Rosie The Wedding Planner's Guide to Vintage Weddings

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January 2012

Unique IDEAS and TIPS on Creating a Vintage Flavor to your wedding: • • • • • • •

Vintage Gowns Headdresses Flowers Table Wear Venues Stationery Cake and Decor Ideas



“ Vintage decor and clothing items are essential in adding originality and authenticity to your day - to pull off the vintage look use vintage china teacups and cakestands, antique items, borrowed items, hand me downs, and vintage clothing. It is all about the feel of the day so be sure to add some fun elements to your day - a vintage photobooth or an old typewriter, garden games, a cake table filled yummy treats.” - Pearl, from Pearl & Godiva Beautiful Vintage Inspirations

Photo styling and products from Pearl & Godiva Photo: Edwardian lace dress from Vintage Bride


A Candy Buffet adds a fun vintage and tasty focal point to a wedding reception room. This fab buffet was by Photo: Brendan Byrne Photography

INTRODUCTION Whether you are doing a full on vintage themed wedding or just having a few quirky elements, adding a touch of vintage can add a touch of class and a touch of fun to your wedding day celebration.

Hiring in items such as mis-matched china, vintage photo booths, candy floss machines as well as using vintage car companies will enhance the theme. What ever you do, have fun and enjoy!

There are great vintage dress shops, however, women were quite slight in days of old, so unless you are a size 6 - 10 (UK) you may need to be more 驶creative始 in achieving a vintage look. A dress maker can use a vintage pattern and adjust it to your size. Lots of designers are using vintage gown influences in their designs too.

Thanks to all the great contributors to this guide especially photographer Mike Patterson and Pearl & Godiva for her fabulous styling. To see a really cool video from one of the Pearl & Godiva photo shoots featured in this guide click here! (Video by Best Day Productions).

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Pearl & Godiva can do delectably delicious vintage afternoon tea parties at your venue of choice, with vintage table linen and lace, antique bone china and silverware.

They provide vintage mismatched china and decorate the tables with posies of flowers. This beautiful idea, would be perfect for a sophisticated wedding shower or a hen night with a difference.

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A classic fruit cake with royal icing reflects a vintage theme. Don’t forget to follow the old Irish tradition and keep the top tier for the christening! Photo: The Wedding Cake for Royal wedding of Will and Kate Midleton in 2011

WEDDINGS TIPS Die hard vintage or just a few vintage touches?

It’s important to decide on which era you wish to take your vintage influence from. The 1920s, 1950’s and 1960’s all have very different vintage qualities.

CHOOSING YOUR ERA Vintage, in wedding terms, usually refers to the Art Nouveau period to any era in the 20th century, anything pre this is usually a particular themed wedding such as Medieval, Victorian, etc.

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1920S! The 1920’s were hugely influenced by the wedding of the Queen Mother. It was the time of the Charleston, finger-wave and pin-curled hair-dos, t-strap shoes, low waistlines, high buttoned boots, jazz, fringed dresses, bobs, poe hats and side bows.

GET THE LOOK HAIR Pin curls, finger waves, bobs and smooth pinned hair. Short hair was the trend but you can get a 1920’ hair do without cutting off your luscious locks. MAKE UP 1920’s make up as we see it in the movies and in photos was very heavy to strongly accent eyebrows, lips and lashes in the black and white photos. With todays photography and make up you don’t have to go so heavy to achieve the look.

Queen Elizabeth I on her wedding day

1920’S FASHION The Queen Mother got married in the 1920’s and her wedding hugely influenced the trends of the time. T-strap shoes, low waistlines, high buttoned boots, fringed dresses, poe hats, side bows were very much in. Men can wear trilbies (fedoras) and pinstrip suits Bugsy Malone style!

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1920S! MEMORIES Try to find a videographer that will convert some of your video to black and white grainy style videos, silent movie style! Most professional photographers can convert your photos into black and white and sepia photos. TRANSPORT There are lots of wedding car companies that have well restored 1920’s vintage cars. MUSIC Jazz and waltzing were both in in the 1920’s. It would be fun to have your evening entertainment area converted into a 1920’s jazz club with round tables, table lamps and cocktail waitresses.

1930S & 40S ! The 1930’s Hollywood style glamour, black tie, Art Deco, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, nylon stockings, lingerie, long gloves, hats with nets, big band swing music, white tuxes, tails and top hats.


