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50 Ideas for a Vintage-Inspired Wedding

What's old is new again with a wedding that captures the glamour of the '20s, the rock 'n roll energy of the '50s, or the free spirited vibe of the '70s. From retro-inspired gowns to decorating with antiques, here are some of our favorite ideas we've spotted.

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Attire

    Attire

    Long-sleeved gowns and floral crowns are lovely throwbacks that look just as gorgeous today.

  • Attire

    Attire

    A lace wedding dress exudes vintage glamour.

    Photo Credit: JoPhoto

  • Attire

    Attire

    Complete your look with a modern take on the Juliet headdress, popularized in the 1920s.

  • Attire

    Attire

    Weave a vintage-inspired hair comb through your updo.

    Photo Credit: Revival Photography

  • Attire

    Attire

    You know you need something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue... but don't forget the end of the rhyme: "a silver sixpence in her shoe." This British currency was last minted in 1970, so your best bet is to order one online.

    Photo Credit: BTW Photography

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    You can't go wrong with classic roses and peonies. Cascading greenery adds a vintage vibe.

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    Accentuate a fabric flower bouquet with pearls and antique brooches.

    Photo Credit: Jewels Photography

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    Complement a fresh-from-the-garden bouquet with an heirloom brooch.

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    Attach a cameo to your bouquet.

  • Bouquet

    Bouquet

    Add a piece of heirloom jewelry to your bouquet.

  • Ceremony

    Ceremony

    Reminiscent of an ancient scroll, have your vows hand-calligraphed onto your aisle runner. 

    Photo Credit: This Modern Romance

  • Ceremony

    Ceremony

    Decorate your ceremony space with vintage lanterns surrounded by hydrangeas and roses. 

    Photo Credit: POPography

  • Ceremony

    Ceremony

    Utilize old-fashioned urns and classic pillars to hold oversized arrangements of hydrangeas and roses.

  • Ceremony

    Ceremony

    Wearing a newsboy cap, the ring bearer carries a needlepoint sign down the aisle.

    Photo Credit: Orange Photographie

  • Transportation

    Transportation

    Step back into the 1920s with this Gatsby-esque car.

    Photo Credit: Thurston Photography

  • Transportation

    Transportation

    Take a ride in the classic Ford Thunderbird.

  • Transportation

    Transportation

    Zip away from your ceremony on a vintage Vespa.

    Photo Credit: The Melideos

  • Escort Cards

    Escort Cards

    Attach each escort card to an antique key adorned with some fringe.

    Photo Credit: Your Lovely Wedding

  • Guest Book

    Guest Book

    Ask your guests to type their well wishes for you on a retro typewriter.

    Photo Credit: Choco Studio

  • Guest Book

    Guest Book

    Travel back to a simpler time and have your guests sign your guest book by quill and ink.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Place a stack of leather-bound books on each table, topped with a framed quote from one of the classic literary picks.

    Photo Credit: Nadia D. Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Place your flowers in antique gold vessels.

    Photo Credit: JoPhoto

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Repurpose vintage fruit baskets to hold your floral arrangements.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Milk glass vessels lend a retro vibe.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Transform the timeless Mason jar into a unique candelabra.

    Photo Credit: Orange Photographie

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Mini floral arrangements look even more darling when paired with vintage crystal glasses, antique pearl necklaces, and lace table cloths.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Mercury glass goblets beckon a turn-of-the-century appeal.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Accent a vintage tea set with contrasting flowers.

  • Place Settings & Table Décor

    Place Settings & Table Décor

    Antique china looks even more elegant when placed on gold chargers.

    Photo Credit: JoPhoto

  • Place Settings & Table Décor

    Place Settings & Table Décor

    Peruse your local thrift stores for mix-and-match china to use as your cake plates.

  • Place Settings & Table Décor

    Place Settings & Table Décor

    Vintage meets the modern era: We love the contrast between the traditional camera (with film!) and the iPhone on this table. 

  • Card Box

    Card Box

    Collect your guests' cards in an antique bird cage.

    Photo Credit: Dana Grant Photography

  • Card Box

    Card Box

    Or, collect them in a vintage suitcase.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Having an outdoor wedding? Hang old family wedding photos on a tree for a true "family tree."

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    A reception held by candlelight reflects a time before the modern era.

    Photo Credit: JoPhoto

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Repurpose antique table runners as custom banners for your sweetheart table chairs.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Picture frames aren't just for holding pictures! Suspend small groupings of flowers from old frames for a unique twist.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Display thrift store china under a glass dome.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Decorate your reception entrance with a stack of vintage suitcases.

    Photo Credit: Choco Studio

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Display your engagement photos on a reclaimed wooden door.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Antique bird cages at varying heights add a throwback aesthetic to the table.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Bring the indoors out by suspending unique vintage lanterns above your tables.

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Messina

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Hit up local estate sales for antique furniture you can repurpose; use a dresser or desk to display your desserts and favors at an outdoor wedding. 

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Popularized in the 1960s, baby's breath is a staple at vintage-inspired weddings.

  • Photo Inspiration

    Photo Inspiration

    Toss a few (plastic!) records for a fun photo op.

    Photo Credit: Revival Photography

  • Photo Inspiration

    Photo Inspiration

    A lace parasol makes a wonderful vintage photo prop.

  • Photo Inspiration

    Photo Inspiration

    Join your sweetheart on a retro-inspired picnic.

  • Photo Inspiration

    Photo Inspiration

    Incorporate some of your favorite antiques in your photos.

    Photo Credit: Revival Photography

  • Cake

    Cake

    Dress up your cake with pearls, flowers, and ruffles.

    Photo Credit: Jewels Photography

  • Cake

    Cake

    Fabric roses adorned with jewels and tea-dyed paper add to the vintage vibe of this classic cake.

    Photo Credit: POPography

50 Ideas for a Vintage-Inspired Wedding

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