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Rare And Sentimental Objects Are Becoming Part Of The Theme

Victorian mourning jewelry set, black onyx/jet, circa 1880s

Victorian mourning jewelry set, black onyx/jet, circa 1880s

June is a most popular month for weddings. A new trend in weddings is throwback nuptials that highlight antique and vintage elements to enhance the wedding day experience.

We all know about the tradition of wearing something old along with something new, borrowed and blue, but today’s old things at weddings are going beyond the run-of-the-mill pearl necklace that belonged to grandma or a pair of your mother’s earrings. Today’s brides are selecting rare and unusual objects to serve as their something old objects, such as espadrilles wedged shoes from the 1970s, jewel- studded sweater clips from the 1950s, and vintage tortoise shell or rhinestone encrusted hair clips, tiara style headbands and barrettes.

Brides are going vintage when decorating for receptions, pre-wedding parties, rehearsal dinners and wedding showers. Some antique-inspired design ideas include antique glass Ball canning jars filled with wildflowers for centerpieces, placing a small toy from the bride’s childhood next to a wine glass, and printing digital photos of the bride’s and groom’s family members who have passed away and sewing them into the underside of the bride’s wedding dress as a remembrance.

Rococo, Victorian and other period wedding items are being re-introduced into contemporary weddings today. Brides are carrying flower bouquet holders like vintage tussy mussys and small-scale glass or ceramic bud vases. Grooms are using pieces of their mother’s or grandmother’s lace wedding veils to accompany floral boutonnieres or as pocket squares. Bridesmaids and groomsmen are wearing antique family stick pins, brooches and even war medals to remind wedding attendees of the family lineage on this special day.

For weddings that take place far from a family home, couples are selecting wedding decorations that remind them and everyone in attendance of that family home and bygone days. Decor­ations that recall vacation homes, family cabins or long ago-sold family homes are being integrated into the design of a wedding gazebo or wedding reception floorplan, too.

If you are using precious and cherished antique and vintage objects that are irreplaceable for a wedding ceremony, establish a “keeper of the goods” who is not a member of the wedding party to care for these keepsakes after the ceremony. Perhaps you are wearing the set of black onyx mourning jewelry that was worn at your great-grandfather’s memorial in the late 1800s. It will be this person’s responsibility to collect and safeguard these family heirlooms and related objects so the wedding party does not have to worry about losing these items and can simply enjoy themselves at the reception.


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