I have to confess I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about vintage – or what high street stores are calling vintage these days. Here’s the thing: you can’t buy anything vintage in Bhs, or in M&S, or Debenhams. Vintage comes from thrift stores, antique shops, charity shops and car boot sales… and so styling your wedding takes a little more care if you’re looking for “true vintage” appeal.
It’s all just words really, isn’t it… but I don’t like to see shops labelling birdcages* as vintage when they were made in China this year. Fine: sell pretty accessories painted white, with printed illustrations of faded roses and florals – just change the label!
(*I have another thing about birdcages since someone said to me they’re like little prisons for beautiful birds…)
Vintage-inspired weddings are still fabulous; don’t get me wrong. But I love them more when they’re authentic and real: those months spent collecting old glass bottles, or teacups, or candlesticks are so worth it for a true vintage look. Styling tables with high street accessories doesn’t say vintage to me: I call it neo-vintage.
So this is simply a plea to the high street to be a little more honest with labels: let’s see more ‘vintage-inspired’ or ‘1920s-style’ accessories on shelves – but do please stop trying to sell brand new pieces as vintage when they’re so clearly not!
And brides, grooms: remember to be true to yourselves when styling your wedding. If you really live surrounded by antiques and vintage styling, then it’s a fabulous theme for your day. But if your home and wardrobe are filled with modern styling, you’ll find it easier to plan your wedding around a different theme than searching for real vintage pieces.
Neo-vintage: it’s a thing.
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