Transport ideas for a perfect vintage wedding day

Picking your vintage wedding day transport opens up whole realm of choices.  Do you go glamorous or simple?  Vintage or quirky?  Do you try and find something you guests can use too?  Whatever you pick your transports provides an amazing memory, a great photo opportunity and something you will only do once.

If you plan on getting married somewhere other than where you are staying the night before, then you’re more than likely going to need some form of wedding car or wedding transport on your big day.  Some couples choose to order a number of different wedding cars for their wedding celebration, so that they can either transport a large wedding party to and from the venue or have different wedding cars for the bride and the groom.

Pick an iconic vintage vehicle such as a VW camper van, Beetle or Morris Minor and decorate it with floral garlands and banners for a great vintage wedding day choice. Simple and cost effect and a great way to show your personality.

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Feeling a bit mod?  How about leaving as man and wife on a retro scooter or motorbike and side-car?  Make sure your man has a cool crash helmet and you have a gorgeous headscarf for keeping your hairstyle in place.  Super cool!

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For an option that will transport all your guests too, a vintage double decker bus ticks on the vintage wedding day boxes.  Its iconic design looks amazing in wedding photos and it just feels like fun for a quirky British touch.

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For a rustic style wedding, a pick up truck decorated in ribbons, flowers and tin cans can look just amazing.  Remember shabby can work as well as pristine!

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There’s something about a Rolls Royce that just screams glamour.  There is a huge choice in vintage luxury cars with something for everyone but a Rolls…its so iconic, luxurious and beautifully designed.  Embrace the car with the beautiful Art Deco ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ hood ornament…you wont regret it.

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For the ultimate in romance have your groom sail you away in a flower filled row boat.  There is something magical, as if from a fairy-tale about it.  Swoon…

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We all know the romantic ditty ‘Daisy, Daisy’ ending in ‘a bicycle built for two’ so why not live it on your wedding days?  A tandem is an adorable option or maybe two vintage bikes with ‘Just Married’ signs on them.  Just remember to keep your dress out of the bike chain!

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Whether you go big or small with your vintage wedding day transport, the visual impact can be just the same.  A small car such a vintage Mini Cooper can look just wonderful and add a really cute element to your styling.  Just don’t wear a huge wedding dress or your may never get out once you get in!

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Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Need some vintage wedding ideas? Come visit one of our upcoming vintage wedding fairs in Cambridge on 14th September, Harrogate on 21st September, Stoke Newington, London on 12th October or Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.

Written by Sarah Gorlov

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Wedding Memories: Throwing Rice

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In early Roman times, wheat was the grain of choice for the wedding ceremony, as wheat, not rice, symbolized fertility. The virginal bride carried a sheaf of wheat in her hand throughout the ceremony, or wore a garland of wheat in her hair. Instead of the bride tossing a bouquet, as is traditionally done today, wedding guests tossed grains of wheat at her, and young, single girls clambered for the grains that bounced off of the young bride, believing that these grains could ensure them a trip down the bridal path soon thereafter.

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After that grains like wheat or rice were thrown at the newlyweds generally so the couple would be prosperous and have many children to help them farm the land.  For Pagans food as part of wedding traditions was a popular option because it symbolised an abundant harvest and the gift of fertility, both things that were key for a happy life.

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The wheat tossing custom fell by the wayside under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, when the wheat instead was baked into small cakes, which the guests then crumbled and tossed over the bride’s head. This tradition gave way to another, in which a large wheat cake was baked, then eaten, not tossed. Wedding guests, needed to find a suitable substitute for the costly wheat cakes to toss at the bride - the natural choice was cheap, clean, white rice, and the tradition then born has stuck to this day.

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In other countries, different foods are thrown during weddings. For example, in Morocco, newlyweds are showered with figs and raisins to ensure a fruitful union. Italians traditionally throw candy and sweetened nuts. In Korea, the groom’s father throws red dates at his new daughter-in-law to attract fertility.

