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Ask Kate: Vintage and Retro Themes

December 18, 2012

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


I’m getting married next May, and Im starting to panic that I don’t really have a theme.  My dress is tea length and my main colours at the moment are pale pink and blush. I have peonies and roses with trailing ivy… I guess it could be a vintage style wedding, but I’m not sure how to make it feel really vintage, and I’m not sure what coloured suits would be best for H2B and best man. Any advice will be appreciated, oh one more thing, what ideas have you got for the ladies favours?


Don’t panic – you’ve already got your theme and colour scheme by the sound of it and it sounds absolutely gorgeous. You don’t need any more than that really, it is enough, though  more what I would call Retro than Vintage, as your tea-length dress is 50s-inspired so if you did want to push the boat out, you could always go for a 50’s style wedding with Retro look accessories, and perhaps even a 50’s style look for your groom and best man.


As far as colours for the men in your bridal party, I’d suggest dove grey suits to go with your pale and blush pinks or a charcoal grey or even navy blue if you prefer a darker shade.

Retro-style Favours

A retro themed wedding would be wonderful with these cute handbag favours for the ladies! Just fill with sweets or chocolate and tie with the ribbon provided. I think they look great on reception tables! For a less cutesy and more sophisticated style, go for these mini Martini glasses which can either be used for an aperitif or filled with chocolates on skewers for an unusual and amazing-looking treat. The glasses can be taken home by guests as a memento too. 

Another lovely idea is to leave a delicate glass globe at each place setting and fill it with scented rose buds, perhaps a beautiful peony or chocolates, or both. For that 50s kitsch look, these Retro-style  heart shaped boxes are great too.

Vintage and Retro-style Table Centres

My favourite centrepiece for a Vintage or Retro-themed wedding is still the classic cupcake stand as it looks so gorgeous piled high with cupcakes or favours and topped with blooms and trailing ivy while giving height to your tables and real focus for everyone around it.

More Ideas and Amazing Pictures!

For more inspiration on creating a Vintage or Retro wedding take a peek at this Stunning 50s Style Wedding, (don’t miss the bouncy castle pics in this one – it’s amazing!)  Get the Vintage Look and  Styling a Vintage Wedding

I hope that helps! Lots of love and Christmas sparkle to you. K x

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