Cosy up your wedding day

Choosing to have your wedding day in the Autumn or Winter opens up a whole different day to style your wedding day.  As the weather changes and the temperature drops you need to look for little touches that will make your guests (and yourself) feel wonderful, warm and ready to embrace the chill of the colder months.  In todays blog we show you some ideas to do just that.

Make your wedding theme reflect the changing seasons with a rustic look and add lots of candles and tealights to create a warm, flickering glow wherever you look.

Styling tips - Cosy up your vintage wedding with candles and a rustic feel via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Instead of the normal wedding dress cover ups of shrugs and boleros, why not go for a vintage cape or layer chunky knitwear and scarves over your wedding dress.  Such  cute look.

Styling tips - Cosy up your vintage wedding with knitwear over your wedding dress via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Mulled wine is guaranteed to warm up your guests whatever the weather outside.  For a quirky look serve from large vintage jugs and vintage glasses on mismatched fine china saucers.

Styling tips - Cosy up your vintage wedding with mulled wine via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Provide pashminas for guests by tying them to the backs of chairs.  Pick colours that fit in with your wedding pallet and make them part of your decor.  Decoration and practicality – we like it!

Styling tips - Cosy up your vintage wedding with pashminas on the back of chairs via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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An open fire or bonfire is perfect to make you and your guests feel warm and cosy and is a great photo opportunity too.

Styling tips - Cosy up your vintage wedding with bonfires and open fires via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Near your cake table create a hot chocolate bar.  Let guests make the hot drink of their choice and accessorise with whipped cream, marshmallows, biscuits, mini doughnuts and chocolate spoons.

Styling tips - Cosy up your vintage wedding with a hot chocolate bar via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Ok, they are not to everyone’s taste but a pair of wedding Uggs will be comfy and cosy.  Pick from metallics, sequins or even personalised versions.

Styling tips - Cosy up your vintage wedding with wedding UGG boots via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Warm things up throughout the day by creating miniature alcohol favours for the table.  Add to table settings and tie with ribbon and oversized labels for a pretty vintage look.Styling tips - Cosy up your vintage wedding with alcohol favours via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Need some vintage wedding ideas? Come visit our vintage wedding fair in Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.

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Wedding Memories: Fruit cake wedding cakes

Memories

The wedding cake is an ancient tradition dating back to Roman and Medieval times. Back then a stack of buns would be used instead of a tiered cake but the symbolism was still the same. Over the centuries there have been many traditions created surrounding the cake and it still remains an important aspect of any wedding.

The tradition for fruit cake began in the 16th century in Britain, when sugarcane became readily available from the West Indies. The new style dark fruitcake was made with molasses and was much more dense than previous versions. So dense, in fact, that brides were often forced to cut it with serrated cake saws made of silver!

Wedding Memories - tudor fruitcake wedding cake - a National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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Because dark fruitcake doesn’t easily spoil and its dried fruit inside stands the test of time, it suited wedding traditions perfectly. You’ve likely heard of keeping the top tier of wedding cake and eating it on the first wedding anniversary?  Pre-freezer days, these traditions weren’t easily fulfilled by sweets other than dark fruitcakes, which could last up to a year as long as they were properly wrapped to keep insects out.  Richly flavored, especially when doused with alcohol, fruitcake was also perfect for warming guests at weddings and showed how affluent the brides family were.Wedding Memories - wedding fruit cake via the National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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In the UK, traditionally wedding cake is still made from fruitcake, but brides now can choose anything from carrot cake to chocolate to sponge to red velvet.  Even with the advent of all these different varieties there’s still something truly ‘wedding’ about having at least one tier of fruitcake still.  If there was no rich fruitcake, wrapped in marzipan and royal icing to have with tea and coffee in the afternoon there would be a guest mutiny!

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Do you have some favourite wedding memories or traditions?  Let us know and we’ll feature them in an upcoming blog.

Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Need some vintage wedding ideas? Come visit our vintage wedding fair in Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.

