How to Nail Your Vintage Bridal Style

July 19, 2016 | nicole

vintage bridal style

Of all the wedding fashion trends for 2016, we have to say that vintage bridal style is at the top of our list. A special kind of bride is attracted to the romantic quality and sense of nostalgia associated with vintage styling. We’re endlessly impressed with the sartorial choices of Junebug brides, who always manage to get the vintage wedding look just right. With the help of some of our favorites, we present how to nail your vintage bridal style!

The Dress

The first, most fun, and possibly most difficult step of achieving your vintage bridal style is selecting a gown to set the tone of your ensemble. Every addition to your look will be defined by the details, silhouette, and style of your wedding gown, so choose wisely!

Glamorous Beading

For an Old Hollywood or Great Gatsby-inspired look, choose a gown with intricate beading. Bridal designers like Anna Campbell and Jenny Packham are known for crafting gowns with exquisite beaded designs that wow.

beaded wedding gowns credits (clockwise): dress by Anna Campbell, photo by Brown Paper Parcel; dress by Anna Campbell, photo by Darren Roberts Photography; dress by Jenny Packham, photo by Aneta MAK; dress by Jenny Packham, photo by A Brit & A Blonde; dress by Anna Campbell, photo by Wolf N’ Fox Photography

Lace Long Sleeves

Popularized by Kate Middleton’s 2011 Alexander McQueen wedding gown, lace long sleeves provide a sense of vintage modesty and demure romance. While top designers like Temperley London are synonymous with the trend, wedding dresses with long lace sleeves can be found in nearly any bridal collection for a variety of price points.

lace long sleeve wedding gowns credits (clockwise): photo by Cami Jane Photography; dress by Alta Moda Bridal, photo by Tony Gambino; dress by Bizzu, photo by Slubnestudio; dress by Watters, photo by Emily Delamater Photography; dress by Tony Ward Couture, photo by Hartman Outdoor Photography; dress by Temperley London, photo by Katie Farrell Photography


Is there a more romantic silhouette than the off-the-shoulder dress? The balance of baring your shoulders while covering a hint of skin is reminiscent of an old school bride’s subtle defiance of modesty. Delicate fabrics like tulle, lace, and satin hung gently across the top of your arms makes for an etheral vintage look.

off the shoulder wedding gowns credits (clockwise): dress by Alfred Angelo + vintage elements, photo by Tricia Victoria Photography; dress by Beyond Burlesque, photo by Jason Hales Photography; dress by Zuhair Murad, photo by The Toths; dress by Justin Alexander, photo by Taylor Lord Photography; dress by Rivini, photo by Jules Bower; dress from The White Dress Brighton, photo by Amanda Dumouchelle Photography


A gown is just the beginning when it comes to crafting your bridal look. Brides with unforgettable style carefully curate an outfit that complements their wedding design from head to toe. Accessories, though small, can have a big impact on your overall vintage affect.


Whether your pair is actually-vintage or retro-inspired, the peep of shoes beneath your dress can make a major statement in your bridal style. Luckily, vintage styles can be found nearly everywhere right now, from bridal-specific shops like BHLDN to your everyday favorite spots like ASOS.

vintage bridal shoes credits (clockwise): shoes by BHLDN, photo by Hartman Outdoor Photography; similar shoes, photo by Dan Stewart Photography; similar shoes, photo by Kappen Photography; shoes by Seychelles, photo by Bek & Addison Photography; shoes by Bella Belle Shoes, photo by Maile Lani; similar shoes, photo by Jason Hales Photography

Veils and Hairpieces

One of the quickest ways to add a touch of vintage to your bridal style is with a veil or hairpiece. From crystal hair combs to birdcage veils, the options are endless! We recommend a sparkly statement for a Roaring Twenties inspired wedding ensemble, a fascinator hat for a retro ’40s inspired affair, and a short and sweet veil clipped into your curls for a celebration reminiscent of the 1960s.

veils and bridal hair accessories credits (clockwise): similar hair comb, photo by Tim and Jess Photography; hair comb by Enchanted Ateliér by Liv Hart, photo by Laura Gordon Photography; bridal hat by Rubina Millinery, photo by Kappen Photography; similar birdcage veil, photo by Jason Mize Photography; similar veil headpiece, photo by Willett Photography; hair clip by Tocados Le Touquet, photo by F2Studio

Accessories to Have and to Hold

In addition to what’s on your head, the accessories you have and hold on your wedding day can contribute to the vintage affect of your bridal look. This is a great opportunity to employ your “something old” with a true-vintage pair of gloves or antique clutch. However, your “something new” could also be a vintage-inspired hat or Art Deco earrings!

vintage bridal accessories credits (clockwise): photo by Vue Photography; photo by Bethany and Dan Photography; photo by JWPP; fur stole by Stupp Furs, photo by Alison Conklin Photography; photo by Kristen Weaver Photography; photo by Chris+Lynn

Bridal Beauty

Now that your gown and accessories are in order, it’s time to style the true star of your bridal look: yourself! Put your best face forward by choosing hair and makeup styles that are consistent with the rest of your ensemble.

Winged Eyeliner

Vintage makeup can be characterized by a few words: classic, playful, romantic, and mysterious. There’s no makeup trend that encompasses these sentiments more than winged eyeliner. Bold or dainty, a flick of eyeliner extending past the lid is always dynamic.

bridal makeup winged eyeliner.jpg credits (clockwise): hair & makeup by Denise Elliott, photo by Luke Liable Photography; makeup by Andrea O’Donnell, photo by Chelsea Seekell Photography; hair & makeup by Laura Gray, photo by Sue-Slique Photography; photo by Serena Cevenini; hair & makeup by Laura Gray, photo by Sue-Slique Photography

Bold Red Lip

It’s no secret that a bold red lip is synonymous with vintage makeup, but did you know that any bride can rock this look? No matter the decade your wedding is influenced by or the color of your skin, a red lip is classic, flattering, and unbelievably romantic.

bridal red lipstick credits (clockwise): photo by Dan Stewart Photography; hair & makeup by Estúdio De Beleza Katley Menezes, photo by Tati Pinho; hair and makeup by Hair and Makeup by Syd, photo by Lauren Apel Photography; photo by Susan Stripling; hair and makeup by Hair and Makeup by Syd, photo by Lauren Apel Photography; photo by Becca Borge Photography

Vintage Bridal Hairstyles

With so many variations, we couldn’t choose just one vintage-inspired bridal hairstyle to share. What these ‘dos have in common are soft, voluminous curls, whether pinned high or low, or worn to one side of cascading across your shoulders.

vintage bridal hair styles credits (clockwise): hair & makeup by McKenna Buck Artistry, photo by Hartman Outdoor Photography; photo by Chris Copeland Photography; hair by The Studio CL, photo by Alison Conklin Photography; hair by Valerie Zotter Bailey, photo by Rachel Rowland; photo by Rock This Moment; hair & makeup by Laura Gray, photo by Sue-Slique Photography

Now that your outfit is on point, it’s time to start planning your bouquet! Check out these four statement flowers to take your bridal bouquet to the next level.


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  1. Woww You nailed it all bride looking so beautiful in this vintage grown and this is so classy outfits for any new bridal

  2. Such a GORGEOUS collection of photos!! I love the details!!!

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