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Apr 26, 2013

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Annabel Beeforth is the professional wedding blogger behind Love My Dress, an award winning blog favouring glamorous, elegant, and vintage style, inspiring thousands of brides the world over every day. Annabel has just published her first book Style Me Vintage: Weddings, a delightful 176 page hardback book exploring vintage bridal fashion from the Edwardian era through to the 1970s that is jam packed with ideas relating to bridal fashion, hair, makeup, detail and decor – a wonderful inspirational guide to styling the perfect vintage wedding.

I’m thrilled that Etsy approached me to curate a set of inspiration boards based on some of the products available within this beautiful online marketplace. Having just published my first book that explores bridal fashion from the Edwardian era right through to the 1970s, I was keen for my selections to reflect similar content, so have sought to curate these boards in keeping with elements from all eras featured in my book.

These are just some ideas of how you can incorporate the notion of vintage, or vintage inspired elements in to your wedding day. For many more ideas that explore bridal wear, fashion, hair, makeup, details, decor and even perfume and scent suggestions, pick up a copy of my book, Style Me Vintage: Weddings from Amazon today.

edwardian style

[1. Edwardian wedding dress by shopREiNViNTAGE 2. Edwardian wedding photo by NiepceGallery 3. Vintage engagement ring by SweetHeirloomVintage]
1. The general style of the wedding dress in Edwardian times was purposefully all concealing and rather modest, high collars, long sleeves etc, and this gown would have been typical of those worn at the times.
2. I adore collecting old wedding photographs and love the idea of seeking inspiration from them but also using them as props on your wedding day. This fascinating image provides a glimpse in to a little piece of history – I love how the groom gets the seat and the bride has to stand!
3. If antique jewellery is your thing, this vintage Edwardian platinum & 18K gold engagement ring with cut diamonds in a sweet daisy cluster is a classic and elegant example of the type of ring that would have been worn at the time. I adore it, beautiful and timeless in design.

[1. Dotted bridal cap by MelindaRoseDesign 2. Vintage beaded clutch by TheRitzyRose 3. Vintage jewellery set by HeirloomBandB 4. Art deco cake topper by JolieEnRoseVintage

1. The Juliet cap veil became popular around this time, so for those brides looking for a modern take on this pretty style veil, look up Etsy user MelindaRoseDesign – I adore this dotted bridal cap that takes inspiration from the fashions of the time.
2. A little something to keep your lipstick and a handkerchief in on your wedding day will always come in handy and this beautiful little original 1920s art-deco style purse would be perfect for the vintage loving bride.
3. I love the idea of incorporating emerald green into the overall bridal look – emerald green has always been one of my favourite colours, but is now riding the popularity charts as the Pantone Colour of the Year.
4. I love the idea of this fun, 1930s inspired wedding cake topper from JolieEnRoseVintage. Plus anything that involves a bit of wedding day glitter is a winner with me.

[1. Brooch bouquet by TheRitzyRose 2. 1940s wedding dress by RaleighVintage 3. Lucky horseshoe by vickytrainor 4. 1950s wedding dress by TheVintageMistress 5. Vintage ivory gloves by thespeckledperch

1. The notion of collecting elements of vintage jewellery and brooches and having them crafted in to a stunning brooch bouquet really appeals to me. Collect precious elements of your own and have them incorporated in to a unique, bespoke bouquet like this one – these designs also make wonderful heirloom pieces.
2. By the time the 1940s arrived, so had the war, bringing long lasting implications on weddings and fashion – imagine there not being enough silk to produce wedding dresses because it was being reserved for the production of soldiers parachutes, or only having a couple of days to plan a whole wedding when you found out your wartime sweetheart was due home on leave for 48 hours.
3. The notion of ‘make do and mend’ was prevalent in the 1940s as resources were limited due to the war and rationing. I adore how designer Vicky Trainor developed a whole line of haberdashery inspired products based on this concept. This lovely little wedding horseshoe would be a pretty treat for a bride to carry on her wedding day after her ceremony – Vicky crafts these designs using vintage fabrics.
4. The silhouette that most conjures up the style of the 1950s is the full circle ballerina style gown, usually involving lots of tulle. This gorgeous gown by TheVintageMistress is a classic example of a beautiful original 50s gown designed with full dance floor swish-factor.
5. I can’t help but imagine Audrey Hepburn glamour and elegance when I picture wearing a pair of little gloves to complete your wedding day look – the perfect vintage style accessory!

