Budgeting for a vintage wedding

Vintage and retro weddings are still big news and as we approach the beginning of 2011 I have to ask my burning question. Perhaps you can help me answer it.

Why are we still spending so much on vintage-inspired wedding days?

Vintage wedding


I can’t deny I love a vintage wedding theme, with inspiration from a few generations ago, gorgeous gowns and retro stationery and accessory designs. But isn’t it funny how our 21st century wedding budgets are still stretched when we plan a vintage wedding celebration?

I’d love to know – and I’m secretly hoping – whether vintage-inspired brides are the thriftiest and most inventive out there. Pre- and post-war brides were making their own wedding dresses and more, before most of us were even born.

Your vintage inspired wedding

Have you made your own wedding bunting, stationery, jewellery, flowers, cake… dress? I’d love to hear about your wedding plans if you have a second.

Vintage wedding budget top tips

1960s wedding photo


My top tip for a vintage wedding would be to think vintage when it comes to planning your budget: only spend what you already have.

Beg, borrow and steal your vintage crockery and decorations from friends and relatives.

Get crafty: make bunting, hair accessories, and wedding stationery.

Aim for a wedding day that’s happy and full of love, don’t aim to make your day impressive and unique.

And a last question I’d love to hear your thoughts on:

If a 1940s bride on a budget could have emailed her guests to invite them, with a perfectly worded and personally addressed email invite, for free, do you think she would have done?

I’m here & listening…

Claire x

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Helen Driscoll
    9 years ago

    Most brides were budget brides in the 1940’s. My mother got married in a very handsome blue suit, during the 1940’s, and they certainly had very little money during the war. My father was a Col in the army. My mother would have preferred to lick lye than send an email wedding invitation. My parents eloped, opting for no wedding, rather than a makeshift event. Most of their friends and loved ones were involved in the war effort and unable to travel.
    My mother was much older when I was born, but a very mannered person. You defined yourself by your manners back then. Invitations were not very appealing to look at, either. We have a fair collection of invites from the 1800’s on.

  • I completely agree! Your perfect day doesn’t have to cost a lot at all!

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