Vintage weddings offer something for everyone. A touch of romance for the bride and groom. Strong traditional undertones for the family. Lasting memories for everyone in the shape of beautiful photographs.
Although everyone’s definition of “vintage” varies, most of us associate a vintage wedding with a ceremony and reception with a slightly old-fashioned feel. Whether you’re creating a turn-of-the century setting in a mansion like Eldredge Manor, or if you’re going fifties-style with a cool car and a short wedding dress, there are many different paths you can take to capture that time-honored feel.
- Set the Scene: You can’t have a Victorian-inspired wedding in a bowling alley, and you can’t always capture a rustic farm feel in the city. The best way to set an authentic scene for your vintage wedding is to find a venue that matches. While you can always dress up an ordinary banquet hall to match your theme, you’ll find that you can save substantial time and money by finding a facility with built in history.
- Build a Pyramid: Your Utah wedding venue is the base of your pyramid. From there, you have to build upwards to stay true to your theme. What’s the next most important part of your wedding? Is it the dress? The catering? The colors? Stay true to your vintage theme as you go. Choose a wedding dress all in lace. Stick to pastels and slightly washed out colors. Every small detail can make a difference, and build on each one as you go.
- Turn Down the Lights: Don’t ruin the romance by turning up the lights. Bring your entire vintage look together by dimming the overhead ballroom lights and relying on accent lighting or candles instead. There’s something about low lighting that captures the vintage feeling, especially if you already have the setting to go with it.
- Don’t Match Everything: One of the best ways to capture a vintage feeling is to worry less about everything being perfect. Teacup centerpieces in different patterns are great for a slightly rustic, old-fashioned feeling. Hand-written invitations written on scrap floral paper might add an elegant touch. Don’t be afraid of stepping a little off the beaten path to make your vintage wedding happen.
- Hire the Right Photographer: Nothing is worse than putting in all that hard work capturing a vintage look and then hiring a photographer who uses bright lights and modern posing. Ask about whether or not they can use special filters or change the pictures to sepia and black/white tones later. Try to get both indoor and outdoor photos, too. And if you have a garden to take advantage of for photos, don’t be afraid to use it!
Perhaps the most important piece of advice you can get is not to get too boxed in by your vintage theme. There’s no rule that says once you pick a vintage wedding, you have to keep everything within those strict confines. Go ahead and play modern music for dancing. Have a Krispy Kreme donut tower instead of a wedding cake. Drive away in a limo instead of a horse-drawn carriage. A vintage wedding is about evoking a mood more than it is about making sure you stay true to the era—and as long as the mood fits your vision, the rest is just details.