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ADDING A VINTAGE TWIST

So you love vintage. It doesn’t mean your wedding has to be a total step back in time however. A few vintage treats here or there can be enough to give it a vintage flavor. Here are few ideas to mix and match:

Vintage Car Display    

vintage car display

There is nothing that states the era like the car that gets you to the church on time. Ride in a style in a stately Bentley, classic Royals Royce or an adorable open topped beetle that once upon a time gone by, stole everybody’s hearts. If that doesn’t grab, maybe being whisked away to the wedding reception on the back of a vesper does.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Vintage Wedding Tea

Proper English tea complete with china tea sets and crockery makes for a truly colorful affair. Welcome your guests with a glass of bubbly but instead of a formal sit down dinner, invite them to join you for a lighter snack of old styled sandwiches, English scones with jam and clotted cream and a range of other tantalising goodies.

Candy Stand

Vintage Candy Stand

If you don’t think desert on its own will be enough or you feel you want to a little something extra t your wedding celebrations – keep your guests entertained with a old fashioned candy stand. Bring back the sherbet dips, rock candy, chocolate mice, jellybeans and a various array of colored bon bons. Take it one step further with Olde English candy for a real treat. After all, there is nothing like a trip down memory lane.

Old photos

table numbers

Use old photos of you and your groom when you were younger as your table number stands. The number of the table can represent your age in the photo – now that’s some photo fun for you. Sepia and black and whites work best for a vintage theme.

Camper Van

camper van wedding

Either turn up to your reception in one or have a revamped retro van for your vintage photo booth – trust us, your guests will have a blast. Fill with a selection of vintage styled photo props for a real laugh.

Food Trucks

food truck wedding

Its probably one for outdoor spring/summer weddings but there is nothing wrong with planning ahead and here is plenty of fun to be had with an old styled ice cream van, hot dog truck or bagel stand. Why not even put a rustic twist on a modern day satellite bar. Whatever you choose, rest assured that a food truck to wonderful way with which to quash those late evening snack attacks and never fails to go down a treat. Funny how vintage is suddenly the novelty factor – what a contradiction in terms!

Hessian and lace

burlap and lace

As much as it is a current trend, anything hessian and white lace harks back to a bygone era of rustic simplicity. Elegant and pretty without being too overstated or expensive for that matter, hessian table runners, chair bows or hessian bunting with white lace trim all succeeds in adding a rustic vintage chic edge to your wedding. Finish off the décor with lacy mason jars and plenty of gypsophila or baby’s breath, as it is more commonly known.

Vintage cut glasses and cutlery

vintage cut glass wedding

It’s all about first impressions and your tablescape will say a lot about the theme at hand. Pick out crockery, cutlery and glassware that speaks vintage and start to the set the scene. For a color pop, choose pastels and for a strictly classy Great Gatsby edge to the theme, go for gold.

Chalkboards

reception sign

Guests love to be entertained and what better then a chalkboard. Invite them to write down some words of wisdom, one word about how they met you or leave them to let their imagination run wild. Just insist to capture it on camera.

Retro Furniture

vintage wedding furniture

Chabby chic is the name of the game. A chest of drawers, dressing table or old styled writing desk can easily become your guest book table, favor table, rustic bar, or wedding cake display. We have even seen a shabby chic desk turned altar table. Choose a piece that you love or perhaps has been handed down and show it some love by giving it a new lease of life.

ADDING A VINTAGE TWIST

So you love vintage. It doesn’t mean your wedding has to be a total step back in time however. A few vintage treats here or there can be enough to give it a vintage flavor. Here are few ideas to mix and match:

Vintage Car Display    

vintage car display

There is nothing that states the era like the car that gets you to the church on time. Ride in a style in a stately Bentley, classic Royals Royce or an adorable open topped beetle that once upon a time gone by, stole everybody’s hearts. If that doesn’t grab, maybe being whisked away to the wedding reception on the back of a vesper does.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Vintage Wedding Tea

Proper English tea complete with china tea sets and crockery makes for a truly colorful affair. Welcome your guests with a glass of bubbly but instead of a formal sit down dinner, invite them to join you for a lighter snack of old styled sandwiches, English scones with jam and clotted cream and a range of other tantalising goodies.

Candy Stand

Vintage Candy Stand

If you don’t think desert on its own will be enough or you feel you want to a little something extra t your wedding celebrations – keep your guests entertained with a old fashioned candy stand. Bring back the sherbet dips, rock candy, chocolate mice, jellybeans and a various array of colored bon bons. Take it one step further with Olde English candy for a real treat. After all, there is nothing like a trip down memory lane.

Old photos

table numbers

Use old photos of you and your groom when you were younger as your table number stands. The number of the table can represent your age in the photo – now that’s some photo fun for you. Sepia and black and whites work best for a vintage theme.

Camper Van

camper van wedding

Either turn up to your reception in one or have a revamped retro van for your vintage photo booth – trust us, your guests will have a blast. Fill with a selection of vintage styled photo props for a real laugh.

Food Trucks

food truck wedding

Its probably one for outdoor spring/summer weddings but there is nothing wrong with planning ahead and here is plenty of fun to be had with an old styled ice cream van, hot dog truck or bagel stand. Why not even put a rustic twist on a modern day satellite bar. Whatever you choose, rest assured that a food truck to wonderful way with which to quash those late evening snack attacks and never fails to go down a treat. Funny how vintage is suddenly the novelty factor – what a contradiction in terms!

Hessian and lace

burlap and lace

As much as it is a current trend, anything hessian and white lace harks back to a bygone era of rustic simplicity. Elegant and pretty without being too overstated or expensive for that matter, hessian table runners, chair bows or hessian bunting with white lace trim all succeeds in adding a rustic vintage chic edge to your wedding. Finish off the décor with lacy mason jars and plenty of gypsophila or baby’s breath, as it is more commonly known.

