Some Ideas for Spring Modern-Day Couples
In the springtime, there’s something extra sweet about saying “I do”.If so, choose a vintage wedding in this joyful season. The latest take on vintage wedding style is perfect for couples who want to create a storybook romance vibe on the big day — get ready for soft color palettes, elegant candles, and more.
See why we're loving these modern-day vintage wedding ideas below.
Vintage wedding style looks beautiful year-round, although you can use your wedding season to inspire the decor, venue, and color palette that you choose for the big day. Envision a springtime vintage wedding filled with pastel flowers and antique furniture.
Vintage wedding style is fairly versatile, which means that you won’t have to worry about sticking to one particular type of venue. Traditional wedding venues, such as ballrooms, country clubs, hotels, and even castles are always classy options and work for vintage wedding ideas that err on the formal side. If you'd prefer a vintage wedding with modern undertones, consider getting married someplace more relaxed, such as a vineyard, countryside garden, or even a barn.
Another twist on vintage wedding style is to host your big day at a historic or retro venue — for example, a glamorous Art Deco hotel, a funky mid-century modern theater, or a charming old farmhouse.
Just like any wedding theme, your color palette is crucial for completing your vintage wedding ideas and overall aesthetic. First, you'll need to decide whether you want your vintage wedding to reflect a specific decade or if you simply want to create a romantic setting with subtle nods to the past. If you don’t have a specific decade in mind, then stick with pastels and neutrals, such as blush, mint green, light blue, ivory, and gray. These colors create a soft vintage aesthetic with Old World romance vibes.
You can also have a vintage wedding theme with brighter colors, as long as you've got the right combination! Bring a dramatic vibe to your vintage wedding by pairing sleek colors such as gray, navy blue, and silver, with bold hues like fuchsia, lavender, and plum.
Otherwise, you can look to the specific decade you're using for a bit of inspiration. If you love The Great Gatsby and 1920s style, pair metallic gold, and silver with muted tones, such as mauve, ivory, and taupe. For a touch of Old Hollywood glamour, channel the 1940s and 50s with red, black, and white. Bolder colors, including yellow, orange, bubblegum pink, and turquoise give off a mod 1960s vibe, à la Twiggy. If your style errs on the bohemian side, choose earthy tones like olive green, taupe, and mustard yellow for a 1970s hippie-chic twist.
The great thing about vintage wedding ideas is that they're always evolving, so in the end, this style can become whatever you dream it to be!
The latest take on vintage wedding style is a more toned-down approach that blurs the line between old and new. It's less about using actual vintage items (we've seen enough stacks of vintage suitcases to last us a while), and more about bringing a timeless, ethereal vibe to your big day by using pieces that bridge the gap between past and present. For example, mixing details like antique candelabras and heirloom glassware with modern pieces, such as rose gold vases or gauzy table linens.
Even if your vintage wedding is inspired by a specific decade, it's important to aim for a balance of old and new decor. You’ll want the space to feel planned out and tasteful, not vintage gone wrong. Mix in a few contemporary elements here and there to keep your wedding grounded in the 21st Century. Some of our favorite trends that work well with vintage style include watercolor details, hand-dyed silk table runners, calligraphy signage, and greenery garlands.
Floral motifs, lace details, vellum, wax seals, and ribbons are all popular vintage wedding ideas when it comes to wedding invitations.
If your vintage wedding decor is tailored to a specific decade, your stationery should also reflect the style of that era. Pull inspiration from cards, posters, artwork, and other ephemera from that time and design your invitation suite from there. And don't forget about stamps! Choose a vintage-inspired design from the post office or, if you're up to the challenge, source actual vintage stamps from websites, flea markets, etc. (just make sure they haven't been used already or they'll be invalid).
If you’re having a vintage wedding, it’s best to stick with flowers that veer toward classic and timeless. You’ll want to avoid any arrangements that come across as too trendy.
Some of our favorite flowers for vintage weddings include garden roses, peonies, anemones, calla lilies, and astilbe. If you’re carrying a bouquet, cascading bouquets and pageant styles give off a regal, vintage feel. Personalize the arrangement by adding vintage-inspired accents, like brooches, pearl strands, an embroidered handkerchief, or long ribbons.
If you’re wearing a wedding dress, look for designs that feature classic elements in a modern way. Lace gowns are ultra-fancy and romantic, making them a staple choice for vintage wedding style. We love a figure-hugging fit-and-flare silhouette like the one pictured above — it's modest without feeling matronly. Bridal sleeves are another one of our favorite vintage wedding ideas, and we're so glad that they're finally back in fashion. Whether you opt for cap sleeves, off-the-shoulder, puff sleeves, or full-length sleeves, we can't deny this chic trend.
Looking for something more whimsical than lace? Lastly, in order to really play up the vintage wedding vibe, wear a short dress! A tea-length style taps into retro 50s and 60s fashion and gives you the opportunity to show off a fab pair of shoes.
No vintage wedding is complete without the newlyweds being sent off in style. Sparkler send-offs are super popular these days, especially for evening weddings, but they're more of a trend rather than a vintage throwback. Ask your venue if your guests can toss birdseed, rice, confetti, or flower petals instead for a more authentic vintage feel.
Lastly, hire a vintage car to whisk you away when the wedding is over — think of all those classic movies with the couple waving goodbye as they ride happily into the sunset. Not only will a vintage car be the finishing touch to your big day, but it makes a great "Just Married" photo op.