Vintage weddings are a fun way to show off your sense of style and fashion. Whether you are DIY crafty or an admirer of trends from past decades, a vintage wedding may be the look that you are after. It presents the opportunity to show off your artistic side, and opens up a whole new world of possibilities. If you plan well enough in advance, you will have plenty of time to pull off an amazing vintage wedding!
Vintage Wedding Fashion
One way to distinguish your wedding as vintage is the fashion. Many of today's couture designers offer vintage-inspired looks that pay tribute to fashion from years past. These may be part of a special collection, or just part of what appeals to the designer, coming out in their work. Instead of a modern white dress, you now have lots of options! For example, you can go with a sleek and demure gown from the 50's, or something earthy from the 70's. Or, if you have a sense of irony, something hopelessly outdated from the 80's. The specific look is up to you, as long as you have fun in the process!
Finding Vintage Wedding Fashion
There are some bridal boutiques in town that offer vintage wedding dresses, in addition to present day designs. The advantage to buying through boutique is that the dress will likely be well maintained. Perhaps it will even be meticulously restored. Of course, you also have the option to buy a vintage wedding dress online, sight unseen. The nice part about this is the endless array of choices. Search long enough, and you will find a vintage dress from almost any time period.
Remember that buying online comes with potential risks. For example, the dress may not appear as pristine in person as it does in the photos. Also, when you try on the vintage dress, you may find it does not fit as advertised. You will want to know about return policies, so you can make the best decision about your vintage wedding attire.
When looking online, you will see many places to buy outfits and design details for vintage weddings. Some of the more popular options are Etsy, eBay and Mill Crest Vintage, to name a few. These sites have fairly exhaustive catalogues, with new merchandise being refreshed constantly. So if you keep an eye out, you will find the perfect vintage wedding dress of your dreams!
Themes For Vintage Weddings
Incorporating a vintage theme into your wedding is a fun way to engage your guests, and to make your event memorable. It has greater meaning if you choose a time period that is specifically relevant to you. For example, if your favorite book is The Great Gatsby, then a vintage wedding theme in the style of the Roaring Twenties would be ideal. To bring your theme to life, send out fancy deco invitations and ask guests to dress for the occasion. Top hats and tails encouraged! Then for the bar, serve Prohibition style drinks such as Old Fashioned or Mint Julep. You can even have a photo booth with party masks and flapper accessories. This will help your guests to immerse themselves in the experience.
Of course, you don't have to reach that far into the past for your vintage wedding theme. For example, you can make everyone nostalgic for a simpler time by having a 60's inspired celebration. Hire a cover band to play classic rock tunes and dance the night away. If you have a creative touch, make custom pins, floral wreaths and necklaces for your guests to wear throughout the evening. You can even choose a venue with an open field or a rustic look, which will pair nicely with the vintage ambiance. There really are no limits to the theme!
Vintage Wedding Photography
As San Diego wedding photographers, we love capturing vintage weddings. When guests and family get into the spirit, and embrace the theme, it gives us a lot to work with! For example, let's say you have a lot of textures and fabrics to help bring out your theme. These visually appealing elements make for good backdrops, and they add color and variety to the images. We will be sure to capture the uniqueness of your vintage theme in our photography, which you will see in the resulting images.
Vintage Weddings vs Vintage Image Enhancement
Vintage Wedding One style that has grown in popularity in recent years is vintage image enhancement. We appreciate the vintage aesthetic, and we use vintage treatments as one part of of our larger process. For example, if an image has soft, muted colors, then a vintage style will be well suited to match the natural image tones. A wedding that features antique cars, handmade details, and an heirloom wedding gown will likely result in more vintage treatments in our work. However, If the entire wedding is sleek and modern, then the colors in the finished images will be brighter, and a vintage treatment will be less appropriate. Our technique is to match the natural style of each image, so that the image will still be relevant in fifty years.