Vintage-inspired weddings challenge brides to be creative and personal with their décor. Gather the bridal party troops to help make your ideas a reality.
Today’s Bride has some DIY décor ideas that you’ll enjoy creating – and also help your budget.
Create your own invites with antique-looking stationary such as crumpled paper with uneven edges. Ivory, yellow or brown are popular neutral colours that will help you pull off the vintage look.
A typewriter- or handwritten-style fonts give an old-school vibe to your stationary. Consider adding traditional designs like floral patterns and vine borders.
Your invitations give guests’ their first hint to your wedding’s style and helps them to dress accordingly.
Be inventive with your do-it-yourself décor.
Danielle Andrews Sunkel, owner of the Wedding Planners, a wedding coordination firm, suggests collecting a few antique luggage bags for the gift table. You can pile the old suitcases onto a piece of wood and secure it with a glue gun. Leave the top suitcase unzipped and guests will have a fun place to leave their wedding gifts and cards.
Hang little paper name tags from a wooden ladder. It’s a fun way for guests to find their seating, says Danielle. Use a coloured ribbon to tie each piece of paper and hang them on the ladder with clothespins.
Do you want something other than a basic vase and flower arrangement?
Sonia Gonzalez, a professional wedding planner with One of a Kind Weddings, suggests placing flowers in coloured teacups. Group three teacups on a silver platter and fill each cup with a single flower supported by greenery. Scatter vintage jewelry, like old rings and pearls, around the tray to emphasize the theme.
Danielle recommends using old leather-bound books, such as Shakespeare or Jane Austen to emphasize a Victorian theme. You can tie the books together with twine and place flowers on top.
Wooden table number displays are a trendy way to distinguish each table. Paint them to match your colour scheme and add pearls, feathers and lace.
Make your own jam and put it in small mason jars as wedding favours, says Sonia. Give the jars some zing by wrapping them in checkered cloth or tying them in ribbon.
You can also fill jars with cookie mix and attach vintage stationary with instructions on how to bake them.
Fragrant sachets are another lovely DIY favour, says wedding planner Tara O’Grady. You can package dry flowers like lavender in lace packets or drawstring, see-through bags. Finish off the vintage look by attaching a personalized wedding monogram.
These DIY projects can be time-consuming, but when your guests gush about your unique wedding designs, it’ll be well worth it.