Planning your vintage themed wedding doesn’t stop once you’ve picked the typeface for your invites, haggled for an awesome price on that classic typewriter, hatbox, or other old-fashioned curio at your local antique store, or even once you’ve managed to source that authentic Chantilly lace for your dream vintage-style gown. To really succeed in giving your impending nuptials the vintage touch, plan to incorporate some classically romantic, timeless flowers and floral elements into your wedding day style.
So how exactly do you go about choosing vintage wedding flowers that will perfectly match all your other wedding decor? Here are the top 7 tips from the flower experts at Tesselaar Flowers:
- Think About Colour: While gorgeous vintage wedding flowers can be achieved using a huge variety of hues, soft pastels are a popular colour scheme used by florists and brides hoping to create a traditional vintage look. Think white, cream, soft pinks, muted oranges, and subdued shades of green.
- Think About Flower Varieties: Although there isn’t a strict list of ‘vintage flowers’ that brides must stick to, there are some flower varieties that are definitely not Many imported tropical flowers, like orchids and calla lilies, were simply too expensive to include in the kind of wedding flower arrangements our grandparents had. So, when choosing flowers for your vintage themed wedding, opt for the types of flowers your grandma grew in her garden: scented stock, dusty miller, lavender, hydrangeas, heirloom roses, peonies, carnations, ranunculus, delphiniums, dahlias, daisies, sunflowers, and of course baby’s breath. Whenever possible try to choose wedding flowers that will be in season on your wedding day. This allows your florist to select blooms that are looking great and are the best value, and will often end up with you getting far bigger and more beautiful arrangements than you’d get if you were too strict with your flower choices.
- Think About Bridal Bouquet Styles: Some bouquet styles and shapes are inherently more ‘vintage’ than others. Cascade or teardrop bouquets were used by many brides in the first half of the twentieth century. Another old-fashioned favourite is the pomander bouquet, a true vintage option that’s a great choice for your flower girls!
- Think About Bouquet Accessories: There are many ways you can accentuate and finish your bouquet and other floral arrangements with fabulous vintage accessories. Touches of lace, ribbon, feathers and pearls all add to a classic vintage bouquet, and sentimental elements like antique brooches and photo frame bouquet charms are a great way to honour your family heritage on your wedding day.
- Think About Vases and Containers: There are many options to choose from when deciding on your preferred style of vase or container to hold your reception and ceremony floral arrangements. Luckily, vintage themed weddings aren’t limited by matchy-matchy rules, so consider using a combination of mason jars, vintage pitchers, planters, teapots, urns, crystal vases, wooden crates, old fashioned milk bottles and antique tins. Don’t exclude glassware that seems too shallow to hold flowers; your florist can use flower frogs to keep the arrangement in place.
- Think About Using Vintage Flowers as Wedding Cake Toppers: Before the influx of ‘Mr & Mrs’ and ‘Best Day Ever’ script style wedding cake toppers, before even the little husband and wife figurines, there were flowers. And for today’s vintage-loving brides, flowers are still the natural choice of wedding cake adornment. Your wedding cake flowers can look similar to your bridal bouquet or reception flowers, but they don’t have to. For example, if your wedding flowers are particularly fragrant you may want a less aromatic flower variety for your cake, like hydrangeas, or ranunculus. And you can always use burlap, lace, or ribbon to help tie your wedding cake flowers in with the rest of your wedding décor style.
- Think About Ways to Wear Your Vintage Flowers: A great way to add a vintage touch to your wedding day style is to complete your bridal outfit with a floral feature. Floral crowns or wreaths are a beautiful and super feminine way to achieve this ¾ and so on-trend right now! A wrist corsage is a more traditional option, and another great rustic vintage idea is to integrate your wedding flowers into your hair style, for example baby’s breath florets woven through a braid.