I love vintage (obviously and phew, you say - it would be silly doing what I did if I didn't!) for many reasons - for its character, history, charm, stories behind the pieces, design details, and I just don't believe modern pieces are the same in quality and sophistication. But another reason I love vintage is that it means a lot of different things to different people.
The wedding industry is huge and a lot of suppliers love to use vintage in one way or another - be it vintage vessels for a florist, vintage pearls for an accessories designer or full-on vintage by stylists and planners. But I love how people are taking these pieces and creating their own individual style. When you're not in the vintage know-how, vintage can be a bit of a scary word for some. People may see it as dated or twee or themey. But for me, and a lot of other lovely suppliers, it means none of those things. Here are some pics of my vintage styling at home and for weddings, and I think you'll agree it is not twee or themey in the slightest...
Vintage can mean different things to different people, and I think it's really important, as a wedding supplier, to work out what it means to you, what you love about vintage, how you like to style vintage and what pieces you would like to use for this styling. For me it speaks elegance, it is original, it is timeless, chic and it is classic. It is NOT themey, it does not have to be twee or rustic and does not have to be dated. It also does not have to be DIY. If you want a DIY wedding, fabulous. However a lot of people see your typical DIY wedding with bunting and hay stacks when they think of the word vintage. Again, nothing wrong with this. But please remember there is so much more to it than that if you want for there to be. And if you google vintage you will see this sentence come up: "denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind". Says it all.
I've been thinking a lot about this recently as I am coming across a lot more people who say "oh I'm so pleased you are putting a fresh approach on vintage" or "it's lovely to see vintage being incorporated into weddings in a stylish and beautiful way" or "oh I didn't realise your styling was vintage, as it's so fresh and pretty". Plus a few more! It's lovely to hear such comments and I am really passionate about more people seeing vintage in this way and not being scared of it. By choosing the right pieces, styling them in the right way, placing them with a fresh approach and mixing with a few coordinating, key modern items, you can too love vintage and see it in a whole new light...
So yes, vintage styling can be elegant. It can also be rustic, boho, industrial, whimsical, luxe... The list for vintage at weddings is endless. So please don't dismiss it if you think it isn't for you, there are so many possibilities. And if you are dreaming of a wedding day that is designed full of authentic vintage pieces being used in a unique and fresh way, I am definitely your girl! I'd love to chat about your big day and how I can style it and make it look beautiful, luxe and elegant with my vintage props. And obviously very romantic, as every wedding should be! Get in touch here for a complimentary consultation (I work in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London but can travel further if needed) or let's just natter about what vintage means to you!
Thanks for reading,