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Handmade Weddings: Vintage Wedding Decor With Grey Likes

May 24, 2010

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Summer_bio.jpgGrey Likes curator Summer Watkins is a stylist for commercial, editorial and lifestyle photo shoots. Under the guise of her nom de plume, Grey, Summer Watkins compiles and blogs stylish finds for voracious lovers of the good and pretty. She’s an advocate for the proper treatment of details and is over the moon for fierce creativity and brave color palettes. You can see more of her discoveries at Grey Likes Weddings, Grey Likes Nesting and Grey Likes Baby.

As a stylist, one of my favorite ways to add character to a scene is by adding vintage items. For a wedding, you don’t have to blow your entire budget on purchasing only old-time pieces, but rather look for a handful of items that really stand out. You can incorporate these unique finds into the decor of your wedding for an instant dose of personality and charm. It doesn’t take much to infuse your wedding with a little vintage flair!


Photography by Alissa Ferullo and Brandon Kidd


These inspiration images are from a photography workshop I styled in Orange County. Along with Megan Gonzalez from MaeMae Paperie and florist Lauryl Lane, I put together a pretty table full of vintage finds, including mix-and-match vessels for flowers, such as milk glass vases, pitchers, gravy boats and an old silver tea set.


I used items like vintage books, an old family scale, and an antique suitcase to prop up some of our floral arrangements, just like the Vintage Sunshine Suitcase from CheekyVintageCloset.


We created a DIY bar, and I loved how our vintage decanters added to the flair of our theme. I think that these Price Display Stands from Old Ohio Farm Finds would be a really fun way to number your tables in a creative fashion! Don’t forget that little touches like vintage hankies and a vintage camera can add a little something to your wedding decor as well as your own home!


And although it isn’t actually vintage, I just couldn’t resist sharing the Just Married banner from B Poetic. It’s altogether the most perfect addition to a vintage inspired wedding! See more of Etsy’s unique decorative finds in the Related Items below.

Do you have any recommendations for shops with eye-catching wedding decor?
Share them with us in the comments below.

Handmade Weddings Series | Weddings Category


  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 7 years ago

    love it!!! very romantic!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    Oh-so-beautiful and such romantic flair! I love everything! Thanks Summer!

  • STRUTHdesigns

    STRUTHdesigns said 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning photography and collection of items. Complete eye candy!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    The inspiration images are beautiful!

  • Addy

    Addy said 7 years ago

    Beautiful article, I love the idea of candy in vintage decanters for a candy bar! And the pink plates that are featured are just gorgeous.

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 7 years ago

    Wonderful photos

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    i love all of the vintage pieces. the vintage store price signs are my favorite!

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 7 years ago

    Beautiful details! I love shopping vintage because so many vintage home decor pieces inspire me to use them in variety of ways (rarely as originally assigned) & they have true old souls - impossible to experience in contemporary mass-produced items!

  • GreenRoomStudios

    GreenRoomStudios said 7 years ago

    What beautiful ideas! The pictures remind me so much of my own wedding! It was such an amazing day, it's crazy to think it's been almost a year (July 17th) since my husband and I said the old I Do's! I would do it again tomorrow! :)

  • LovelythingsStudio

    LovelythingsStudio said 7 years ago

    Stunning images. An eclectic and beautiful mix!!! Memorable- like every wedding should be.

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 7 years ago

    So lush and romantic...gorgeous finds! Thank you for sharing these!

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous finds! Thank you for sharing these!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed my peruse of pictures and shops listed, thanks

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago


  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 7 years ago

    I love Vintage. Everything is great. Thank you

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    vintage plus 1 = dreamy

  • shabbyvintagemom

    shabbyvintagemom said 7 years ago

    The table setting is BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the Vintage Wedding Decor style♥

  • Pennycones

    Pennycones said 7 years ago

    I love it all :)

  • BellaLunaCrafts

    BellaLunaCrafts said 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness, beautiful images!

  • thingsbuilt

    thingsbuilt said 7 years ago

    Wonderful. We do weddings here in San Miguel Allende on the side. I'm going to use some of your ideas. My client wants a vintage gypsy inspired wedding. This is so helpful.

