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Good morning my lovelies! I’m brimming with ideas this morning – here are some of my favourite vintage wedding ideas to inspire your big day! They’re all gorgeous, easy to make or buy, and will be the most wonderful talking points at your wedding! Oh – but there’s a cheeky one in there to make you smile – a particular familiar face I’m sure we’ll all be seeing this Christmas, who you perhaps won’t be sharing your wedding with… can you spot him?

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Vintage books make a lovely talking point and table centrepiece or display. Add ribbons, flowers and choose your titles wisely… we’re all fond of our favourite books – perhaps you could choose your shared favourite reads? Image credit the fabulous http://www.chrishanleyphotography.com/

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Style yourselves for an era you love! I adore this Jenny Packham wedding dress in a fabulously detailed art deco style. Image credit http://www.chris-milner.com/

 

pretty vintage wedding teapot available to hire from Sweet Pea & Thyme at http://www.sweetpeaandthyme.com

I love seeing vintage crockery used to style tables. This is from Style Me Pretty, the image credit is http://www.inlovephotography.ie/ with flowers by sweetpeaandthyme.com who also hire out the pretty teapot!

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A lovely parcel arrived in the post this morning – when I shook it, I could hear a tiny bell ringing inside! It was addressed to English Wedding Blog. Now that’s not just me: it’s me and my readers. It’s all of us. Especially you (after all, there are thousands of you and just one little me!)…

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A lovely little parcel from Betsy Button… open with me!

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Betsy Button stationery (21) The cute little Save the Date card was first out of the box – gorgeous, quirky and different. I love the button theme!
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Betsy Button stationery (18) Betsy’s Thank You card has lovely lace and pearl embellishments, cute print (love that font) and a little motto on the back.
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Betsy Button stationery (16) How lovely! My “very, very busy day” today is all about vets appointments, posting calligraphy poems (to Eton College!) and blogging some weddings. It was all put on hold for ten minutes to open our present…
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UK brides and grooms are constantly reinventing ideas to create their perfect vintage wedding. We’re all still in love with the vintage trend – and it’s here to stay! Having a vintage wedding gives couples the best opportunities to be creative, to save money with home made and DIY accessories, and to embrace old-fashioned wedding traditions.

For anyone who is newly engaged or just getting started with planning a vintage wedding, this guest blog post by Sara has some great ideas to help you find what you need for your wedding day.

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Vintage wedding photography by Simon Hudspeth (Click to read “I wish we could do it again!”)

Many couples are embracing the vintage wedding trend for 2012 and 2013, and mixing up vintage with modern ideas to give a unique feel to their wedding day. But it’s not as easy as you think – finding special and authentic, one-off pieces can be a real chore, especially if you need to buy in bulk for a large guest list. But fear not, for we are here to clue you in on what’s what in the world of vintage weddings.

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Today’s charming and romantic tea party wedding blog has ideas even I’m going to use! You’ll love this: Catherine wears Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier, and John and his groomsmen are in kilts… tea party wedding by Pixies in the Cellar (47)

The venue is decorated with jars and lace, pearls and stationery with beautiful type – so many tea party wedding ideas to inspire your own big day. I’m guessing Hobbycraft will be sold out of lace by teatime!

Catherine and John chose the brilliantly-named Pixies in the Cellar to photograph their wedding. Their big day was at Hargate Hall just outside Buxton in Derbyshire. It’s a dream of a wedding day with vintage styling, gorgeous little details and creative ideas. Watch out for the bridesmaids, the girls on the stairs (so cute!), and all the lovely vintage bottles – I need some of these!

With thanks to Catherine and John for the wedding report, and to Pixies in the Cellar (always makes me smile!) for their Hargate Hall wedding photography. This is truly beautiful – enjoy!
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I wrote a discussion post on English Wedding Blog recently about wedding inspiration shoots: the ones I love are either creative and challenging, or offer real ideas which couples can actually use in planning their wedding. Of course – they should look damn good too. So here’s one I think you might find really inspiring – all centred around a vintage feather fan… gorgeous. Thanks to the lovely Fabienne from Elian Concept Weddings for sharing!

