Neo-vintage and wedding styling in the 21st century

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.

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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.

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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.Claire

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Image credits: |  Lisa Elliott |  Pretty Amazing Cakes/ | Albert Palmer Photography | Berkeley Castle Weddings  | Jessica Mills Makeup  | Vanessa Hambly  Cotswold Letterpress | Veils of Berkeley  | Mens Hire  Models: Jack Bain and Liz McMenamin

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.



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