Vintage cut glasses and cutlery

vintage cut glass wedding

It’s all about first impressions and your tablescape will say a lot about the theme at hand. Pick out crockery, cutlery and glassware that speaks vintage and start to the set the scene. For a color pop, choose pastels and for a strictly classy Great Gatsby edge to the theme, go for gold.

Chalkboards

reception sign

Guests love to be entertained and what better then a chalkboard. Invite them to write down some words of wisdom, one word about how they met you or leave them to let their imagination run wild. Just insist to capture it on camera.

Retro Furniture

vintage wedding furniture

Chabby chic is the name of the game. A chest of drawers, dressing table or old styled writing desk can easily become your guest book table, favor table, rustic bar, or wedding cake display. We have even seen a shabby chic desk turned altar table. Choose a piece that you love or perhaps has been handed down and show it some love by giving it a new lease of life.

DIY Wedding Day Make-up: Top 10 Tools

DIY Wedding Make-up: Top 10 Tools

To follow on from the previous post on DIY bridal make-up, we thought it useful to supply some top tips on tools to use. We are not advocating any type of brand, just providing examples…the make you use, is really up to you and your budget and there is nothing wrong with mixing and matching!

 Bridal Makeup Bag

 

Blending sponge

Blending Sponge

This delightful egg-shaped blending sponge provides an all round smooth application of foundation – a match made in heaven for liquid foundation users, it much better than fingers, brushes and wedges. It’s shape allows for a more even spread across the contours of the face than a flat sponge and doesn’t leave any streaks. Bending sponges are ergonomically comfortable to hold and are particularly useful for application of foundation around the delicate eye area and onto the lid. It is also wonderfully brilliant for removing mascara or eyeliner smudges. Easily washed and dried, it tends to last much longer than a sponge wedge. 

Flat angled precision brushes

 

Flat Angled Precision Brush

This great for apply contouring make-up cream or liquid to cheek bones. The angle spreads the make-up nicely and evenly to make it easier to blend in. The size of the brush will really depend on how much contouring make-up you wish to apply. Personally, we advise to go for a small to medium brush head and build as necessary. Blend and build, blend and build until you have the desired effect. Remember it is always easier to add rather than take away. Use a similar angled brush to apply highlighter under the eyes.

Thin angle eyeliner brush

Thin Eyeliner Brush

This needs to be thin in order to apply a neatly controlled line of eyeliner on both upper and lower lid. The angle allows you to easily follow the shape of the eye and the pressure applied will determine density of the make-up. Use also to smudge eyeliner pencil or liquid liner along the outer lines of the eyes for a soft, smokey sultry look.

Classic crease brush

 

Classic Crease Brush

This long tipped brush is perfect for adding colour to your crease line. The soft, slightly pointy tip ensures that eye shadow doesn’t creep onto other areas of the lid as you apply it but is soft enough to allow you to sweep it back and forth for an even deposit of color. A multipurpose tool, it also works a treat for fading out eye shadow if you feel you went in a bit heavy and achieving a subtle light to dark ombre effect.

Long tipped eye shadow brush

 Long Tipped Eye Shadow Brush

The firm bristles allows you to place make-up exactly where you need it right into the outer edges of the eye.

Round Face Brush

Round Face Brush

This wonderful brush is perfect for blending in your contouring make-up and foundation. Ones with a sponge centre such as the Kiko Milano face brush FACE109, not only allow for even distribution of product but help remove any excess liquid or cream. Apply a small amount of foundation onto the sponge to lighten out the load if you went in too dark with your contour color. When choosing your brush, bristles should be flexible but firm enough to thoroughly blend in product without having to drag. Best method is to dab the bush repeatedly onto your cheeks to gently blend your make-up for an even finish. 

Kabuki brush

Kabuki Brush

The smaller the brush the more control you have over it. This style of kabuki brush or mushroom brush is brilliant when it comes to bronzer and translucent power. It creates a very natural looking yet controlled coverage without make-up appearing too dark.

Long handled loose powder brush

Long Handled Loose Powder Brush

The longer handle, as opposed to smaller ones, often allows for a gentler, lighter application of blusher and/or highlighting powder to create a natural glow effect. 

Brow brush

Brow Brush

 

Looking a lot like a mascara brush, an eyebrow brush (if it doesn’t already come at the other end of your eyebrow pencil) is a great tool for blending in applied color, working out any clumping and smudging it out to avoid awkward looking lines.

Regular Eye Shadow Brush

Regular Eye Shadow Brush

Small and rounded, it allows eye shadow to be evenly and smoothly applied on the lower part of the lid without interfering with the crease line. Use also to apply a neutral base color over the eyelid and up to the brow.

Eyelash Comb

Eyelash comb

Mascara is notorious for clumping, although make-up marketing departments go to great lengths to say otherwise. Whether all brands do or don’t cause clumping issues, it happens at point or another to the best of us. Gently comb through to separate the lashes before the mascara dries.

The Must-Have Bridal Bag

The Must-Have Bridal Bag

Whether it is a vintage wedding or not….the ‘bridal bag’ is something no bride must venture out without on her wedding day . This is the ultimate go-to for sewing emergencies, make-up top ups, sore feet and more. Keep within easy reach at all times.
 
Here is a checklist to ensure you don’t miss a trick:
 
Lippy and gloss.
A must for any bride to keep looking a fresh as she did 5 hours ago. Add to this a small hand held pocket mirror for a quick touch up.
 
Pocket Tissues
These are the ultimate lady like solution to those happy tears.
 
Sewing Kit
It goes without saying that white and black are the key colors but don’t forget a needle and a pair of scissors!
 
Safety pins
You just never know when you might need one and typically, the time when you don’t have one, is when you need it the most.
 
