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.
[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. 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. 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. 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.
Want 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