Creating The Perfect Vintage Event-
So you have those cool vintage dishes, bowls, tablecloths, etc.. but there never seems to be a good way to showcase them. Or you’re planning a wedding reception and you’d kind of like an informal atmosphere, but you don’t want Uncle Joe coming in his overalls… Its really quite simple, just make a garden party!
The garden party is the perfect setting for a mix of both vintage and modern, formal and informal, planned yet with a relaxed feel. For Ashley’s wedding at our home we used vintage sets of dishes from Ashley and Kevin’s moms, aunts, and grandmothers. The table number sign included a note with that person’s name. It made for good conversation and a way for some of the two groups of friends and families to interact and make a few connections.
My fav part was the flower settings. First we laid vintage linens on the silver tablecloths. Some had been made by Ashley’s Grandmother Sylvia. Then we chose one of my vintage bowls to go with the china for each different table setting. We took them to our awesome florist, along with a picture of the dishes for that table, and she created a unique center piece for each table.
Some tables were set with fine china, and some with pretty vintage dishes that some special lady had set her every day table with back in the 40s, 50s, & 60s. How cool is that? It gave a feeling of both formal and sweetly informal.
Besides the flowers, the outdoor setting is a great backdrop for mixing the formal orchestra for the ceremony in the front yard, and the local band for the reception in the back yard under the tent.
When you have an outdoor garden party you really can’t go wrong. The bridal party can be in their formal wear while the guests come in sundresses or shirts & ties, no coat required! Just be sure Uncle Joe knows the expected dress for the evening, but if he still wears his overalls, all is well ‘over-all’:)
And, of course, this wedding wouldn't have been beautiful without our friends at Flowers On Main in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky! They went above and beyond! And another special thanks to Erin Trimble Photography in Louisville, she made a rainy day gorgeous!