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How to create a vintage wedding theme

To envision a wedding is a wonderful and challenging undertaking. Many elements come together to create a composite experience that reflects the couple’s sensibilities and aesthetics. The theme of a wedding is chosen with care and when executed well, can energize the vibe and experience for the bridal couple and guests alike. The ‘Vintage’ wedding theme is trending now and is in-vogue with millennial couples. So what exactly is a vintage theme? By definition, the vintage theme is reflective of a bygone era, featuring an aesthetic that is in sync with the times gone by. The decor is characteristically memorable as it is romantically inclined and timeless in its appeal. The array of mesmerizing décor options are plenty for anyone who aspires to indulge in this theme for their nuptials. Whether you wish to create a timeless vibe or pay a tribute to someone you love, this uber stylish theme is one that is equal parts reliable and striking.

The Invitation

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The first impression of a wedding theme comes through the invitations. The invite design is one of the foremost elements to plan, design and execute for a wedding. The look and feel of the invite sets a precedent for the guests’ expectations at your wedding. When going the vintage route, delve into print designs with antique floral motifs and incorporate an old-school calligraphy font for the writing, on the invite. Choose paper that has a raw finish and you can also get creative by adding textures like lace or burlap to the final design.

The vintage wedding theme colour palette

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Off-white, ivory, beige, earthy tones and faded pastels lend themselves beautifully to a vintage theme. Plan your colour palette around light earthy tones or not-too-bright pastels, incorporating this in your props and the overall decor. Avoid extremely bright, pop colours as they will take away from the vintage vibe. This colour palette can be continued into the bridal ensemble as well. Choose a sari or a lehenga with beige undertones, embellished with crystal and antique gold embroidery. Complete your vintage bridal look with diamond jewellery layered with pearls.

Indoor Vintage Décor

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Wedding season can sometimes be during extreme weather conditions like summer or winter. If you wish to escape the weather and have some uninterrupted fun, an indoor setting will work best. Style the décor with vintage elements like antique-looking chandeliers, candles, vases and timepieces. Since the event would be indoors, soft diffused lighting is of utmost importance to create the right mood and this will also help create beautiful wedding photographs. Include fairy lights to the décor for a pretty celebratory feel. Chantilly lace and floral motifs on the furnishings work beautifully, so does old-style furniture. Include props such as black and white pictures in Victorian style frames, hand painted artworks, crystal centrepieces and pearls in your decor.

 Outdoor Vintage Décor

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An outdoor venue can be transformed into a vintage wonderland with some carefully selected elements. Create a vintage themed canopy by incorporating soft drapes, chandeliers, flowers and greenery. Choose furniture for your seating arrangement that has an old-world look to it. Take advantage of the greenery in your surroundings, by incorporating them as an element in the final look of the décor. Some well place props like antique mirrors or a luxury vintage car for guests to pose with, can transform the venue into your dream wedding experience.

The Table Setting

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Guests at your wedding will spend a fair amount of time around their tables and you can communicate your choice of a vintage wedding theme, through the table setting.  You could include candles on antique candle stands, flowers arrangements and table linen in your chosen colour palette. Choose crockery that has a paisley pattern for that quaint charm. A personalised note welcoming your guests, written by the hand of a calligrapher will round off their experience perfectly.

Guests at your wedding will spend a fair amount of time around their tables and you can communicate your choice of a vintage wedding theme, through the table setting.  You could include candles on antique candle stands, flowers arrangements and table linen in your chosen colour palette. Choose crockery that has a paisley pattern for that quaint charm. A personalised note welcoming your guests, written by the hand of a calligrapher will round off their experience perfectly.

The Stage

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In Indian weddings, it is common practise for the newly married couple to receive guests on a stage. Keeping in sync with the vintage vibe, ask your wedding planner to give the stage an understated vintage elegance. From the furniture to the flowers and the props, go for a timeless appeal that does not overpower your look. Instead try to keep the stage décor understated yet striking, to bring about a beautiful balance.

The Mandap

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Opt for a roof made out of white flowers or include dainty drapes to create a beautiful mandap. Chandeliers and pastel furnishing are the little things that would all make a difference.

The Music

Music plays a vital role in creating an ambience and this is very true in the case of a vintage wedding. For Indian weddings, beautiful songs from Bollywood’s noir period are the perfect complement to the vintage theme. Create a dreamy wedding playlist with classic Hindi songs from Gurudutt, Dev Anand and Kishore Kumar movies (to name a few). And if your music tastes are more western play something romantic by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin or the captivating jazz of Ella Fitzgerald. The nostalgia of these tunes will help set the mood of your wedding ambience.

The vintage theme is beautiful, sentimental and romantic. It will make for a memorable wedding for you and your guests, which will surely be the talk of the town for months to come!

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