6 Effortless Vintage Wedding Décor Ideas

To be timeless, romantic and charming all in one, the vintage wedding calls for lots of little details, however subtle they may be. From the style of wedding dress to the venue selected, vintage weddings are nothing without the dressings. Those little details in the décor department become a part of not just a story of the past, but also a story of your specific wedding day.

The goal of vintage wedding décor should be to transport wedding guests to another era. The décor must act as a time machine for your special day.

The vintage wedding calls for all of that old fashioned flair, but that doesn’t mean the décor needs to induce headaches and a great deal of searching. For a wedding inspired by days gone by, try implementing these six effortless vintage wedding décor ideas.

Go On a Journey Through the Past with Vintage Suitcases

Go On a Journey Through the Past with Vintage Suitcases

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A vintage wedding can be sprinkled with old suitcases for that retro travel inspired affair. Marriage is a journey so the addition of a travel aspect to your wedding day is only appropriate. You can use antique suitcases for any number of spots on the wedding day. Old suitcases make great cardholders at the reception with a simple sign added on or near the suitcase denoting this is where to place your cards. You can also string luggage tags as place cards across an old suitcase for added effect. You can even use a stack here and there to fill in vacant spaces.

What makes old suitcases so effortless for vintage wedding décor is that you can truly find them in all sorts of places. They also require little embellishing to make look truly vintage. Antique suitcases are available on bidding sites online, in antique stores or even at garage and estate sales.

Book Mark It with Old Novels

Book Mark It with Old Novels

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Just as you can use vintage suitcases for décor, you can also use antique books for a splash of the old to your wedding day look. If you have a number of antique books lying around, you can use them to form centerpieces on your guests’ tables or even to just act as accents on cake and guestbook tables. If it is possible, you can even pick and choose titles that mirror the romance of a wedding day or the days of old.

Again, antique books are easy to come by, especially if you aren’t looking for specific editions. Most antique bookstores will have a wealth to choose from at affordable price points. When you do select your books, you can even pay attention to the colors of the hardbacks to make certain that they effortlessly go with your wedding theme.

Say Cheese with Vintage Photographs and Frames

Say Cheese with Vintage Photographs and Frames

Photo by Mike Willis

For a vintage wedding, you want to gather as many pieces from another time as you can for your décor. Some easy pieces to add to your timeless wedding look are the wedding photographs from family members throughout the ages. You can place these photographs on tables combined with centerpieces or even scatter them about the reception space. Not only do these vintage wedding shots add a taste of the old, but they also help the couple honor their past at the same time.

In addition to past wedding photographs from family members over the ages, old frames also work well as décor pieces. Antique frames or even those made to look antique add a nice touch of the antiquated to a vintage wedding.

Set the Table with a Mix of the Old

Set the Table with a Mix of the Old

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In order to carry out a vintage style wedding, you need to consider what parts of your wedding day will be the most striking to guests. One of the best areas to create a great impact on your wedding guests is the dining area. Tables can be adorned with mismatched old dishes for a decidedly vintage feel. You can search for antique dishes at second hand shops and bidding sites online. The great thing about a vintage wedding is that these dishes don’t necessary have to match.

In addition to antique dishes, you can also create a striking impact with old-fashioned chairs. Many rental companies are now offering vintage chairs that they will even paint and cover with your color choice for you. Chairs that lend a touch of the old will help give your wedding dinner that something special visually. The dinner is after all where most of the guests sit down and take notice of their surroundings.

Color Me Vintage

Color Me Vintage

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While many brides ponder vintage décor in terms of physical items that they can add, the most effortless detail that you can insert is the color. You need to pay attention to the colors that you use in order to carry out a vintage wedding. You might love a certain palette but it might not say timeless and old world like you want. With vintage wedding décor, you have to be mindful of colors.

Mints and pastels are good for vintage backyard or garden weddings, seamlessly blending into the natural setting. For a more retro, 1960s style wedding, you should think of colors from that time like aqua and light orange. You have to think about the era of the wedding and what colors would work in that time period. For neutrals, gold and silver are always universal for vintage wedding colors. All of your vintage wedding décor simply won’t work without a good old world color base.

Mix It Up

Mix It Up

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Vintage weddings can be truly effortless in the décor department because the wedding look isn’t ridged or even structured. Not everything has to match or be identical. Centerpieces don’t all have to be the same. Your flowers don’t have to be one set flower in a bouquet. Vintage wedding décor is all about combining different elements to create a unique look. If everything matches or follows a set structure, it wouldn’t be a vintage wedding.

Your Turn…

Did you have or are you planning a vintage style wedding? What décor elements did you include(or are you planning to include) for your special, old world day?