When you’re planning your wedding, the wedding decor options are limitless. From arches full of peonies to French couture, there’s no real way to go wrong. But when florists like Studio Choo, or its just-as-savings-draining stiletto cousin, Jimmy Choo, don’t fall within your budget, we’ve got an easier option: Go vintage. By adding vintage pieces that you or your friends and family already own, you can have a unique, personal and cost effective-wedding that’s picture perfect. Scroll on for 17 chic ways to add vintage charm to your big day.
1. Your Mom or Grandma’s Wedding Dress: Follow the tradition of “something borrowed” by repurposing your mom or grandma’s wedding dress. You can have a seamstress refit their dress for you, or have a tailor repurpose the fabric to create something new, like this necklace. (via Melanie Maxwell)
2. Vintage Mirror: Grab the old mirror that’s been collecting dust in the back of your closet and use it to welcome guests, display the dinner menu or share your wedding #hashtag for Instagram pics. (via Mirelle Carmichael)
3. Vintage Seating: If you’re having an intimate backyard wedding with a small guest list, a mix of chairs from different vintage designers makes for a whimsical ceremony. Talk about mixing it up! (via Ryan Ray Photography)
4. Vintage Lace Bunting ($43): You can DIY or buy pieces of vintage lace to create a lace bunting. It’s an easy and delicate way to dress up the setting and show off that tablescape.
5. Collection of Old Books: Book nerds have the sweetest centerpieces sitting on their bookshelves. Grab your cutest books from your collection, and get ready to make a little library out of your reception seating chart. (via Ananda Lima)
6. Your Favorite Romantic Book: For a unique way to show off your wedding bands, DIY a ring ‘pillow’ made from your favorite book. Simply cut out a heart-shaped hole in the middle of the pages for a sweet and chic ring holder. (via Megan W Photography)
8. Old Picture Frames: Display your wedding schedule or program in beautiful, painted frames. All you need are some vintage frames and spray paint, and voila — you’ve got an amazing ceremony display. (via Adam Alex)
9. Vintage Tea: Use vintage tea sets as vases for the reception. You’d only need a few flowers to fill them up, saving you money and creating the perfect atmosphere for a post-nuptial brunch. (via Kayla Adams & Co.)
10. Vintage Suitcase: Whether you’re having a travel-themed wedding or going for a whimsical, rustic style, vintage suitcases can help spice up your decor. Use suitcases as containers for the post-ceremony petals, photo booth props, flowers, wedding programs, favors and so much more. (via Pete Cranston)
11. Vintage Ring Boxes: Show off your engagement ring and wedding bands with vintage ring boxes. You can even ask your wedding photographer to snap a photo of your parents and grandparents’ rings to show off the entire family line of wedding jewelry. (via Paris Boutique Hotel)
13. Vintage Tablecloth: Have fabric at home? Vintage fabrics can be used as tablecloths and table runners for the reception. Tulle or organza is especially beautiful when layered over a plain tablecloth. (via KT Merry)
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