Going vintage on the wedding day has been extremely popular this past year, and is most likely going to continue going strong in 2011. Pulling off the "Old World" look in a way that is still chic is tricky, in my opinion, but it seems to be all in the details.
The theme works well with just about any color pallette or venue, too. I've seen some gorgeous real weddings using just white and pale, pale pink, held inside of a hotel ballroom or mansion, and others hosted in a backyard garden or a park using bright reds, oranges and yellows. Generally, I've noticed though that the use of pastels seem to allude to a more elegant affair, and bright primary colors tend to depict a fun, casual celebration.
The fashion and the wedding stationery, in particular, play a big part in pulling off a vintage wedding. Wedding invitations and Save the Dates inspired by classic post cards and airmail, playbills and country western style posters, with brides dressed in tea length wedding dresses, accessorized with long strings of pearls with pink rosettes, really make the wedding theme come alive.
The vintage wedding paper details don't stop at the invitations, either. Super cute "Drink Me" cocktail stirrers, favor tags for old-time sweets like cotton candy and glass Coca Cola bottles, brightly colored "Just Married" flag banners and striped "Carnival" signs, are all ways to further integrate a vintage wedding look and feel.
To incorporate the wedding theme into the look of the entire wedding party, the groom and his buddies could sport suspenders, wide rimmed glasses and long, thin ties and shiny black shoes. The bridesmaids each wear a different dress with a pretty floral pattern, color or fabric for a mismatched look that is truly unique - just be sure to keep all of the attire in the same color family so the Maid of Honor doesn't clash with the Best Man.
Images of groomsmen and bridesmaids from 100 Layer Cake and invitation by Starshaped Press. "Respond By" card from Grey Likes Weddings by MaeMae Paperie, and wedding dress and white gloves from Posh Girl Vintage. Yellow invitation from Invitation Crush, vintage pearl necklace by Luxe Deluxe and purple bookmark invitation by Jennifer Lane Graphic Designs. Vintage stamps by Anthropologie.