Pair of flats
Believe us when we say that you will want to change out of those heels. Even if the heel isn’t high, slipping on a pair of comfy flats will feel like a gift from God after hours of dancing.
 
Hair Spray
We wish someone had told us to keep this on hand at our weddings. Being hugged, kissed and then dancing the night away (to say nothing of the weather if you happen to hit it windy), your up-do will most likely need a top-up!
 
Hair Grips
Unless wearing your hair down, this goes without saying but can we tell you how many brides forget!
 
Spare Pen
Just in case the one for guest book runs out or you need to write who the gift was from on the packaging because there is always one who forgets to sign, you have it covered.
 
Fold up shopping bag (several)
A strange item admittedly but we can think of zillion reasons why it is better to have one than not. I mean, how do you plan to carry your cards and presents or your shoes for that matter, when your feet scream at you to remove them?
 
Candle lighter
Even if you have a wedding planner – there is nothing like being prepared.
 
Dry Clean Stain remover
Let us introduce you to the best thing since sliced bread! If you are anything like us and a tad clumsy, then you might risk a bit of spillage. The dry stain remover will be the miracle you have been waiting for. Spray on, wait, brush off – yes, it really is that easy and available for purchase online if you cant find it anywhere else.
 
Ibuprofen
Just because your bridesmaids didn’t come prepared doesn’t mean you let that headache ruin the day or anyone else’s.
 
Gel inserts
If you really are determined to stay in those heels all night, then you might need these. There are gel stripes for the heels too if these start to rub and we wholeheartedly recommend some gel blister cushions from your local store as a good back up.
 
Foam make-up wedges
There is nothing better for cleaning up a lippy smear or a mascara meltdown than a foam wedge. Not only does this clear up the mess when tissue just doesn’t cut it but helps leave the rest of your make up intact – unlike a facial wipe.
 
Shrug / Bolero Jacket
You might not be planning on wearing one and you might be celebrating your nuptials in blazing heat but would it hurt to have one on hand – just in case!
 
Sun block
Yes it is a summer month special and while we all love the sun, no-one wants burnt shoulders in your first photos as hubby and wife – even a handy travel sized bottle will do.
 
Boutonniere pins
Some flowers can be top heavy and the one lone pin your florist sent will not be enough. You will be grateful you have several spares with you to save the flowers from plunging southwards.
 
Buttons
White and black, because you just can never be too

Bending the Wedding Color Combo Rules

Bending the Wedding Color Combo Rules

 


 
Not that there is anything wrong with a traditional all white wedding but many couples are now breaking away from traditions of old and are making new ones.
Coloured weddings are now a thing of the present but there is a new trend afoot.
 
Coloured affairs, as opposed to all-white, have up to now, taken the format of monochromatic schemes i.e. all blue or all purple with varying tones and shades of the same. More recently, the monochromatic scheme has battled for place alongside two tone weddings e.g. gold and silver, white and gold, white and green, to name but a few. We have however, slowly started to see multicoloured bouquets and bridesmaids dresses popping up and could it be that a new approach to colour schemes could be starting to make a new trend?
 
Here is how it works…
 
By choosing a neutral base (white, coffee, mocha, cream, beige) and adding colour to it, you have a whole new range of colour possibilities. The colour chart is now your oyster. Why limit yourself to purely red or pink centrepieces and a matching bouquet? I mean, why you can’t have your bouquet one colour and your table décor another?
 
This isn’t to say you have to go all rainbow on me – to create a classy, stylish look, all the table arrangements should be uniform but if your colour scheme base is…say…cream, white or coffee – any number of colour combos will work beautifully and harmoniously – a match made in heaven (pun intended!). Your table runner therefore doesn’t have to be the same tone of blue as the flowers. Napkins don’t have to match your bouquet and the bridesmaids dresses could be another colour completely. So long as it all blends, you have a winning set-up.
 
Think about it as if you are creating a colour concept rather than a theme. We don’t tend to decorate our houses in one or two solid colours but rather mix and match colours that tone and contrast. We then bring in decorations to complement, enhance and create focus– so why not do the same with wedding venues?.
 
You don’t want an eclectic mishmash however – so think blend blend blend! Cleverly choose colours that can be paired together and the result is astonishing.
 

  1. Choose your base colour – must be a neutral e.g. coffee,
  2. Select colours that a) work well with coffee and b) you like e.g. pink, blush, red, terracotta, orange, cream, beige, chocolate, champagne, if you like warm tones. If you prefer blue tones, choose from: blue, purple, pink, silver, violet, green. All of these blend, complement and contrast with coffee but not clash with each other.
  3. Don’t go too multicolour (unless that’s your plan of course) but choose your top three or four fave colours from your selection that you would like to work around. So going back to our example… if your base colour is coffee, your top colour picks could be: blush, champagne and terracotta. See how this is beginning to take shape.
  4. Add in as many neutrals you need to complement or make your colour concept take form. Adding in white or cream here or there as a background colour can help the others stand out and create focus, interest and gives your colour vision a new dimension. In this case, a cream or white tablecloth and a coffee table runner is extremely elegant. Add to this a table arrangement of red flowers (for example) and the eye will be drawn slowly upwards. White flowers, a coffee runner and a white tablecloth is definitely classy but the colour dimension will give it a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’.
  5. As for the flowers; these don’t have to be a one-colour only affair either but colourful combos of blush, white/cream, terracotta and greenery
  6. Pick out décor that works within this colour concept e.g. champagne, gold or silver coloured candle holders; cream, coffee or blush coloured candles. This delicate blend will create a nice flow along the tabletops giving your guests more to take in and admire.
Working outside of the monochromatic or two tone colour scheme also succeeds in easing some of the decision making dilemmas, such as which flowers you need to choose for your tablescape that will best match your bridesmaid dresses.
 
You will also find that you will be able to give your tables a much fuller look with a lot less decoration. Consider it a colourful budget friendly illusion but hey, it works.

