Did you miss yesterday’s unmissable vintage tea party wedding blog? Noooo… quickly, off you go and catch up right here: Laura and David’s Oriental vintage tea party wedding. Then come back because I’ve saved some extra images from the very lovely Hayley Ruth Photography to help show you how to get the same rustic vintage look for your own big day.
Laura and David hired a marquee for their big day but I think this look would work just as beautifully with a teepee or a barn wedding venue, don’t you? Here are the key pieces and projects which tied their gorgeous wedding style together. Hope you like!
The Tea Emporium at Laura and David’s wedding is a gorgeous idea – a healthier alternative to sweetie buffets, with softer colours than your average bonbon and an Oriental flavour – so to speak!
Find Kilner jars for different flavours of tea and write or print your own labels for the jars. (Stick them with Display Mount spray glue.) Tie with raffia, jute twine or a gingham ribbon to fit your theme. Different coloured raffias are available – you might find them in the flower section of Hobbycraft (if memory serves!) or alternatively there is plenty of choice online.
Surround your Team Emporium with vintage props – Laura and David had a little easel with a sign saying ‘tea time’, and a vintage gramophone. They had a corn dolly and lavender centrepiece just like the ones on guests’ tables, which ties the theme together. A silver teapot full of lavender and some lemons with lemon slices for adding to the tea is a nice finishing touch!
Did you spot the yellow paper flowers on the Tea Emporium sign? Making extra buttonholes or other decorations will give you more options to use them throughout your reception decor. Laura’s amazing bouquet is a collection of hessian and yellow paper petals, buttons, feathers and twisty things (I don’t know what they are but they soften the final look and really add something!) – if you missed yesterday’s feature you won’t know the bouquet is made from a kitchen whisk. There’s bubble wrap in there too. (Go back and see if you don’t believe me!) The gorgeous bridesmaids’ hair accessories were also handmade to fit the theme, as was David’s quirky buttonhole – love it!
Don’t forget the little details! Raise a smile with custom signs on your loos to complement your theme. The vintage, rustic style of the wedding continues as ladies follow a sketched hen and gents meet the gaze of an angry stag when they need a wee. Cleverly, the black signs tie in with the blackboard sign by the wedding guest book, and the black card on the table name signs…
Wanting something a little different to the usual triangular bunting, Laura focused her attentions on creating these paper fans in colours to match the rest of the wedding decor. David helped out – Laura’s wedding report explains how their teamwork was really key to creating such a gorgeous wedding. On the day (or 3 days before), the marquee was decorated with strings of these round paper fans to the loveliest effect!
I’ve loved corn dollies ever since I was a child, and it’s wonderful to see them used as table centrepieces in Laura and David’s wedding. They work beautifully with lavender (which must smell delicious!) and complement the style of the rustic marquee decor. There are lots of extra special touches here so do have another look if you’ve fallen in love with the rustic wedding theme. The vintage guest book, pine cones, vintage china… feathers and lace (for texture in the buttonholes) not to mention the bridesmaids – gorgeous girls who seem to match everything – but beautifully and creatively!
With massive thanks to Hayley Ruth Photography for sharing images, to Laura and David for sharing their wedding report, and to all the amazing suppliers involved in their wedding day.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- http://www.brolliesgalore.co.uk/ for the bridesmaids yellow paper parasols