Everything old is all the rage, and a vintage wedding is not only in style, but truly romantic.  Something about the treasures of yesteryear suggest a love that will endure.  You can make every detail of your special day uniquely personalized by including handmade decorations that reflect the whimsy of an earlier time. I love everything on offer at  the etsy shop jolieenrosevintage, but my favorite is this lovely cake topper that will tell your guests that the bride and groom are over the moon!

Vintage Style Cake Topper

The detailed band on this men’s wedding ring also has a romantic vintage vibe.

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A carefully selected gift for the bride, or even a bridesmaid can become a keepsake forever. As the old saying goes: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,  and doesn’t this delightful cameo from Silver Trumpet have all of that at once?

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This exquisite blue sapphire and diamond ring contains all of these time-tested elements too.

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Of course the details of your wedding gown are really where you can make your vintage style statement. I love the black trim on this custom-made lacy gown from puresomething.com, perfectly accented by the chic headpiece and jewel-colored bouquet.  So elegant and at the same time so distinctive- the perfect look for the bride who wants to create her own beautiful moment in time.

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The sparkle on your finger can also link your love to the beauty of a bygone era. I love this wedding ring with ruby gemstones- like a found treasure from an antique store.

Wedding Ring With Rubies

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In recent years, the wedding car has been replaced by a generic but classy-looking limo. Here are some great ways to skip the expense of renting a stretch, add some personal flair, and dress up the wedding couples’ car for post-wedding flair.

Not-So-Traditional Tin Cans

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Years ago, the wedding couples’ car would be decked out with noise-making cans tied to the back bumper of the car. If you have a vintage or retro wedding theme, this is a great way to bring this tradition to mind but still has a creative, modern taste. These wedding rings also have a vintage yet modern touch.

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Floral Arrangements

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This VW Beetle has great traditional decorations, but also shows personality. Gussy up your post-nuptial ride with your wedding flowers to tie it into your wedding theme. It’s an easy way to dress up the car as you can simply add to your floral and decoration order and then attach them to your car. If you really want to go the extra mile with it, contact local car rental agencies to see if they have an affordable model that coordinates with your wedding theme colors. This wedding ring is a perfect example of a new classic: it has heirloom styling, but is made just for him.

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Wedding Decals and Wraps

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If you’re looking for something simple and less attention-grabbing, look into getting a window decal or car wrap to announce the world that you are taking your first ride as husband and wife. There are many decals available on line in various sizings and styles, and a flip through your local phone book will give you several options for customizing a full or partial wrap to advertize your big day. Here’s a simple diamond wedding ring that’s still bound to get attention for it’s elegance.

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I’ve always loved air plants, so I’m really into this look! Tillandsia are a type of Bromeliad (the same tropical family as pineapples), commonly called air plants, that don’t require soil to grow. They’re low maintenance, as they only require a light misting every couple of weeks and can survive pretty much anywhere in a house. They’ve started turning up everywhere recently, including wedding websites. There are many different varieties of air plants, so you can create your own unique look with them as well. Here are some ideas:

Bromeliad Bouquets

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This wedding of two design-centric people has a modern yet earthy feel. The bride had a fantastic bouquet that let the simplicity and elegance of her gown take center stage.

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This wedding band for him reflects that same concept.

 

Tabletop Tillandsia

 

Air plants can also work as inexpensive conversation starters for table centerpieces. The plants themselves are interesting, unique and require little in the way of display. Using plants instead of cut flowers is an easy way to “green” your wedding, too.

Here are some beautiful matching diamond wedding bands that are also unique and look great!

Air Plant Guest Favors

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These fun wedding favors are available at Robin Charlotte’s Etsy Shop. She also sells supplies to make them into a dual functioning item: you can use them as place markers as well. They make great mementos for guests of your wedding day.

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These silver charms also make great mementos and thank you gifts for the girls in your wedding party.

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In the world of design, Pantone has been the standard for colour since the 1950′s. Since Pantone’s sale in 2007, however, the company has become a household name, selling everything from iPhone apps to color block notebooks. Pantone’s Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, is from their Spring wedding color line-up. Here are some ways to use this cutting edge hue in your wedding this year.

Dressed for Success

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The Dessy Group makes it easy for you to Pantone your wedding with their easy to use website. You can order swatches of your wedding colours to distribute to all your wedding needs suppliers to make sure all the tones match. You can also create styleboards including inspirational images and colors, and order dresses to make sure your dream wedding pops. Pair this rich-hued bridesmaids’ dress in with a gorgeous diamond necklace.

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Flower Power

 

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Ranunculus are a great flower choice for tangerine dreams of your wedding day. If you’re looking for more subtle tones as your main wedding colors, these bouquet and boutonnieres look great against lighter colors. The warm tone looks wonderful if you’ve chosen yellow gold for your wedding rings.

