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Modern vintage: 7 steps to fabulous

Kitschy prints and olde worlde charm, modern vintage weddings are setting the scene for heirloom hand-me-downs and happily ever after. Get the look for your wedding with these seven steps to fanciful fabulousness from back in the day.

Kitschy fashion

Low-key formal photographs beautifully and really transports you to another place and time. Think checkered bowties, vintage, muted colored dresses from Granny's attic and wildflower boutonnieres.

Timeless textures

Don’t get so caught up in the color scheme that you forget to bring in texture. Texture can take your wedding from pretty to pretty exceptional, on a minimal budget. Our favorite vintage picks for this category are timeless - burlap, lace and realistic floral are the way to go.

Rustic realness

Embracing and repurposing what you had was part of the old way of living. Think outside the box with design elements that are simple but beautiful. Twigs with a vintage print ribbon become decorative bundles for the reception. Hanging mason jars with tea candles become light-bearing balls of sunshine on a shady branch.

Luggage in love

Repurpose old luggage and use it to display secondhand photo frames (check out yard and estate sales in your area for bargains!) with your favorite black-and-white photographs of you and your sweetie. Varying heights make centerpieces more interesting, so don’t forget to add wildflower arrangements in small, simple bunches.

Ambience is everything

If you are going to go vintage, it’s one of the least expensive themes that still packs a big punch of personality. This can really help you focus on creating an ambience that’s believable. If you can’t find the real thing, try stores like Modcloth, which carries a wide array of styles and décor made to look like authentic vintage.

The details have it

The smallest details will make your wedding stand out from the crowd. Buy rolls of burlap for table rubbers and stamp them with industrial-style numbers or chic, vintage-style bumblebees or birds. Use glass bathroom jars to house colorful spools of yarn.

Dress to impress

A vintage wedding is one of the few themes that almost requires you to match your dress to your surroundings. Go for a dress with a silhouette reminiscent of days gone by. Try an Oxford-style heel in robin’s egg, like these Nine West heels (above) from Where Did U Get That, and let it stand for your something in blue. Top your look off with a fascinator or have your makeup done up glam circa 1952.

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