Nostalgic touches are definitely trending for weddings this year and we hear they will be for 2022, too! More and more couples are striving to invoke that cozy, warm feeling you get when you lovingly remember favorites from your childhood. Or that sense of fascination and wonder you feel when you see a vintage treasure and are instantly transported to a bygone era. Our links to the past and our shared experiences are what keep us all connected. So it’s no wonder we want to celebrate them on one of the happiest days of our lives.
This year, weddings are embracing nostalgia and history in two different ways. Couples are incorporating more vintage items, antiques and family heirlooms that pay tribute to loved ones and their “good ol’ days”. Or they’re celebrating their own adolescent years with throwbacks to the past (for many, it’s the 90’s) in their wedding attire, menu, music and décor. As the saying goes, “everything old is new again”!
Aiming for a vintage era theme? Brides, wear your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress and jewelry, then arrive at your ceremony location in a vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. Choose a tea length wedding gown and a Juliet veil that harkens back to the 1920’s-1950’s and fasten antique brooches to your bouquet. Or if you want to throwback to your childhood, have fun with your own history and offer a nod to the 90’s with geometric shapes and jewel tone combinations like garnet, teal, indigo and purple on your wedding stationery. And get ready for your day with your bridal party in matching grunge-inspired flannel shirts!
It’s especially fun and easy to add nostalgic touches to your wedding reception:
- Choose a historic venue. Then, be sure your theme matches the venue’s period décor, architecture and landscaping.
- Set up a vintage suitcase or bring in an antique, Victorian birdcage to hold your wedding cards.
- Consider designing your event with mid-century modern décor as a tribute to your parents’ or grandparents’ generations.
- Or theme to an even more distant era. The ‘Roaring Twenties’ in particular, has been celebrated at many a wedding in the past few decades and it’s always a delightful, glamorous theme. You can even ask your guests to dress the part!
- Be sure your lighting and décor all reflect your vintage theme. Set up bistro chairs or antique ice cream parlor chairs around simple white linens for an old-fashioned, Victorian outdoor summer soirée. Use vintage keys or opt for mismatched antique tea cups and saucers in tabletop décor or to hold table place cards. And don’t forget the vintage china for your place settings!
- Have a Polaroid or Instax camera ready for guests to play with at the reception. Or, if you’re hosting a small wedding event, take instant photos of your guests beforehand to use as table place cards.
- Display your old family photos at the cocktail hour and reception.
- Set up candy bars with old-school favorites to bring out the kid in all of us!
- Be sure your favorite 90’s (or 80’s) hits are played by your DJ.
- Display classic books and/or movie posters. Arrange favorite old VHS movies on reception tables. Or incorporate iconic lines from these treasures on signs all throughout your event.
- Theme your whole event to your favorite 80’s or 90’s movie. Star Wars, Beauty & the Beast and Harry Potter are three consistent crowd-pleasers!
- Add comfort foods to your menu, like mac and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches, and snacks that were big in the 90’s like Uncrustables, Fruit Roll-Ups and Dippin’ Dots!
When it comes to adding nostalgic touches to your wedding event, the possibilities really are endless. If you can fondly remember it, then you can celebrate it on your big day!
Check out one of our favorite, fantastic ‘Roaring Twenties’ themed weddings that we filmed not too long ago! Amanda and Jeff fully immersed themselves and their guests in their ‘Great Gatsby’-esque wedding day at the historic Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. Everything was absolutely perfect, from Amanda’s vintage inspired dress, hair and accessories to the feather centerpieces and opulent period décor at the reception!
August 31st, 2021
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas