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Guests Should Dress in What?

ACCORDING TO MISS MANNERS, guests are not required to dress for your fabulous themed wedding.  Yes, I looked it up.  Why would I look up such a thing?  Well, I guess I was just curious.  We often have brides who tell us about their themed weddings.  Most of the time, it is the bride and bridal party who stick to the theme, but from time to time, we get a bride who has requested that her guests also dress in costume.  Particularly, something from the roaring 20's or rockabilly 50's.  Pretty tall order, eh?  

Follow Mill Crest Vintage 's board Costume Party Wedding Ideas on Pinterest.

Now, as the owner of a vintage clothing store, I welcome her guests to shop our vintage collection for the perfect wedding guest attire.  However, as a woman who has been to her fair share of weddings, I wondered if guests are required to dress in costume.  Well despite Miss Manners' opinion, I do think that everyone dressing in costume, including the guests, sounds pretty fun! 


 

Pantone Color of the Year: 2014

HEAR YE, HEAR YE.  The 2014 color of the year is...(drum roll please).... Radiant Orchid, a purple hue with pink and fuchsia undertones.  In 2014 the purply rose is expected to influence not only the world of fashion and interior design, but also find it's way into the color palettes of many weddings.  Thankfully, we were able to pull together some fabulous wedding inspiration using this vibrant color.  THANKS PINTEREST!  Hope you enjoy...

 

French Amour Wedding Inspiration

OOH LA LA!  Can't get enough of this French-Vintage inspiration.  We've married an elegant vintage French inspired champagne colored wedding dress with beautiful French accoutrements that we adore.French Vintage Wedding Check out the amazing bejeweled shoes(j'adore).  The hand painted cake trio might just steal the show.  Loving the outdoor chandelier idea, perfect for a French garden background or that sprawling lavender field you happen upon?  Oui can almost taste the baguette and camembert right now.    

Achieving a Vintage Ombre Wedding

FOUR THINGS WE ABSOLUTELY ADORE: vintage weddings, something blue,  monochromatic tones and ombre.  With a little help from Pinterest (love) we found some truly inspiring ways to incorporate our four favorite things into one lovely look.
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We brought together sweet vintage elements as seen in the table setting, which aptly complements the vintage wedding dress, which can be found here. A little sense of whimsy is brought in with the ombre cake (yummy!!). The classic ombre look of the table number and invitation work effortlessly to bring the entire look together. We would love to hear about your favorite wedding themes!
 

Intimate Vintage Bayside Wedding

Nothing in the world evokes the warm and fuzzy feelings in us more than a wedding filled with memories, tradition and love - especially one that has such a gorgeous vintage flair!  It was on their private dock in Ship Bottom on LBI, NJ where Alyson and Paul (0ne of our favorite couples) said I DO!  Inspired by the 1950's, their wedding was nothing short of charming - with homespun vintage pieces and family heirlooms interlaced with touches of blue and coral (swoon!).  We are both honored and excited to share not only this special day, but we are thrilled to share the second wedding that Alyson and Paul threw for their family and friends with our readers in the coming weeks.

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Beachside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

