Monday, February 15, 2010

What Makes a Wedding Vintage?

Everyone seems to love a vintage-inspired wedding, especially right now, but what makes a wedding "vintage"?

Stephanie, the bride above, wore a vintage gown. The rest of her wedding was absolutely delightful - filled to the brim with vintage-inspired goodness. But, does her vintage equal your vintage?

Meaghan Magritz, of The City Bride Blog, tweeted the other day, "Breaking News: the word vintage has replaced the word J.Crew in the vocabulary of brides...I mean in the sense of how much it is used. Every bride now wants a vintage wedding....well all the brides I talk to anyway."

I agree with Meaghan - I have heard the word vintage thrown around more lately, even more than the notorious wedding word, classic. Vintage weddings are popular, and my favorite part is seeing what each bride-to-be deems "vintage".

There are no rules for wedding styles like there are for cars, for example. A vehicle needs to be 25 years old or older to be registered as historical in the state of Michigan. For clothing, Wikipedia states, "Vintage clothing is a generic term for new or second hand garments, originating from a previous era."

Personally, I am a fan of the 1950's and 60's styles. We live in a Cape Cod-style home built in 1950. Our kitchen table, found on our local Craigslist, is an old yellow diner table, complete with red diner chairs. I'm fond of our Fiestaware, and also enjoy collecting kitschy aprons. I love photos of my grandma rockin' her beehive hairdo and (not-so) secretly wish people went to sock hops and the drive-in movies. Yes, you could pop me right into Pleasantville and I'd be a happy camper (in my Airstream, of course...)

If you're having a vintage-inspired wedding, what style are you leaning towards? The more more fun you have dreaming up unique elements for your wedding, the more it will reflect your favorite style for years to come.

[photo from Eye Candy feature, copyright Amy Carroll Photography]

5 lovely comment(s):

Lauren @ Every Last Detail Feb 15, 2010, 4:12:00 PM  

Yes, there are SO many different ways to explain vintage, because there are so many different eras that are considered vintage! There is such a huge different between an early 30s vintage and a 70s vintage. I think maybe the colors used have a lot to do with "defining" types of vintage. More than anything though, there really is no other way to define vintage, other than the era that the bride is going for.

Vanessa Feb 16, 2010, 2:37:00 AM  

It's funny, I had thought about this myself... everyone wants a vintage wedding! But most of us wouldn't want a real vintage dress - instead we take inspiration from eras past.
In my wedding the only 'vintage' thing is my vintage inspired dress. It is made of layer upon layer of lace and I love it.
But the rest of my wedding, rather than being vintage, is rustic. I love rustic! The look and the word itself!

Ann Marie Feb 16, 2010, 11:38:00 AM  

I am going for the "classic vintage" look for my July wedding in Michigan reflecting the 1930s-1950s era. I think vintage includes pulling in little elements, such as a birdcage veil and vintage-style jewerly for me along with my flowly lace gown. My girls will be in above the knee strapless dresses with full skirts and the boys will all be in gray 3-piece suits. We plan to leave the church on an old trolley and keep our reception decorations clean and classic. We are giving it a modern twist by incorporating bright blues and greens as our colors :)

Amy Carroll Feb 16, 2010, 11:41:00 AM  

I am totally excited when brides come in to meet with me and throw out the term 'vintage'. I'm sure it's a trend right now, but all of the lovely details and romance from a vintage wedding is so absolutely delightful to photograph and enjoy!

Christina Apr 7, 2010, 3:58:00 PM  

Whether it's vintage 70's or vintage 30's, it's all good to me. I'm a sucker for nostalgia, so I'm loving this trend. Plus, it encourages recycling!

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