Vintage-style trends will be prevalent in 2014Written by Guest Author | | GuestAuthor@toledofreepress.com
by Heather Zeller
With the popularity of Pinterest and blogs like Green Wedding Shoes and Ruffled that feature real weddings, 2014 brides are dedicating more time and effort toward decorating their ideal weddings.
La Boutique Nostalgie specializes in conceptualizing timeless vintage wedding design. We have noticed a few vintage “trends” that will likely be prevalent this wedding season — and the best thing about vintage-style weddings is that they never go out of style.
- Brides are still gravitating toward “Great Gatsby”-inspired weddings like they did in 2013. Roaring Twenties weddings are full of fun, but also feature sophisticated details like hand-cut crystal buckets filled with white hydrangea and black or silver candelabras. Candelabras are a great way to make a statement and fit in perfectly with the Prohibition-era look. They can be used as dramatic centerpieces or as elegant ceremony decor on the altar. Top them with candles for a classic look or with lush, floral ball arrangements containing vintage classics like hydrangeas and large garden roses. Complete the look by inviting Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Rustic vintage weddings have been hugely popular for the past few years. While some brides are reporting “rustic fatigue,” many still like this fun, earthy look. To differentiate yourself from other rustic-style brides, incorporate lots of small, unique details into your decor. Vintage-style blue Mason jars were all the rage in 2012 and 2013 and, while they are still lovely, more brides are gravitating toward a more European rustic look. Think long Tuscan-style tables with several centerpieces of varying heights. Centerpieces can include delicate single-stem flowers like ranunculus in milk glass vases or small candlelit lanterns with a succulent resting in front. Pops of bright colors like yellow and teal among neutrals also fit in perfectly with rustic-style nuptials. Rustic weddings also don’t have to take place in barns (although it’s a nice touch). Venues like Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Ohio, can be transformed into a farm-style hall with the right rustic decor.
- Many brides and some designers are moving away from the standard two- or three-color weddings. Why limit yourself to a couple of shades when you can use a compilation of complementary colors? Brides, who in the past may have chosen green and pink as wedding colors, could try a variety of pastels accented with metallics and ivory. Think gold Chiavari chairs, off-white linens and centerpieces with blush peonies and ivory garden roses in mercury glass pieces. By using a variety of soft colors and maybe a couple of hints of brighter shades, brides can create a classic, vintage-style ambience that will look as current in 20 years as it does today.
Brides that come to us are all about the little details. Everything from the cake table to the ladies’ room is decorated. However, it’s still important to keep in mind that your wedding day is an actual event and not a staged photo opportunity. Keeping a wedding authentic and remembering that the day is about love — not trends — will help couples enjoy their wedding.
To bring a sense of authenticity to the big day, put photos of your parents’ wedding in antique frames on the escort table, weave your grandmother’s brooch into the bouquet or borrow your future mother-in-law’s blue earrings. A well-designed vintage-style wedding with these small details not only ensures beautiful photos, but a sense of family, love and history.
Heather Zeller is the creative director and owner of La Boutique Nostalgie, a vintage-inspired design and floral firm based in Genoa. For more information, visit laboutiquenostalgie.com. Contact her at email@example.com.