To ensure your vintage wedding fully captures the color scheme, time period, and other decor your event will feature, it is important to emphasize these main elements with your flower choices. Below are some guidelines, adapted from thespruce.com, to help you create a flower arrangement that best reflects your vintage wedding.
Choose Your Era
What does vintage mean to you? For some brides, vintage dates all the way back to the Victorian era, but to others vintage is embodied in the flare of the 1920s. When you are planning your floral arrangements with your florist, ensure that you communicate exactly what vintage means to you because there are so many categories this adjective can fall under.
While there is no official list of vintage flowers, there are some flowers that are decidedly not vintage. For instance, imported tropical flowers like orchids and calla lilies were probably not present during the time period you are trying to emulate. Instead, opt for flowers that were popular during your era. In the early twentieth century, for example, scented stock, heirloom roses, peonies and carnations were in high demand. You can also bring nostalgia to your wedding day with delphiniums, cornflowers, dahlias, and sunflowers.
Retro Bridal Bouquet Styles
If you anticipate wearing gloves during your wedding ceremony, consider carrying a pomander bouquet. Although these arrangements are often used as pew-end decorations in contemporary ceremonies, the movement in this bouquet wll draw attention to your lacy gloves as you walk down the aisle. You can also opt for cascade or teardrop bouquets, which were used by many brides in the first half of the twentieth century.
Flower Wedding Cake Toppers
Before plastic wedding cake toppers, flowers usually took center stage. As a result, flowers are a great cake decoration for a vintage wedding. The flowers on your wedding cake can be similar to your bridal bouquet or reception flowers -- but this is not a must. If your wedding flowers are particularly fragrant, you may want a less aromatic flower for your cake, like hydrangeas, bells of Ireland, or ranunculus.
If you are a bit apprehensive about using fresh flowers, you can have your baker decorate your cake with candied flowers. Violets and pansies are commonly crystallized in superfine sugar, but you can also use roses, lavender, or lilies.
Brides that have purchased or inherited antique brooches or lace should consider incorporating these into the bridal bouquet. If a wedding gown handed down through your family is in poor repair, you may remove and use a piece of lace as a wrap for your bouquet. Handkerchiefs and dolies are also sources of vintage lace for your arrangement. As a bouquet element, your florist can mount an heirloom brooch to a floral pick to insert among the flowers, or can pin the brooch to the bouquet wrap.
Another way to honor your family in a vintage wedding is by using a photo frame bouquet charm. These tiny frames, which dangle from the floral arrangement like jewelry, can display photos in memory or in honor of a grandparent or an even more distant family ancestor on your wedding day.
Antique Vases and Containers
There are many choices in vintage containers to hold your reception and ceremony floral arrangements. Vintage themed weddings are the perfect time to use delicate china teapots, antique silver urns, heirloom crystal vases, or retro tins. You can shop thrift stores for your vintage vases, tap family resources, or use a combination of found and inherited treasures.