Your dream wedding dress is Christian Dior’s breathtaking creation “Junon,” which the designer made for his Fall/Winter 1949-50 collection. Unfortunately, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art doesn’t have a “rent program” set up right now. You’re not giving up though and will do everything possible to have a wedding that evokes the look and feel of an earlier era.
Bride & Blossom always gets excited when a bride tells us she wants her wedding to have a vintage air about it. From the gown and jewelry to flowers and overall atmosphere, there are so many ways to approach this aesthetic. Whether your style is elegant or retro chic, here are favorite looks from our Real BB Weddings to inspire the bride with the vintage-loving heart.
You’ve accepted the fact that Dior’s “Junon” is not going to happen and are now ready to find the perfect dress and accessories! A fitted silhouette with all-over lace is pure romance. Very popular in the 1940s, the peplum detail on this simple dress makes a statement without being showy. A birdcage veil made of French netting paired with a lace dress and jewel encrusted bridal belt epitomizes vintage glamour.
Brides getting married during the fall and winter seasons have one thing to their advantage – they get to have fun with wedding outerwear. This white jacket recalls those that Jackie Kennedy made fashionable during the 1960s and is a beautiful complement to our bride’s gown. Perfect for a holiday wedding, a luxurious fur stole looks stunning against a beaded white gown.
When it comes to vintage décor and styling, it’s all about the details. Use your great-grandmother’s vanity as inspiration to create a unique and intimate display for photos and keepsakes. A card table adorned with a vintage white birdcage and candles charms the eye.
Antique gold accents, candles, and lush blooms come together to make a reception that takes a page straight out of The Great Gatsby. A low centerpiece of white and soft pink roses with greenery looks lovely in a gold vase. A tablescape bedecked with gold candleholders and elegant floral arrangements set atop a mirror runner casts an enchanted glow over the room. A display of natural arrangements in glass vases illuminated by gold votive candles captures a “secret garden” allure for cocktail hour.
The flowers a bride carries with her down the aisle can be chosen as a sentimental tribute to the beauty and elegance of a time before. Tied together with a satin cascading ribbon, a bouquet of white, cream, and blush hued roses and ranunculus with greenery accents radiates natural splendor. Small embellishments, such as using ribbon and lace overlay fastened with delicate pinning, add an intimate and feminine touch. A vibrant, voluminous bouquet of roses, ranunculus, tulips, lilies, and orchids with verdant greenery takes retro glam to the next level.
And is there a more fitting car for the vintage bride and her new husband to take on their “Just Married” ride together than a white Bentley?
The classic style of Grace Kelly, glitz of the Roaring Twenties, and whimsical mood of a vintage garden tea party are all great sources of inspiration. We hope this guide helps you celebrate with vintage flair on your wedding day!