Ginger Rogers was an icon during the 1930s

STATIONERY Display 1930's-era sophistication with heavy, cream-coloured paper and deco-style type fonts which can be further accented with period clip art. MUSIC Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers were icons, tapping and waltzing across the big silver screens, so a big band sound is what you need.

Post WWI saw the introduction of man made fibres such as rayon, nylon and viscose which gave a whole new lease of life to fashion design. Women’s dresses became sleek and satiny. Butterfly sleeves and banjo sleeves, exaggerated shoulders aided by shoulder pads and halter necks appeared for the first time. Men wore tuxes - white dinner jackets were popular. Most wedding dresses in the 1930s were lightweight, long and sleek, form fitting and gently draping made from silk, lace, satin and crepe. The 1940’s was dominated by WWII, fashion was similar to the 1930’s. Army uniforms became the norm for men to be seen wearing, for a quick ‘I do’ in a hanger before heading off to war.

Johnstown Castle Wexford, Ireland

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HAIR Women’s haircuts softened and became less harsh than the 1920s. Reese Witherspoon and Ginger Rodgers pictured here, both show the typical 1930s do. MEMORIES Water for Elephants is based in the 1930s. If you liked the movie you could introduce some of the circus elements to your theme such as a pink candy striped candy floss stand or a cigarette vendor styled waitress! HONEYMOONS Suntans became popular for the first time and honeymoons to the Med and Bahamas were part of the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

1950S ! The 1950s was the decade of iconic weddings Grace Kelly, JFK, Liz Taylor (x2!), Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe. It was also the era of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis, James Dean so two very different styles to choose from!

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Castles, Manor Houses and stately family homes are the perfect venues for Vintage themed weddings. Johnstown Castle, Wexford (above) is one of the most beautiful vintage venues in Ireland available for wedding ceremonies. Photo by: Natalja Murphy Photography Model: Flavia Woulfe Dress design and Styling: Jurgen Alexander



Briefly: Sleeps 111 rooms Reception facilities: up to 450 Catering: In house +353 (0) 1 8332321

Located in Dublin's suburbs, Clontarf Castle Hotel is part of a privately owned Irish collection of hotels. With turrets, tapestries and an ancient history, the thick castle walls conceal a hotel interior that recently went under a ₏10 million makeover. Weddings The Great Hall is a spectacular venue for numbers of 100+ guests. Fully self contained with it’s own private pre-reception area and bar, it has a plush Gold & Cream colour scheme, wonderful high ceilings and Louise Kennedy Crystal chandeliers. Other attractive options include the Viking Suite for weddings of 40 persons upwards. As part of Clontarf's wedding package and bride and groom can enjoy a complimentary four poster bedroom for the night of their special day.

Accommodation and Facilities The castle has 111 guest rooms and suites, many with four-poster beds and views of the Dublin Mountains. Guest rooms' comforts include: TV, pillow top mattresses, direct dial telephone, safe, individually controlled air conditioning and climate control, 24 hour room service, mini bar, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, trouser press, laundry/dry cleaning and US and European electrical sockets. There are 180 complimentary parking spaces, and 25mb high speed wifi for all guests.



Briefly: Sleeps 60 rooms Reception facilities: 140 Catering: In house +353 (0)26 41074

The Castle Hotel is a luxury 4 Star Castle Hotel Macroom, nestled between Blarney & Killarney. While not actually a castle, the hotel is only a short walk from the remaining facade of Macroom Castle where you can have photos taken. The hotel, that is owned by the Buckley Family, has been looking after wedding couples for over 60 years. It has modern decor and facilities and offers great value for money and is ideally located in a busy village while surrounded by breathtaking beauty spots. Weddings Tranquil setting and beautiful scenery. The Castle Hotel is close to Gouganne Barra, home of one of Ireland’s most pretty catholic chapels and close to the Blarney Stone for a different first kiss! Old word hospitality and contemporary elegance will greet you - Red Carpet, candlelight hallways, champagne, award winning food and hospitality and a music filled lobby are just a sample of what to expect. Accommodation and Facilities All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities. TV, safe, telephone, etc. Three new contemporary hotel bedrooms are extremely stylish with rich wood, king sized beds, plasma screens and whirlpool baths. Our two superior suites offer exceptional space and style, and the ultimate in luxury. Perfect for that special occasion or romantic celebration.



