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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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A day of glitz and glamour

Vintage inspired weddings are still very much the trend. From your bridal gown and venue to your table decor and transport there are lots of ways to create a stylish vintage wedding.

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Above and below: The vintage themed wedding of Ruth Story and Thomas Osman

You could draw from the early decades of the last century or the more rock ’n roll era of the 1950s and 1960s.

Vintage weddings work well with homemade touches using soft and subtle colours, or for something more rock and roll think about making it a bit sharper.


Choosing a venue that has lots of character and heritage, such as a grand stately home or castle, will mean that you’ll have the right surroundings for a vintage wedding, with paintings on the wall and antique furnishings already in place to help you create the perfect feel.

A village hall or marquee will give you a blank canvas to add all the details yourself, such as quintessentially English bunting.


Gowns that capture the feeling of decades past have become the top choice of brides in recent years.

Ivory dresses that introduce lace give a classic vintage look while shorter dresses give move of a rock chic feel.

Many top dress designers now have ‘vintage’ styles in their ranges. There are specialist companies or for the ultimate vintage dress, look for a dress at vintage fairs, charity shops or look at the dresses your relatives wore on their wedding day in years gone by.

You should be able to get it altered to fit your size.

When Ruth and Thomas Osman, from Dumfries, got married they wanted to draw on the iconic music and fashion of the 1950s and use fashion and nostalgic features from the decade when they wed at Blairquhan Castle in Ayrshire.

Ruth wore a bespoke dress modelled from a 1950s wedding dress featuring a full skirt with tulle overlay and short tulle veil, complemented with vintage 1950s diamond drop earrings, which she changed in the evening to a striking Jenny Packham head piece.

Guests were invited to dress up in 1950s-style outfits , with outfits including polka dot dresses which typified 1950s style.

Sarah Sutton chose 1950s dresses when she married Jason Haygarth at the Inn on the Lake, Ullswater.

For her own outfit Sarah chose a silk and lace 1950s-style dress made by The Whirling Turban in Bali, birdcage veil and her grandma’s pearls were shortened and made into a choker, earrings and a bracelet. The outfits for her bridesmaids were also inspired by the 1950s, from Vivien of Holloway.


When it comes to transport there are lots of options for vintage and retro cars.

If it’s the classic car you’re after then go for a Rolls Royce or 1950s Bentley or for something more quirky you could pick a VW camper van, Beetle, red double decker bus or vintage bus.


One of the best ways to give your wedding reception a vintage feel is to use old china, glass and linen to create a romantic atmosphere.

Vintage crockery, from tea cups and tea pots to cake stands, birdcages draped with pearls and vases filled with flowers will all help to do this while retro sweets at a candy bar or jars filled with old-fashioned boiled sweets will add to the theme.

For flowers, choose soft colours such as dusty pinks.


If you want to go all out with the country/vintage theme then you could serve afternoon tea using all your crockery as your wedding breakfast, with tea served in the delicate cups and saucers and treats served on cake stands.


A jazz band is perfect for your day reception while a swing band or rock ‘n’ roll band will be ideal to get things going at night.


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