  • bstudio

    bstudio said 7 years ago

    Wow! That table setting is just so gorgeous! I love how it's packed with all sorts of interesting items to look at.

  • maidavale

    maidavale said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous, Summer! I already knew your taste was impeccable, but this is downright scrumptious. =)

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 7 years ago

    i have many things that would be wonderful for weddings..your post and the art you included are just glorious!!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    Love the vintage!

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 7 years ago

    oh yes, vintage always adds some character to everything!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 7 years ago

    Love all the vintage looks!

  • CheekyVintageCloset

    CheekyVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    Fabulous, love all the great combo's. Congrats to all the new brides!

  • SimplyRiveting

    SimplyRiveting said 7 years ago

    This is great! It'd be great to have such unique items for a wedding instead of the same old flowers and candles. Love it!

  • OriginalsByLynnette

    OriginalsByLynnette said 7 years ago

    I love the vintage touches... so nostalgic and warm.

  • HansHolzkopf

    HansHolzkopf said 7 years ago

    Ooooooh...Beautifuuuuuuul !Love it!!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 7 years ago

    What Pretty Finds! Love it!

  • MintyFreshFusions

    MintyFreshFusions said 7 years ago


  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 7 years ago

    Oh that would be such a beautiful wedding! I love it!

  • oldohiofarmfinds

    oldohiofarmfinds said 7 years ago

    Memories from yesterday making memories for today . . . delightfully beautiful!!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 7 years ago

    Unique and very romantic!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago


  • WigglinWasabi

    WigglinWasabi said 7 years ago

    I'm always dreaming of a backyard-bluegrass weddings. This fits my vision like a glove! Great classic country class!

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 7 years ago

    As cold hearted as I am, wedding ideas like these make me believe in romance.

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 7 years ago

    Love it!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    I love all of these very personal wedding designs. I think handmade or at least incorperating some handmade things into your wedding is so much better. I didn't think about that back when I got married many many years ago (31) to be exact. Now that's the going thing and I know it's so much more personable and better whatever your style is.

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 7 years ago

    I'm swooning over these photos and finds!

  • bobandsherrytruitt

    bobandsherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    vintage weddings are so sweet, love these choices.

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 7 years ago

    Beautiful photos, lovely finds!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 7 years ago

    I wish etsy was around when I was planning my wedding.

  • JulieLillian

    JulieLillian said 7 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous. what a stunning collection of items and ideas!

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 7 years ago

    this article makes me want to do my wedding all over again. maybe I will just throw an awesome party for my anniversary using some of these great ideas thanks for sharing

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 7 years ago

    What gorgeous inspiration!! Wishing I could have a wedding to plan!!!

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 7 years ago

    The results are stunning, lovely work. I have a fetish for milkglass, being white, it works well for weddings.

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 7 years ago

    Every single image is swoon worthy. Have jotted down a few ideas for my next party. Just sorry I was too late to snag those Vintage Store Price Display Stands...

  • TeenahTime

    TeenahTime said 7 years ago

    dido that VMP

  • mnhince

    mnhince said 7 years ago

    Every image is amazing, fresh and bright. Etsy became a huge part of my DiY wedding recently and everything was handmade. Beautiful.

  • Brydferth

    Brydferth said 7 years ago

    Sooo Beautiful!!

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 7 years ago

    so romantic and whimsical! I love it!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous images! Love your use of vintage.

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 7 years ago

    Besides dealing in Vintage, I also work as a floral designer, so this article was especially 'special' to me! I love the signs for table markers- great ideas all the way around. Thank you!


    CARAMIACAKES said 7 years ago

    How elegantly nostalgic and beautiful.....

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 7 years ago

    Beautiful and Romantic...can't get enough vintage.

  • PlumeAndBloom

    PlumeAndBloom said 7 years ago

    Beautiful pictures...vintage items have such wonderful charm

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 7 years ago

    Wow, so gorgeous!! Love the vintage look!!

