Anyone have any creative ideas for a vintage (1900s to 1940s) themed wedding reception?
Jennyttt from Belle Plaine, MN
Which are you looking at?
1900-10s a little Victorian
1920s - speakeasy/jazz/flapper girls
1930s Depression (joke) I mean big band swing...into 40's
You have a lot of options for music/decor and even costumes. Let the female guests know in advance what era if they want to dress accordingly! Definitely Black tie. (05/01/2006)
I was looking at more of a Victorian theme. (05/03/2006)
Weren't long bead necklaces popular then? Maybe you could use them as part of the centerpieces and encourage your female guests to wear them. (05/03/2006)
I am not sure if I am on the right track for you here, but I will throw out some ideas anyway. Years ago, our church had a Mother-Daughter tea, some of the ideas we used can be duplicated. We used pastels, but in your case you could use all kinds of lace, especially the ecru or beige color. We made pleated fans with lace and then used fabric stiffener, when you pleat the lace you can use a stapler at the bottom, to hold it together or sew it. Using two on a table looks decorative, and as someone suggested, you could use fake pearls and we decorated the fans with handmade ribbon roses. You could use the ribbon that is faded, and they have beautiful ones with wire edges, that kind of ribbon makes a ribbon rose easier to hold together. You could also use real rose petals with centerpieces, this would save money and you would still get the effect of flowers, and adding a dried baby's breath or a similar dried filler would give an additional lacy look.
You could choose a filler that has already been treated to look an antique gold or silver, the kind that has a fine glitter would look very classy with the antique lace look. The great thing about lace, is that you can find it all over, even at used stores, since you are only using parts of it. If you find a piece you like and it is stained you can just cut out what you want. You can of course wash it when you get it home, and if you need it to be a darker beige you can use tea bags to dye it.
Sorry, I'm having a hard time expressing this. Another idea is to use decorated party masks on your table. Once you have figured out what era you want to decorate with you can go to the library and get some more ideas. It is probably very frustrating at this stage, because you have the idea in your mind, but trying to save money and keeping it simple will work out for you. Be sure to tell us what ideas you go with. (05/04/2006)
Use lacy handkerchiefs to hold the flowers. Cut a hold in the middle of the handkerchief and slip the flowers in the hole. You can usually find really pretty ones at thrift stores for under $1 because so few people use them any more. (05/27/2006)
I got a couple of meters of cheap lace fabric off the roll at spotlight and cut into circles and made favor bags out of them. (You know the ones where you lay out the circle, fill with say sugared almonds and then gather at the top and secure with a ribbon.) I also used lace trim off the roll instead of ribbon. (10/19/2008)
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