[1. 1960s wedding dress by aiseirigh 2. Ivory pillbox veil by AgnesHart 3. Floral headpiece by whichgoose 4. Milk glass vase by BarkingSandsVintage 5. Gold wedding shoes by ForeverGinger

1. The empire line became very popular in the 1960s – this dress is a beautiful example of original 60s style.
2. Pillbox veils became very popular in the 1960s.  This simple and elegant pillbox style veil by UK based designer AgnesHart is a classic example of ‘Jackie-Onassis’ inspired elegance.
3. I love the concept of wearing a floral wreath or flower crown on your wedding day, and this charming heirloom piece by Etsy seller whichgoose is just perfect.
4. Milk glass was popular in the 70s and you can pick up lots of various shapes and style vases on Etsy. Collect mismatched vases and ask our florist to fill them with your favourite blooms. I love how Etsy Seller BarkingSandsVintage has filled this vase with pretty hydrangea.
5. This gold glitter based pair of vintage 70s shoes would look amazing with any vintage or vintage inspired 70s wedding dress – do remember to check measurements on any original vintage product before committing to purchase, as advised by the seller for these pretty sparkly heels.

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Etsy Wedding EventWant more wedding inspiration? Etsy is holding its first ever UK wedding event on the 11th of May in London. Come along for an opportunity to view some of the best and brightest wedding items available on Etsy in the UK, plus try your hand at creating a selection of wedding decorations in DIY tutorials held on the day, all whilst enjoying delicious cocktails provided by St. Germain. Tickets are £5, click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Etsy Weddings event is taking place at The Gallery Soho in London.

Author photo credit: Polly Alexandre

3 Featured Comments

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Jana from Luncheonettevintage said 5 years ago Featured

    Annabel I just adore your boards here! You've picked some delicious looks from these decades and it's a total joy to go through. Makes me want to get married all over again!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 5 years ago Featured

    I have been an admirer of your blog for a long time now, Annabel, it's wonderful to see you here on Etsy :)! I love your picks and all the wonderful information and advice you provide! I'm off to look for your book in search of inspiration :)!

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 5 years ago Featured

    Weddings are so magical! So many vintage wedding dresses were made on treadle sewing machines like I've been using for ages, no electricity, just foot power, much easier than you may imagine. I see the vintage dresses and wonder what sewing machine was used. I love making white wedding buntings on my English Jones treadle machines, one nicknamed Downton Abbey.

57 comments

  • knitsbycaitlin

    Caitlin Edge from knitsbycaitlin said 5 years ago

    Lovely! I'm getting married this summer. Beautiful post.

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 5 years ago

    We just found my grandma's vintage wedding dress! My niece will be wearing it on her wedding day. I will tell her about your book Style Me Vintage: Weddings. Great post.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Wow...beautiful!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    Stylish!

  • MyEverAfter

    Liz B. from GossamerandQuill said 5 years ago

    Beautiful items. Makes me wish I could get married all over again! Oh well, at least I get to help other brides with their weddings. :D

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes from HelloShoes said 5 years ago

    Love these inspiration boards

  • CuriousLemon

    Karine Fournier from CuriousLemon said 5 years ago

    Lovely !

  • flowerbasketladybug

    Christine Pane from flowerbasketladybug said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for this blog, I'm going to follow this because it is very inspiring. Every period in fashion history has beauty, I just love this.

  • TopRackPinup

    Nina McCaskey from WeddedKiss said 5 years ago

    just beautiful! these board collections are stunning!

  • Tarahawken1

    Tara Hawken from ThePolkadotCaravan said 5 years ago

    Lovely post, I'm getting married in 10weeks, I love looking at all the wedding stuff and am also working on a commission tiara and hair comb for a bride later in the year. It's making me think about opening an etsy wedding who alongside my handsewn items. X

  • MayAvenue

    Margaret Kelly from MayAvenue said 5 years ago

    I love the 1940's/50's style! Everything is so pretty!

