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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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