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An inspirational wedding idea: vintage feathers

This photoshoot was inspired by the beautiful vintage ostrich feather fan with mother of pearl sticks, discovered in ‘All About Eve At Home’ shop, a delightful place full of vintage pieces and jewellery, as well as a enchanting selection of items for the home, which owner Melanie sources mainly in France’s antique fairs and markets.

The idea to use a fan instead of a ‘bouquet’ came from a bride who purchased one of Melanie’s ostrich feather fans for her own wedding.

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The beauty of this wedding blog feature is all about the details. A creative project by The Manchester Vintage Collective, the photos (by Foley Photography) tell the story of a wartime bride who waits for the return of her groom. 

There are some lovely vintage wedding ideas here – from the gorgeous paper accessories by Joanne at Vintage Twee to the flowers in the suitcase table plan… if you’re a true fan of vintage, then this is for you!

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Vintage wedding ideas shoot from Manchester

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Vintage wedding table plan and accessories

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The ‘Manchester Vintage Collective’ styled and shot four different eras – 1920s through to 1950s – capturing the essence of each period through the flowers, styling, stationery, accessories, bridal wear etc. This is the 1940s part of the shoot, and I’m looking forward to seeing the other eras – 1920s through to 1950s – on other wedding blogs!

More from the Manchester Vintage Collective:

Diamond Jubilee wedding ideas on Love My Dress Blog

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Another treat directly from my inbox today… The Wedding Institute. This one’s for the ladies (loving the acronym the W.I. there!) – a project created by the lovely wedding stationer Vicky Trainor and photographer Becky Mitchell, both established national and regional businesses in the creative and wedding market.

Vicky’s email had me smiling from the start. “It’s grim up north”, she said. Looking out of my window this morning I have to agree… and yet the “do like to be beside the seaside” feel of the postcard Vicky sent to introduce The Wedding Institute makes me feel quite fond of my northern roots…
the wedding institute new wedding fairs (22)Over to Vicky to tell you what The Wedding Institute is all about and how YOU can get involved with one of their wonderful events…

“In January this year an exciting photo shoot took place in an old manor house in the coastal town of Saltburn by the Sea. A shoot that was to bring together a wealth of creative suppliers who work in the wedding industry, all from the North East/North Yorkshire area, all designers and specialists with a passion for working in creative and interesting ways.

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Please do indulge my wedding inspiration board phase… I absolutely love doing these right now! Perhaps it’s because I’m being sent so many brilliant photos at the moment. Wedding photographers are such a generous and creative bunch of people 🙂

So – this is part 3 of Claudia and John’s wedding in Devon, on the English Wedding blog. They combined their Australian heritage with a vintage inspired, English country garden theme and created something really special. Here’s how you can recreate that look for your own wedding day!

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How to recreate this country garden wedding look

For your wedding flowers use a mix of colours. Imagine a meadow of wildflowers: there’s a glorious mixture of colours in there, right? So use pink and blue, white and yellow and include your favourites if you can: daisies and sweet peas look gorgeous, cornflowers are striking and big rose blooms make a beautiful statement.

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A very quick blog post for you this afternoon… especially for brides and grooms planning a vintage wedding. You’ve planned it to look fab? Great. Now how about making it sound really special?…

Set the scene for your vintage wedding day

Turn your speakers on and click play first: [mp3player width=300 height=30 config=fmp_jw_widget_config.xml file=http://english-wedding.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Tea-For-Two-mixWS.mp3]

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As you listen, imagine it’s your wedding day. You’ve got that perfect vintage dress, your hair is perfectly set and beautifully accessorised, and your gorgeous groom is on your arm….

You stroll across the sunny lawn at your wedding venue, chatting to guests as you see them and everyone’s smiling and congratulating you both…

You have a glass of Pimms in one hand, a bijou little bouquet in the other and your arm is interlinked with your new hubby’s – everything’s as pretty as a picture…

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While all this is going on, you’re listening to love songs from your favourite era – not only is your wedding visually themed around the 1950s, your music creates a wonderful atmosphere of nostalgia.