The trend for vintage style weddings has really taken off in recent years and shows no signs slowing down. Brides seeking something a bit different for their wedding flowers and theme have fallen in love with the idea of using a mixture of old, mis-matched or re-furbished items and traditional, pretty flowers to create a very intimate, personal atmosphere and look.
The beauty of ‘vintage’ fashion is that you can use a huge variety of items to create the style and this means your wedding will be completely unique to you. Things typically used in vintage weddings in London include mismatched crockery, teacups, silverware, fairy lights, bunting, old picture frames, fabrics and lace, and vintage wedding flowers can be displayed in old milk churns, jugs, glass bottles, jam jars, crystal vases or even suitcases and crates!
Other popular items used for vintage wedding centrepieces or large vintage flower displays include birdcages, candelabras and teapots and urns. Birdcages are particularly popular as they can be placed on tables or even hung overhead, candelabras can be free-standing or sit on tables (or both!), and tea-pots and urns make versatile centrepieces or side-table displays.
Vintage wedding flowers in London with decorations can be easy to personalise; one relatively new trend is the brooch bouquet, where brooches are set on wires and worked in to the bridal bouquet. This is a fabulous way to personalise your bridal bouquet and maybe bring in your ‘something old’ too. Necklaces could also equally be woven through bridal flowers, or else flowers could be attached to an old headdress or bracelet.
In terms of the vintage wedding colour scheme, pastels or muted tints and tones remain firm favourites for vintage wedding flowers in London, and typical fabrics used in vintage wedding flower designs include linen, cotton, hemp, old sacking, pretty ribbon and lace. As mentioned above, vintage style jewellery, pearls and diamonds or diamante accessories are also popular additions and features to vintage wedding designs too.
Our experienced London wedding florists and designers here at Todich Floral Design have worked on a number of vintage weddings with vintage bridal flowers in London and further afield.
When it comes to flowers for vintage weddings, brides are spoilt for choice, as many local British blooms are perfect for the delicate, pretty look typical of vintage designs, for example spray roses, hydrangeas, anemones, peonies, chrysanthemums and stock. And for foliage, ivy is one of the most popular choices, as it is great for creating a trailing, rambling effect. Herbs can be a lovely addition too, and add a wonderful scent. Lavender, rosemary and thyme make nice additions to table arrangements or bouquets.
Season of course has a role to play in design too, as what is available to a bride can differ at each time of the year. Flowers available in spring suitable for vintage florals include peonies, phlox, antirrhinum, lisianthus and helleborus; moving in to summer there are beautiful delphiniums, hydrangeas, sweet william, larkspur and viburnum; autumn brings snowberries, wonderfully soft sedum, more roses and chrysanthemums, and in winter gladioli and lilies can create a striking impact.