Bridal Make-Up DIY Style

Bridal Make-Up DIY Style
 
So are you doing your make-up?. Whether you are on a budget and are trying to keep costs down;, you don’t tend to wear a lot of make-up anyway and getting a pro in terrifies you or you are just one of those gals who just like to do it themselves, we have some great tips for bridal make-up glory - vintage or not!
 
Moisturizer – an artist should never put the onus his tools but it has to be said that part of the art to a great painting is the quality of the canvas. Don’t worry if you have some skin blemishes, this is not what we are talking about. Moisturizing your face is all part and parcel of great make-up. Soaps and facial washes can all too often leave your face dry and stripped clean (too clean) of natural oils and minerals. Moisturizing can replenish this loss for you without making your face feel greasy.
 
Facial Serum – packed with a myriad of nutrients, this is a winner. It gives back to the skin, the healthy shine that so many of us lack. Making the skin both supple and soft, there are plenty of serums to choose from that will suit both you and your wallet.
 
Primer – a facial primer covers your pores without clogging them and makes for the smooth application of foundation for a flawless photo look. It is essential for any type of make-up; heavy or natural. The same goes for an eye primer. All primers are key to prevent the build of excess oils through the make-up that will make you glisten, help you avoid that dark greasy build up of eye shadow in the crease of your eye lid and help to keep your make-up in place for as long as you need it. It has to be an all time staple of your make-up bag!
 
Make-Up Fixer - There are two kinds – translucent or white powder. With enough blending the white powder doesn’t stay looking white on the skin, although if you happened to be a bit heavy handed with blusher, it can help to dim this down. Powder is a great way to fix your make up in place and help soak up any natural oil making a bid for freedom to give you an overall finished effect that will last for hours.. All you need is a light dusting and while it isn’t a necessity but can definitely come in useful. If you feel the white powder doesn’t really work for you, you could stick to its translucent counterpart or equally try a make-up fixer spray. The spray does not discolor your make-up and should not feel sticky. It just simply holds blusher and other make-up in place all day and all night. A little can last a long time and is perfect for hot weather climates. You can even use both a sealant powder and fixer spray without it feeling at all heavy on the face. A powder is great finishing touch for an overall blend and the fixer spray will keep everything looking fresh. Perfect!
 
Foundation - It goes without saying really! Foundation should be tone on tone with the color of your skin. Too light and you will seem pale. A shade too dark, and your make-up won’t look natural and at worst, the foundation will look too orange – no thank you! Don’t forget to blend your foundation down your neck, on to your ears and into your hairline – trust us!
 
Nude eye pencil – highlight around the eyes with this beauty to make your eyes seem wider and brighter. Can also use the under brow area to make eye shadow stand out and your eyes pop, but don’t forget to blend – nobody wants to see pencil lines!
 
Bronzer – summer is the perfect time to give yourself a golden hue to those cheeks. Go for gold or bronze rather than dark browns and don’t go too over the top, especially if you are contouring your foundation!
 
Brow brush or pencil – Don’t forgo the brows – even if you want something natural! Doing your brows complements the effort you have put into your eyes,. Give them a little shape, dimension and volume with pencil or an eyebrow mascara. It just looks a bit tidier and a little more polished without being too dramatic. For natural looking make-up, choose a colour that mimics your hair. Our ultimate go-to is the eyebrow mascara by Mac or the delightful eyebrow sculpt pencil by Kiko Milano. For an evening look, use a little of both – don’t be shy!
 
Lip liner – choose either a shade that matches your color choice or go for one shade darker to contour the edges of your lips. We advise not to go too dark. Either: use your lip liner to define lip edges and prevent lipstick from spreading over your lip line or color in your lips to add a little more definition to the lipstick color and to make it last longer. For smoother application – put a little foundation on your lips beforehand. Dap a touch of eyeshadow on the centre of your lips to contour and add a hint of shimmer without having to use gloss.

Waterproof Mascara – we don’t think we need explain this one!
 
Contouring kit/cream – if contouring scares you a little or worried you might get it all wrong – check out a few easy-to-follow YouTube vids. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Complete your all over foundation regime and then add a darker colour just below your cheek bones and blend. The best to use is a cream foundation to contour, rather than a liquid. Use a sponge to blend it in and dab – don’t smear. If you feel you have gone too dark, continue to blend using a bit more of the overall foundation and keep dabbing until you are happy. Brush all over with a colored double face powder for a smooth matte finish, especially if you have oily skin (try Clinique) or go directly to your bronzer and translucent face powder finish. There is no right or wrong way but play around and find out what works for you. Highlight under the eyes with an under eye concealer and blend until you obtain a smooth transition from your cheek to your eye area.

Pretty in Peach

Pretty In Peach
Not everyone wants the so-called traditional white and it turns out that white was not the only choice way back when either. Oh and despite the title being peach, we couldn’t resist but sneak in a few pinks…the moral of this story being that that yes, you can ditch the white wedding and still style it vintage!

1930 ASYMMETRICAL SILK SATIN VINTAGE WEDDING DRESS



Peach toned, satin, sexy, slinky….you will look drop dead gorgeous in this. The wide tapered shoulders, V-neck and gathered gore style skirt will really show off your figure. A great one for slim builds, the scooped back and asymmetrical skirt add a bit of 1930’s pizzazz.

1930 EMBROIDERED PEACH VINTAGE WEDDING GOWN


If you just LURVE lace, then this one is for you. The high back and V-neck front make for a modest appearance but the shelf-style bust line, really gives this dress its style. A little more figure hugging than others and a sheer peach overlay, it pairs beautifully with a cream or off white slip.

1930 EMBROIDERED VINTAGE WEDDING DRESS


Made of a flowy outer layer of embroidered cotton over a slender a silk slip dress, thin straps and a scooped neckline this dress is the perfect choice for an outdoor summer wedding. Cool and casual, this French beauty is dainty and ultra feminine waiting for that beautiful boho vintage bride.

