Making the ceremony classy is a challenge for vintage weddings. Liz Wanless of Great Events says the result lies in the details.
Here are some interesting touches you can add to make your wedding an elegant affair.
Location, location, location
If you’re planning to have a vintage-style wedding, consider renting an older venue and developing modern décor that’s a match for the location’s historic charm. Casa Loma in Toronto is one venue Liz suggests because the space has such an old-world ambience.
Sites that are ideal for your vintage-inspired wedding are castles, rustic manors, old hotels and movie theatres.
Paper and fonts
The type of card-stock and font that you choose for your invitations, menus, seating cards, and thank-you cards can emphasize your theme. Liz suggests choosing a higher-end, heavier stock paper instead of regular industrial paper.
Cursive or calligraphic-style fonts are ideal on heavier stock paper and their elegant and romantic look lends itself well to a vintage themed wedding. If you’re considering a ’20s- or ’30s-themed wedding, look at art-deco style fonts, like the title font for the 2011 romantic movie, The Artist.
Dinner and dessert
Dress up your table settings with touches like crystal wine glasses. For centerpieces, Liz suggests getting playful by tucking feathers in with the flowers or adding strings of crystal beads on candelabras. Use lots of candles.
Instead of having the standard dessert table at your wedding, surprise your guests with a formal high tea and dessert, complete with fine china. Don’t worry about having matching cups, saucers, and plates; Victorian high teas used mismatched China – it was the style and added interest to the tea table.
Roll up to your big day in style! Instead of riding in the traditional stretch limousine, consider an older, but well-maintained alternative. If you and your partner like the elegance and charm of much older automobiles, look at something like the 1929 Citroen. If glitz and glam is more your speed, check out a Porsche 911 or a 1960 Sunbeam Convertible. Or how about a horse and carriage?
Pay tribute to your parents or grandparents by adding vintage touches to your outfit. Brides can borrow their mother’s or grandmother’s veil, while grooms can borrow cufflinks or a bowtie from their father or grandfather. Go on! Be a little sentimental!