage feel. It might help to select your colors based on the venue as well as your wedding dress.

Decide on the Perfect Florals

A bride wearing a long-sleeved lace wedding dress and holding a small bouquet of white roses and greenery.

Your flowers help to really set the feel for your wedding day, and will subtly emphasize your theme. The best florals for a vintage wedding often reflect your chosen color palette and era. Look to websites and social media for inspiration on arrangements from the era of your vintage theme. While there aren’t specific florals that are decidedly “vintage,” a number of vintage-inspired weddings tend to use wildflowers, sunflowers, daisies, and old school choices like carnations, dahlias, and cornflowers. You should avoid tropical florals, like orchids and lilies, which tend to lean toward a more modern and tropical look.

Decide on Your Menu

Your menu doesn’t necessarily have to reflect the era of your vintage theme (because let’s face it, you might not even like some of the food they served up back then). Instead, focus on the presentation of the food. Whether you’re doing a buffet, family-style, or having your food served, consider using antique glassware, vintage cake stands, and retro mason jars.

Choose Your Decor

A table setting at a wedding reception accented with a candles and blue glassware.

The next important part of creating the perfect vintage vibe is deciding on your decor for the big day. When it comes to selecting the best accoutrements for your wedding, it’s a good idea to check out your venue and make note of what it already has and what it needs to help elevate the vibe and make it look more vintage. Look for eclectic pieces as well as antique details that mesh well with your chosen era. Don’t be afraid to mix and match as that’s one of the easiest way to create a vintage feel to your surroundings. Another easy technique? Focus on the lighting. Generally, vintage weddings include tons of candlelight and soft, warm lighting, like twinkle and string lights.

Ultimately, when it comes to planning your vintage wedding, having a clear idea of the era you’re trying to recreate will help guide the rest of the process. Remember: this is your day, so whatever feels right to you will work the best!

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