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All Made Up

 

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Sephora has collaborated with Pantone to create a line of make up in celebration of the color of the year as well. Whether you’re coordinating your nail color to your bridesmaids’ dresses or looking for a gift for the women in your wedding party that will remind them of your special day, check out their collection. These nail shades will definitely help draw attention to your beautiful wedding and engagement ring on your big day.

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Brilliant Boutonnieres

The French word boutonniere means ‘buttonhole.’ In the past, men often wore a single flower or bud in the button hole of the left lapel on their jackets. Today, these floral decorations are reserved for special occasions, such as weddings. I’ve collected some interesting boutonniere ideas for modern weddings and you will notice only one of them uses a real flower. For a classic elegance, a red rose bud on a black tuxedo never goes out of style.

Film Buff Boutonniere

This boutonniere looks like a flower but is actually made out of film. It is masculine, pays tribute to the groom’s personality or interests, and would work well in a vintage-inspired wedding (from bridalinquirer.com)

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Button Boutonniere

Button Boutonniere by Sweet Pea Floral Design of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Check out their website and blog for fantastic floral inspiration as well. sweetpeafloral.com

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Yellow Boutonniere

Surprisingly, I found this exotic orchid boutonniere on academy-florists.com, a florist based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. These bright yellow orchid boutonnieres are elegant and fun at the same time – perfect for a summer wedding, just like a platinum wedding band. These unique-looking flowers are Mokara orchids, a hybrid orchid originating in Singapore, the bright yellow Mokara orchids pop perfectly from a dark navy suit.

Yellow Orchid Boutonniere

Pinwheel Boutonniere

This pinwheel is an interesting spin on the boutonniere. I can’t imagine it sharing space with anything other than a bow tie, can you? This boutonniere was featured on Ruffled (ruffledblog.com), a source of inspiration for vintage brides planning their weddings.

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If your home is filled with velvet upholstered furniture made out of solid hardwood, or you prefer to find your decor accents on Etsy Vintage rather than a big-box store, you may be looking for a more retro wedding gown. Here are some classic celebrity looks that may interest the more mid-century minded bride.

Audrey Hepburn

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While this look was from the movie, “Funny Face”, rather than her own dress, it’s still a figure-flattering, era-specific look.

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Here’s a longer, more modern interpretation of the style. The dress doesn’t rely on Audrey’s tiny frame or corsetry, but achieves the same effect. If you’re looking for wedding day jewelry that won’t compete with this pretty neckline, try this diamond bracelet on for size. It’s a classic piece that pairs well with a simple yet elegant gown.

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Grace Kelly

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Princess Grace’s wedding dress was no doubt an inspiration for Kate Middleton’s wedding attire last year, and it’s no wonder. Grace Kelly was known for her grace and poise, and her dress was well matched to her persona.

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This substitute is available as a pattern through Vogue Bridal, making your dress economical as well as stylish and unique. This dress captures the same feeling and lines 0f the Princess of Monaco’s wedding gown while still staying contemporary. With all the lovely detail on this dress there’s hardly need for much jewelry, but this traditionally styled diamond wedding ring will stand out, regardless.

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Jackie Kennedy

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Another iconic bride was the beautiful, soft-spoken Jackie Kennedy. Her dress was full and ornate, but still retaining subtlety.

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This is an elegant interpretation of Jackie’s wedding dress, without the skirt detailing and pleats. It’s a fabulous gown for an evening wedding. Here’s a classic pearl necklace to draw more attention to the stunning bodice without overpowering it.

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If you’re a romantic at heart and plan to propose marriage this February 14th, here are some ways to sweep her off her feet in the process.

Sentimental Spots

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Great ideas of a location for a proposal are those “first spots”: where you had your first kiss, your first date, where you met. A great way to ask for her hand at your favorite restaurant is to pre-order dessert and ask them to write “Will You Marry Me?” in with chocolate sauce, raspberry couli, or some other plate decoration. When dessert’s presented, pull out this beautiful ring and say those words out loud. Here’s a wonderful diamond engagement ring you can give her that has a beautiful matching wedding band.

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Romantic Spa Surprise

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Most spas have special Valentine’s Day couples package. Many are well versed in proposals as well. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to spring the surprise, check with the spa when booking your package. They may even be able to set something special up for you for when it’s time for you to give her this gorgeous modern engagement ring.

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Ring Bearer’s Bowl Keepsake

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Instead of flowers or chocolate, make her sweetheart’s gift one of these beautiful keepsakes from Paloma’s Nest. Tie her ring to it before wrapping it up. Once she’s opened it and the sentiment has sunk in, drop down on one knee and ask her the Big Question.
After using as a ring bearer dish at your wedding, it can also be used to set your rings in at bed time. This diamond engagement ring is perfect for a woman with traditional tastes.

