How to get the vintage look (part 6): Weddings

Want a wedding that’s a bit different to all the others? A vintage-themed wedding, from DIY-ing the bunting to going full Fifties, is the best way to do just that. Put your own stamp on your Big Day with these pretty vintage ideas…

1. Pom-tastic

Whether your wedding’s indoors or outdoors, some upcycled furniture like this cabinet is an eye-catching way to display sweet treats (just check out those retro cake stands!) as well as your guest book or any wedding gifts. Turn tissue paper into a heart-shaped uber-pom for an inexpensive display.


2. Invites to treasure

Handmade invites are the best way to tell guests about your big day. Forget using an anonymous printer – make your own invites using upcycled paper scraps, twine and doilies or call in one of the experts.


3. DIY backdrop

A handmade backdrop is a unique way to frame snaps of your friends, family – and you! We love this idea of using scraps of vintage wallpaper for a shabby chic look. Flower garlands add some extra pretty – just don’t forget your Polaroid!


4. Keep it kitsch

When it comes to the decorations, a little kitsch goes a long way. We love this display from The Fabulous Vintage Bride, complete with vintage paper dolls, perfume bottles and a wee Martini deer.


5. Teacups galore

Why not go full-on flower fabulous, like this gorgeous wedding on Love My Dress? A vintage wedding simply requires teacups, the more mis-matched the merrier, filled with roses and other English flowers. And don’t forget an embroidered tablecloth too.


6. Table treats

Want to keep the decor simple? Simply pair your posies with pretty vintage tins and mix with retro glass bottles and vases for an eye-catching table display. Get more inspo at WeddingWire.


7. Pretty plates

A stack of pretty plates (raid your local charity shops for flower-bedecked beauties) popped on top of a lacy doily is a pretty way to present your wedding feast. Add a linen napkin and bespoke printed napkin wrap from Tie That Binds on Etsy and you have the sweetest of settings.


8. Name games

We love this DIY idea too. Hand-embroidered vintage scraps in a hoop make a delicious alternative to a name card on your toppest tables. Swoon over the rest of this 1930s-themed wedding here.


9. Suits you

Forget a messy pile of cards and gifts – give your guests somewhere pretty to put them. An upcycled vintage suitcase does the trick – deck it out with mini bunting and doilies too, or try Etsy.


10. Vintage wheels

Heading off into the sunset? Make sure your vintage car is adorned with some seasonal garlands and a ribbon bow or two, like this one. And don’t forget the tin cans, vintage, of course…

See the full How to get the Vintage Look series