We think that ‘Something Old’ can be incorporated into just about every aspect of your wedding. Not only is vintage a way to ensure your wedding doesn’t really date (join me, why don’t you, in an 80s meringue dress collective shudder), but it also means your wedding can be different from all the other weddings you’ve attended.
Now, we could talk about ourselves and our love of vintage china, but there are so many amazing suppliers out there who can help you create a vintage vision that we wanted to talk about them for a change and prove that Something Old is so much more creative than Something New.
To illustrate our point, we asked three vintage aficionados about why they love vintage so much, so if you’re looking for inspiration, read on to find out more and find out what inspires them. Check back tomorrow and on Sunday for more vintage vision!
To get things started, I asked the lovely Penny of Junk Shop Bride for her top 10 hints on planning a vintage wedding…..
1. Family Treasures
Weddings are all about sentimentality, so why not revive some of your own family treasures? It’s worth asking family members, especially grandparents, if they have any genuine vintage pieces to add precious touches. My nanna recently gave me an antique oil lamp that she and my grandfather had bought from a dealer in their early years of marriage. I couldn’t help but imagine how perfect it would be placed beside a vintage typewriter on which guests could leave their messages! (Photograph courtesy of Tino&Pip Photography)
2. Be Inspired
A blank canvas can be a little daunting! The best advice stems from a principle of interior design… find one piece such as a painting, swatch of fabric or a brooch and use it as the basis for your colours and theme. Match all subsequent finds to that one inspiration for a consistent overall look to your wedding. (Photographs courtesy of Sweet Days&Roses)
3. Dig Deep
Dig deep! No item is the same when junk shopping so you have to be thorough to avoid missing a treasure! Unlike high street stores that take hours perfecting their displays, most antique stores and especially boot fairs are an eclectic mess, which makes it easy to miss hidden gems. Take plenty of time to look everything over. If in doubt, ask for help and be prepared to haggle too! Don’t rave about the item or tell them you are going to buy it – it’ll be too late to ask for a discount. Oh, and always keep antibacterial gel handy! (Photographs courtesy of Three Potato Four)
It goes without saying that you are unlikely to find complete sets of items such as chairs or bottles, but that is the beauty of vintage! Don’t be afraid to mismatch your treasures. It is a stunning look and adds authenticity to your vintage theme. (Photograph courtesy of Mike Larson Photography)
5. Vintage Sizing
The sizing of clothes is not consistent throughout every decade. You may have heard that size 6 Marilyn Monroe would be a 10 or 12 by today’s standards. I can’t stress how important it is to try before you buy! If you find something on Ebay for example, make sure you double check the sizing with the vendor before you place your bid. If when you try the item on, it’s too small, you could resell it. If it’s too big however, it may not be a lost cause- it can usually be taken in and tailored depending on the fragility of the garment and its construction. (Photograph courtesy of Tino&Pip Photography)
6. Early Bird
To get the most coveted items at boot fairs or antique fairs, the old saying rings true. Take a leaf from the dealers’ books, they get there when the gates open. Don’t forget to wear a comfortable pair of shoes and take a large holdall or bag otherwise you’ll end up with reams of carrier bags straining under the weight of all your new-found treasures! (Photograph courtesy of Tino&Pip Photography)
Many vintage or antique treasures may need a little tweak to restore them either to their former glory or simply to fit in with your wedding theme. Don’t dismiss a beautiful item because of a little wear and tear- that’s part of the charm! Reusing treasures is not just about being green; it’s about celebrating history and sentimentality! (Photograph courtesy of Artemis, source Junk Shop Bride)
8. Get Creative
How special to have some of your own creations to adorn your wedding! If you’re not one of those that can just pick up a pair of scissors and a needle and create a fabulous ball gown, don’t panic- there are plenty of step-by-step guides on the net to hold your hand! Junk Shop Bride has featured two so far; Create Your Own Heirloom Bouquet and The DIY Pillowcase Bridesmaid’s Dress! Junk shopping is a great and inexpensive way to test the waters for a craft or sewing project – experiment and learn! A new coat of paint or a little tailoring works wonders! (Photograph courtesy of Artemis, source Junk Shop Bride)
The frustrating thing (to some) about boot/antique fairs is that they don’t have a search facility! If you are not a fan of trawling through endless amounts of crap to unearth a treasure, Ebay should become your new best friend! There are however a few things you should consider. To save time and disappointment, have Ebay email you when something relevant is listed. Enter your search term in the top, right corner of any page. On the results page, click “Add to Favourite Searches,” tick the “e-mail me daily” box and click “Save Search.” If you find something you really like, check out the sellers profile for similar items that may be closer to your ideal as well as of course seller’s feedback. Read the item’s description carefully. Note what it does not say and email the seller to clarify the description if necessary. Try searching with a few misspellings. A mistake on the seller’s part could prevent a bidding war and mean significant savings for you! Post your bid at the last possible moment before the auction closes. If you get into a protracted bidding war that could run up your final price. When you win your item, print out a copy of the auction page and compare it with your purchase when it arrives. (Photograph courtesy of Vintage Computer Museum)
Selecting items that you can reuse in your home, such as dining chairs, picture frames, brooch or button bouquets, is another fabulous way for your day to live on and I suggest choosing a photographer who will capture all your little treasures. Most importantly, cherish every detail and every moment of your big day- it only happens once in a lifetime! (Photograph courtesy of Noaki Jewellery)
Thanks for your fabulous words of wisdom Penny – Something Old knocks spots of Something New – FACT! x