Vintage Bayside Wedding

  The gorgeous couple share their personal experiences with us - "Planning this wedding brought us so much joy, since every step had a piece of our families in it. We looked to this wedding to come as a time to celebrate not only us, but our families and closest friends who we know will forever be by our sides.  We also decided to give the whole event a vintage feel.  As lovers of 1950s fashion, we envisioned circle skirt dresses and handsome waistcoats.  Therefore, we knew all the touches- invites, flowers, table numbers, gifts- would also have to reflect this. It started with the Save the Dates and the invitations and again we were blessed!  With the thanks of a very talented friend, Ali Giese, who is starting her own business (7 Squared Design out of San Francisco), we got our ideal creations.  The Save the Dates were messages in antique bottles to reflect the island.  We collected the bottles one by one in Barnegat, NJ antique stores, with the city and states names of all of our 40 guests.  We shipped these (carefully) and hand delivered others.  This is one of the joys of a small wedding! For the invitations, Ali made our visions a reality.  She combined wax stamps, twine and vintage fonts to reflect our theme.  Our guests got a true treat in the mail Then the clothing!  I think it was fate that I met Paula at Mill Crest Vintage in Lambertville, NJ.  Wedding dress shopping without a mom or dad could have been a tough experience.  Instead, I stumbled upon this jewel of a store and this incredible owner whose passion for vintage dresses is only matched by the care she gives her clients. Her energy and excitement was contagious and I walked out with not only my dress, but the two dresses for my maids of honors, our cardigans, white gloves and sweet shoes. As for Paul, we headed west!  I knew of Al’s Attire (a designer that lives vintage) in North Beach of San Francisco since 2000 when I lived in the neighborhood.  His business has grown quite a bit since those first days and we knew he would do justice on Paul’s waist coast for the big day.  Without a doubt he met all expectations and Paul has a classic vintage piece for his collection! Our florist, Lily of the Valley in Beach Haven, had dropped off our centerpieces, which were done in my mother's collection of antique Nantucket Basket purses for a personal touch.  Paul and I had also been collecting antique milk bottles and Ball jars for quite some time.  Paul is from a dairy farm in WI and it was a great way to include a little piece of home for his family.  My ten wonderful family volunteers put together beautiful arrangements of our flowers in a great mix of bottles that would accompany the centerpieces. A couple other touches were our wedding photos of guests and our table cards.  We had asked each couple to send us a photo and displayed them (8x10s) above the pre-ceremony reception table.  In addition, we had been collecting antique LBI post cards for a bit of time and used these for our place cards, giving our guests a window into the history of LBI.  I had also found antique bottles and old house numbers to create great tables numbers that were reminiscent of our Save the Dates and these sat with antiqued lanterns in the middle of our farm tables.  Our guests’ gifts were Field Notes books.  Paul discovered these about a year ago and we loved the idea of using them for this day.  We purchased three small notebooks for each guest, one from PA (where I am from), one from WI (where Paul is from) and one from NJ (where the wedding is and where we now live).  We then wrote personal notes to each person in the books to take another moment to express how happy and thankful we were to have them with us that day. After the ceremony, we took photos with our wonderful photographer Lauri Tripaldi (LaLee Photography). Then we rode off into the sunset on my bride’s gift from Paul, a 1963 Schwinn Tandem Blue Bicycle. Perfect!"  
Wedding Experts:
Save the Dates/Invites: 7 Square Design
Florist: Lilly of the Valley 
Photography: LaLee Photography
Cake: Bredenbeck's Bakery
Catering: Mayetta's Octopus Garden
Bridal Attire: Mill Crest Vintage
Bridesmaids' Attire: Mill Crest Vintage
Vintage Bridal Accessories: Mill Crest Vintage
Groom's Attire: Al's Attire

A Vintage Noshing at Tiffany's

OH MY GORGEOUSNESS!  Elegance and glamour with a retro twist never looked so good as these amazing images captured by the lovely and talented Erin Saldana of Erin Saldana Photography for this "Vintage Noshing at Tiffany's" styled shoot.  Not only do we get to drool over these photos, we are also honored to have been a part of this talented ensemble of wedding professionals - who (lead by the uber creative Alison of The Wedding Yentas) made this all possible so we could share this eye candy with our readers.

A Vintage Noshing at Tiffany's

A Vintage Noshing at Tiffany's

A Vintage Noshing at Tiffany's

The bride was styled in a classically cut, authentic 1950's vintage tea length lace wedding dress from Mill Crest Vintage.

A Vintage Noshing at Tiffany's

A Vintage Noshing at Tiffany's

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A Vintage Noshing at Tiffany's

To create the classic, chic, glamorous and timeless mood of the Tiffany's theme in a subtle but stylish way, the wedding team brought in little pops of blue paired with dove grey, metallic silver, sparkling crystals, pearls and hints of black against soft cream toned textured. Floral vintage chintz offered a feminine and whimsical feel to the table setting.  Pops of color in the brunch buffet were added to complement the iconic blue and worked perfectly against the lush background offered by Stonehaus of Westlake Village, California.

