Thursday, 9 February 2012

Scrap-booking & an Accidental Vintage Wedding

So I’m getting married, a subject I have mentioned several times on Fancy Dresscapades but never really discussed in any detail. This was mainly due to the fact that details were not confirmed, planning was still to be done and I wasn’t really sure what type of theme I was going for.

As a child I was not one of those girls who had their dream wedding planned, when I realised I would need to plan a wedding the only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted a Church ceremony (good ol' Catholic guilt).

I suppose the first thing I have to say is that although it may not be essential to planning a wedding I would strongly advise anyone to keep a scrapbook filled with ideas. Its great fun and a really great way of seeing your ideas come together, it means the themes, colours and styles almost reveal themselves to you as you look through the pages. It certainly helped me a lot.

Some pages from my scrap book...

After my long journey involving wedding fairs, bridal magazines, and a 30 page scrap book (and a lot of deposits paid) I now finally have my wedding planned. As you may have guessed from this post, it has a definite vintage theme. This was not something I had deliberately intended, I just found that after looking through my scrap book examining all the clippings and notes about the things I had seen that they all felt very retro.

It All Started With A Dance
Natrually being a Lindy Hopper I did have a strong inkling of what I wanted my wedding dance to be like (details are tightly under wraps) and this mean that I knew I would want a wedding dress I could move in. So I decided to go with a tea-length and after a rather disasterous run of looking for dresses I have now found a wonderful designer who is making my dress (more details on all of that in a later post) and it will be decidedly 50s style.

Kaye Popp and Stanley Catron Demonstrating a Step of the Lindy Hop
Image Source

From there things spiralled, when asked about a colour scheme I thought of creams, pinks, purples, blues and greens or as they’re known in the wedding traid ‘The Vintage colours’ I wanted traditional English flowers on the tables and an old fashioned sweet buffet.

Candy buffer (image source) and Vintage Flowers (image source)

A Sort of Vintage Wedding
I think when I really accepted that I would be having a ‘Vintage theme’ wedding was when my mother and I began buying up vintage china for the tale settings (again post to follow). These little cups and saucers are really so pretty!

Some of our vintage china...

Although I’m not having an actual vintage dress etc. I don’t mind. I think the kind of style I am going for is something that a lot of people may consider ‘Vintage’ but I don’t really- its just me.

Save the Date
So my wedding is on September 15th this year, what started feeling like so far away is ever rapidly approaching fast! I suppose it is fairly safe to say that it will be the fanciest-dresscapade I’ll ever had.  I’ll post on the various things I have found/made/bought etc. in the wedding section I have just started on here- some of its pretty inspiring and there are a few cautionary tales too.

Of course I’m not there yet, so feel free to comment if you have any words of warning or tips you think I or anyone else could use!


  1. *squeal* that all looks so amazing and exciting!! Can't wait to see more details of the upcoming event!

    Good Morning Angel.

  2. Congratulations on your impending wedding! And on being a September bride :D September is the best month to get married...I may be slightly biased because we got married on 24th September just gone!
    Scrap booking is such a good way of collating and organising ideas, especially if you're a visual sort of person. You start to see themes developing and you can really see things coming together.
    One tip I'd give you brides to be is not to get too obsessed with tiny details. On the day you're in such a wonderful, floaty bubble of love that you hardly notice all your hard work! I think a lot of people get so caught up in making sure everything is perfect that they lose sight of why they're doing it in the first place. Having a great day is important but if you're getting stressed out about something or arguing over something, ask yourself if it's actually going to have an impact on your marriage in 10 years time!
    I love how your ideas look. I hope you're enjoying the planning process and hope we get to see photos after September. :) xx

  3. Sounds like just the sort of wedding I may have to gatecrash... ;)

  4. Sounds great! I organised my whole wedding between Feb and Oct of the same year, I was super quick. Like ripping off a plaster. We ended up with what we wanted simply because you just have to go with your gut planning at that speed, so there's no time for compromise.

    I love your china and colour scheme- so pretty.

  5. Congratulations on getting married! Wahoooo!
    We love the things you've picked out, especially the sweet buffet and china. Looks like you are set to have a gorgeous day. :)
    JS xx


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