This post was inspired by Rebecca Hackl who recently told me she has several vintage inspired weddings this season.
There are many ways to do "vintage." According to dictionary.com the word vintage means thus: 2. Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic. It was originally a reference to the character of good wine and was recently taken over by fashionistas, style gurus, interior designers, and people on EBay who want to sell the junk from their garage and charge a lot for it.
If you want to have a vintage inspired wedding then I propose the following three guidelines:
1. Choose your colors first 2. Don't even think about changing your colors because you found the perfect little something. If it can't be painted, covered, or dyed then it's not for you. 3. Just because it's old, doesn't make it fashionable.
Next, start browsing magazines and books from the time period that inspires you. If you like the Hollywood Glam look then I recommend watching some movies on TCM such as "From Here to Eternity," "Casablanca", "Sunset Boulevard," or "They All Kissed the Bride."
If you want to go for a 1920s look then start looking for pictures of Clara Bow.
If you are one of those people that thinks that the 1960s was a decade for the fashion forward (and although I might disagree with you - rock on you little flower child) - then the sky is the limit. You have no shortage of material to draw on, but Twiggy is my favorite.
After you have some notes, make yourself a personal style board in a scrapbook or on a piece of poster board. Now, you can start to take it to dress shops, floral/event designers, wedding coordinators and even your lighting people and start to put your event together. As the saying goes... a picture is worth a thousand words.
Also of note: congratulations to Rebecca Hackl for launching the new version of her website. You can see it here. http://rebeccahacklevents.com/ Rebecca, Julian, and Nathan make a great team and if you are planning an event in the near future you should give them a call!