  • SewEnglish

    SewEnglish said 7 years ago

    So loving it all!! F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C.

  • shesitsbytheseashore

    shesitsbytheseashore said 7 years ago

    oh, your images are so dreamy, just breathtaking...I love the idea of adding vintage items to a wedding, especially items the bride and groom can use in their home after the wedding and have nice memories everytime they use them, the items would also be great to pass on to children and grandchildren in years to come...Thanks so much Summer for including our shop.

  • AHeirloom

    AHeirloom said 7 years ago

    so lovely. the styling is impeccable!

  • NaiyaArtBoutique

    NaiyaArtBoutique said 7 years ago

    wowww... soo great finds!!

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary said 7 years ago

    just beautiful! stunning!

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo said 7 years ago

    LOVE! <3

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 7 years ago

    Bravo! Wonderful article and gorgeous pictures!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 7 years ago

    Very pretty! I like all of the mix of vintage chairs at the table.

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 7 years ago

    Love all of the Grey's! Thanks for sharing.

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    Romantic Eclectic Voila WOW! Jewelscape Vintage has the COOOOOOOOOLEST light fixture ("anthropologie"-oh baby!!!)

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 7 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • lucillejean

    lucillejean said 7 years ago

    so soft and romantic...perfect :)

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 7 years ago

    LOve it!

  • JoyFilledWeddings

    JoyFilledWeddings said 7 years ago

    I loved all the eclectic style combinations!!!so wonderful!

  • labellefairy

    labellefairy said 7 years ago

    this is really sweet!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Love the way vintage is used for that special day! So very creative!!

  • SnowWhiteStudio

    SnowWhiteStudio said 7 years ago

    Love the vintage!

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera said 7 years ago

    Love it, love it, love it. Wedding items are so sweet!

  • 1963VintageLane

    1963VintageLane said 7 years ago

    Love all the items, but the banner is my favorite. So sweet.

  • DiamondDollsCouture

    DiamondDollsCouture said 7 years ago

    Wow...very romantic & gorgeous collections!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    Wonderful items!!! So true that excellent taste is NOT a matter of expense...Great eye! XOX

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 7 years ago

    Superb article, infused with vintage charm!!! XOX

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    Ooh, such a great inspiration! Just right on time for my own planning :)

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    So soft and romantic

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon said 7 years ago

    Some absolutely gorgeous items! I have some items for weddings in my shop that I'd like to recommend if I may:

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago


  • LycheeKiss

    LycheeKiss said 7 years ago

    Beautiful article, Summer. Your blog is very interesting, love the photography and weddings.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    beautiful! I like the vintage wedding look its so pretty I hope I can have a wedding as pretty : )

  • HighRidgeRockNbeads

    HighRidgeRockNbeads said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • mimivintagedesign

    mimivintagedesign said 7 years ago

    i LOVE your blog!!!

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed this article and all the items selected--very romantic. I love vintage!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 7 years ago

    gorgeous! i love the settings! pillow guys from PARK, matt & carlos

  • trafalgarssquare

    trafalgarssquare said 7 years ago

    GORGEOUS!!! I've been a fan of GREY LIKES...for a looong time now. Delighted to see her on Etsy!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 7 years ago

    I love her work! Super inspiring. She has such talent & taste--- I'll definitely be stalking her blogs on a more regular basis;)

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 7 years ago


  • riricreations

    riricreations said 7 years ago

    Love this!!

  • mandaleighf

    mandaleighf said 7 years ago

    Wow! Where were you when I was planning my Wedding... Such beautiful ideas!

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 7 years ago

    great idea :) other than etsy to be a destination to find great vintage pieces, buyers and sellers in the DC metro region should take a trip to Lucketts. it's in Lucketts, VA and has great stuff.

  • rainecloudaustralia

    rainecloudaustralia said 7 years ago

    how about a vintage doily garland to pretty up your wedding reception?

