Vintage Trends for 2012 – Part Two

So the first part of my Vintage trends can be found here and discusses vintage wedding dress trends, and some colour inspiration for you. The next part of Vintage Trends for 2012 includes some lovely floral inspiration, along with some new ways to document your special day.

Vintage Flower Trends 2012

Fake it!

Flowers on your wedding day a must – bouquets, button holes, and decorations for your ceremony and reception, a wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without them. But they don’t necessarily have to be real flowers – after all, real flowers wilt and fade after a few days.

Silk flowers are a fantastic alternative. You can buy them of course, meaning you’ll always have the memories of your special day to keep. Or you can hire them in. A fab company based in Plymouth, Devon – ‘With a Flourish’ hire out silk flowers, and other decorations for your event. I’ve seen these in person; we were lucky to have Flourish decorate our venue for the Vintage Wedding Fayre back in February; the image below is particularly striking and shows that silk flowers can be just as beautiful as real ones.

Silk Flowers at the Vintage Wedding Fayre

Silk Flower Wedding Arch by with a Flourish

Flourish also offer brooch bouquets, which are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, offering bouquets made from anything but real flowers is definitely a trend within the industry at present. The Button Room, based in South Oxfordshire, offer lovely handmade button based bouquets for purchase via their online shop. Starting from around £30.00, up to as much as £300.00, the bouquets are lovingly crafted from a mixture of buttons, brooches, rhinestone beads, and lucite flowers. Apparently I have expensive taste as this example of from the top end of the range. Image sourced on company website. You could also add vintage brooches of your own for a personal touch.

Button Brooch Bouquet from the Button Room

Button Brooch Bouquet from the Button Room


Regardless of the composition, the colours you choose look to be taking two very distinct routes this year. First of all, and more in-keeping with the traditional ‘vintage’ look, are soft, gentle tones. Think ivory, dusky pink, lavender – keep it pastel if possible. Blooms such as White O’Hara, Roses and Peonies are perfect. The bouquet below is from Fleur-Di-Re and was a bespoke design for a bride who wanted to achieve ‘rustic elegance’. Image sourced here.

Vintage Wedding Flower Inspiration

Vintage Bouquet with Pastel Shades from Fleur-Di-Re

On the other end of the colour spectrum, brides are also opting for bold and brave for their wedding flowers, with hues such as bright orange becoming popular this year. Choose blooms including the calla lily to achieve this look. Image sourced here.

Calla Lilys - Orange Wedding Flowers

Orange Wedding Flowers – Bold & Bright

Less is More

Flowers have taken on a rustic look with elements such as burlap, twine, and even bamboo featuring on in bouquets. The majority of bouquets are now hand tied, giving a handmade, almost rough around the edges feel. Centrepieces are becoming more understated, complimenting the space rather than dominating it – think wild flowers in jam jars as opposed to extravagant candelabras, as my thrifty wedding ideas post demonstrated. I love this example of a rustic bouquet by Perfectly Pink Floral Design. It’s edgy, quirky and ticks the boxes for originality, vintage colour palette, and the addition of vintage materials – it’s perfect!

Rustic Vintage Wedding Bouquet

Vintage Inspired Flowers – Burlap Bouquet

Different Ways to Document your Day

The Photobooth

A relatively new addition to the wedding industry is the photobooth. We’ve got a wedding coming up later this year and they’re hiring in a photobooth for the day. They certainly aren’t a cheap addition to the day, our bride to be is spending £500.00 to hire the booth for three hours. But I’m sure she’ll get some fab photos. I found this company who tour nationally around the UK and hire our their vintage inspired photobooths, a range of props and costumes. They also have a fab name – The Mighty Booth. They have an air of nostalgia about them and encourage your guests to let loose and enjoy themselves. Photos sourced from company website and Facebook Page.

Vintage Photobooth at a Wedding

A Moment Caught on Camera!

Vintage Photobooth

The Mighty Booth – Photobooth for Hire

The Mighty Booth

Nostalgic Vintage Photobooth for Hire

The Vintage Videographer

Even the most modern day wedding can be transformed into a vintage masterpiece if you use the right techniques and are truly passionate. Mark Brown Films, based in London, does just that by using Super 8mm film and has true artistic vision. He creates truly beautiful documentation, as can be seen by Caitlin & Jonny’s wedding from 2011. Video sourced from Mark Brown’s blog page here.

That’s all folks!

L x


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