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Handmade and Vintage Wedding Ideas

Full skirted fifties gown

Full skirted fifties gown

The Vintage trend is continuing in 2015 as couples look for a chic homespun feel to their vintage wedding. Recent films have seen some famous people in tweeds, braces, tea dresses, pearls, baker boy style caps, and waistcoats, and some of these can be carried through to the theme for the wedding. There has also been a focus on handmade items in recent years, whether this is in the world of interiors, fashion or food, and many people are re discovering some old skills such as baking and sewing, which can come in handy when planning a wedding.

A mix of old, new and handmade can create a very personal feel, and if couples use the skills of family and friends it is a good way to help people feel involved in the big day as well as creating a unique look on a budget. Floral arrangements can be costly, but the bride might choose to use a florist to make a fabulous bouquet which can be preserved after the wedding, and have a friend take care of the flowers for the venue. These can be much simpler to arrange using vintage style or mismatched bud vases, or tiny milk bottles in matching wire crates for a quirky table decoration.

An old fashioned seaside or picnic theme can be set up easily using ticking stripe place settings, driftwood decorations, tiny tin buckets at each place setting, painted signs for the table planner and numbers, and bunting decorations.

Traditional tiered wedding cakes can sometimes look out of place at a vintage wedding, but by working with your cake maker you can come up with a personal design that fits in with everything. Individual cup cakes are a popular option and can be displayed on footed cake stands, along with pastel coloured macarons or iced biscuits.

Vintage wedding means different things to different people, from an old fashioned fifties underskirt detail to classic cars, so there is plenty of scope for something different. It will be lovely to see what your guests thought of the theme so have an old fashioned photo album for guests to sign, with some pictures of the bride and groom from childhood to their engagement photo already put in, using old style photo corners, and some blank pages for guests to write their messages. This makes a really personal keepsake and the couple can add in some wedding photos and baby pictures as the years go by.

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