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 7 years ago

    I love the dreamy images here! :)

  • grandmasjewelry777

    grandmasjewelry777 said 7 years ago

    OH my just so lovely! GMJ

  • InfamousQBert

    InfamousQBert said 7 years ago

    there are so many great wedding blogs out there! thanks so much for turning me onto this one. my wedding is in september, but i think i'm going to keep drooling over them for years to come. :)

  • MonkeysOnTheRoof

    MonkeysOnTheRoof said 7 years ago

    Love the idea of incorporating vintage into your wedding!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Lovely collection! Those old five-&-dime store price stands are also fabulous for creating an eye-catching booth at art/craft shows. For more outside the box vintage wedding accessories, I recommend our vintage shop,, for time-worn antique bottles that can double as unique bud vases, romantic vintage fabric & textiles, antique silverplate serving pieces, an antique Japanese planter that would make a novel centerpiece for 'zen' inspired wedding and a whole lot more!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Truly beautiful picks! Love the price display stands for doing art/craft shows, too. For more vintage wedding accessories, I recommend our shop for antique bottles to use as charming bud vases or place markers; silverplate serving pieces, romantic vintage curtain panel to repurpose as chair covers, bunting & lots more.

  • ayawedding

    ayawedding said 7 years ago

    wonderful share:) visit my wedding accessoaries shop too:)

  • handjstarcreations

    handjstarcreations said 7 years ago

    so beautiful!

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit said 7 years ago

    So beautiful, what a brilliant day and great photography!

  • dearjes

    dearjes said 7 years ago

    Love it!! So romantic.

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 7 years ago

    love the pictures they are lovely... very romantic

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous images. Vintage makes for a very romantic wedding. I'd love to recommend (since you asked ;} my cake topper from 1948.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    such a romantic feel. love the mixture of vintage and victorian.

  • 0juracoquet

    0juracoquet said 7 years ago

    oh.. so romantic. lovely lovely :)

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 7 years ago

    LOVE the tablescapes! smiles.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • eleonoraesposito

    eleonoraesposito said 7 years ago

    I love this list it's so romantic!

  • reyaveltman

    reyaveltman said 7 years ago

    So gorgeously romantic!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 7 years ago

    Beautiful. At my sister's wedding a few years ago we used vintage silver trays, short candlesticks and made silk flower roses arangements which went into the goblets. The silk flowers and pink candles all came from dollar stores and liquidator stores and ended up looking pretty matched with all the silver. Afterwards, the company that rented chairs, tablecloths and tables discounted the bill in exchange for all the trays.

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 7 years ago

    the candlesticks and goblets were also silver plated, the goblets were often those "anniversary" ones which are easily found at second hand stores.

  • wonderfulrubbish

    wonderfulrubbish said 7 years ago

    I love the eclectic Mad Hatter teapartyish vibe of the table settings. Nice article!

  • ChichiChick

    ChichiChick said 7 years ago

    Very beautiful and inspirational images!!!

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 7 years ago

    oh my oh my, I would like to set a table like hers every day of the week.

  • TheVintaquarian

    TheVintaquarian said 7 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the character and personality that vintage brings to the table...

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 7 years ago

    I just want to jump into those photos on a warm summer night. Gorgeous flowers, light and cushiness. Great atmosphere but those suitcases look like mine about 20 years ago. I did not know they are now considered antique. Too funny!! Thank you for sharing your talent!

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 7 years ago the banner and poster are my favourites.

  • TheriArtisansJewelry

    TheriArtisansJewelry said 7 years ago

    Everything looks so fresh and relax!

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 7 years ago

    i'm always amazed me the cost of a wedding as reported by the wedding planners...when the most memorable ones i've went to were ones where budget was a factor yet creativity was in abundance.

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    Beautifully romantic!!

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda said 7 years ago

    Romantic and magical!

  • MySillyBear

    MySillyBear said 7 years ago

    Wow positively beautiful! Perfect for all those brides currently vibing off of Alice and Wonderland!

  • PeacockInvitations

    PeacockInvitations said 7 years ago

    Love love love! That's all I can say!

  • avintagebride

    avintagebride said 7 years ago

    Creative and inspiring....lovely ideas

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 7 years ago

    We all see those T.V. shows where they make fun of brides hand made items. This article shows just how classy, homey and wonderful a home made wedding can be. Love it!

