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If you’re planning on filling your wedding day with vintage details or you’ve got a passion for music from days gone by, then you’ll love this selection of amazing bands for vintage weddings.

While we’ve combined them all under the vintage umbrella, the vintage wedding band scene is actually thriving with diversity. There are bands out there specialising in every nostalgic niche you can imagine: 1920s speakeasy swing, postmodern pop, Rat Pack crooning, 50s and 60s rock n roll and rockabilly, Latin jazz and more.

Whichever decade inspires your devotion, vintage-themed wedding bands are dedicated to evoking the sights and sounds of their specialist era. Dressed in authentic attire, performing on beautiful period instruments and giving spot-on renditions of retro tunes, vintage-styled wedding bands are the perfect way to bring your vintage wedding theme together.

This all sounds great, but what about if your guests don’t know any 1920s music? There’s no need to fear. Many vintage bands for weddings incorporate modern pop, rock and soul songs into their repertoire, giving them a vintage twist to make songs you’ve heard a thousand times before sound fresh and original again.

Gatsby vintage wedding at Crockwell Farm, images by Jodie Cooling Photography (23)
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Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? I have to admit… I’ve been attacked by a horsefly and am typing with a right arm the size of one of my legs… eeeeekk!! I’m mainly wearing ice packs today! (Is it just me?!) Luckily I don’t particularly need my elbow to blog and bring you amazing weddings, and boy do we have something special to share today! I’ve been keeping gorgeous couple Becky and Sam up my sleeve for a few weeks now – their fabulously vintage, Great Gatsby inspired, home crafted, personal wedding at Crockwell Farm is definitely going down as one of my favourites of 2018 so far. 

Gatsby vintage wedding at Crockwell Farm, images by Jodie Cooling Photography (15)

Lovely photographer Jodie Cooling (who gets a great review from Becky and Sam below) has kindly introduced their wedding for you… 

Gloriously eclectic and fun Soho wedding with Becky Harley Photography (33)
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Chloe and Sam’s chic Soho wedding is wonderfully non-traditional. I love Chloe’s approach to wedding planning – she avoided the traditional suppliers and sought out more unusual things to style their day. The venue (The Union Club) is fabulous – the surroundings just seem to suit Sam and Chloe perfectly, and I think the shots of them just loving walking to the venue and in the surrounding area are unique and fascinating! Flowers are by Wild at Heart and Chloe’s dress is from Phase Eight – doesn’t she look incredible?

Gloriously eclectic and fun Soho wedding with Becky Harley Photography (12)

My wedding dress was sparkly, chic and classic and fitted so nicely. We found it on a high street bridal window shopping spree to generate inspiration and it turned out to be the one. It was also under budget, I initially set out for a different design, I really wanted a loose, boho type dress with long sleeves but couldn’t find any ready to wear ones that I liked. It’s from Phase Eight at John Lewis bridal in Oxford Street.

An elegant and modern English wedding at Hampton Court House with Elaine Williams Photography (12)
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Kate & Chris were married at Hampton Court House in a decadent, dramatically styled wedding. Kate wore a gown by Sally Eagle and Valentino Rockstud pumps. They exchanged vows at her family church before heading on to Hampton Court House, of course via Bushy Park for photographs. The whole day was relaxed and stylish. Guests were treated to music from a quartet, before heading to the dramatically styled dining room for the breakfast.

An elegant and modern English wedding at Hampton Court House with Elaine Williams Photography (17)

I had a slightly different style of wedding dress in mind but I was drawn to this one as soon as I saw it, and when I tried it on at Luella’s Bridal it felt perfect. My mum and maid of honour both did these little intakes of breath when I came out in the sample! I only went to one bridal boutique as on my first visit I narrowed it down to two, and by my second visit I knew which one it was to be. The designer is Sally Eagle Bridal, and I also wore a bolero, handmade by Sewn Right with material from Sally Eagle (to match the dress).

Beautiful Somerset wedding by Special Day Wedding Photos (10)
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Emily & Andrew’s “accidentally 50s tea party styled” wedding is just wonderful! It’s the loveliest mix of quirky and fun, with gorgeous styling and details and the most beautiful bride and handsome groom! The fab couple were married just outside Taunton in Somerset. Emily got ready at her home which was right next door to the church, and after the ceremony everyone travelled by vintage bus over to Mount Somerset Hotel for the celebrations. The venue is just fabulous: a 19 bedroom Regency country house set in four acres of beautiful grounds.

Beautiful Somerset wedding by Special Day Wedding Photos (2)

So many people have opinions of what our wedding “should” be. We spent an evening early on with a bottle of wine, pen and paper and drew our dream wedding. The more wine the better the ideas! But actually looking back we got nearly every element into our wedding and it was exactly what we wanted and it reflected us.

Beautiful Somerset wedding by Special Day Wedding Photos (23)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://specialdayweddingphotos.co.uk
Facebook: sdwphotos99

 

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I love Rachael & Darren’s wedding – the dress code of black tie for all the guys makes it super gorgeous and I adore the venue – such a perfect fit with the elegant styling of the day! Our stunning bride and handsome groom styled the venue with lush creamy white hydrangeas and roses, candles, sequined table runners and mirrors.

Black tie glamour and plenty of sparkle for a Rockbeare Manor wedding. Image credit Memories & Milestones (7)

The overall look is fabulously done: it’s elegant and timeless, and the black tie dress code makes it look so chic and decadent – reminiscent of 1920s old Hollywood style! Colour accents are kept really simple with gold and blush styling touches perfectly complementing the glamorous look of the beautiful bride and groom.

