When it comes to choosing a style for a wedding, nothing is more in vogue than what can only (vaguely) be described as the ‘Vintage Style Wedding’ (or VSW). ‘Vintage’ can mean anything from wearing an ivory lace dress or styling your whole day around the Edwardian Era. With so many varying opinions on what exactly vintage ‘is’, it can only really be classified as something… old. I love Dictonary.com ‘s definition: ‘representing the high quality of a past time’.

Why in this contemporary age do we consistently look backwards for inspiration?  Perhaps it’s because now days, we can have it all, on mass and delivered the next day, but what we really want something unique, made with care that reflects a time when things were simpler. Maybe we crave the elegance of a style that has endured a couple of decades (or even centuries). Or maybe we’ve had a good look (and giggle) at our mother’s 80s style wedding album and subconsciously vowed never to wear a bedazzled, taffeta headdress!

In fact, even the most modern bride would be hard pressed to find all the elements that go into a wedding without finding something that was inspired by a bygone era. Whether it be the simplicity of a Grecian style dress, or the clean lines of a Bauhaus font on your thank cards, we all recreate styles that have gone before, even if we aren’t aware.

It’s important to do your research before you style VSW, particularly when choosing the dress. Whether you envision yourself gracefully sauntering down the aisle in a 1950s Christian Dior ball gown or kicking up your heels in a split panel, embellished flapper dress, you need to know whether it’s been lovingly restored or cleverly copied. And tactfully explain to your husband-to-be that NO it won’t look good with the stretch Hummer he’s picked out!

The choices are endless and aren’t made any easier by unlimited access to vintage pieces (both real and inspired) online! The best plan of attack is to keep it simply and follow this advice:

1)   Create a vision board or file of images that you can place side by side and then judge if your style is cohesive. Just seeing it ‘in your head’ may not work out as flawlessly you’d hoped.

2)   Choose your statement pieces first (the ones that everyone will see e.g. dress, suits, flowers) and work everything around that.

3)   Work within a limited colour palette. The experts recommend no more than three.

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