It doesn't take a time machine -- or a fortune -- to get the vintage wedding of your dreams. Here are a few simple ideas to give your big day some old-fashioned flair.
Take a cue from the romance greats by staging engagement photos like iconic movie scenes. Check out Roman Holiday, Casablanca, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Gone With The Wind for inspiration, then hire a photographer and start posing like Audrey and Bogie. Use the photos on your save-the-dates or set them up at reception tables.
Send a Message
Throwback stationery styles, like letterpress printing and tea-stained papers, can instantly enrich your invitations with nostalgic charm. Another idea is to design the invite to look like a telegram or an old Hollywood marquee (check a website like Chisholm-Poster.com for inspiration). Complete the look with a wax seal and a stamp of your monogram.
Dress up your bridal party in accessories like pillbox hats, birdcage veils, and Art Deco jewelry for instant vintage glamour. Small capes or stoles will help them keep warm at a fall or winter wedding, and pretty parasols make adorable spring and summer accessories.
Make It Sparkle
Extend the romantic glitz into your decor. Pin vintage brooches to your escort cards. Arrange small hatboxes on tables for a centerpiece. You can even place a few antique trunks around your reception space -- throw some cushions on top to create eclectic seating for guests who take a break from the dance floor.
Lace It Up
Intricate lace can give almost anything a vintage touch. Mimic your dress' lace pattern in unexpected places, like in the fondant icing of your wedding cake or the edging of your invitations. To avoid flashbacks of your kindergarten valentines, streamline the look by using a piece of lace as a stencil: Simply place an extra strip of lace on the paper, paint over it, and remove the fabric to reveal the pattern on your invites or escort cards.
Keep It Simple
When it comes to vintage wedding decor, less is more. Muted colors, scores of candles and greenery, and maybe a glittery chandelier or two are really all you need to create a romantic atmosphere that harkens back to simpler times. If you can't resist a little kitsch, arrange antique knickknacks, like salt and pepper shakers or perfume bottles, on tables for a quirky-but-charming touch.