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Mother of the Bride: Vintage Style

Are you a mother of the bride who is wondering what to wear to the big day? If your daughter (or son) is having a vintage wedding you may be thinking “What do I wear? Should I wear vintage?” As this is just as exciting for you, you obviously want to look your best but wouldn’t it be great if you embraced the vintage look too?

Here are some ideas for each vintage era, based on what the mother of the bride would have worn then….but with a modern twist.

1920s:

A bride wearing a 1920s dress will be adorned with beads, have a drop waist with a boxy shape. This is a fun look which can be mirrored by the mother of the bride. Choose a beaded dress of any shape in plain tones such as gold or navy, vintage or modern. Wear long beads, a wool cape or pashmina, a cloche hat and a chain strapped handheld bag. An alternative hat would be a wide-brimmed one, a turban or a feathered headpiece.

1920s vintage mother of the bride fashion from The National Vintage Wedding Fair

1920s vintage mother of the bride by The National Vintage Wedding Fair

1930s

The 1930s was the time of glamour and Hollywood style. A bride choosing this era will have a bias cut dress which is both elegant and stylish. The mother of the bride should choose an equally elegant suit or designer outfit with nipped in waist with peplum detail. A pencil skirt or culottes would work well teamed up with a beret style cloche hat and pearls around the neck. Use a belt to nip in the waist if the jacket doesn’t do this naturally. Co-ordinate with a faux fur wrap to cover yourself in the evening. Alternatively choose high-waisted wide leg trousers.

1930s vintage mother of the bride by The National Vintage Wedding Fair

1930s vintage mother of the bride by The National Vintage Wedding Fair

1940s

The 1940s wedding dress was a simple style and shape as fabric was rationed at the time, therefore the mother of the bride would often wear her best suit rather than buying or making something new. We are not suggesting that today’s Sunday best suit is worn but the look that should be embraced should be an elegant shape, straight skirt and box jacket. Wear a medium brimmed hat worn at an angle, victory roll your hair and choose a leather clutch bag. Alternatively choose a tea dress with a simple cardigan.

1940s vintage mother of the bride by The National Vintage Wedding Fair

1940s vintage mother of the bride by The National Vintage Wedding Fair

1950s

The 1950s wedding is probably the most popular with brides choosing fit and flare dresses, often ballerina length. The 1950s woman would have worn an elegant mother of the bride suit; a cropped jacket pulled in at the waist and a pencil skirt. This look can easily be found now and is often worn at weddings.  Wear with peep toe shoes, a vintage brooch and a small bird cage veil hat. These can be made to order to match your suit or buy an original from sites like Etsy.

1950s mother of the bride by The National Vintage Wedding Fair

1950s mother of the bride by The National Vintage Wedding Fair

1960s

If the bride is wearing a 1960s mini dress, cute pointy shoes, bright posy bouquet and a beehive hairstyle then the best outfit here is a dress suit.  Choose a shift dress style which is flattering to most shapes teamed up with a cropped jacket in the same colour. This is a great chance to go bright – think pinks and greens. Another popular look was the coat suit: a knee-length dress with a matching coat finishing at the same point. These wedding outfits can be found in most high street shops or maybe go for original vintage.  Co-ordinate with a 1960s handbag and a flower wrist corsage.

1960s mother of the bride by The National Vintage Wedding Fair

1960s mother of the bride by The National Vintage Wedding Fair

1970s

If the wedding and bride is embracing the 1970s boho look choosing a long maxi dress with bell sleeves and a flower crown in her hair, then the mother of the bride should look slightly more relaxed. Choose a trouser suit in light tones and fabric such as linen or maybe a maxi dress with a bright pattern on with a Biba or Ozzie Clarke feel to it. Why not add some simple flowers at the back of the hair that co-ordinate with her flower crown. Or choose a floppy hat and large sunglasses with a Bianca Jagger feel to it.

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Whatever look you choose, the most important thing is to feel comfortable rather than in “fancy dress”. Whether you choose original vintage or a modern alternative, the happy couple will totally love the fact that you have embraced their style.

 

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