Browsing your local antique and vintage stores is a great way to collect unique items for your wedding. Today, I went antiquing in Temecula and found two great gumball machines! With a little cleaning and a new paint job, they’ll look great as centerpieces or table decorations.
Gumball machines make great themed elements for a carnival or vintage wedding, or they could serve as a cute container for a candy bar. Whether you fill them with candy or other things, the possibilities for gumball machines are endless!
Photo credit: Stephanie Ascari of Cleverly Candid
Your carnival wedding will pop with a classic red gumball machine. Paired with popcorn, Jones sodas, cotton candy, and bags of peanuts, a vintage gumball machine creates a nostalgic theme for the day. See the rest of this DIY carnival wedding here.
Don’t forget that gumball machines can be painted in any color or design for your wedding. This gumball machine is the perfect example of a lovely Tiffany blue with white gumballs. You can also add your wedding logo or monogram by applying a vinyl sticker or etching it into the globe.
All that glitters is not gold- but this gumball machine certainly sparkles like the real thing! You can refurbish an old gumball machine with a can of metallic spray paint for a look that’s classy and not overdone. A word of caution, however: some spray paints are not food safe, so if you are going to put candy inside, you can seal the inside so no candy touches the paint or use food safe spray paint. See Just Destiny’s tutorial on this glittery gold gumball machine refurbishment.
Add some glam to your table with a lighter color gumball machine and some vintage jewelery. Some delicate lace, flowers, and a gumball machine filled with pearls and crystals make for a beautiful vintage tablescape.
And for a more eclectic wedding, add bits and baubles of your choice, such as this gumball machine filled with vintage dice and other gaming pieces.
Last but not least, incorporate a gumball machine into your candy table by painting it one of your wedding colors and filling it with candy of other colors. This pink and yellow candy bar features a yellow gumball machine filled with lemon drops and smarties, as well as strawberry lemonade themed deserts and candy in an apothecary jar.
Photo Credit: Sarah Layne Photography
See the rest of this Strawberry Lemonade Bohemian Wedding Shoot to get some sweet inspiration.
If you’re anything like me, the idea of using gumball machines in a wedding opens up a world of opportunities! Find an old (or new!) gumball machine at an antiques store and customize it so it’s perfect for your wedding. Give your machine new life with a paint job in any color of your choice and fill it with candy or whatever your heart desires- the possibilities are endless! Your guest will love this touch of nostalgia while they savor the treats inside.