Vintage Themed Wedding Ideas


Vintage themed weddings have grown in popularity in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. No matter what era you pick, there are plenty of glamourous ideas that can be incorporated in to your big day. From the swinging 60s to the elegant 20s, a vintage wedding is something unique and special that both you and your guests are bound to remember forever. It may take a little more preparation than your standard wedding – which take a great deal of planning as it is – but the finished product will be well worth it, and the photographs are guaranteed to be stunning. Here are a few ideas to help you to create the vintage wedding of your dreams and to inspire you to turn your special day, into something spectacular.

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Choose an Era

Throughout the years there have been so many exquisite examples of glamour and traditions – which incidentally make the perfect theme for a wedding! The problem you’re likely to come across is deciding exactly which wonderful era to use for your wedding. Luckily there is a theme to suit everyone, here are just a few of our favourites:

20s – The Gatsby Years

With the release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby last year, it’s no wonder that the 20s and their glitz and glamour have had their revival. This was the era of art deco, decadent gold décor and extravagant jewellery, such as these antique period pieces. If you want something luxurious and elegant, then the 20s are certainly an era to consider. Opt for extravagant dresses, champagne, long strings of draped pearls and men in tuxedos.

40s and 50s – Victory Rolls and Rockability

The 40s and 50s are a more fun theme for a wedding, though that’s not to say they’re any less glamourous than the 20s. Victory rolls, pearls and rockability are both big elements of these years, so if you’re looking for something a little more alternative or a wedding with more of a handmade touch, then the 40s and 50s could well be the perfect solution for you. Opt for well groomed victory rolls, strings of pearls, homemade favours and prom style dresses.

60s – Chic and Sophisticated

There are so many fantastic ways in which to incorporate the 60s into your wedding. The 60s were chic and black lined doe eyes and big hair was a must which means this is certainly a theme for the stylish brides among you. Opt for plenty of flowers, shift style dresses and plenty of cocktails.


Authentic vintage lighting can be difficult and expensive to source, but there are plenty of alternative things you can do in order to light the venue in other ways. Candles in jam jars that have been wrapped in lace will always be a firm favourite as it gives your wedding a real vintage feel and a more intimate look too. Alternatively, strings of lights draped from the ceiling or numerous light bulbs hung down over the dining area can also add a glamourous, vintage feel to your wedding.


To maintain a real vintage feel throughout your wedding, why not go for a wild flower bouquet? They flower arrangements have a period feel to them and often the colours are even more vibrant – which can complement the overall look of your vintage wedding. To give them a real period look, tie the bouquets with vintage ribbons and lace which are easy to source from charity shops and carboot sales.

Emma Stern Nielsen

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