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 5 years ago

    Your curated 'boards' are lovely. Bridal fashion has certainly improved over the last few decades, yet it's so nice to see 'something old' made new again. Nicely done, can't wait to see your book !

  • LoveShineBridal

    LoveShineBridal from LoveShineBridal said 5 years ago

    So pretty! I love the unique vintage accessories.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous and inspiring choices!

  • skyvalleyjewelry

    Jennifer from skyvalleyjewelry said 5 years ago

    Great finds , I love the vintage items.

  • JCWorship

    Sue J from simplycross said 5 years ago

    Oh deaar... I love vintage wedding gown soooooo much ~~~ Love this article so much! Thank you for sharing ~

  • DanaCastle

    Dana from DanaCastle said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous boards! Thank you for your inspiring post!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 5 years ago

    I'm so excited your book! I love vintage fashion, especially wedding related. I, too, love to peruse old wedding photos for inspiration and antique photos of women because of the extravagance of the outfits and accessories. I have my grandparents' and parent's wedding photos lovingly displayed. My own style incorporates bits and pieces from many different eras because I love something about them all so much! Thanks so much for sharing. I look forward to reading more from you!

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Jana from Luncheonettevintage said 5 years ago Featured

    Annabel I just adore your boards here! You've picked some delicious looks from these decades and it's a total joy to go through. Makes me want to get married all over again!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 5 years ago Featured

    I have been an admirer of your blog for a long time now, Annabel, it's wonderful to see you here on Etsy :)! I love your picks and all the wonderful information and advice you provide! I'm off to look for your book in search of inspiration :)!

  • nicolesweavingart

    Nicole Neal from Dreamingacrestextile said 5 years ago

    Spend as much time creating the marriage as you do the wedding and you'll be okay.

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 5 years ago

    Love the 20's style! All such fabulous finds! Thanks for sharing!

  • AntonellaMia

    AntonellaMia from AntonellaMia said 5 years ago

    Love the 1950's wedding dress!!

  • katiekatherinejane

    Kate Taylor said 5 years ago

    Beautiful selections Annabel, love that 50s dress! x

  • lovemydressblog

    lovemydressblog said 5 years ago

    Ahhh, I've been driving all afternoon and home to read all these lovely comments, thank you so much everyone! Going to get a cup of tea (OK, glass of Friday night wine!) and read them all properly now. I'm really looking forward to meeting some of you at the Etsy event on 11th May - who will I see there? Annabel xXx

  • paramountvintage

    kristin from blackmoonsky said 5 years ago

    love seeing the different decades! perfectly done :)

  • vintagefashionandart

    Wanda Pepin from VintageFashionandArt said 5 years ago

    Great job on showing the various decades of fashion for weddings. In the spirit of your curated article, I just posted a vintage 1960s mini dress that would be great for a 1960s themed wedding. I checked out your blog too. Great stuff. I can see why you are so popular.

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 5 years ago

    Love the delicate dress from the 50's! So pretty! All of your boards are just lovely and I'm sure your book will be as well!

  • thisislullaby

    Vicky Brown from ThisisLullaby said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous gorgeous finds. I want that Edwardian engagement ring (even though I already have one)! I have something showng at the wedding event, wish I was able to get there, it's sure to be stunning.

  • anascrafties

    Ana Hernández from Anascrafties said 5 years ago

    So nice!!

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill said 5 years ago

    I wore my mom's wedding dress that looks a lot like the 1940"s selection here... fascinating to see all of this and all of the stories and hopes and dreams that these dresses and accessories represent. Thanks for a gorgeous post:)

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed reading from the Edwardian era to the 70's! Beautiful board!

  • GoGoSnap

    GoGoSnap Vintage Invitations and Stationery from GoGoSnap said 5 years ago

    Oh so elegant and refined!

  • novavintage

    novavintage from NovaVintage said 5 years ago

    Ohhhh, love this. The Edwardian and 60's selections are my fav :) ! Wish I could get married again and do Edwardian!

  • Hiddentreasureshoppe

    john montefusco from Hiddentreasureshoppe said 5 years ago

    Good Luck with your new book...

  • BemusingBaubles

    Sarah Laguna from BemusingBaubles said 5 years ago

    So pretty! I love Edwardian tea dresses more than anything.

