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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your photographer will love you, as a vintage car would make for the most adorable moments to capture of your wedding day.
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.
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.
Like the very popular vintage bike, it just wouldn’t be as cute without a basket filled with seasonal pretties.
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?