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Vintage Flowers: Gorgeous Romantic Vintage Wedding Ideas (15 Images)

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Vintage flowers are so romantic and beautiful for a wedding and continue to be a popular style choice amongst brides. They are more refined than rustic flowers, no hessian, twine or jam jars can be found here. Rather, a pretty feminine style that mixes with old repurposed elements such as tins, china, books, lace, pearls and heirloom brooches.

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Vintage Flowers | Floral Design by Bows and Arrows | Image by Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography

There are a few stand out elements of this romantic style, that I always get asked to incorporate from my vintage loving brides.  You don’t have to include all of them of course, although you could, but here are some gorgeous inspirational ideas for those who love vintage flowers and are planning a vintage theme wedding or event.

Vintage Blooms

The best blooms for vintage floral design include some of the classics, usually in soft pastel tones or muted hues.  Think pretty roses, ranunculi, hydrangea and lisianthus, mixed with blooms from Grandma’s garden like sweet peas, snapdragons, scabisoa, jasmine, hellebore and lavender to name a few.

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Vintage Blooms | Floral Design by Kim Starrwise Floral Events | Image by Marissa Lambert Photography

Vintage Foliage

Dusty miller, also known as silver suede, is a divine foliage that is soft to touch, it feels like velvet and is found in a pale grey in colour. I love to use dusty either pieced through a bouquet to add texture and contrast or as a classic frame around a round posy. In loose garden bouquet design a cluster of it can be used again as a textured feature.

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Dusty Miller | Floral Design by Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Images by KT Merry Photography

Dusty Miller is also a great option for buttonholes, a lovely alternative to green foliage, it goes well against grey and charcoal, even navy and black suits.  Versatile to use in table centrepieces too and I think its softness and shape is perfect for vintage floral design.

Queen Annes lace is another of my absolute favourites.  It reminds me so much of a cute little cottage garden.  It is so pretty with tiny little flowers in classic green and white and the overall round flower can actually vary quite a bit in size, from small little round heads to large round heads.  How simple and effective is this example of Queen Annes lace in a vintage tin?

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Queen Annes Lace | Floral Design by Mindy Rice | Image by Jose Villa Photography

Linen & Lace

Linen is an important element and so often forgotten about in weddings.  Many times, I have arrived at a venue to set up flowers on tables and the plain white cloths aren’t even ironed!  By having a gorgeous table cloth, overlay, runner or napkins, either in good quality or in a pattern or print, it forms the basis of a very high end, exquisite table scape.

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VIntage Linen | Floral Design by Second Nature Creations | Image by Sylvie Gil Photography

Fabric also adds a refined touch to your wedding florals when you use them to finish your bouquets and buttonholes.  Like these vintage boutonnières made with billy buttons, veronica and lavender, tied with fabric ribbons.
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Vintage Buttonholes | Floral Design by Kelly Louise | Image by Pixies in the Cellar

It wouldn’t be a vintage wedding without lace. Lace almost defines vintage style. You can incorporate it by using lace ribbon to tie around a bouquet. Leaving lengths long and draping achieves a lovely, soft romantic style.

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Vintage Lace | Floral Design by Lucky + Lovely | Image by Simply Bloom Photography

Lace can also be used to embellish around vases or tealight holders. Aisle posies tied with lace to vintage chairs are also a gorgeous way to decorate your ceremony space.

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Lace Posy | Floral Design by Bended-Knee | Image by Ether & Smith

Escort Cards

Escort cards are a little more of an American tradition, but one worth considering as they suit the more relaxed vintage style. Often couples use place cards to define exactly where each guest will sit a the wedding and a sign at the entrance of the reception to direct guests to their table.

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Vintage Escort Cards | Floral Design by Petal Floral Design | Image by Judy Pak Photography

Escort cards are different and more informal than place cards, by still directing guests to their table number, but then guests are free to choose their own seats. This would certainly save the planning headache of who exactly sits next to who! And they can create the most pretty displays adorned with flowers like this one by Bob Gail Special Events.

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Floral Escort Cards | Floral Design by Bob Gail Special Events | Image via Style Me Pretty

Vintage Cars

There is nothing more sweet or romantic than arriving at your wedding in a gorgeous vintage car. You could hire one or you might be lucky to have a relative who owns a classic in the family that you could use on the day. I am absolutely loving the trend of adorning these beauties with a floral garland.

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Vintage Car | Image via Pinterest

Your photographer will love you, as a vintage car would make for the most adorable moments to capture of your wedding day.

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Car Floral Garland | Floral Design by Santorini’s Flowers | Image by Jen Huang Photography

Vintage Props

Similarily, vintage props are a fantastic way to create a backdrop or highlight areas of your celebrations. These items can be hired or you could go rummaging through second hand shops to find treasures and bargains. When doing so, always have an idea in mind of where you want to use the items. Ideas like a vintage table and shelf, with sweet scales make for a delightful dessert table.

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Vintage Dessert Table | Floral Design by Sweet Annie Floral Design | Image by Ruth Eileen Photography

Or a stacked grouping of suitcases is a popular look that keeps cropping up, use this idea to decorate your reception space. I always suggest these groupings of vintage finds, picture frames, antique plates, vases etc always have some flowers to soften the look and add romance.

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Vintage Props | Floral Design by Tick Tock Couture Florals | Image by Michael + Anna Costa

Like the very popular vintage bike, it just wouldn’t be as cute without a basket filled with seasonal pretties.

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Floral Design by Pink Petunia | Image by Jillian Michelle Photography

The vintage flower trend has been around for a few years now but it continues to be popular. While some may not think it to be cutting edge anymore, it is pretty and feminine, upcycling is great for the environment and it can be cost effective. Our challenge as florists is to always deliver the style that the client wants but re-invent it or tweak it just a little so it’s new, fresh and appealing. So, what great new vintage designs have you created for a client recently?

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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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  1. Just wandering if you would deliver to Barrack Heights in NSW 2528 near Shellharbour
    As I am a florist that works from home,I do wedding and corporate events
    Hoping you might be able to help me
    Many thanks

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