Briefly: Sleep: 42 Rooms & Self-catering Reception facilities: 320 Catering: In house +353 (0) 71 9632700

Ancestral home of the Earl of Leitrim, the House and Garden date back nearly 200 years and have been enhanced and developed ever since. Although more of a Victorian Manor it was called Lough Rynn Castle and was without doubt the finest big house in the country in its time. The gothic style architecture, traditional walled garden and converted French Stable yards provide a fairytale castle experience. Weddings Couples that book Lough Rynn have the entire Castle estate at their fingertips. The open lawns, and woodland pathways around Lough Rynn are perfect backdrop for timeless pictures. The lawns provide a breathtaking setting for a Champagne or Drinks reception on a Summer's day - and the Castle's backdrop is equally spectacular for a Winter Wedding. The Ballroom at Lough Rynn Castle can cater for up to 320 people while providing exquisite dĂŠcor that sets a tone of opulence underneath magnificent chandeliers. Accommodation and Facilities Each Classic Bedroom provide guests with old Style elegance with modern day comforts, all are en suite with beautiful antique furniture. Facilities include; TV, complimentary internet access, trouser press, Iron & board, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, electronic Safe, in room temperature control with under floor heating.



Briefly: Sleep: 96 rooms Reception facilities: 280 Catering: In house +353 (0) 74 9743152

Lough Eske Castle, a five star castle hotel is located just outside Donegal Town, has a rich history dating back to the 1400's being associated with the O'Donnells, the founding fathers of Donegal. This is an historic building in a storybook location delivering superior hospitality and comfort.

Weddings An enchanting, majestic, fairytale setting with plenty of opportunities to capture unique wedding photos. Lough Eske is licensed to hold Civil Marriage Ceremonies. Couples have a choice of stunning rooms in which to hold their marriage ceremony, each with its own character and beauty. Their dining facilities can cater for up to 280 guests with food prepared by Donegal’s award winning and Michelin trained Executive Chef, Philipp Ferber. Accommodation and Facilities Ninety-six luxurious 5 star guest rooms and suites including the two bedroom presidential suite, voted the world’s best Luxury Country Hotel 2009 and 2010. Eight treatment rooms in our award winning spa for pre and post wedding pampering.



Briefly: Sleeps: 26 Reception facilities: 80 (marquee also)

Catering: In house +353 (051 565633

Horetown House is a traditional house of it’s time, built in 1692, boasting a grand reception hall, reception rooms on the ground floor, 10 luxurious bedrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors and a pub in the original wine cellar. This Palladian building has been restored for comfortable living by its present owners. Weddings You can hire the 16th Century Country House for your wedding day or for the 3 day wedding experience with all your drinks and food catered for. The house can cater for weddings up to 30 guests or they offer a free marquee service for bigger wedding parties and there is free transport option to a hotel in town for excess guests. Civil ceremonies can take place in the rooms of the house, however the house was the marital home of Lady Fitzgerald of Johnstown Castle, so a wedding ceremony in Johnstown Castle followed by a reception in Horetown House is the perfect combination! Accommodation and Facilities There are 10 bedrooms with 2 people sharing and up to 4 people sharing in family rooms. Accommodation is offered on a B&B basis. Superior quality mattresses, pillows and luxurious towels. Bedrooms tastefully decorated in keeping with the period of the house with ensuite superior bathrooms with power showers, jacuzzi baths and heated towel rails. Complete beauty therapy service in house in the comfort of your room, therapies provided by Aroma Beauty, qualified therapists.



Briefly: Sleep: none Reception facilities: none Catering: ceremony venue only +353 (053) 91 38198

Steeped in history and echoing romance Johnstown Castle in the South East of Ireland, provides a truly enchanting and elegant venue for your wedding. Set in over 50 acres of mature ornamental gardens, your wedding ceremony can take place in the Green Room, overlooking the beautiful swan lake, while peacocks roam the manicured gardens. Weddings The interior of the castle mirrors the magnificent gardens - ornate wood paneling, crystal chandeliers and gothic window frames are just some of the unique features of this handsome property. After your wedding ceremony your guests can enjoy champagne and canapes or a picnic on the lawns as you avail of the scenic gardens for your wedding photography. You can also have an outdoor wedding in the grounds. Accommodation and Facilities This is a ceremony only venue, however there are over 10 reception venues in the near vicinity of the castle. The castle has only one wedding per day so you and your guests can enjoy your very own fairytale castle and grounds for 3-4 hours before your reception.

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