Do you dream of an amazing vintage themed wedding but are working to a tight budget? Don’t worry, it can still be done! Check out some amazing tips and ideas from our registered supplier Forget-Me-Not-Vintage from Dorset Wedding Supplier on how to create an amazing vintage look for your special day while keeping a close eye on the pennies.
Make and do and mend. From drying confetti petals, making jam, sewing bunting and handwriting name plates, there really is no greater labour of love than crafting your own wedding items. Call on the skill sets of your friends and families and when you are cursing over tissue paper pompoms and lace bows at midnight rest assured you will be saving money and these beautiful details will not go unnoticed by your guests. This adds an amazing personal touch to your day – your guests won’t have seen any of the items at any weddings they have been to recently and everyone who has taken part will feel like they have contributed to your special day.
Call in the cooks! If you have talented bakers on your guest list, ask them to bake their favourite cake for your big day, perhaps as part of a wedding gift. Showcase on a dedicated cake table dressed with pretty china cake stands complete with nameplates acknowledging who made what. A unique, personal and visually stunning idea.
For a summer wedding welcome drink swap expensive champagne for an cordial with sparkling wine and serve in chic vintage champagne saucers on silver trays, simply stunning (elderflower cordial with sparkling wine makes a stunning summer drink).
Host the perfect picnic, with picnic blankets, picnic baskets and garden games. Serve finger sandwiches and scones on vintage china. The finger food will be kinder to your budget than a sit down meal. You can still create ‘picnic plans’ if you want to have a seating plan for your special day.
Alternatively, instead of a three course meal, serve afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes adorning pretty tiered cake stands and sandwich plates complete with teapots cups and saucers.
For a fresh, rustic look gather seasonal flowers and greenery from the garden and present in china milk jugs and silver teapots. These make amazing centre pieces for your tables. When making your flowers consider creating flowers that can be used during your service and reception. Don’t forget your bouquet, you can create that yourself too.
Get the vintage look on a budget by mixing a splash of vintage in with cheaper contemporary pieces, for example dress a plain white dinner plate up with a vintage tea plate on top or a cheap white tablecloth with some vintage lace.
Hire a hall! Village halls can be hired for next to nothing. Cover noticeboards with swags of gorgeous vintage fabric, hang handmade bunting from the rafters and show off the original vintage trestle tables with lace or hessian table runners.
Keep it local and use your local independent suppliers, they come with a wealth of local knowledge and they can be flexible on prices and packages. Not only can you save on delivery costs but local suppliers are able to use their network of fellow suppliers to secure discounts and recommendations.