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If you, or your partner, popped the question over the holidays, and you’re trying to find a fun way to spring the news on your friends and family, here are some novel ways to share the news with those you love!

Start a Wedding Blog

A great way to announce your upcoming nuptials is to start a website for your wedding. It’s an easy way to keep your wedding party and guests informed about the special day and it’s upcoming events. Send an email to all, post the link on your favorite social networking site (remember to adjust your privacy settings!), and let the web do the rest. Look for free blog publishing services that have tutorials on how to start your own blog. WordPress has this beautiful wedding theme ready to be customized:

 

If you’re still in the market for an engagement ring due to an impromptu proposal, here’s a beautiful, modern diamond ring for you. The recessed stone style is great if you work with your hands but still want to flash your engagement ring.

Photo Album

If you got engaged while on vacation, you probably have photos to prove it. Make a photo album with some of your favorite shots of the two of you. The final page can let your loved ones know the fabulous news and the date, if you’ve already set one. There are many websites that let you build your own photo albums. Then they print them, bind them and send them to you! Impressive yet easy.

If you want the world to know the groom-to-be is all yours, consider a men’s diamond engagement ring.

 

Throw a Party!

Have your friends and family over for a cocktail party and surprise them with the sweet news in the form of these tasty treats from beau-coup.com.

When it comes time to pick out your wedding bands, consider this beautiful wedding ring to pair with her engagement ring above.

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In our daily lives, eco-conscious choices are more widely available than ever. From what we eat, to cleaning products, to home furnishings and clothing-  the same is true for honeymoon options. Many travelers now purchase carbon offsets to ease their conscience when flying, but here are some other ways to honeymoon that will create meaningful memories and reflect your green lifestyle.

Voluntourism

Give back to the global community by doing meaningful work on your honeymoon. Consider building a home for with Habitat for Humanity in Thailand (or anywhere, really), making pottery and crafts in Guadalajara, or combine a surf trip with working with underprivileged youth in Coastal Peru.

Christmas is the time for giving! You can make it easy for your wedding guests by asking them to make donations to the voluntourism organization you’ll be participating in, instead of buying wedding gift.

Honeymoon gifts are beautiful keepsakes that will recall your special moments. Here’s a silver bracelet you can have engraved for her. She’ll be reminded of your special trip each time she wears the jewelry.

Eco-Adventures

After your Christmas wedding, spend your honeymoon enjoying nature and soaking up some Southern hemisphere sun! Many of the companies that book eco-adventure vacations have educational components so you can learn more about the ecology of the region. Here are some ideas:

  • Visit the cloud forests in Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Hike Tongariro National Park & World Heritage Site in New Zealand
  • Go canyon tubing in Indonesia
  • Take a tiger photography tour in India

For many, living green also means ethical responsibility. If this is a must for you, here’s the perfect engagement ring! It’s made using recycled precious metals and conflict-free diamonds. Here’s a gorgeous worry-free engagement ring for her that pairs with the wedding bands below.

Green Resorts

If you’re looking for luxury without compromising your values, look for an eco-conscious resort or hotel. There are many options worldwide, and the internet has a wealth of information on green-certified hotels. Take a look at this Coastal Living slideshow for some great ideas.

You can also stand up for the environment by choosing a set of these beveled wedding bands made with HARMONY Recycled Precious Metals.

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For many, Thanksgiving is about tradition and family. That makes it a perfect time for you to exchange wedding rings in the company of those you both love most. Celebrate your marriage in style while making memories extra festive with these holiday touches.

Bouquets

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Adding red or burgundy flowers and light, bright colored foliage to your bouquet adds a special holiday touch to your walk down the aisle. Choosing a smaller bouquet or more compact design also allows more attention to be drawn to your beautiful dress, jewelry, and engagement ring. The unique bronze calla lily arrangement pictured above is available from Walter Knoll, a Saint Louis MO florist, with 10 convenient locations.

Tables and Centerpieces

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Bring the season to your table with elegant natural accents. Evergreen branches, holly and mistletoe sprigs, pinecones, nut and gourds are great for building centerpieces and arrangements. They also add fabulous texture and depth to warm fall wedding colors. This beautiful pumpkin centerpiece is available from the Verrill Farm in Concord Massachusetts, if you live in the area.

Wedding Rings

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This wedding ring has it all: a modern classic, with a touch of simple, heirloom beauty. It’s beautiful enough to stand on its own, but versatile enough to let your engagement ring shine bright. The white gold is also perfect for a wintery wedding.

Thanksgiving Themed Beverages

Serve Pumpkin Ale at a November Wedding

Serve your friends and family deliciously different seasonal cocktails and drinks. Impress them with pumpkin ale, porter, cabernet franc and cidertinis. And a warm spiced cider will keep away that fall evening chill! Check out The Jolly Fox blog for their Pumpkin Ale Round Up.

 

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