  • oneperfectday

    oneperfectday from OnePerfectDay said 5 years ago

    Great post! Wonderful item selection!

  • CrystalPearl

    CrystalPearl from CrystalPearlJewelry said 5 years ago

    Very nice indeed!

  • lovemydressblog

    lovemydressblog said 5 years ago

    @NirvanaRoad - thank you so much, and what a great find! I'd love to see those wedding photographs! @Christine Pane "Every period in fashion history has beauty" - I truly believe it. Beautiful timeless designs will never go out of fashion. @Seasidecloth - "Bridal fashion has certainly improved over the last few decades" - hehe! I wonder if we'll look back in a few years and be hankering after the big ruffles of the 80's? ;)

  • lovemydressblog

    lovemydressblog said 5 years ago

    @Kimberlee - "My own style incorporates bits and pieces from many different eras because I love something about them all so much!" - that is wonderful! I often get asked if you can mix era style and my response is you can do what the heck you like! There are ways that it will, and won't work together aesthetically, but like you I completely believe each era has something distinctive and beautiful in terms of design to offer. Thank you for your lovely comment xXx

  • lovemydressblog

    lovemydressblog said 5 years ago

    @Luncheonettevintage and @Aristocrafts - thank you both so much! @Kate Taylor - ahh, thanks my friend ;) @lauraprill - thank you, I'd love to get a view of that 40s dress you talk about x

  • leahleaf

    Leah Moses from Yumyo said 5 years ago

    just beautiful! I love the idea of vintage inspired. My fiance and I are getting married in November and we are making almost everything ourselves, so there isn't much that can be vintage, But we will be incorporating vintage inspired elements from different eras like art nouveau, art deco, and 70's psychedelic, all with a rustic twist. Sounds like your book would have some great inspiation!

  • VintageHeaddresses

    Debbi Harrison Bond from VintageHeaddresses said 5 years ago

    Fab to see you on Etsy, loving your selections, especially that Edwardian dress, gorgeous! :)

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 5 years ago Featured

    Weddings are so magical! So many vintage wedding dresses were made on treadle sewing machines like I've been using for ages, no electricity, just foot power, much easier than you may imagine. I see the vintage dresses and wonder what sewing machine was used. I love making white wedding buntings on my English Jones treadle machines, one nicknamed Downton Abbey.

  • lovemydressblog

    lovemydressblog said 5 years ago

    @TreadleLady wow, I love that comment Donna!

  • byvala

    Barbara Pater from byvala said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational!

  • ASParkerJewellery

    Amy Sarah Parker from ASParkerJewellery said 5 years ago

    Great collection! :D x x

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 5 years ago

    great picks!

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry said 5 years ago

    lace and vintage what a great combination I can never be tired of seeing Beautiful combination of photos

  • sarahmoon503

    Sarah from Birchmoonrocksfibers said 5 years ago

    very, very pretty. My favorite is the 1920's Juliet cap veil. Love that, I would totally wear that if given an occasion, already had a good outdoor bohemian picnic wedding, but if there was another reason to dress up in wedding-ish style, I would be all over it with all the great things to be found here on etsy!

  • lovemydressblog

    lovemydressblog said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for all your lovely comments. Sarah @Birchmoonrocksfibers - I adore the 20's Juliet cap inspired veil, it's such a timeless, feminine look, I love that this style is back in fashion again. Think I'm going to have to renew my vows just so I can wear one! ;) xXx

  • handandheritage

    DueAmici from handandheritage said 5 years ago

    I can't decide which era I love the most! Gorgeous!

  • yzfashionbridal

    YZfashionbridal Inc from YZFashionBridal said 5 years ago

    Love it! check out my collections!

  • laremi

    Mirela Lace Wedding from Laremi said 5 years ago

    Amazing ideas!

  • judyli571

    Judy li from JUDYMADE1 said 4 years ago

    I think you may like the vintage wedding dress,I also like it ,and also like modern mermaid wedding dress,do you like it?

  • shiqiushi

    kang Bobby from BestServiceWedding said 4 years ago

    the dress is beautiful. you can see my wedding dress.

  • teanext

    Stephen from UrDress said 4 years ago

    beautiful.

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