7 Tips for Your Vintage Wedding

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the top wedding trends of the year. This has been the year for many firsts- it’s been the year of the wedding hashtag, naked cakes, macaron favors, wooden crates, and birdcage decorations. But the most popular trend for the year has by far been the vintage theme. Here’s a few tips to help you have the perfect vintage wedding.

Start Planning Early-

I know this seems obvious. You probably started planning your wedding as soon as you got engaged (or since you were 8, like most girls), but vintage weddings take a little more preparation than most other weddings. You can take a vintage theme in a number of different directions. How much do you want to DIY? Do you want to rent or buy your own decor? Do you want actual vintage items or new items with a vintage flair?

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It’s All Greek (Goddess) To Me

As some of you know, I am not only a blogger and a wedding professional, I’m also a wedding gown model! Last weekend’s runway show was Premier Bridal Show at The Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills, California. The venue was fantastic, but even more spectacular was the bridal fashion. This runway show had a Greek Goddess theme for hair and makeup and I wanted to share some additional inspiration with you!

What exactly does a Greek Goddess theme entail? The Greek Goddesses were and are still known for their power and beauty. Though they are part of mythology, they are considered some of the most beautiful women in the world. Because of this, a Greek Goddess theme ties in perfectly with bridal fashion. What bride wouldn’t want to be considered the most beautiful woman in the world on her wedding day?

Hairstyles

Part of the look that creates a Greek Goddess aura is the hairstyle. Though the goddesses are associated with power, they are also symbols of gentle femininity. You can achieve this look with braids, curls, and loose waves, either on long hair or hair twisted into an updo.

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Get your glam on with a curly updo accessorized with a crown of brass leaves.  It’s not only a simple look that will work with any dress or jewelery, it is also an easy hairstyle that won’t take much time to create. Find the leaf crown on Etsy here.

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Though this hairstyle was created originally with a Bohemian theme, this braided updo is perfect as the crowning accessory of your Greek Goddess wedding look. If you love this updo as much as I do, check out the tutorial for this style on Green Wedding Shoes.

This loose braided updo is similar to the look I had for this weekend’s fashion show. Salon 5150 did a fantastic job on my hair (as always), and I love the hairpiece creatively woven in!

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Hair by Nona Pitts of Salon 5150, Hairpiece from Mary Me Bridal.

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And for the last Greek Goddess hairstyle, here’s a long, wavy style with loose french braids. Braids are best noticed with blonde hair, but even if you have dark hair, this style would still look great!

Makeup

Makeup for a Greek Goddess look is simple, yet dramatic. The focus is on the eyes, with additional attention to flawless skin. The smoky eye wasn’t around back in the days of Greek Goddess legends, but if it was, you can be sure Aphrodite and Athena would rock it!

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Koko of Special Koko posted her Goddess inspired wedding guest look. Whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid, or guest, this makeup takes style and refinement to the max! The must haves to look like a Greek Goddess are a bronzed glow, dark and smoky eyes, false eyelashes, light blush, chiseled eyebrows, and a nude/light lip.

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Jessica Harlow has a Greek Goddess makeup tutorial that couldn’t be simpler! You can also highlight your eyes with a little bit of color, like metallics or a light blue dusting over your eyelids. Jessica’s tutorial includes colored contacts, which are completely optional, but add something exotic to your finished look.

Fashion

Clothing for a Greek Goddess is essentially simple: it’s always a long, flowing, ethereal, white dress. There’s no better description than that for any girl’s dream wedding gown!

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This stunning gown is called ‘Amy’ from Anna Campbell’s 2013 Gossamer Collection. It’s a perfect fit for any Greek Goddess bride with its beautiful femininity in the design and accents of silver around the waist and over the shoulders.

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Rosa Clara delivers high fashion glamor with both of these gowns. Both feature a elegant and figure flattering shape as well as a simple and sophisticated metallic adornment in just the right places.

If designer gowns aren’t in your budget, try checking out some prom dresses or white maxi dresses. They can be a low budget answer to stunning your guests (and your groom) on your wedding day.

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A dress like this would be perfect for an informal or beach wedding. Plus, you can always wear it again after the big day. And for only $50, you really can’t go wrong! You can buy this dress on Esther here.

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This dazzling prom dress would make a beautiful wedding gown! At less than $160, you’ll save thousands over a designer wedding dress and no one will be able to tell the difference. Have this dress custom made for you here.

Have you seen a common theme throughout the hairstyles, makeup, and fashion? It’s the accessories! A white dress would be just too simple without a few embellishments of jewelery, belts, and headbands. Keep them all one metallic tone, either gold or silver. Your jewelery should be minimal, especially if your dress has an eye catching belt or you’re wearing a headband. Remember, the Greek Goddess theme is all about showing off your beauty. The dress, makeup, and hairstyle only serve to highlight the beautiful woman you already are!

Love Nests: Simple DIY Centerpieces

When most people think of  table centerpieces, images of all things floral come to mind. But for some weddings, flowers don’t quite fit the occasion. If this non-floral tablescape style speaks to you, take a look at this beautiful and versatile bird’s nest centerpiece.

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Dress it up or dress it down, these bird’s nests can be customized exactly how you want them. The nests are store bought, like this one from Michael’s, and the eggs are marbleized in any color of your choice. Arrange a single nest, a group of three nests in varying sizes and heights on a round table, or a row of them on a long table. With flowers or without, these will bring a touch of spring to your wedding. Even if your wedding isn’t in spring, what better theme to start off your new marriage?

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Baby blue and white look like they were made for each other, especially in this elegant centerpiece. But if blue and white aren’t your colors, make these eggs to match other elements of your table or place setting. To DIY the eggs, you’ll marbleize them by dying blown eggs with food coloring. Here’s Martha Stewart’s tutorial on How to Make Marbleized Easter Eggs just like the ones in the photo at the top. Martha’s tutorial includes how to blow out raw eggs, but if you’re not that adventurous, you can buy blown eggs on Etsy or on Efowl.com. You can use duck or chicken eggs, or if you don’t want to dye the eggs, naturally colored eggs like these quail eggs on Etsy would work well also. Buying blown eggs will cost you a little more than if you do it yourself, but it can save you a big mess!

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If you want to take this project to the next level, check out Steven and Chris’ tutorial on these bird nests in a tree! They take a branch, anchor it into a urn, and decorate it with little birds, bird nests, and flowers.

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So if you want so save on flowers for your wedding, consider DIY-ing some bird’s nests for your decoration. Whether your theme is spring or you’re in love with birds, make these versatile birds nests with eggs in your wedding colors!

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Happy wedding planning, lovebirds!

Bubblegum Pop- 6 Gumball Machines to Decorate Your Wedding

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Birds of a Feather- Gone Pink!

I am absolutely in love with this Flamingo Pop bridal shower shoot by The House That Lars Built collaborating with BHLDN! This shoot is fantastic for the bride that wants a huge pop of color for her bridal shower. This theme is fun, whimsical, and modern! The pinks, corals, greens, and even blues highlight the animal elements scattered around the table.

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Create this imaginative look with a single universal color in almost every element of the party, then add other coordinating colors with balloons, mismatched plates, fresh flowers, bright candy, and fun accessories!

See the rest of the Flamingo Pop shoot here, including a link to the balloon arch tutorial.

Style by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

Photography by Jessica Peterson 

Flamingo cake toppers from BHLDN

Table linens, napkins, tables, chairs from Scene Makers

Here’s to a great week! Cheers!