34 Vintage Wedding Ideas You Can't Miss


A vintage wedding theme has its own quirkiness and style. It is one of the most romantic and loved themes today. This timeless theme gets the whole inspiration from the bygone era. It not only pulls of the romanticism of past dramatically but creates a sensitivity that evokes nostalgia. The word ‘Vintage’ itself, conjures up many artful and luxurious elements to mind. A skillful combination of these elements, can create dramatic results. For all those who want a vintage-inspired wedding, here we have compiled the best vintage wedding ideas to help you make the best out of it.

Vintage Wedding Ideas

These are just a few ideas to inspire you all. But the biggest inspiration should always be the season and time of the year you are marrying in.

Save the Dates/ Invitation

Your wedding stationary is the first sign to let your guests know about your vintage theme. A vintage-styled motif and old lettering style can be selected for the whole wedding stationary.


Vintage Stamps

Using original vintage stamps on the envelop and the other related wedding stationary would beautifully represent the theme.


Vintage Bridal Wear

Brides of 1920’s wore more of the T-length gowns. Champagne colored bridal gowns were always the hot favorite. Veils used to be longer, trailing down to the floor. And a red lipstick to do the final touch.



A big bunch of softly hued fresh and wild flowers, sometimes embellished with beads and pearls, is most suitable for a vintage bride. For adding more, tie it with an antique vintage lace.



To get the original romantic vintage look, bride can use accessories like a headpiece cloche, crown-like Tiera, a lacy bandeau, vintage style shoes, a pillbox hat etc. For jewelry, look for exquisite and artistic pieces.



To get the feel of the romantic vintage groom, you can try cutaway coat tuxedo with a butterfly collar. And a wrist watch for a complete look. Secondly, try a simple tux or waist coat with bow tie and boutonniere.



Combine lots of eye-catching vintage elements like vintage wedding hats, leather suspenders, floral bow or a vintage-inspired waist coat with a boutonniere, to get that timelessly romantic look.

Note: Color scheme for groom’s party should be more of brown, beige, grey or shades of siege green. Same rule goes for the ring bearers.


Bridesmaid’s Dresses

Look for soft and nude colors to get the feel of the yesteryears. Simple gowns with antique lace detailing are some great vintage wedding ideas.


Vintage Wedding Favors

Give nostalgic favor in the form of retro toys for kids, or try penny candy and rock candy. And old fashioned cigars for men after the reception party.



A vintage hairdo is more about 40’s styled wavy hair for brides and bridesmaids. Addition of flowers for bridesmaids or a headpiece for the bride is cool. And for groom’s party a gelled-hair look is the best.



A vintage look is incomplete without that red pout. Especially for the brides. Dramatic eyeliner and thin eyebrows are a few elements to be tried.



Vintage-inspired filigree rings or intricately made European-cut rings are suitable for this theme. Place them in a small wooden box wrapped with lace to get that specific feel.


Wedding Color

Whatever wedding color you opt for, make sure it's according to the season and the color tones are the faded ones, to keep up with the vintage feel.


Escort/Place Card or Table Chart

Guide your guests to their place in the reception with a pure Gatsby feel. There are outnumbered vintage wedding ideas to design escort cards or table charts.


Liquor Table

A classy and rustic vintage style dresser can be turned into a liquor table. Or some old cart can also be used for it.


Wedding Card Box

Collect the heartfelt feelings of your reception’s guests by receiving their greeting cards in some nicely rustic mail box, old suitcase, wooden box or in a cage.


Guest Book

Use some old wooden piece of furniture to display your guests book. Or cover your wedding guests book a retro look by an antique lace with burlap to get the feel.



For a Gatsby wedding transport, a vintage Rolls Royce is the most happening inspiration. Other than this horse and carriage, any old car or even a bicycle can create the romanticism of vintage era.


Alter/ Backdrop

For alter décor, more wooden elements are recommended. Old windows, old doors, and wooden chuppahs with floral décor (of wedding color) should be considered to create the vintage charm. If it’s an autumn/winter wedding, a fireplace backdrop is the best option.



For a vintage wedding venue decoration, lace and burlap buntings are quite suitable. Other than this, pastel hued bunting with floral prints would also deliver the vintage ambiance.



Give a simple aisle runner, an antique and romantic feel with a long burlap runner, covered with petals. For more vintage wedding ideas; both sides of the aisle, along with the guest’s seats can be accented with flowers, candles or lanterns.


Table Dressing

Dress the tables with vintage elements like table scape, brooch and lace napkins. Sequin, lace and burlap table runners are the best choices for dressing guests' tables.



No wedding table is complete without centerpieces. For a vintage wedding, oil lamps, hanging bird cages, silver trophy cup centerpieces, vintage vases, mason jars and bottles can be some creative options.



Add character to your wedding with vintage furniture like sweetheart tables a vintage dresser for placing the wedding cake and antique candle holders, lusciously Victorian seating for guests, even if they are mismatched.


Reception décor

For a pure vintage feel, a garden reception is the best. A rustic barn or a country house is best for the shabby-chic reception.



A wedding has many sign boards to guide the guests. Add some vintage-flavor in them to get the glimpse of the retro era.



Get a country chic flair by presenting the food accented with some vintage-inspired elements. Desserts and cakes should be displayed artistically.



For drinks, give a nice 40’s looks to your wedding bar tender to serve the guests. Such small detailing makes big difference. Using vintage furniture for serving drinks looks quite appealing.



Add the luxurious feel of Victorian age to your event by using colorfully stunning and most eye-catching china pottery. Mix ann match china offers a shabby-chic appeal.



For more vintage wedding ideas, you can utilize vintage-styled silver or golden cutlery. And present them in retro-inspired elements like lace or burlap.



Play some swinging music tunes to make your guests groove. Hiring a jazz band would seal the deal perfectly.



Your guests need them, at least for dancing and having fun time. Present them in some unique and old-fashioned way. A vintage-styled shoe valet should also be there to keep the shoes safe.


Saying Thanks

Get some nice idea for the final photograph saying thanks to all the guests. Put some nice vintage elements in them to get the best out of it.


Thank you Notes

You are supposed to send thankyou notes to the guests for joining you and sending the gifts. Get it printed in some unique vintage style.