When planning an event, everyone knows that it is the little things that make a big difference. Unique, personalized details will create exactly the sort of vibe you want and wow your guests. As someone who loves everything vintage, I just love the variety and quirkiness of pretty and inexpensive touches that are inspired by days gone by.
I am always on the lookout for odds and ends at thrift shops and online. Authentic decorative antiques are not necessarily pricy, but their quality shows. I tend to purchase items for events that I might enjoy keeping afterward in my home or to give away as thoughtful keepsakes.
As Helen Pye, deputy editor of Hitched, the go-to wedding resource for British brides, says
Whether you consider yourself a retro bride or just love the vintage trend, if you nail your vintage décor you can guarantee your wedding will look beautiful and timelessly chic.
Old picture frames are very affordable. As we live in an age when most images are shared digitally, there is something evocative and heartwarming about printed photos, framed with love, especially when displayed in a handpicked vintage frame. At an event, framed images can be grouped as a way of highlighting important memories and sharing intimate family moments such as engagements.
When you are decorating any event with a vintage flair, matching items do not matter. Eclectic collections of silverware, plates, or crystalware can be fun and engender an informally elegant atmosphere. Buying one-off items, piecemeal can be a great way to create interesting and conversation-worthy table settings. According to Modern Wedding, a great way to add decadence to vintage table settings is to opt for floral patterns.
Ultimately, I think that a vintage event theme hits the spot when the hostess or bride commits to the theme by wearing a period-appropriate outfit. Fawnia Soo Hoo, feature writer for Fashionista, highly recommends in person shopping, whenever possible in her excellent article on finding and altering vintage wedding dresses. She does suggest that there are some great online options to look at for inspiration including Etsy, Preowned Wedding Dresses, and Tradsey.
Most of all, do not rush. There is a lot to be said for planning in advance, especially if you want to have fun sourcing truly special vintage details for your event.