Wedding set up for afternoon tea

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage weddings provide couples with a theme that resembles past decades, normally ranging from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Vintage wedding ideas can create a romantic atmosphere and allow individual interpretation, making it a unique celebration.

A vintage theme can also enhance the romance in the air by immersing guests and couples alike in a nostalgic and sensitive ambience.

Here are a few ideas for weddings set within this beautiful theme.

Wedding Centrepieces

The best way to capture a vintage theme at your wedding reception is with a timeless and stylish table centrepiece. These could be, for example, birdcages filled with tea lights, candelabras wrapped in ivory and teapots or jugs filled with flowers.

If you’re looking to get a quirkier and more personalised look, you could select a collection of your favourite books and stack them on each table, dressing them with tea lights and flowers.

A simple yet effective way of decorating your luxury wedding venue is with pretty vintage chair decorations.

Chair sashes either floral-patterned, pastel-coloured or hessian are the best for achieving a shabby chic look.

Many venues and companies supply and fit your sashes to make sure your finishing touches are perfect to suit this theme.

Wedding breakfast setup with centrepiece
Wedding breakfast set up with flower centrepiece

Tea Cups as Vintage Wedding Ideas

Small details make all the difference in the ambience you are trying to create. Retro patterned teacups, for example, are an increasingly popular part of wedding decor that can be easily sourced in charity shops or specialised vintage shops.

Once you start looking, you’ll find they’re quite easy to get hold of. These are the perfect accessory when you are planning on holding an afternoon tea party for your wedding reception.

Teacups don’t always need to be used only for drinking out of. You can even fill them with flowers and scatter over your venue to add detail to every corner of your wedding venue.

Vintage Bunting

Many couples love a bit of bunting to incorporate some charm to their wedding decoration. It is a simple yet extremely beautiful addition that is incredibly effective in creating a romantic and vintage feel.

If you’re fully committing to your vintage theme, bunting is a must! It not only brings colour to the ambience, but it is also an inexpensive decoration that can transform an area of your wedding venue.

Whether you select some traditional Great Britain flag bunting or some subtle pastel colours, they definitely won’t go unnoticed.

Photo of wedding party in front of Manor hill house
Pink, white and green lanterns in the marquee

Fairy Lights

Your wedding lights are the elegant finishing touch that can set your ambience for the evening.

If you decide to go for fairy lights, for example, you can string them above the tables and dance floor in your marquee or place them outside in the trees, giving that extra detail and charm to your wedding decor.

Lanterns provide an eye-catching canopy for your guests when both eating and dancing. They also create that romantic atmosphere so fitting for a special day like your wedding day.

This is the perfect way to transform the marquee as it adds colour and personality. For that retro theme, pastel coloured or lace lanterns are brilliant selections.

Ice Cream Trike

To complement the vintage wedding ideas, a retro-styled ice cream cart could be a perfect fun addition to your decor. Ideal for summer weddings, an ice cream trike could be placed by the entrance of your wedding venue or in the garden for you and your guests to enjoy.

We’re sure your guests wouldn’t say no to ice cream, especially on those scorching summer days! This is also a popular choice if you have little ones coming along to your wedding day.

If ice cream is not your thing, don’t worry! You could find a sweet cart bursting with your favourites.

Do you have any more vintage wedding ideas?

Vintage Ice Cream Trike