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Refreshment Station for hire for your vintage wedding or event

We love our refreshment station set up on our cedar door!  This also makes a great cake or gift table at your vintage inspired wedding or event.  Please talk to us for more details.

 

Vintage props style guide – Welcome Table

A welcome table is the first thing the guests will see upon their arrival so whatever you decide on, it will set the scene.  You may want to display ceremony programmes so use the set up for this purpose, or you may just want to prop a welcome sign or blackboard next to the table to introduce your wedding or birthday event.  I also love a dresser set up with old black and white family photographs of the bride and groom.  I think this is a great welcome display for a wedding.  Another option is to have a drinks stand to welcome guests.  A fabulous vintage dresser set with coupes or crystal wine glasses and drinks served in dispensers or vintage jugs looks gorgeous and is a very warm welcome for your guests.

Whatever option you go with, here are just a couple ideas below.  There are countlesss possibilities…take a look at our lovely vintage furniture pieces under “dressers and tables”and also our “Welcome/entrance table” ideas on Pinterest!

   

Belinda and Yogesh’s Vintage Wedding

We were delighted to do the set up and styling for the table settings for the gorgeous Belinda and Yogesh’s wedding at Lion Gate Lodge in the Royal Botanic Gardens before Christmas. This included the teacups, faux pearls and vintage book centre pieces, the candelabra’s, crystal vases, fine china dinner plates and silver cutlery. The stunning flowers were by Belinda’s talented sister Tracey Sankari and the photography by Nattnee Photography. Thank you for letting us share in your special day Belinda and Yogesh x

          

Decorating your vintage venue

A vintage wedding oozes country charm with a touch of casual elegance.  It also gives you huge scope to let your imagination run wild when it comes to the decor!  Here are just a few hints and tips to get you started.

  1. Decorate the venue with pretty floral bunting.  It is simple yet effective and really adds nostalgic charm.
  2. Lighting is really important for your vintage wedding.  Decorate your chosen venue with fairy lights to create soft lighting during the evening.  If you are having an evening meal, you could also use candles in a variety of crystal or silver candle holders on each table.
  3. Live music is a must for a vintage wedding.  Hire a string quartet or a jazz band depending on your music tastes.
  4. Personal touches such as assorted vintage photo frames hanging on ribbons from trees look great.  Use pretty floral paper in each frame or old black and white photos of your family member’s previous weddings.
  5. For an eclectic feel, set the table with a mixture of assorted china dinner plates, crystal glasses and silver plated cutlery.
  6. Hire an assortment of old wooden chairs for your guests to sit on.  They look fantastic!
  7. Use an old dresser and set it up with a dessert or lolly buffet. 
  8. For memorable photos, try using vintage photo props with accessories such as faux pearls, furs and hats. 
  9. For refreshments set up a lemonade station.  Use a drinks dispenser or a large jug and serve homemade lemonade in jam jars or milk bottles with stripy straws.
  10. Ask Grandma!  Check what Grandma has in the back of her cupboards such as china teacups for table centrepieces and teapots and crystal vases for flower arrangements.

Why Vintage?

If you are planning your wedding the chances are you are already overwhelmed with the number of options available to you, not to mention the cost.  The minute someone says “Wedding” it seems that everyone has their hand out asking for your entire life savings.  Once you have chosen your commercial wedding venue, apart from choosing a standard centrepiece for each table, the only option you get for décor is to choose which colour sash you want on the back of your plastic chair.

If this stereotypical cookie cutter wedding has you and your credit card running for the door, then a vintage wedding could be the perfect choice for you!

A vintage wedding is not only budget friendly, it’s environmentally friendly too.  You can beg, borrow or hire the items you need which are already pre-loved and unique at the fraction of the cost.  Nothing has to match, although it is best to stick with a particular theme, and the eclectic look lets you put your own individual stamp on your big day.

The best thing is you have complete control over everything from the types of chairs you use, to the cutlery on the table.   A vintage wedding can be informal or as elegant as you want it to be.