In Indian weddings, after tying the mangal sutra on the bride, the bride and groom shower one another with “talambralu”, which is rice mixed with saffron & turmeric. This denotes the couple’s desire for happiness, enjoyment and contentment. Initially they take turns to shower the rice, but as time progresses the bride and groom begin to compete with each other, making for entertaining photos and lots of fun and laughter.

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Nowdays many venues don’t allow confetti, so maybe rice tossing seems like something we should embrace again - its biodegradable, simple and cheap…and the urban myth about it making birds that eating it explode is just that, a myth!  Just don’t throw it too hard!  What do you remember from weddings of the past that we don’t see so often now? Share one of your wedding memories with us and we’ll feature it in an upcoming blog at National Vintage Wedding Fair.

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Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Come visit one of our upcoming vintage wedding fairs in Cambridge on 14th September, Harrogate on 21st September, Stoke Newington, London on 12th October or 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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Weddings we wish we’d been to: Liz Taylor & Richard Burton

One of the most intriguing thing about an iconic celebrity wedding is often the celebrity love story behind it.  With the wedding of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, intense, all consuming love was ALL of it.  Today we look how they did it, twice…

From the moment their eyes met on the set of Cleopatra in 1963, the two stars were consumed with one another. Their first on-screen kiss lasted so long that the director had to ask them whether he could say ‘cut’. They carried on kissing.  Elizabeth and Richard’s affair caused a huge sensation as both were already married – she to her fourth husband Eddie Fisher, who she had famously stolen from Debbie Reynolds.  The press closely followed their relationship before, during, and after their ten years of marriage, due to great public interest in “the most famous film star in the world and the man many believed to be the finest classical actor of his generation.”  We think these publicity stills for Cleopatra say it all…

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Just nine days after splitting from her forth husband, Eddie Fisher, Liz said “I do” to Richard Burton in March 1964.  Liz wore a short daffodil yellow empire line chiffon gown wedding dress. As wedding accessories, she wore the emerald and diamond brooch attached to the gown, a jewellery piece that Richard Burton presented to her. Her hair was decorated with a crown of lilies of the valley and white hyacinth that wrapped around her long twisted ponytail.

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While Richard was appearing in Hamlet in Toronto, the couple made an unannounced journey to Montreal where they were married in a low-key ceremony on March 15, 1964, in the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Only nine people were in attendance to see the lovers pronounced man and wife, including Richard’s best man, Jim Benton.

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They were married for 10 years – Liz’s longest marriage from 1964 to 1974, and adopted a daughter, Maria, in their first year of marriage that Taylor had started proceedings to adopt while married to Eddie Fisher. Richard Burton later adopted Taylor’s biological daughter Liza as well.  ‘Richard and I had an incredible chemistry together. We couldn’t get enough of each other,’ Elizabeth once said.

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And the famous Burton/Taylor diamond that was their engagement ring.  Imagine being lavished with jewellery like this!  Wow, just wow.
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After a much publicised fiery relationship they divorced in 1974.  Sixteen months after divorcing—Burton said, “You can’t keep clapping a couple of sticks (of dynamite) together without expecting them to blow up” after not being able to stay apart, they remarried in a private ceremony in Kasane, Botswana in October 1975, but soon separated and redivorced in 1976.

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Richard died less than a decade later, but both, apparently, considered the other the love of their lives.  Taylor was married eight times to seven husbands. When asked why she married so often, she replied, “I don’t know, honey. It sure beats the hell out of me,”but also said that, “I was taught by my parents that if you fall in love, if you want to have a love affair, you get married. I guess I’m very old-fashioned”.  We at National Vintage Wedding Fair think this is the sort of love that can never die.

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Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Come visit one of our upcoming vintage wedding fairs in Cambridge on 14th September, Harrogate on 21st September, Stoke Newington, London on 12th October or 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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