  • cocokato

    cocokato said 7 years ago


  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 7 years ago

    I love the idea of a vintage themed soft and romantic!

  • thedas

    thedas said 7 years ago

    All beautiful and great picks! I love that!

  • toutourouge

    toutourouge said 7 years ago

    I already love the handmade weddings, but this vintage-looking wedding is gorgeous!!

  • TerrorDome

    TerrorDome said 7 years ago


  • lenalennoxdesign

    lenalennoxdesign said 7 years ago

    so romantic

  • J0sephines

    J0sephines said 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning s0ooo s0ooo pretty & romantic with a vintage feel this would be my dream wedding! its like a fairy tale ever after. Thanks so much for sharing this i will be day dreaming of this beautiful display all day :o)

  • mucar

    mucar said 7 years ago


  • TeenyBunny

    TeenyBunny said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 7 years ago

    ummmm - wow! can i just get engaged already?!?! this is the most amazing post. off i go to dreamy land!

  • linchen

    linchen said 7 years ago


  • EdgeInspired

    EdgeInspired said 7 years ago

    Wow! So beautiful and what an inspiring post! We have just introduced some wooden charms into our shop that would be lovely for weddings

  • RevivedVintage

    RevivedVintage said 7 years ago

    White ornate vintage chalkboards in my shop, seem to be selling certain ones people are buying for their wedding. New to Etsy, love it so far!

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! Can't get enough! It's amazing how everything comes together! Thanks for sharing! Very inspirational!

  • cocokato

    cocokato said 7 years ago

    beautiful picks! Bride maid gift is very popular

  • CaliforniaCraft

    CaliforniaCraft said 7 years ago

    I love the dream like quality to these photos!

  • bethanylorelle

    bethanylorelle said 7 years ago


  • gresu

    gresu said 7 years ago

    I love the typography in these pieces. Divine!

  • funkypaperboutique

    funkypaperboutique said 7 years ago

    I love your items...they are very special, simple yet beautiful and perfect for a wedding! We love handmade items and love to create, love, love your article! Thanks for sharing!

  • csevenm

    csevenm said 7 years ago

    simply beautiful

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 7 years ago

    Wow, absolutly lovely. May I recommened a personalized bracelet for the couple? Grey suede leather white enamel charm with grey monogram initials?

  • BlessedBeeApothecary

    BlessedBeeApothecary said 7 years ago

    so amazing

  • ImaBella

    ImaBella said 7 years ago

    Very Cute!!! I love vintage items!

  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop said 7 years ago

    Such a dreamy romantic look for a wedding- it's perfect!

  • MutantAngel

    MutantAngel said 7 years ago

    Great choices and tips! This is what I love about vintage-- pulling different styles and eras together to make something that is uniquely YOU.

  • eleahkfarrington

    eleahkfarrington said 7 years ago

    This is gorgeous! Nice taste and sweet stuff ! my dream wedding would look like that

  • trillity

    trillity said 7 years ago

    GORGEOUS! I wish I had known about Etsy when I got married... so many beautiful things and ideas.

  • crafter114

    crafter114 said 7 years ago

    sooo pretty

  • Floralina

    Floralina said 7 years ago

    Makes me want to get married again.

  • TheVintageRecycler

    TheVintageRecycler said 7 years ago

    How precious! Even after 32 years your article makes me want to have a wedding all over again! Thank-you for your article and pics! amy

  • DanaLaymon

    DanaLaymon said 7 years ago

    I love Grey's blog and this post is just perfect for Etsy! Faithful follower for sure!

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms said 7 years ago

    How wonderful and intimate! I adore the idea of having a photo booth at the wedding.

  • coffeecandle

    coffeecandle said 7 years ago


  • aquacitrine

    aquacitrine said 7 years ago

    that print that says "we are so good together" is just lovely! so much inspiration all in just one article!

  • sugaredsweet

    sugaredsweet said 7 years ago

    Such a beautiful collection!

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