13 Tips for Styling a Beautiful Vintage Wedding

Whether you're planning a rustic chic soiree or a Great Gatsby-inspired evening, make sure to cover all your bases.

The bare bones of vintage revolve around antique details, lace and some weathered accents. The key to pulling off beautiful vintage decor is to style these old-world elements in such a way that the venue looks aged in a charming fashion-not too upcycled or faux-antiqued.

2. Venue Influenced Decor

A vintage wedding theme can be applied to almost any type of venue. Let your chosen space help fine-tune your specific style (secret garden vintage, vintage glam, rustic vintage). A ballroom would be well suited for a Gatsby-inspired art deco celebration for example, while a refurbished barn would be perfect for something more rustic or antique in style.

3. Vintage-Themed Stationary

Your save-the-dates and invites set the tone for the celebration, so pick something that gives your guests a little sneak peek of what's in store. Since your vintage style may be made up of mismatched details, consider highlighting one of your wedding colors or a motif you plan to use in other design elements to create a sense of consistency.

4. Best Blooms

Choose a bouquet that speaks to your vintage style. Loose bundles of wildflowers, baby's breath and craspedia billy balls are charming, while blush pink roses, hydrangeas and dusty miller give an arrangement a more romantic and timeless look. Want serious bonus points? Ask your florist about period-specific flowers or bouquet styles that are more closely associated the vintage time period you've chosen.

5. An Antique Boutonniere

The best blooms for the groom's lapel may not be blooms at all. Draw inspiration from your venue to style a unique look, such as a clean pocket square or watch for a formal soiree, or a casual broach for outdoor festivities.

6. Incorporate Family History

A vintage wedding wouldn't be complete without a few intimate family details. Whether it's displaying old family photos on an escort card table, wrapping a piece of lace from your mother's wedding gown around your bouquet, or finishing off your bridal look heirloom pearls, incorporating a detail of sentimental value brings a new meaning to the idea of vintage.

7. Live Music

To really set the mood, welcome guests to your nuptials with a cocktail hour and a live brass band (complete with a retro stand microphone!). Get the best of both worlds by hiring a DJ to take over the party tunes for the reception or after party. Yes, you can listen to Duke Ellington and Usher in the same celebration.

8. Vintage Tablescapes

Neutrals like ivory, silver and beige look beautiful on a vintage tablescape with pastel accents or colored glass centerpieces. You could also opt for flowerless centerpieces and instead use antique details like stacks of old books, clocks or birdcages. For a more glamorous feel, consider mixing and matching different heights of mercury glass candle votives.

9. Adding Ambiance

How you want to illuminate your space really depends on the venue itself. Classic crystal chandeliers would be a beautiful addition to a ballroom, while market lights woven through bare wood rafters look humble and charming in a barn. Candles are the obvious go-to for a vintage theme, but double check with your venue coordinator to make sure they don't go against any safety regulations. And then have lots on hand so your guests can see their steak.

10. Elegant Sweets Display

A dessert table is a great opportunity to create a focal point and impress your guests-both with the yummy treats and the amazing decor. Nostaligic cookie jars, antique tables, old school petit fours and other bite size desserts are a welcomed addition to your cake. This idea of "stations" could work for your cocktail hour too-especially if you don't plan to have passed appetizers.