Thursday, April 11, 2013

Everything Old is New Again .....In Weddings

            Weddings are a very costly endeavor.  One of the best and unique ways to save money is to use vintage items or re-purpose items into crafts for decor, accessories, etc. It's also a great way to inject your own creative personality into your wedding design.  Brides are embracing these trends fully. If you are looking for inspiration Pintrest is full of beautiful ideas.  
            If you choose to buy a vintage wedding dress avoid dresses that need repairs or have stains.  Avoid the oldest dresses, those before 1900 because of deteriorating fabric. Remember sizing is very different today than in the past.  

Below are some of the top vintage trends this season.

Colors: mint green, orange, pink, print
Grooms:  hats, bow ties, seer sucker suits
Dresses:  1920s flapper style dresses, satin gowns, vintage lace sleeves
Accessories: birdcage veils, vintage jewelry pieces, lace and crystal garters
Decor:  aged wine barrels, colored bottles with flowers, lanterns, mason jars, antique books, crates, dried flowers

 Below is a photograph from my wedding circa 2008.  I chose a new Michaelangelo gown that had a vintage style-lace overcoat.  I wore my mother's (1978) bridal veil.  We slightly altered the veil to make it less heavy.  

My Three Favorite Items From Local Etsy Shops!

Oldendesigns- custom handmade luminaries

10 Large Vintage Sheet Music Luminaries, Great for Weddings & Parties, Music Decorations, Luminary Bags, Custom Made

DeLoop- Bridal Whimsical Accessories and Fashion Hair Accessories

 White Feather Hat Vintage Rhinestone Brooch Detail, Royal Wedding, wedding, mardi gras
Ageless Heirlooms/Laurenrosedesign- fine and antique vintage jewelry
10K Antique Art Nouveau Baroque Pearl Lavaliere Necklace


  1. awesome info. How is the sizing different today compared to the past? I find that very interesting.

  2. Generally, as a group of people we have grown taller. You'll especially notice the difference in vintage chairs/rockers being closer to the floor. As a rule of thumb vintage sizes are at least four sizes smaller than modern sizes.