Black tie glamour and plenty of sparkle for a Rockbeare Manor wedding. Image credit Memories & Milestones (18)

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.memoriesmilestones.co.uk

We met Jen and Mel at our friend’s wedding at Christmas 2015, we were blown away by their professionalism, friendly personalities and we loved how our friend’s photographs looked. By chance I was at a wedding fair with my mum in the January and Memories and Milestones has a stall, they remembered me from the wedding and had our date available, we booked on the spot.

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Today’s beautiful bride Alexandra describes her wedding to Elikem as “a collage of vintage pastels, silver screen, Motown and total euphoria!” – don’t you just love that?! Their day was themed around Motion Pictures. “El and I are huge film fans so our invites looked like movie tickets and each table was named after one of our favourite films.”

Inspiring style with personal touches and a gorgeous vintage twist! A Bromley wedding by Teddy Pig Photography (2)

Due to the time of year I researched and suddenly came across the idea of having dried flowers which were so different. I had never seen a Bride before with dried flowers and the bouquets on The Artisan Dried Flower Company‘s website were stunning. The flowers really complimented El’s tweed suit too.

Inspiring style with personal touches and a gorgeous vintage twist! A Bromley wedding by Teddy Pig Photography (12)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.teddypigphotography.com

We wanted our wedding photos to be as natural as possible and to reflect our personalities. Kerry’s previous shoots from various occasions were original & fresh but with a vintage twist.

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Steph and Sean’s wedding is family focused, all about the party – it breaks any stuffy old rules about weddings… and it’s fabulous. The pretty summer flowers are gorgeous, the bride and groom look fantastic – this is real rock ‘n’ roll attitude with a modern twist and I LOVE it!

documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios on the English Wedding Blog (2)

Images are by my faves – documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios – who captured the spirit and atmosphere of the day from the pretty and informal ceremony under canvas to the crazymazing dancefloor moves at the end of the night!

documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios on the English Wedding Blog (21)

“The day forged a wonderful balance of fierce rock n’ roll attitude alongside a cool vintage playfulness that brought out some amazing and lively personalities to say the least! It was an absolute pleasure to capture them and their gorgeous (and hilarious) little family and my word what a fun day we had immersing ourselves in all of the action!” ~ York Place Studios

documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios on the English Wedding Blog (3)

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The style of Chell and Ben’s wedding is wonderful: this is a themed wedding done beautifully, and it’s a joy to scroll through their images! When this wonderfully sparkly, gold, glamorous wedding landed in my inbox I knew you’d adore every detail…

Gold, sparkly vintage glamour wedding at Woodhall Manor - Rose Images (8)

Oh my god I was obsessed with my wedding dress! We knew the theme we wanted almost straight away; Great Gatsby Glamour. I went online to search for 1920s style dresses and instantly fell in love with the Jenny Packham Eden dress in Platinum. It had 1920’s decadence but with a bridal twist. Effortlessly stylish and beautiful without being over the top. The detailing of all the sequins and beading made it stand out above all other dresses. I am still totally in love with it now and am always looking for 1920s events I can use as an excuse to wear it again. I’m even contemplating bringing it on our honeymoon to the Maldives so I can get some more beautiful photographs in it!

Gold, sparkly vintage glamour wedding at Woodhall Manor - Rose Images (24)
Gold, sparkly vintage glamour wedding at Woodhall Manor - Rose Images (25)

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For those of you who love the style of vintage Hollywood, today’s wedding is more than perfect. Gorgeous bride Hettie has the most amazing glamorous look – her red vintage  updo is stunning! And the details throughout the whole day – from guests’ outfits through to the fabulous art deco inspired stationery – are just perfect.

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Contact & Bookings: Neil Walker Photography

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We both love the vintage scene, but this covers a few different eras! On our invitations, we stated Hollywood Glamour as the dress code and our overall theme was eclectic vintage… we had styles from 1930 to 1950!

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Pete made all of our wedding stationery!! He’s fantastic with designing things and he’s very creative… he found inspiration in the Art Deco designs on the 20’s and 30’s and created our very own Great Gatsby style invitations! This meant that we could have the exact format and style that we wanted… old movie tickets! They were perfect for our theme and the guests loved them. It was a labour of love though… these things take time!! Also, our save the date was styled as an old movie poster – again, Pete created these!

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Hey there beautiful! I hope you’ve had the most wonderful Christmas and New Year. And if you’re here…. are you new to wedding blogs? Do you have something to celebrate?! If you’ve got engaged in the last few days I’m so, so happy for you – have a massive Congratulations from me and all of us at the English Wedding Blog! 2017 is going to be the most amazing year for you… and we’re here to help!

London wedding Trinity Buoy Wharf with images by Paul Rogers Photography (11)

If you’re exploring wedding blogs for the first time, you’ll love what you find here. We’re all about sharing beautiful ideas and real wedding stories to inspire your big day. We publish a new feature article every day, most often a real wedding full of glorious images and an interview with a real bride and groom. You’ll also find fabulous wedding inspiration on our  wedding blog, alongside supplier recommendations and designer showcases. What’s not to love?!

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I do love how weddings give the perfect opportunity to glamour things up to the max. Today’s celebration is beautiful and then some. A statement bouquet, a gorgeous bride in the most fabulous dress, and such a stunning venue! Every detail is just wonderful… I do hope you love this as much as I do!

Glamorous Gatsby wedding from Prestwold Hall on the English Wedding Blog (18)

Our theme came from my love of the Great Gatsby, I’ve watched the film and read the book a million times. The whole day from the invitations to the decorations and dress were inspired by the 1920’s era, featuring quotes from the book and patterns from the art deco period. With me being a designer for a living it was really easy to translate the designs from the invitations across to the rest of the theme for the wedding.

Glamorous Gatsby wedding from Prestwold Hall on the English Wedding Blog (9)