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How to Host a Vintage Wedding

Not to be confused with a romantic wedding, a vintage soirée is one that brings to mind a past time period. A Gatsby inspired wedding channels the decadence of the 1920s. A Mad Men affair screams 1950s. A bohemian love fest is all about the 1970s. Whatever time period you and your fiancé want to feature, we've got the 411 on how to host a fantastically vintage wedding celebration.

Let Stationary Set the Theme

If you've got a small guest list, consider hand writing all of the details of your wedding invitation. In the 1920s, people didn't print invites - they hand wrote them and sent them through the mail! Inviting your guests in this old-school style will let them know that your wedding will be a journey back in time. Do you want people to dress up in old-fashioned attire that coincides with your theme? The invite is the place to make note of this. At the bottom of the invite simply write: "festive Gatsby-inspired attire requested." Substitute your vintage theme (be it Mad Men, Bohemian or Disco) for the word Gatsby.

Fashion Always Comes First

Your wedding dress should reflect the time period of your theme. An art deco dress with beaded detailing and drop waist skirt screams 1920s. Don't forget a chic headband with a feather! A full skirted ball gown with cap sleeves brings to mind the 1950s. A lacy off-white look with long sleeves and floor-length vail scream the 1970s. As for your bridesmaids, they should match your theme, too. For 1920s-inspired dresses, Dessy has you covered. Everything in the 2800 sku is to die for! For a 50s-pinup girl look, have you maids wear various styles of Alfred Sung in the same color. As for the 1970s, Joanna August should be your bridesmaid designer of choice. Her chiffon maxi gowns are beautiful.

Let's Talk Venue

One of the most important things about a vintage wedding is the venue. The location must evoke a certain era in time. If it does not, your wedding won't be as memorable or fun! A speakeasy or underground bar is a fabulous choice for a 1920s themed wedding. A 1950s wedding is awesome at a retro hotel's pool or landmark like an old drive-in diner. A grassy open meadow or refurbished bar are perfect for a 1970s wedding. During the ceremony, add whimsical details that showcase your theme and your personality as a couple.

Now For the Fun: Food, Drinks, and Decor

Like every other aspect of your vintage wedding, the food, drink, and decor should go along with the theme. Your speakeasy wedding should have an assortment of prohibition era cocktails, right? Pair those with old school dishes like a creamy soup, flavorful roast, and slices of cake. A ham with potatoes and classic cocktails is ideal for a 1950s shin-dig, while a menu that channels Chez Pannise (greens, roast chicken, and bread salad) is delicious for a 1970s vintage wedding. The decor should match the decade, be it gilded details a la Gatsby or wildflower bouquets a la Woodstock.

Don't Forget the Details

A Dj or band that plays music from your vintage time period will really set the atmosphere of the party. Edison bulbs, mason jar glasses, handwritten menus - all of these will bring your vintage wedding to life.