Weddings are a time to remember the love, laughter, and happiness of years past, while celebrating new beginnings, too. Many brides want to add nostalgic elements to their wedding day, and it’s a theme you can have a lot of fun with!
From honoring the weddings of beloved family members to going all-out with vintage touches at your reception, there are plenty of ways to add a bit of nostalgia to your day. Celebrate the simpler times of days gone by with these timeless wedding ideas.
Choose a timeless dress and accessories
Your wedding dress reflects your personality and the theme you want for your day. Maybe you’ve dreamed of your wedding dress for your whole live, and you’re looking forward to having it as a treasured keepsake for years to come. To add nostalgia to your look, consider choosing a dress in a classic silhouette with classic fabrics.
A-line silhouettes, v-necklines, and long sleeves all give wedding dresses vintage vibes. Lace is an intricate, delicate fabric that is synonymous with rustic and vintage weddings. If you want a dress with some sparkle, art deco-inspired beading fits your vision. These nostalgic, timeless elements combine to give you a truly unique and memorable look on your wedding day.
To add a personal touch to your nostalgia-inspired look, wear your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress. Even if the dress isn’t your style, talented bridal tailors can customize the family dress to modernize and personalize it for you. (Just make sure you get mom or grandma’s blessing first!)
Once you’ve found the perfect vintage-inspired dress, enhance your look with a vintage hairpiece or jewelry. A birdcage veil or glittering headpiece can compliment your dress and wedding theme.
Add vintage charm to your reception
Finding a venue with old-world charm can make your wedding feel like a blast from the past in the best ways. A reception space with the warmth of natural wood, vintage chandeliers, and eclectic decor will give your wedding that special touch.
Decorating with personal, nostalgic elements will give your guests the chance to remember the good old days. Display vintage wedding photos of family weddings from years past, and give guests Polaroid cameras to capture new memories for your guest book.
When it comes to vintage-inspired decor, your options are endless. Some of the most popular nostalgic decor elements are:
- Skeleton keys
- Milk glass centerpieces
- Vintage china and teacups
Don’t overlook the small details like calligraphy for your menus, escort cards, and signage. Handwriting was — and still is — a thing of beauty, and having a calligrapher write your signage and place cards will elevate the classic and nostalgic feel of your wedding.
Exit in style
Instead of the traditional limousine to make your grand exit at the end of the night, rent an old-time car. Just when everyone expects a black limo to whisk you away, an antique automobile is a fun surprise.
A unique vintage car adds character to your exit. Plus, you can use it as a great opportunity for photos. Incorporating a vintage car for your couples portraits and even photos with your bridal party gives you fun memories to look back on for years to come.
And, don’t forget the rice. Tossing rice on the bride and groom has been a wedding tradition for centuries, symbolizing prosperity. If your venue doesn’t allow a rice toss, try biodegradable confetti or flower petals for an equally-fun exit. To infuse your wedding with nostalgia and personal touches, look no further than Nickie Jones Events. Whether you want a cozy, vintage gathering or a sleek, modern celebration, we can help you bring your vision to life.