Vintage Wedding Dresses and Inspiration

February 4, 2008 | editorial team

Continuing in Friday’s theme of alternative wedding dresses, take a look at these gorgeous vintage wedding dresses from Posh Girl Vintage! So fun! Posh Girl Vintage is family owned and operated by ladies with a true love of vintage fashion, so their ever changing lineup is a treasure trove for fashionistas everywhere. Choosing a vintage dress is a great eco-friendly wedding fashion option, and is a personal favorite look of mine. It adds all kinds of personality to your wedding style that can be carried through to every aspect of your day, and just couldn’t be a more darling look! Here are some ideas for a simple and sweet vintage inspired wedding, built around the all important wedding dress…

– Choose a cake that’s inspired by the detailed fabric of your vintage dress, like this eyelet wedding cake from Martha Stewart.
– Set your tables with an eclectic mixture of vintage patterned china, like the Boho collection from Roseanna.
– Use vintage wallpaper to make DIY place cards, thanks you notes, and gifts for your wedding party, or buy these pretty vintage wallpaper pocket mirrors and notecards from Paperhill Studio’s Etsy shop.
– Choose vintage themed invitations and a matching wedding website, like these from Izzy Girl and Nearlyweds.com.
– Rent the get-away car of your dreams, like this vintage Rolls Royce from British Motor Coach. (Photo by La Vie Photography)
– Collect vintage vases from thrift stores and estate sales in a single color from your your wedding color palette, like these hydrangea-blue vases from Matthew Mead Style. Have your florist include them in your table top and reception floral design.

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  1. Great ideas! I love the vintage wallpaper idea for all the paper details. I collected glass votives from thrift stores for months in different textures and shapes for my reception. The whole room was glowing and each table half several different votives on it. Subtle variety is a great way to style the details of your wedding when using vintage finds.

  2. Love the vintage wallpaper goodies – what great inspiration for favors, stationary, and even other details like a guest book or seating cards!

  3. Adorable! A little more girly than my fiance would probably allow, but definitely some great ideas!

  4. I love your inspiration board – fantastic!

  5. I love the vintage dresses and really trolled vintage dress sites, including Posh Girl Vintage, for a civil wedding dress…but alas, i’ve found that these dresses consistently are made uber small…with waist sizes of 25-26. Sadly, I’m a size 4-6 and I doubt I can fit into these vintage treasures. Anyway, advice to those of us looking into this vintage alternative, but who are not size 0-2? Love the inspiration board though!

  6. Great question Yvette! Vintage dresses are often quite small, and it’s a tough problem to avoid. One way to combat this is to find a great tailor and have them see what they can do to add panels or rework your dress to fit. A great tailor or dressmaker could also possibly make a pattern from the vintage dress and custom make a duplicate, sized just for you. It’s amazing what a true professional can do!

  7. Love the board and love the concept! How much fun to plan a wwedding that reaches into the past for a new idea!

  8. Thank you so much for featuring my notecards & pocket mirror! I have many different vintage papers and love to do custom orders. Thanks again!

  9. I like/love/adore/want/need that dress! it is so adorable! I created a “mental inspiration board” inspired by it- a certain aquarium with white and silver accents. love your compilations too. : D

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