I recently got engaged. In Paris, no less to my wonderful other half Derek *super proud, happy face*After much jubilation and swanning around showing off the ring, my thoughts turned to- Oh heck. I now have a wedding to plan.
Where to start!?
York Festival of Vintage presented itself as an ideal opportunity to delve into wedding planning. There’s something about big vintage fairs that I love- and it’s not just the clothes. Unless you are lucky enough to be in the industry, it’s a place where people come and to meet other like-minded stylish retro folk and indulge their passions in what is a form of escapism from the banality of modern life. Old or young, from we’ll meet again war time to the swinging sixties; “One of a kind” retro styling is the order of the day, so I was hopeful of getting some top notch wedding inspiration.
I joined my new chum Laura from Grandma Eileen’s Affordable Vintage. Laura set up her online vintage clothing business about a year ago. We have similar attitudes when it comes to shopping. Mostly a see it, want it attitude, needless to say we had a blast rummaging around for goodies, tweeting and even tried our hand at jive dancing!
I adore vintage fashion. It has a story to it, a mystique and of course helps embrace creative styling. And get it right on your wedding day and you can have something of real beauty on your hands.
Vintage weddings are proving to be increasingly popular- heightened by the prevalence of vintage clothing in general, but also as brides strive to be unique on their wedding day, vintage by its very nature, lends itself to this notion perfectly. Laura herself got married vintage style, I am sure you will agree she looks marvellous!! I have added some of the pics below.
The York fair was awash with white lace, ethereal gowns and rockabilly brides for about an hour on the Saturday. This was the wedding dress catwalk show and it was ideal for some first hand wedding dress inspiration.
Compared to their modern day counterparts vintage bride gowns offer a variety of eclectic designs that cannot be matched. According to Hayley from exhibitors glorydaysvintage.com “The higher necks and longer sleeves, only a fraction of styles you can choose from, certainly create a sense of elegance. They’re much more demure than modern wedding dresses, and they’re cheaper”. Sounds good to me. I like the 1920s, so maybe this is something I will explore further. Here are two examples from the show.
Now for the drinks
And what about the all important refreshments? Kim Hickson from Cocktail Campers offers you the chance to “drink and pose with a difference”. The quirky vintage caravan experience enables any bride and groom to bespoke their drinks package just how you want it. Kim’s pastel coloured caravan parks up at your venue and gives revellers a fully stocked bar and a theme of your choice. Kim was more than happy to tell me more and looked genuinely excited when I mentioned a potential French theme… Derek if you are reading this then look away now. Just turn up and leave the rest to me 😉 If anyone has any good websites to share- please do!
Some pics from Laura’s wedding – don’t they look fab!