A Vintage Noshing at Tiffany's

Hello Gorgeous! Ok, yes... we admit it... we were talking to that vintage Rolls Royce.  The bridesmaid, who is channeling Holly Golightly, isn't too bad herself.  In fact, we think she is perfection!!

Wanting more yummy photos?  Check out The Wedding Yentas, where you can feast on 4 day extravaganza of "A Nosh at Tiffany's".

Photographer: Erin Saldana Photography Venue and Catering: Stonehaus at The Westlake Village Inn Styled Shoot Designer and Wedding Coordinator: An Enlightened Event Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Mill Crest Vintage Floral Design: Happy Flowers Event Design and Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table Tuxedos: Friar Tux Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Bobalu Berries Rolls Royce: Classy Chassis Dessert Topper and Serving-ware: Bling Diva Designs Paper Food Cards and Paper Table Number: Fla-de-Dahs Ketubah: Anna Abramzon Studio Hair Stylist: Hair of the Bride, Helena Van Zandbergen Makeup Artist: Sam Salk Linens: Ventura Rental Party Center Wonderful Models: Runya Simon, Jason Simon, Yana Ward, Jonathan Bluth

Eclectic Vintage Lakefront Wedding

Soft yellow mixed with black and white damask, set against the backdrop of a charming rustic lakefront venue, was the absolute perfect pallet for this eclectic vintage inspired wedding at FortWhyte Alive, an environmental preserve, in gorgeous Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. Thank you so very much to the amazingly creative and talented Tracy and her equally as delightful groom, Jay, for sharing their special day with us.

Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration

Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration
Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration
Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration
Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration
Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration
Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration
The bride was beautifully adorned in an authentic 1960's vintage mermaid cut damask wedding gown and vintage-jeweled birdcage veil.  Her shoes, by Sam and Libby, complemented her Swarovski accessories and unbelievable crystal belt.  The groom wore a dapper pinstriped suit from Moore's and a bit of Swarovski bling himself.  SWOON!

Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration

Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration
Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration
Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration
Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration
Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration Fabulous food served in an easy and elegant environment was the experience the couple wanted for their 98 guests. Guests we served an amazing three course meal inspired by local and organic Manitoban ingredients and were invited to enjoy a refill of their Sweet tea lemonade before hitting the dance floor to the bride and groom's own personal play list.  Special touches that made this wedding really pop against the fresh, green backdrop of the lakefront venue included; hand selected vintage vases and milk glass, birds and birdcages, steel colored damask table runners against white linens, yellow daisies and white zinnias, and fresh lemons and lemonade. The best part - many of these lovely details were DIY!!  This bride knows style and we LOVE it!

Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration

Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration House-farmed honey jars stacked in lemon crates and tagged with a personal note of thanks from Tracy and Jay were given as a special wedding favor to their guests.

Eclectic Lakefront Vintage Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Experts: Location: FortWhyte Alive Photographer: Blackout Photography Florist: Norwood Florists Catering: Buffalo Stone Cafe Bridal Attire: Mill Crest Vintage Veil: Sheena Holland Belt: Twisted Crystals Jewelry: Andrew Nyce Designs Beauty: Vamp Industries Groom Attire: Moore's Rentals: www.motifetc.com

 

Homespun Vintage Wedding - Brooklyn Style

For Elizabeth and Todd, having friends and family involved in the planning of their hometown mid- century/modern minimalist style vintage inspired wedding made their day even more special than they could ever have dreamed.  The ceremony and reception were held in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on an absolutely perfect Summer day. We are honored that this lovely couple invited us to share their very personal day with our readers.

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

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The Bride wore an authentic blush toned tea length vintage wedding dress exclusively from the collection at Mill Crest Vintage.  She paired it with a full petticoat and simple tiara with removable net veil.  Gorgeous!!!!

