I am planning a wedding and would like to have a vintage theme for the reception. We will be hosting and doing the reception ourselves, so any suggestions that are inexpensive, but delightful and impressive would be much appreciated.
By Anna from Washington, DC
I think your answer is actually written in your question. The minute I read peacock blue I could see your vintage reception decorated with peacock feathers and color accents in the peacock feathers as well as purples, pinks and white. Iridescent Christmas balls can fill up vases or bowls. Mixtures of dried flowers with silks or fresh ( dried because fresh flowers were really hard to come by not to many years ago). Tea lights are very cheap and make everything more romantic.
The more candles the better. Strands of pearls draped through out your bouquet, the bridesmaids flowers, and flower arrangements. Lots of tulle bunched up as table swags and chair cover bows with white Christmas lights through out the swags. You can rent table linens in any color that you want or you can buy used white linens (cheap) from linen companies and dye them to meet your own color needs.
You don't say how large your community is but check rental places and don't just look at what they rent for weddings but look at all of their available holiday things, Mardi gras, Christmas, Easter, graduation, and other holidays all have great things you can "borrow" from and enhance your reception. Please let us know what you decide and post pictures. Good luck and most of all make sure you enjoy every minute of planning and the actual day. Document everything in film as your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and it goes by so fast.
What era are you thinking of. Vintage can be nearly any period that isn't current, with your color choices it could be the 60's.
Thinking 1950's timeframe. I found a 1953 Modern Bride Magazine and have been using that as a manual for ideas and such...but would love more :)
I actually got this idea from a funeral and a wedding. Right by the sign in book, there were black and white, or sepia (brownish) photographs of both sets of parents, grandparents, and the bride and groom. I don't know what era you're going to use, but this display was really touching.
You might use only candlelight where ever you can in the room. Candles with glass containers - can't think of the name but the glass is open at both ends, usually it comes in different shapes. You can make it a black and white dress affair.
Everyone has to wear black and white and the pictures come out awesome. Sorry, I just remembered you have beautiful colors you're working with.
Can the bride wear her mom's, grandmother's, mother in law, etc., wedding gown?
I am planning a vintage wedding for my daughter. Kind of a 30's glam with a Paris feel. Instead of a sign-in book, I bought a little black typewriter on ebay. It is from the 30's. Shiny and cool. I also bought a bunch of vintage postcards on ebay. People will type a message on the postcard and put it in a vintage mailbox. Also from ebay. This added up to about $150.00. A lot for a sign-in thing, but it sets the feel for the wedding and is our only real splurge. My daughter and her fiancé are world travelers, so it fits them to a T.
For the music, I found some very wonderful older French music at the library (available at Amazon). A company called Putumayo puts out a whole bunch of world music with a cool vintage jazz sound. The ones I like best are: Paris; Acoustic Cafe; and French Cafe. I wanted to do more of a 50's theme and use Frank Sinatra, but my daughter doesn't like that. She is loving all of my plans for this cool French, vintage feel. We are doing black and white with touches of deep yellow. I am having the friends doing the food wear aprons (I am making them to keep the cost down) out of white with black French toile. The tables will have black tablecloths with antique-white French-looking pot with an orchid in each. This would be too expensive, but they come with the reception site. A flower store's green house that has been converted into a beautiful reception center. I am having too much fun with this theme!
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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)