Vintage Styling...


Are you a romantic at heart and thinking of a timeless look for your wedding style? Then a vintage-inspired look could be the one for you – think bunting and lace; mismatched crockery or vintage teapots; cut glass vases and flickering candlelight….

And of course, for your flowers, what could be better than velvety roses, dainty daisies and gypsophila, scented stocks and freesias – all in gorgeous dusky shades offset by trailing gypsophila!

Vintage style wedding

But don’t feel limited in your colour choices, as pops of bright colour can work just as well with retro styling!

And if you need a few ideas for how to bring this look to life do read on… or pop across to my website gallery for a few more ideas….

The Bride’s Bouquet

Vintage shower bouquet with lily-of-the-valley

Traditional style shower bouquets look fabulous for a vintage look, but needn’t be huge like the one your granny probably carried! Just look at this dainty bouquet filled with pale dusky roses and scented lily-of-the-valley, which was inspired by Kate Middleton’s bouquet.

Vintage style shower bouquets

Shower bouquets can be made with plenty of trailing foliage and ‘spriggy bits’ if you like more natural styles, or in neater teardrop shapes, and of course the flowers can be chosen to suit your colour scheme. The advantage is that their shape enables the flowers to flow so that they can be seen to their best advantage when you are carrying your bouquet.

White hand tied bridal bouquet

But hand tied ‘posy’ style bouquets also work well for vintage themes. This beautiful all-white design has a timeless feel and includes traditional favourites such as roses, freesias and lisianthus, with touches of gypsophila to work with the lace detailing on the bridal gown.

Vintage hand tied bouquets with dusky pink roses

Or you might want to choose flowers in colours to match your theme, possibly picking up on the colour of your bridesmaids’ dresses as well as other decorations.

As you can see from these very different bouquets in shades of dusky pink, you could choose a neat and compact style of bouquet like the one on the left, or a looser more trailing design like the one on the right, which includes feathery astilbe and trailing eucalyptus foliage. Your bouquet will be seen in most of the photos from your special day, so make sure you pick the style you like best regardless of your theme!

Flowers for the Girls

Posies of mixed flowers are lovely for your bridesmaids to carry and will look great for your photos too! You can be as bold as you want with your colour choices, but incorporating plenty of paler pastels and dusky tones amongst the brighter flowers will give them a vintage feel.

Vintage style bridesmaid posies

Posies of mixed flowers are lovely for your bridesmaids to carry and will look great for your photos too! You can be as bold as you want with your colour choices, but incorporating plenty of paler pastels and dusky tones amongst the brighter flowers will give them a vintage feel.

Blush pink bridesmaid posies

Pretty blush roses are perfect for this style, with sprigs of dainty gypsophila adding to the classic look….

Gypsophila bridesmaid flowers

Or your bridesmaids could carry simple posies of massed gypsophila, which looks so pretty and helps with the flower budget too!

Flower girl baskets

Don’t forget your little flower girls! Pretty baskets of flowers are perfect for little ones to carry, or you might prefer them to carry wands decorated with flowers to match the bridesmaids’ posies.

Flowers for the Men

Rose and gypsophila buttonholes

Adding sprigs of gypsophila to a traditional rose buttonhole will give them a vintage feel and keep them from looking too formal – just pick a rose that matches those used in the bridal bouquet for a co-ordinated look. Here you can see smaller flower badges for the page boys made to match the men’s buttonholes.

Flower spray buttonholes

Or your groom might prefer the idea of a small spray of flowers chosen from those used in the bouquet and posies. They don’t all have to match either!

Setting the Style for your Ceremony and Reception

Whether your wedding ceremony is taking place in a church or civil setting, fabulous displays of flowers do set the scene well for a vintage-styled wedding. But do make sure these are made in such a way that they can be re-used for the reception so that you get the most value from your flower budget.

Blush pink flower pedestal

Large displays can be made on traditional pedestal stands like this one in All Saints, Stamford….