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Five bridesmaids were adorned in vintage inspired dresses in a pallet of pastels, which perfectly complemented the summer colors of their flower bouquets and the blush tones of the bridal dress.

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

Vintage Wedding Brooklyn

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The bride shared with Mill Crest Vintage - "Having harbored a longtime love of all things vintage, we enjoyed mixing mid-century elegance with modern minimalism to create our own wedding aesthetic. It was very important to the both of us that we share our marriage celebration with our beloved family and friends around the home that we love so much: Brooklyn! The Prospect Park Picnic House served as a perfect location, as it had been the meeting place for many past barbecues and birthday parties over the years; the park was a natural choice as many of our friends live near and around it (it’s also a quick walk from our apartment, and served as a perfect backdrop for private and social pre-wedding photos). It was also important for us to work with local Brooklyn vendors, from finding the perfect wedding rings and the immense wedding cake spread from One Girl Cookies to the exclusive Brooklyn Brewery beer selection at the reception. We also chose to handcraft as much of the wedding elements as possible, incorporating our beloved family and friends where we could. - We both felt incredibly lucky to have had such a wealth of support from loved ones who came together from all over the world to celebrate and share in our wedding celebration!" It was a true family affair.  Music for the ceremony was bagpiped by the bride’s brother-in-law and the groom’s cousin officiated the ceremony.  DIY vintage touches were in full swing - as much of the programs, stationary and wedding favors were designed and hand-made by the bride, friends and family. The couple's decision to include a photo booth at the reception (a genius offer, compliments of the photographers) resulted in hundreds of priceless moments that were turned into cherished memories.  LOVE!  

 

Wedding Experts: Location: Prospect Park Picnic House Photographer: Weddings by Two: Nelson Hancock Florist: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design Linens: Broadway Famous Party Rentals Entertainment: JJ Brown (DJ) Catering: Bon Soir Catering Wedding Cake: One Girl Cookies Bridal Attire: Mill Crest Vintage Tiara: Debra Moreland for Paris Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse Jewelry/Rings: The Clay Pot Rentals: Bon Soir Catering Beer: American Beer Distributing Co. Wine: Scotto’s Wine Cellar    

1930's Vintage Inspired Elopement

Nothing says romance better than an intimate wedding built for two.  The unique touches of 1930's vintage inspiration of this elopement gives us a special thrill.  Thank you to this beautiful couple, Yliana and Nicholas, who lovingly shared their most meaningful moments, and all the details that went into designing their special day, with our readers.

1930's Vintage Elopement

1930's Vintage Elopement

1930's Vintage Elopement

The couple exchanged vows in a traditional, yet uniquely private, Jewish ceremony under a chuppa set in front of the Forsyth Park Fountain, Savannah, GA.  In attendance were the wedding experts who helped to make this day possible.  A 1928 vintage saxophone player offered beautiful music throughout the evening.  The bride's vintage inspired dress was redesigned to include the lace shawl and long sheer lace sleeves for a custom vintage look and was paired with stunning pair of custom teal colored Badgley Mischka heels.  Her handsome groom was dapper in Calvin Klein and hand crocheted kippot.
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage ElopementAs the sun set, the couple moved to a perfectly appointed candlelit table complete with linen table cloth, two vintage candelabras and a gorgeous setting of vintage pieces that were hand selected by the bride and groom.  Details included; vintage Italian Avon silver bud vases, an amazing antique silver champagne bucket, authentic 1930's Fostoria etch blue champagne glasses, vintage embroidered white linen napkins-which the couple had monogrammed- and vintage Japanese rose patterned china surrounded by hand stamped silver pieces.  A vintage crystal pedestal cake stand held the gorgeous monogrammed cake.  Winter colors of soft  blue, cream and white floral arrangements picked up the colors in the vintage china and beautifully complemented the silver place settings.
1930's Vintage ElopementWe love that the couple chose a horse-drawn carriage, complete with champagne toast, to ride off into their lives together. 1930's Vintage Elopement
The Wedding Experts:
Reception Location: Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
Officiant: Rabbi Laurence Schlesinger
Photographer: Taken Photography 
Dress: Dhgate / Dress Redesign: Lillie's of Hollywood, Fl.
Groom Attire: Calvin Klein
Wedding Planner: Simply Savannah Events
Cake Designer: Savannah Wedding Cakes 
Musician:  jrjazz1@yahoo.com
Carriage Ride: Madison Tour Company
Rentals: In Any Event
Ketubah: Anna Abramzon
Chuppah: Piscaquilter
Kiddush Cup: Gallery Judaica
Tallit: Daskaroth
Vintage Bud Vase- FristVintage
Vintage Champagne  Bucket: RareAntiques
1930s Fostoria Glass Etched Blue Champagne Glasses:  Cheshire Cat Antiques
Personalized Stamped Silverware:  For Such a Time Designs
Vintage White Linen Napkins: CasaMimi
1940’s Japanese Vintage Rose Pattern: Attic Treasure Shoppe
Vintage Pedestal Cake Stand: The Back of the Basement

