Vintage inspired weddings: our top planning tips

As a fairy-tale castle wedding venue, our beautiful house and grounds are fit for a prince or princess, and their guests. For those looking to base their wedding theme on more recent eras, Clearwell Castle provides stunning surroundings from season to season. The historic setting and its manicured grounds are perfect for all weddings, including traditional ceremonies and receptions. They’re also great spots for vintage-inspired weddings with our magical woodland just one of the areas that oozes rustic charm.

Vintage wedding

We recently shared our boho wedding tips, and we’re back exploring the advice that will make your vintage-inspired wedding as authentic as possible.

Make your wedding dress the centrepiece

It’s your wedding day, and all eyes will be on you and your wedding dress throughout the day and evening. Use your wedding style to reflect the vintage theme. From 1920s Peaky Blinders inspired styling to voluminous, 1950s ball gowns, there are wedding dresses and accessories to suit every vintage era. It’s all you need to take your wedding party back in time.

Embrace vintage style blooms

With the spring season well underway (and summer not too far into the future), there are countless flowers to choose from. Whether you’re marrying in high season or not, you’re certain to find vintage-style blooms that will complement your theme. View these vintage wedding flowers and discover the muted tones, romantic details and old fashioned flowers you need to dress your venue.

Include intimate, bygone details

There’s so many great ways to represent the vintage style, but keeping it personal to you and your journey will make your celebration feel truly tailor-made. Incorporating your family history is an excellent step to channelling the vintage vibe, as The Knot describes:

“A vintage wedding wouldn’t be complete without a few intimate family details. Whether it’s displaying old family photos on an escort card table, wrapping a piece of lace from your mother’s wedding gown around your bouquet, or finishing off your bridal look with heirloom pearls, incorporating a detail of sentimental value brings a new meaning to the idea of vintage.”

Your choice of accessories will help you demonstrate your vintage theme further. You may have your vintage-style blooms but don’t steal all the limelight. Create a unique look for your groom and his groomsmen too, with pocket squares, pocket watches or broaches. Make your table settings equally as antiquated with vintage-patterned cups and saucers, and other retro details.

Vintage decor

Explore your entertainment options

Nothing says authenticity like a live vintage wedding band. Whether you’re welcoming guests to your ceremony to Frankie Valli, or partying into the night at your reception to Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, finding a live act that suits the era that inspired you will make your celebration.

If you have any questions relating to having your wedding at Clearwell Castle, please don't hesitate to call Charlotte via the contact details below:


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