Vintage style flower urns

… or you might prefer to have urn vases filled with flowers and trailing foliage like these – perfect for that shabby chic look! The vases could then be placed to either side of your top table for the wedding breakfast to ensure your flowers make plenty of impact in your chosen venue.

Whether or not you are having any large flower displays for your wedding ceremony it is still a good idea for a civil ceremony to place a spray of flowers on the registrar’s table at the front of the ceremony room to set the style for your wedding.

Wedding flowers at Normanton Church

This low trailing design of dusky lilac flowers was perfect for the wedding ceremony at Normanton Church, and then provided a perfect arrangement for the top table at the reception….

Wedding ceremony flowers in silver bowl

… and this slightly raised design in an ‘antique’ silver bowl was set to the side of the registrar’s table where it set the scene beautifully for a vintage styled wedding at the William Cecil.

Aisle end floral decorations

You might also want to think about floral decorations for the pew ends or aisle end chairs. These look so pretty finished with ribbon or lace and can then often be re-used in vases to help decorate your reception.

Flowers for the Tables

Wedding reception flowers at Orton Hall

For vintage style weddings it is hard to beat the look of ‘antique’ candelabras dressed in flowers to match the colour scheme, and the flickering candlelight will add to the romance of the occasion. Tall centrepieces are great for adding the ‘wow factor’ too!

Vintage style wedding candelabras

Candelabras can be decorated in different ways to suit your own particular style and colour choices – from the shabby chic style, with plenty of trailing foliage and ‘spriggy’ bits, to a neater more compact look.

Candlestick centrepieces

And if you’re not keen on candles, the candlesticks themselves can be used as the base for an retro-styled centrepiece – just add your favourite flowers!

Tall wedding centrepiece in vintage style

Of course, if you like the impact of tall centrepieces, but are not keen on candelabras, there are other ways to create designs to give you the look you want.

Flowers in vintage cut glass vases

If you would prefer low centrepieces for your guest tables, or are choosing to have a mix of tall and low designs, it is hard to beat collections of vintage cut glass vases filled with pretty flowers, which can be interspersed with tea lights if you want the candlelight too – so romantic!

Vintage tea party floral centrepieces

Or you can have fun creating an afternoon tea party look by filling vintage tea pots with flowers, or adding mis-matched china crockery to your table settings.

Vintage style table centrepieces

Other ideas for low table centres to work with the vintage theme include ‘antique’ silver bowls or cream vintage-style bird cages filled with pretty flowers to match your colour scheme….

Low Vintage style table centrepieces with candles

… or, if you are looking for styles which incorporate candles, then these designs would be perfect. They would also work well if you are looking for low designs to work with your candelabra centrepieces for a half tall/ half low mix.

Blush pink top table long and low arrangement

For your top table, what could be better than a long and low trailing arrangement filled with gorgeous flowers, such as hydrangeas, roses, astilbe and gypsophila? Doesn’t it look romantic!

Shabby chic top table floral arrangement

And adding plenty of trailing foliage, dusky roses and touches of ammi and gypsophila will work perfectly to give your top table arrangement a real shabby chic look.

The Finishing Touches....

Vintage flower tree

Statement pieces come in all shapes and sizes, so look for different ways to make your floral decorations unique. Flower trees have a real vintage feel and set the tone well outside your church or venue – they can be decorated with flowers to match your other designs too.

Large flower display in Downton Abbey style

This fabulous urn vase has been strategically placed at the bottom of a staircase ready for photo opportunities at a winter wedding – adding a real touch of Downton Abbey glamour!

Large floral heart

Or how about decorating your ceremony room or reception venue with a fabulous romantic floral heart – gorgeous!

Rose and gypsophila tea cup

And if you are looking for smaller finishing touches to decorate a table or bar area, dainty china cups filled with pretty flowers are simply perfect to work the vintage look.

Is this the style for you?

Do let me know what you think of these ideas and if there are other designs you would like to see I will do my best to help. If you would like to talk to me about your own wedding flowers do feel free to get in touch (contact me via my website, email me at helen@helenjanefloristry.co.uk or call 0330 133 0143).

Happy wedding planning!

 Helen x