Rustic Vintage Garden Wedding

The Palo Verde trees in full bloom on this gorgeous spring day in Scottsdale, Arizona, made for a perfect backdrop to the rustic vintage garden wedding of Rachel and Scott. Thanks to the genius photography skills of Mike Olbinski Photography, we have the honor of sharing this amazing wedding with you.

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Crystal bead and pink carnation flower garlands swayed from the tree under which the ceremony was held. Scattered potted petunias that Scott's mom planted, along with paper lanterns and hanging strings of café lights completed the rustic, yet romantic theme.

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

While scouring wedding blogs for inspiration, Rachel fell in love with a vintage wedding dress from the collection at Mill Crest Vintage. She wasn't local to the vintage boutique, so she took a leap of faith and ordered it online. With a few alterations and tweaks, including adding buttons up the back, Rachel had found the vintage wedding dress of her dreams.

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Rustic wooden tables set with mismatched bottles, doilies as runners, real vintage glassware, and beautiful vintage silver perfectly set the tone for this rustic and romantic vintage theme. To add a personal touch to their special day, Rachel and Scott included a few DIY wedding details such as the dinner menus, which were cleverly written on reclaimed doors. The homemade grape jelly wedding favors were lovingly made by the bride's parents, who live in rural Indiana. The place settings were accented with sprigs of rosemary from Scott's parents' backyard. Fragrant centerpieces of succulents complemented with sprigs of rosemary were scattered throughout the tables, along with vases filled with fresh flowers for a comfortable, yet elegant touch. Rachel and Scott also shipped in some famous Tell City Pretzels from the bride's hometown. Other intimate and personal touches also included vintage wedding photos of each of the couple's family members in attendance and their 60 guests were invited to use the vintage typewriter to sign the guest list.  

 

The Wedding Experts: Photographer: Mike Olbinski Photography Ceremony & Reception Venue: Groom's parents' backyard Officiant: Pastor Jason Fritz from Highlands Church Invitation Designer: LittleOwl Letterpress Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio Catering: Rendezvous Catering Florist: Liz Mareno Cake: Variety of tartes by Rendezvous Catering Wedding Dress: Mill Crest Vintage Wedding Dress Redesign & Alterations - Janet Kirkman Reception Dress - Aidan Mattox Bridal Accessories: Shoes - Hey Lady Shoes, Veil - Unveiled Bridal Designs, Garter -JLWeddings, Earrings - Majorica Bridesmaid's apparel and accessories: Dress - Jcrew, Bridal party robes - Plum Pretty Sugar Hair and make-up: Ohana Spa & Salon DJ: Teffanie Brasch Favors: Homemade grape jelly made by the bride's parents Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Rings: Bride - Schmitt Jewelers (custom), Groom - Stuller Vintage Soda Bottles: Smeeks Pretzels: Tell City Pretzels