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?
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
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… firstname.lastname@example.org