I’m so excited to be sharing more romantic eco-friendly vintage wedding ideas with you. I’ll be back to décor posting soon, but I couldn’t resist talking about weddings this summer.
In my previous post, I shared some ideas for using antique/vintage sterling pieces in your wedding to give it a special touch.
Today, I’m gonna give you some more ideas that I used in my own wedding starting with the engagement.
Instead of a new engagement ring, my husband and I searched for a vintage ring that had more character than a new one.
Idea #1: Opt for a vintage engagement ring.
You don’t have to spend a small fortune on high-end estate jewelry. We were patient and searched antique stores for those that had descent estate jewelry, but didn’t specialize in it. Therefore, we got a much better deal and pieces can be had for far less than you can buy a new one. Instead of a big “rock”, we choose a simple princess style ring. It is set in platinum and has old mine cut diamonds (they don’t cut diamonds this way anymore). We only paid a few hundred dollars and it is worth every penny. Family heirlooms, such as your mother’s or grandmother’s diamond can have extra special meaning. Just update it by having it re-set.
Idea #2: Search for jewelry pieces that have a story to tell.
The Victorians used special bracelets for a pre-engagement symbol? Who knew? We found mine for a song at an antique store. Kinda like a friendship ring.
I even wore this bracelet on my wedding day.
Idea #3: Don’t leave your future husband out of the picture…find him some great cuff links.
Just look at this great pair of Edwardian rose gold cufflinks. Handsome if I must say so and my husband got to be fashionably vintage as well!
Idea #4: Sterling lockets and heart charms have tons of uses in your vintage wedding so pick up several.
You can usually find lots of sterling heart charms at antique shows and good flea markets because charm bracelets were so popular with the Victorians and of course, ebay always has a good variety. I removed the heart charms from a bracelet to use in other ways.
They can be tied onto your bouquet (which is what I did) or on your bridesmaids bouquets. Use them on ring bearers pillows or on ribbons adorning guest chairs.
Can you even believe the detail on these tiny treasures? Some are Edwardian and Art Nouveau.
You can’t go wrong with lockets.
Wear one yourself with a picture of you and your very soon-to-be husband or insert your parents or grandparents photos.
These make the greatest gifts for your bridesmaids, use small ones for flower girls, or give one to your mother and future mother-in-law. Everyone’s will be different and unique and hand-picked by you.
I’m especially partial to the locket pins but the necklace version is just fine.
I found the mother-of-pearl cross to wear the evening before we were married.
I think it is so charming and crosses are such an important symbol for me.
These vintage pieces made my day so much more memorable. What vintage pieces did you or your daughter use?
Please join me on Wednesday for my final post on vintage wedding ideas. Remember to check out the first post HERE.
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