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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

10 Ideas for the DIY Vintage Wedding

Welcome to the backyard wedding
June is the month for weddings and here at RetroBabs we thought you might like to see how we used our vintage items and ideas to make Becky's fabulous wedding.
Bec and Camm
1. Use old picture frames hanging from ribbon to make a portrait for photos.  Guests will have a fun time framing themselves. It is a good idea to provide a backdrop for group photos.

Gingham themed backdrop is a flannel blanket!
 
2.  Make a Chupa' (tent/awning) out of old tent poles, trampoline parts, fabric etc.  Make the perfect spot to be married. Say your vows, a kiss for luck, create a focal point.
PVC poles and trampoline arch add structure to the yard.    


3.  Make flags and bunting to enhance the venue.  Use fabric sewn to string, old doilies, old handkerchiefs etc.

4.  Make lighting for the evening hours, use mason jars with candles inside, fish bowls dangle from wires for a chandelier etc.

5.  Use vintage items as props, old bicycles, weather vanes, milk cans etc.
Vintage bike photo op.

6.  Make a destination sign to include all your guests.  They travelled far to see you so include them in the festivities.  Old fencing or barn wood make great planks of wood, easy to paint, be sure to include north, south, east or west and the mileage!

7.  Table settings set the mood so make sure you have a theme.  Bec went with the gingham fabric for her "real simple" wedding.  She hand sewed quilted table runners as well as 600 feet of gingham bunting!  All the vintage plates were garden themed with flowers or plant motifs- not one matched the other. The linen napkins were all different colors and found at resale shops.  Bec washed and ironed each one before tying with twine.
Mason jars make excellent drinking glasses and beer steins!


8. If candles don't give enough light for the evening hours use clear X-mas lights, Edison bulbs, lanterns, whatever it takes to create that ambiance you want.

9.  Tents and awnings protect your guests from the sun but don't forget about the mosquito netting to protect them at night!

10.  Flowers can be bought in bulk and fashioned into a simple bouquet tied with ribbon.  Gerber daisies are hardy and drought resistant.

It is also helpful to have a big group of family and friends that help set up! Thanks to all (you know who you are) for making a wonderful dream come true.

These were just a few of the ideas we incorporated into Bec and Camm's wedding.  We hope it gives you brides out there ideas and tips. Enjoy!
Blessings to you from Babs and Bec.

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