1930 SALMON SLIPPER SATIN VINTAGE WEDDING GOWN


This salmon coloured silk dress is to-die-for. Totally figure hugging, there is nowhere to hide but will definitely leave you feeling on top of the world. A 1930’s design, it is the ultimate in post WW1 decadence. The cooped neckline, capped sleeves, semi scooped back and trumpet style skirt is delightfully feminine without being over the top frivolous. 

1940 PEACH LACE VINTAGE WEDDING GOWN



This soft peach 1940’s dress is a winner with its lace bodice and synthetic chiffon skirt. The pretty shawl style wrap of sheer synthetic chiffon offers a high jewel neckline and is ultra elegant and very feminine, while cleverly balancing out the dropped waist to highlight the well fitted body of the dress and ultimately lengthening the torso. Overall; a very classic look for this period.

1940 PEACH SILK LACE VINTAGE WEDDING GOWN


Peach toned cotton silk embroidery on sheer net, this dress is both unusual and elegant. The puffed sleeves, high point collar, buttoned embroidered sheer cotton and high belted waist certainly make for a statement piece. Wear over a matching slip as a dress in it’s own right or as a duster to complement a simple yet elegant wedding dress with either thin spaghetti straps or even no straps at all.

 
1940 PINK CHIFFON VINTAGE WEDDING GOWN



Looking for something figure hugging to accentuate those curves, then this is your dress. The tight fitted bodice, sweetheart neckline and Basque style waist line is the ultimate in vintage body contouring. The pink silk chiffon over pink crepe lining gives this dress its flare, the periwinkle blue dotted satin bows; the flourishing detail. It is very girly and very dainty. The ruched-capped sleeves in sheer pink silk chiffon flatter the neckline without being too revealing and the high back of the dress is in keeping with 1940s modesty. It is both subtle and striking.


1950 PEACH LIQUID SILK VINTAGE WEDDING GOWN


This silk, shinny number definitely has a certain wow factor. The full skirt and semi gathered shawl styled design on the chest emphasis the V-shaped Basque waistline. Both the V detail on neck and waistline form the main design of the dress and give it a very flattering finish. The two stitched horizontal pleats that adorn the skirt add just enough detail to complement the shoulders and ensure that the remainder of the skirt stands out against the simplicity of bodice. This works to both lengthen the upper part of dress and the pleats continue around the dress to form an elegant fishtail back.

1950 BLUSH LACE VINTAGE WEDDING ENSEMBLE


Delicate blush toned lace over cream acetate lining – we have no other way of putting it then just ‘adorable’. This wedding dress has a fun, girly feel to it reminiscent of the typical youthful 1950’s dance scene when rock ‘n’ roll and swing were at their height. It is the kind of dress that just makes you smile. The high neck is great for women who don’t wish to show too much chest while the sleeveless body, satin piped jeweled neckline and simple satin bow at the waist lends the dress a wonderfully dainty finishing touch.


1960 MOD LACE VINTAGE WEDDING DRESS


Simple but elegant – this is the perfect dress for a lady who would like a little touch of something different. A more formal outfit than some, this vintage wedding dress is conservative but with a playful lace skirt overlay. A blushing beauty, the high neck elongates the body and showcases the waistline sash and brooch, that in turn serve to accentuate the detail of the skirt and overlay. Combine with lace gloves and a birdcage hairpiece for a true vintage ensemble.

1970 PEACH LACE VINTAGE WEDDING DRESS


Peach lace over an acetate lining with floral lace appliqué trim, the boned bodice into an A line, tea length skirt helps to define the hips, balance out the line of the shoulders and focus on the slimming bodice. The lack of a defined focal point at the waistline, the dress is very aesthetically pleasing and showcases a nice flow of design from top to bottom. Placing emphasis on the shoulders, neckline and waistline, it is a wonderful dress in which to accentuate your figure in all the right places. The wide bateau neckline equally helps to accentuate the body and the semi-attached shawl style collar can worn on or off the shoulder according to the desired effect. The dress combines beautifully with an ornate floral vintage style necklace or set of pearls. Lace gloves would also work but suggest keeping hair adornments simple.

1970 PEACH VINTAGE WEDDING ENSEMBLE


This tight fitting number is utterly wonderful. While it is definitely made for a slim, slender build, it also succeeds in celebrating a curvy hip line in honor of the hour-glass figure. If you’ve got it….this is the dress in which to flaunt it!
The stunning simplicity of the design of this vintage dress, quite honestly has left us lost for words. It is really just goes to show that uncomplicated designs can be just as much as a ‘wow’ as ornate ensembles. The peach toned rayon blend over a light apricot acetate lining is very soft on the eye; the sweetheart neckline, spaghetti straps and satin trim as striking as they are understated. It is the perfect wedding dress option for a bride that doesn’t want all the usual frills and trimmings of other vintage pieces.
The bolero style jacket adds a little extra ‘je ne sais quoi’ but the dress works just as wonderfully as a solo piece when it is time to hit that dance floor. The tulip cut skirt helps to complete the flow of the design giving it just enough lure and movement to pull the eye downward in appreciation of the whole flow of the dress. The bonus is you can bling it up, bling it down and the classic cut allows for ample to opportunity to wear it again. Oh so elegant – what a classic buy ladies!

1970 PEACH CHARMEUSE VINTAGE WEDDING DRESS 


Now this dress just shouts ‘fun’ from top to bottom. There is quite a lot going on here with the sleeveless bodice, shelf style bust, scooped neckline, extremely low straight back and thin spaghetti straps. The bodice is also boned, which visible through the Charmeuse, adds additional interest. The dress is definitely intended to flatter the neck, waist, bust and hips so if you are worried about accentuating your curves, you might not want to go for this naughty number. The combination of the accordion pleating and interesting chevron cut pleating is both flirty and frivolous.

