Want to bring a little vintage sparkle into your big day? When planning a wedding, terms like romantic and classic inspire style. Vintage wedding accessories add a timeless touch of glamour.
wishing a bride “good luck” is an etiquette no-no, brides traditionally incorporate
many good luck charms into their attire. And family and friends often provide
these tokens of something borrowed, something blue. But brides can also make
new memories with something old found at flea markets. Dress head to heels in
love with these 5 vintage bridal
1. Veils and headpieces
and styles change, but the veil evokes an iconic image of bride on her wedding
day. With decades of fashions to choose from, finding the perfect headpiece to compliment
your look is easy.
Veils can allure
without concealing that radiant bridal glow. Lacey caps from the 20’s and 30’s,
for example, attach flowing veils in the back. Or opt for the 50’s birdcage and blusher veils with peekaboo
netting. Brush aside veils altogether with options such as fascinators, Juliet caps and pillbox hats.
Bridal jewelry can be passed down from generation to generation. And whether worn or applied as decorative embellishments, jewelry is a versatile vintage wedding accessory. Ruby Lane is a great place to look for vintage and antique jewelry online.
are quintessential bridal adornment. But brides throughout the eras have also accessorized
with various gemstones, diamonds, rhinestones and crystal glass. Novelty jewelry, or pieces made from plastics
like Bakelite, create colorful jewelry
vows with wedding bands found at flea markets and estate sales. And let’s not
forget the groom. Vintage cufflinks and lapel pins tie his-and-hers style
3. Purses, gloves and wraps
Accessories add elegance, but they are also practical. The beauty of vintage purses is their attention to detail. Beaded clutches with kiss clasps and metal mesh purses make decorative storage for lipstick and tissues. Engraved sterling silver compacts and coin purses, though smaller, hold mirrors for quick touchups.
Fall and winter weddings present additional options. Fur stoles and gloves pair well with bridal gowns and keep you warm. If planning a formal ceremony, opera-length gloves are enduring classics. Wrist-length gloves, also called “shorties”, add graceful Mid Century charm.
vintage shoes that fit can be tricky. Sizes often run small and narrow. For
more wiggle room in choices, explore colors besides white. A peek of blue or
pink can even accentuate the dress.
Online marketplaces like Etsy sell many styles of authentic vintage footwear. Antique Victorian and Edwardian Era shoes are rare, but silk and satin Art Deco pumps are slightly easier to find. More common, though, are peeptoes and t-strap heels from the 40’s on up. Add vintage flair to newer shoes with brooches and clip-on earrings.
5. The wedding dress
well-constructed, and often affordable. The advantages of a vintage wedding dress are many. Unlike stark white contemporary
dresses, vintage bridal gowns come in flattering pearl-like shades such as
champagne, blush, and peach.
Likewise, there’s a variety of silhouettes when shopping vintage. From the drop-waist of The Roaring Twenties to the empire waist of The Swingin’ Sixties. Or columnar shapes of the 30’s to flowing boho styles of the 70’s. Custom pick the look that’s so you. Plus, fabrics go beyond silk and lace to chiffon, tulle, and crinoline.
What to pay attention to when shopping for vintage wedding accessories
Authentic vintage wedding dresses will likely have some imperfections. Large holes, moth damage and significant yellowing may be beyond repair. While there are at-home cleaning remedies, dress restoration experts can be better suited to treat vintage fabrics.