Vintage Wedding Accessory Guide

A Vintage Wedding Accessory Guide for First Time Brides

Good morning everybody! I hope you’re having a lovely break from it all. Shall we escape to the world of weddings for a moment or two this morning? Yes, lets… because I have another great article from Queens & Bowl for you today. Vintage wedding accessories – an introduction especially for any brides-to-be who are getting started on your very own wedding planning adventure! Enjoy. Claire xxx

The festive period is one of the most popular times for couples to get engaged, the romance of the season spurring thousands of loving guys (and girls!) to get down on one knee and pop the question!

Vintage Wedding Accessory Guide

So the chances are there are a quite few new brides-to-be out there who, following the champagne and the emotional phone call to Mum and Dad, are facing the daunting prospect of actually planning a wedding.

Post-proposal, there are a lot of things to think about and the chances are you’re going to be hit with a whole lot of information over the next few months as you start to try and piece together your wedding!

Although daunting, planning a wedding can actually be a lot of fun too, so always remember not to get too stressed about it! There are a lot of things you’ll need to do over the next couple of weeks, such as drawing up a rough guest list and setting a rough date but once you’ve got these out of the way, you can start thinking about themes for your wedding and most importantly, your outfit!

One of the most popular themes for weddings at the moment is vintage. Taking inspiration from the glamorous fashions of times gone by, vintage weddings are a unique way to celebrate the best day of your life!

In this post, I’m going to take you through a quick guide to my own speciality – vintage wedding accessories! Again, don’t get hung up on making any final decisions right now; just give yourself a few ideas to get excited about!

The Era

Picking an era to theme your vintage wedding around is a key part of the planning process as everything from the dress to the decorations on tables will be based around this theme! Thankfully, most vintage wedding themes are quite broad and there is room for some crossover between eras; typical themes include the Golden Age of Hollywood (think 30s, 40s and 50s) and Country Weddings!

Authentic or Designer?

One of the biggest decisions a vintage bride has to make is between buying authentic or vintage-style, both for the dress and the accessories. Many brides planning a vintage wedding will dream of sauntering down the aisle in a vintage Chanel but unfortunately, vintage Chanel is pretty rare – and pretty expensive as a result!

By far the easier and more budget-friendly option is to buy vintage-style. Vintage-style wedding shoes and accessories take their cue from the fashions of the past and look just as beautiful as their authentic counterparts, owing to the dedication of designers such as Harriet Wilde and Rachel Simpson!

Which jewellery?

Picking the jewellery which will accompany your perfect wedding dress is fine balancing act between complementing your outfit and making a statement your guests won’t forget! As a general rule, I’d suggest going for one statement piece – a necklace or a gorgeous vintage wedding tiara make for good statements – and complementing your overall outfit with the rest of your jewellery.

Some typically vintage jewellery styles include pearl and Swarovski-crystal encrusted pieces, while floral embellishments are also commonplace among vintage-style designs.

Well, I think that’s probably about all the information you’re going to need at this point – like I said earlier, I’m sure you’re already feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the information and advice coming your way at the moment! If you do decide that a vintage wedding is for you, don’t forget to check out some of my other posts for more vintage inspiration!

Kate x



  • I agree, you need one statement piece of vintage jewellery and that is enough. Many brides go over the top with accessories and with a vintage theme the jewellery should be limited to one impressive piece.

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