1970 PINK AFTERNOON VINTAGE WEDDING DRESS



Hello rock and roll bride! Circular patterned crocheted cotton with poly chiffon over acetate lining, this vintage wedding dress bargain is a great choice for those who feel pretty in pink. Some older brides may feel it is a bit too short but it is ideal for those who want to step away from anything too serious and it will work well for either an indoor or outdoor civil ceremony. While the ballerina style A-line chiffon skirt and V-neck give the dress it’s charming playful edge, the lace sleeves add some good ‘ole classic elegance. I mean, where can anyone go wrong with lace?

1970 PINK LACE VINTAGE WEDDING DRESS



Very modest but complete with dainty lacy decorative details, this is a great fit for a lady who doesn’t want to bare all when it comes to the chest area but doesn’t mind showing a little leg. Some may find the Victorian style high scalloped lace banded neckline a little too much material at first but will be surprised to find that it is actually extremely faltering. No you don’t have to be tall or long in the body to wear it. The design elongates the neck and body encouraging the eye to focus downwards on the lace bands, natural waistline and floaty silk chiffon skirt with its silk crepe lining. The loose sleeves also add ‘length’ to the over look of the dress. Overall, the dress is exceptionally pretty and definitely one of a kind.

1970 SHEER LACE VINTAGE WEDDING DRESS



A 1970’s gem of a buy, this sheer shimmering white net and ecru poly blend floral lace dress is an utter delight. It is not lined so we have paired it with a soft pink slip but you could also opt for white or peach or even a beige come champagne color. The dropped waist elongates the body and gives the dress a 1920’s ‘Great Gatsby’ style flare. Despite the straight neckline, the vertical floral lace appliqués really help to define the body and waist making it very flattering for the figure. Soft, delicate and very ladylike, this lace sheath dress will be a definite talking point.

1970 TIERED LACE VINTAGE WEDDING GOWN



Don’t want the traditional white but a bright solid color doesn’t grab you either? We could have found the solution to your wedding dress dilemma. This light soft pink hue under white poly floral lace could have your name on it, and if vintage lace, frills and Basque style waistlines are your kind of thing, this is a winner.
This wedding dress is a true vintage meets modern marriage. The strapless bodice, sweetheart neckline and gathered bust; a sign of times to come - the ruffled lace trim and Victorian inspired full length skirt; a curtsey to times gone past. It is the V-cut lace skirt however, that provides the wow factor. It certainly comes will all the bells and whistles or should be says, frills and ruffles. You will leave your guests speechless, to say nothing of your groom!
 

Resolving Wedding Dress Dilemmas

Wondering what will suit you, what is a reasonable amount to spend on a dress, how you will know when you have found ‘the one’, what happens if you don’t find something immediately, how far in advance of the wedding do you start looking. These are questions every bride struggles with, so it is normal that you ask them. After all, it is a big day and all eyes are upon you. It is normal that you want to look your very best.

 
Here are some of our top tips to put your mind at ease:
 
Plan Ahead
Always allow for plenty of time when it comes to wedding dress shopping. It is not something you want to rush. Hitting the panic button because you fear you wont find what you want in time, is not much fun. It is not just finding the dress that takes time either. Remember to always factor in order and delivery time, dress fitting sessions and alterations, the search for shoes and other complements to bring the whole wedding ensemble together.
 
Keep an Open Mind
Let go of that ‘dream’ dress. While that might sound like madness, it will make sense it you keep reading! What may look great on the page of a glossy bridal magazine, may not look good on you, not matter what you do. Now we know how much this realization may disappoint but you need to feel fabulous when you wear your wedding dress and you might need to accept, that the best fit, might come from the most unexpected design. Your ‘dream’ dress is the one that will suit your height, frame, weight, and even your personality. Keeping an open mind and trying on styles that you have never before considered, will open you up to finding the dress with that ‘wow’ factor. Let the dress fit you, rather than you try to fit the dress….if you get what we mean.
 
Ordering Online
Don’t be afraid to order online. There are some great dresses to be had at amazing prices and nearly half than off-the-shelf ones. Don’t let anyone kid you either that it takes the fun out of wedding dress shopping – sit down with your besties and surf away. I mean, where else in the world can you open up some wine and order in pizza while embarking on the wedding dress hunt! We do advise however, that you always check out terms and conditions, returns and reviews. It is also worth ensuring that you can get on the phone and talk through your choices with someone. Bridal dress assistants are great dress vs body shape judges and will be able to guide you through your selection. Remember that matching the dress to the bride is their living, so it is worth taking advantage of this experience. Be also sure to yourself properly measured so you can find the perfect fit.
 
Alterations
Bar re-designing the dress, there are always ways you can personalize it. Adding a little touch of something here or there, adding in or taking out the straps, adorning with gloves, bolero jackets, jewellery and hair pieces can go a long way in making a big difference.
 
Style
Whether you plan to order online for that bargain buy or not, there is nothing to say you can’t try on a variety of different style wedding dresses at your local bridal to find the shape that best suits you. As we mentioned, until you try, you never know. Always be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and try on some recommendations. I mean, if nothing else, just have some fun!

 


 
Budget
Money is never an easy subject but if you don’t have it, you can’t magic it. We strongly advise against loans or spending well above what you can afford. Don’t allow society, friends or family to guilt trip you into spending more than you are comfortable with. Just because you buy on a budget, doesn’t mean it is any less of a dress or won’t be that ‘dream come true’. It is the shape and style of dress that counts, not how much it costs.
 
Sales
Look out for sales, discounted items, second hand racks and vintage pieces that often come at a lower cost that off-the-peg designer items. There are some one-of-a-kind gems out there that will not cost you the earth, you just have to be patient and not be afraid to look off the beaten track!
 
