Vintage Wedding Ideas: From The Wedding Ceremony To The Wedding Cake

We’ve rounded up some of our best and favorite ideas for vintage wedding decorations, from a vintage wedding ceremony, to vintage-look wedding centerpieces, to the grand finale, your wedding cake. See them all and the sources to recreate these vintage wedding ideas for yourself.

Vintage Wedding Ceremony

It’s easy to recreate this wedding ceremony backdrop from BRIDES. Fill an old gold frame with moss or boxwood and loosely fill it with pretty roses, peonies, and dahlias. Add a few boxwood topiaries on both sides of the frame. Move it into your reception space after the ceremony to serve as one of your photo backdrops.


Vintage Wedding Ceremony Backdrop boxwood with silk flowers
Vintage wedding ceremony backdrop.


Vintage Wedding Centerpieces

These velvet table numbers from Martha Stewart Weddings with roses and lilacs in our glass vases are great if you’re looking for DIY wedding centerpieces. “Calligraphed table numbers are easy. Heat-stamped numbers on gorgeous velvet ribbons? Easy and seriously gorgeous. Wrap your vases with them for an elegant way to guide your guests to their seats.”


Velvet table numbers guide guests to their seats.
Velvet table numbers guide guests their seats.


Add classic candlelight with our votive holders, or get crafty with these uplifting vintage-style hot-air balloon wrapped votive holders from Martha Stewart Weddings.


Vintage-style hot-air balloon wrapped votive holders.
Vintage-style hot-air balloon wrapped votive holders.


Mixing bud vases is a clever way to add a vintage look to your wedding centerpieces. We love this look of ‘gathered bunches’ from Florists’ Review with monobotanical bud vase groupings of Anemones, tulips, Lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace, and ‘Constance’ garden roses on an antique-look, mirrored tray.


Centerpiece with gathered bunches of flowers in bud vases.
Centerpiece with gathered bunches of flowers in bud vases.


The antique silver look of mercury glass adds instant glam to your vintage wedding centerpieces. These embellished cylinders look great with mixed flower bouquets.


Antique silver mercury glass centerpieces.
Antique silver mercury glass centerpieces.


Finish the look with candlelight from our mercury glass candleholders, like these votive holders that will also add pops of color to your tablescape.


Mercury glass votive holders.
Mercury glass votive holders.


Add unique decorative elements to your cocktail hour tables, bar, and wedding reception decor, too. Cloches, birdcages, decorative sculptures, and vintage books, are other great antique elements that add to the vintage wedding theme look.


Vintage Wedding Cakes

Rows of ruffles add a lovely vintage touch to this wedding cake. The crystal ornaments and crystal garlands add sparkle and an antique touch to the gold cake pedestal. We like these glass and crystal cake pedestals too; mix them on a dessert bar to hold different pies and cakes. Finish your wedding cake with a unique wedding cake topper. From the many wedding cake toppers out there, for a vintage wedding, we think this one takes the cake.


Vintage wedding cake with custom gold cake topper by BetterOffWed (via Etsy).
Vintage-look wedding cake with a custom gold cake topper by BetterOffWed (via Etsy).


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