Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love the southern part of the United States. Sweet tea and grassy fields, historic mansions, and bursts of colorful flowers, clean air and greetings from perfect strangers; not to mention the folks who speak with a drawl that won't quit. All of it beckons and lulls me into an easy, laid back state of mind. It's also the perfect location for a vintage wedding. But what if you don't live in the South? Then what? Here are four no-fail tips taken straight from the south end of the Mason-Dixon.
Affiliate links may be included in this post. This means that should you purchase a linked product, I may receive a small commission, but at no additional cost to you. To read my full disclosure click here.
NOTE: Hopefully the photos below capture the essence of what I'm describing. I foolishly second guessed myself and decided to leave my DSLR camera at home. So all of these moments were captured with my iPhone.
1. Choose the Right Venue - Think Outside the Banquet Hall
Both the ceremony and reception took place at the Payne-Corley House, a 144-year old restored farmhouse, set on 4 acres. There are two other smaller homes which are also part of the venue. This farmhouse venue is a throwback to the days when receptions were held in homes, instead of large commercial banquet halls.
If you live in a bustling city, why not scout out places in nearby suburbs? In my area, there is an older, smaller Country Club house seated on a golf course that was converted to a community center so that a larger Country Club House could be built elsewhere. We took advantage of this unique - and now affordable venue and had a great anniversary party there. Of course, the scenery was beautiful!
Other places to consider: A vintage firehouse, such as the one here; an old mansion like this one; a beautiful conservatory or botanical garden; a warehouse or barn; or even an antique store or winery.
2. Go Strong on Ambiance, Warmth, and Romance
Truly vintage weddings are all about faith, family, community, and love. They are totally unpretentious. Having said that, keep in mind that the more grandiose the banquet hall, the harder - and more expensive - it will be to produce such intimacy.
To introduce warmth in rooms with exaggerated ceiling heights, try "lowering" the ceiling by using taller centerpieces on tables. You can also suspend helium filled balloons or paper lanterns from beams or fixtures. And naturally, you can dim the lights.
3. Research Vintage Colors
As you can see, this wedding's main colors were french blue, pale pink, and a dusty beige. Very vintage indeed. The bridesmaids wore french blue dresses; the groomsmen donned taupe suits with hints of blue-gray paired with french blue ties. Sheer class.
Nearly any color can be modified to look vintage. So it will be worthwhile to research vintage color palettes. Pinterest is a great search engine for that. Whatever your color choice, be consistent with it. A good rule of thumb is to select a minimum of three colors and use them throughout the venue. As the photos well demonstrate, colors should flow seamlessly from one to the next like a symphony. The effect is crisp, yet calming and undeniably polished.
4. Hire an Awesome Photographer and Remember the "Golden Hour"
Since these photos will literally follow you for the rest of your life, it's important to hire the right photographer. Take the time to do the research. Look for more than pretty pictures. Ask questions like:
After you've selected a professional photographer, remember to consider the time of day for your photos. Having the right lighting - especially for outdoor weddings - is critical. Hence, there is a time of day, known by photographers all over the world as the "golden hour". What is that?
The "golden hour" (sometimes referred to at the "magical hour") is the hour after sunrise, and the hour just before sunset. It is the time of day when the sun hangs low in the sky producing a soft, diffused, angled light that creates a warm glow on the skin and surrounding areas. In other words, instead of harsh direct light, the "golden hour" is like a gentle hug and kiss from the sun just after it wakes up, and just before it retires for bed. Trust me - you want that hug and kiss for your photos.
When properly captured, the "golden hour" can also make photographs, which are 2-dimensional, appear 3D. You can catch glimpses of the "golden hour" in some of my photos above. But for added proof, take a look at the stunning photos below by this wedding's photographer A+A Creatives. (<---click the words "A+A Creatives" to visit their website)
It was indeed a pleasure and privilege to have been invited to share this day with such a beautiful couple. Each guest present felt like a family member to me, and I savored every loving moment of it.
I'd love to hear from YOU now. Tell me...
You Might Also Like:
Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Make yourself comfortable, and feel free to "shop" my ideas.
Latest on Instagram