My friend Jenn just took up a new hobby – sewing! That got me thinking — why can’t creative brides with a knack for sewing use their talents to add a little vintage twist to their weddings, and save some money along the way?  I found these patterns for dresses and veils that would be the perfect way to add “vintage glamour” to your special day!
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Talk about a unique and personal touch! If you want to explore more of these fabulous vintage patterns, go to – it’s fascinating!

You don’t need to be able to sew to incorporate a vintage style into your wedding.  You can give your entire day a retro feel by simply incorporating a few small elements (rings, invitations, dresses, veils, hairpieces, cake toppers) into the wedding.  I love the idea of taking an antique-style ring and modernizing it with a colored gemstone or black diamond.

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As for the dress, you can find a true vintage piece, like the 1950s lace strapless dress, or a vintage-inspired dress with a more modern feel, like those found on Junebug Weddings fashion report.



My favorite wedding trend? The birdcage veil! Katherine Heigl wore this style at her wedding to Josh Kelley in December of 2007.  So soft and flattering!

You don’t have to invest a lot in a vintage look.  Check out sites like, or better yet, borrow your mom’s or grandma’s wedding dress, use your Aunt Claire’s cake topper or vintage jewelry to make your wedding extra-memorable!

Oh! And a few vintage-inspired favors to complete your classic vintage look!

Happy planning!

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7 thoughts on “Vintage!”

  • I’m loving this vintage look. I’d love to find some great vintage tablecloths in my colors to use at my wedding this August. Any ideas on where I could snag some at a reasonable price?

  • Vintage is so the way to go! My friend went vintage for her wedding a few years ago and it was so beautiful. I know in 20 years when she looks at her wedding pictures they will look so elegant and classic. She won’t have a “What was I thinking” thought! Vintage done right can do no wrong.

  • I just love all things antique and when I saw your “Work of Art” placecard holders, I knew they were just what I needed. They’ll be perfect on my reception tables and then be beautiful in my guests’ homes. Thank you for providing such gorgeous favors…you’ve really made my wedding planning so much fun!

  • Hi Cara and yes, actually, I do have a suggestion for vintage tablecloths. Last year I was visiting my college roommate in Charlotte, North Carolina. She took me to the neatest Antique Market – I think it was called Metrolina (or something like that) – and I found a lady there who had the most wonderful booth of antique tablecloths! At first I thought they were reproductions – but she told me she has a special formula for cleaning and preserving them. She sells them on Ebay, so you might start looking there. I don’t remember her name, but she’s from North Carolina if that helps any. Otherwise look in your local flea markets and antique consignment stores – good luck with your search! What a cool idea!

  • Great suggestions! We are going with a vintage theme for our wedding coming up in September. Like a Great Gatsby feel. We are thinking of going with the vintage park benches for place cards. Also we were thinking of doing the getawy cars for our favor holders. I got a great feathery hair piece on and I’m wearing my grandmother’s old costume jewelry.

    Catalina you are so right! You can’t go wrong with that classic vintage look! I’m so excited. Thanks Kate for awesome products!

  • Oh Angie – I love that you’ve still got your Grandmother’s jewelry to wear for your wedding – it’s such a special touch and it will make your big day all the more memorable!


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