The ‘One’
You may not know exactly what you are looking for until you find it but when you do, you just know. Be prepared to end up with quite the opposite of what you had in mind but if it makes you feel like a million dollars and the price tag hasn’t given you a heart attack – then it has your name on it. Never feel pressured into buying something because you feel you are running out of time or if it hasn’t completely won you over, no matter what anyone else says. It is OK to keep looking. As we said, you will know when you have found it!
 
Where to Start
Wedding dress hunting is overwhelming. With so many wedding designers, bridal shops, magazines and wedding fairs, it easy to understand why it would seem that the entire world has an opinion. It is no wonder that brides often end up feeling lost among the myriad of choices. So why not start with the style you want your wedding to take? Have you always dreamed of a vintage inspired affair, a rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza, a great Gatsby theme or would you prefer to keep things simple but elegant - a classic, timeless set-up of white and gold? Even if you need to work backwards and start with what you definitely don’t want, it will help you focus on what you do and might give you some idea of the style of dress you envision yourself in.
 
Wedding dress hunting is a careful process of elimination. You might not like the overall shape of one dress but ask yourself if there are elements of it that you do like and what these are. Check out different lengths, discover what aspects of your figure you would like to highlight or hide, what shape suits you best and what you feel comfortable in; whether it is a low waist or a high neck. There is something out there for everyone.

Music to Match

Wedding Reception Music

Music to Match

You have a vintage wedding dress, vintage inspired decorations, vintage photo booth and a candy bar. What about that all-time classic song with which to sway away for the first time as Mr & Mrs?. We have done the hard work for you and chosen a handful of popular, romantic, heart-warming all time favourites that will be sure to inspire those dancing feet.
 
In no particular order:
 
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Speaking of morning sun, a life filled with laughter and divine love, this is top choice for a first dance – it truly says it all. Written in 1989 it is not exactly strictly ‘vintage’ we know, but topping the 80’s charts we can count it in as retro and it has already become a timeless classic.
 
At Last – Etta James
Released in 1960, At Last is both a song and the title of the Etta James’ début album. The smooth jazz come early style R&B melody and deep, powerful vocals are nothing but heart melting, the lyrics a wonderful choice particularly for older couples getting married or even a 2nd marriage. The beat magically lends itself for a slow sway without any need for a fancy choreography or dance lessons. No need to worry about those two left feet, just let the music carry you across the dance floor. Definitely a song in which to ‘get lost in the moment’, it is all about what was worth waiting for.
 
Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
All about commitment, promises and undying love, it is understandable why this song is a firm favourite at weddings. Written in 1977, it first appeared on the album Rumors and released on the B-side on the single “Dream”s for those of us who remember what an LP is of course! It is one of four songs written and preformed solely by Christine McVie on the album – a true winner!
 
Do You Want To Dance - Bette Midler-1972
A 1972 special, it is 100% romantic and ideal for those couples that just can’t keep off the dance floor. It’s lyrics are….well…perfectly in keeping with first dance occasions so get out there and have a little bit of fun. It’s soft start and upbeat middle, mixes in a slow two-step but allows couples to step it up a notch in the middle. Go on…it deserves a classic “dip kiss” finale doesn’t it!
 
Do You Believe in Magic?” – The Lovin’ Spoonful
Want something upbeat, fun, light hearted that still carries a message of romance? In this case…this should be right up your street. This is not the “awwwww” type of tune but it will definitely bring a smile to your guests. It’s fun, it’s frivolous and isn’t love just “magical” anyway!. Couples who want to jazz it up on the dance floor, this song is certainly the one to get your toes tapping. The most popular version might be David Cassidy’s but why not go for the original 1965 version by The Lovin' Spoonful.
 
You’re the One That I Want” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
A true movie classic, we haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t like this. The movie was a hot hit, the song an even hotter one. We love it and if you are having a rock ‘n’ roll style theme, then this is the perfect fit. You’ll have your guests joining you on the dance floor before the song is over.
 
I’ve had the time of my life – Frankie and the Knockouts
Released in 1981 but made famous courtesy of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the 1987 chick flick favourite Dirty Dancing, “I’ve Had the Time of my Life” is the ultimate wedding first dance choreography challenge (lift included). Just remember that practice makes perfect, this is not the time for spontaneity with this song but dance lifts apart, it’s still a beautiful song with meaningful lyrics.
 
"A" You're Adorable - Perry Como.
You can’t but help but swoon at the soft, silky tones of Perry Como’s 1949 hit. Whimsical, romantic and just “adorable” – the song is a gentle nod to the times of letterman jackets, bobbysoxers, sock hops, high waist lines, A-line skirts, cheesy pick up lines and the unwritten courtship rituals of the 1950s.
 
Frank Sinatra – You, My Love
Well who doesn’t love a little Frank Sinatra, it’s uncapped romance in a song and now it is time to slow waltz your first dance away. A true classic, ‘You, My Love’ is a delightful complement to a “vintage” inspired wedding theme.
 
Can't Take My Eyes Off of You -Frankie Valli
Valli certainly hit the big time with this one. Not only has it has already spanned decade after decade, it will surely continue on its path of timeless musical greatness for many moons to come. Another top choice for wedding songs, the famous 1967 single doesn’t really need much more than this introduction at all; the words pretty much sum up everything you would want to say on your wedding day and the tempo will have your guests itching to get the party started.
 
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me - Jimmy McHugh
This song was written in the 1920s by Jimmy McHugh but really made its claim to fame in the movie, ‘The Caine Mutiny’. There are lots of recordings to choose from – Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to name but just a few artists who were eager to add this to their repertoire.
“I can’t believe that you’re in love me” – we couldn’t have said it any better ourselves.
 
It's Magic - Doris Day
Made famous by Doris Day’s 1947 film début in ‘Romance on the High Seas’ – how more romantic could you ask for. It will be a slow first dance but the words are so meaningful and the song is such a beautiful one, there will be tears all around. I mean, what could be more magical than your wedding day!.
 
How Deep Is the Ocean - Dick Haymes
You said it with your vows but if you really want to go the extra mile to show just how unquantifiable your love - this 1955 knockout is yours for the taking. We must admit we like the Barry Manilow version too though!
 
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
What would be the ultimate vintage first dance song list if it didn’t have some Elvis in it; the king of rock and sex icon of the 50, 60s and 70s. A song that talks of being so helplessly in love, it make us believe all over again in love at first sight…sigh….we say no more!
 
Come Rain or Come Shine - Ray Charles
If doesn’t Ray’s soulful voice alone doesn’t do it for you, the 1964 down-to-earth lyrics are quite simply another way to devote yourself to your other half ‘in sickness and health, for richer for poorer’ kind of style. Dance as if no-one is watching….
 
As - Stevie Wonder
Really want a song that speaks of ‘always and forever’; then Stevie Wonder is your man. It’s not your typical smoochy song but still a promise of undying romance and a lifetime of love the upbeat tempo is perfect for couples who don’t really want to do the serious slow dance thing.
 
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
Now who doesn’t love some classic Frank Sinatra circa 1954? Upbeat, happy, romantic; what a beautiful jazz ballad to waltz away to. We declare the dance floor officially your oyster – off you go my friend. Might be a good idea to spruce a bit on your three-step though.
 
How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You) - Marvin Gaye
There is nothing like the sweet innocent love of Motown to get a party started. Written in 1964 we suggest the original version but James Taylor’s cover is also a great choice.
 
The Temptations – My Girl
This is definitely one ‘for her’. Heart wrenchingly sweet, the lyrics allow you say it as you really mean it. Seriously….“I've got so much honey the bees envy me”, “I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees”, “I don't need no money, fortune or fame”, “I've got all the riches, baby, one man can claim” and “I've got sunshine on a cloudy day”…..it’s poetry!
 
It Had to Be You (any version)
A 1936 fairytale-come-true song, it was originally performed by Ruth Etting but there are plenty of other versions and we like them all. Ella Fitgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dooley Wilson, Billie Holiday and even ‪Michael Buble & Barbra Streisand. It’s a classic – it’s up to you to find the version you enjoy the most.
 
‘L-O-V-E’ - Nat King Cole
And last but not least, we close our list in 1965 with swinging Nat King Cole, one of the true ‘golden oldies’ and a definite favourite of ours. If you really want to spell it out to your new partner in life and the friends and family around you – then no need to look any further. If you both know how to foxtrot – now is the time to showcase that talent!

A Vintage Style Guide

Styling your wedding ‘vintage’ is not just about black and pink polka dots. Vintage is elegant, classy, sophisticated and ultra feminine. Whether you want to go full-on vintage or simply add a few vintage touches here or there, the old meets modern fusion style is a hot topic. Who says you can’t have a modern styled venue with vintage accents? Go a much or as little vintage as you see fit. If you like it, this is what counts. Be quirky and be individual. It’s all about making your #wedding about you!

Accessories
If you have a particular period of time in mind i.e. the rock and roll style of the 1950s or the ritzy glitzy pizzazz of the1920s Great Gatsby, you might have to do a bit of online homework if you want to mimic particular style elements. Do you have to be exact? No you don’t. If you just simply love everything vintage and want to represent this fact at your wedding, then allow me to wonderfully get you acquainted with birdcage hairpieces, lace gloves, oodles of pearls and delicate silver floral-inspired hair combs. Add in a bit of damask here or there for the finishing touch. Combine with tall martini glass flower arrangements, candles and hanging crystals and make your wedding day just as timeless as the style items that you have used to create it.

Wedding Dresses
The 1930s to the 1980’s, like everything in society, are determined in particular by style and design. Take a look at different periods to find out what you like and what you don’t. ‘Dress the dress’ is what we say. The most important element at most weddings (not all but most) is a Bride’s wedding dress. She has to feel like a million dollars. Find the dress and then adorn it, embellish it, use it as the basis with which to also style your venue. Suddenly everything will start to fall into place.
 
Materials
Think lace, crocheted lace, damask, organza, silk, satin, ruffles, pique and floral appliqués along with sequins, feathers,bugle beads and pearls. There are plenty of vintage inspired décor photos on the internet to use as a great starting point.

Style and decor
While you can categorize periods of time into decades e.g. 1920’s, 1930’s, emerging styles within these periods do also overlap slightly. It might therefore be easier to determine a particular fashion that you enjoy, determine what it is that you like about it and what has made it stand out from the crowd. Many people will tend to gravitate to trends stemming from the frivolous Great Gatsby years circa 1920, the tea length wedding dress and bateaux necklines of the 1950’s but there is much more to explore. Check out the nuances of Edwardian, Victorian, Art Deco and Art Noveau before you finalize your decision. While some eras focus on defined lines, others were busy and full of rich colors.


Color Schemes
Your vintage inspired color scheme could depend on the era you choose if you really want to go full out and get into character. The Victorian years are particularly characterized by rich colors such as purple, red and gold with a focus on textured materials such as tapestry, embroidery, velvet and fringe. The 1920’s are generally associated with gold, black, silk, satin and tasseled edges while the 1930s Hollywood inspired decade witnessed more hats than veils, flowy lace, beaded bodices and decoration that involved crystal chandeliers and faceted mirror glass. Alternatively, if a theme ‘in-the-style-of’ is just a little too much retro for your liking, soft pastel color combos alongside neutrals such as cream and ivory will add the delicate touch of vintage chic you are looking for. Stay clear of bold tones and may we remind you of the lace, damask, organza, silk, satin, ruffles, pique, floral patterns, sequins, feathers, bugle beads and pearls we mentioned earlier!