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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Vintage Wedding Ideas: Part 3: {Saying “I Do” with an eco-friendly lifestyle}

Well, this is my last post on the ideas that I used during my own wedding in Napa Valley.  If you missed the other two, you can read them HERE and HERE.  If you want to read about wedding, click HERE and HERE.

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Three ideas today for Part 3!!!  Today’s tips actually incorporate new and old.

Idea #1:  Dress an antique doll in a replica of your wedding gown.

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This was my second wedding so in-line with wanting to do things differently I had my 2-piece outfit custom made by a seamstress and based it on historical designs.  I also added a robin’s egg blue train and the bell/trumpet sleeves were also lined in blue.  This was my “something blue”.

I found an antique china head doll while antiquing and gave her to the seamstress to replicate my dress.  I was so excited when she arrived after the wedding……

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What’s she gonna look like…

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Is it, is it, my outfit?…….

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Yes, she did a wonderful job of sewing a mini version of my outfit.  I guess we can call her "mini me"! LOL  This is one of my most special keepsakes.

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Another idea (even though it’s not vintage) is to have a tag embroidered with your name and wedding date sewn into your gown.

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Use the same color thread as your accent color.

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Idea #2: Put your most memorable items in an antique convex frame.

These are pretty easy to find at lots of flea markets and antique stores. I painted the frame gold and had our framing gallery arrange mementos of our wedding.


It already had the original convex glass in it.

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Idea #3: Use a vintage cake topper.

The photo below was my inspiration for our wedding cake. It came from a Mary Engelbreit Home Companion Magazine.  I love it’s diminutive size. We had a very small ceremony so this small size worked for us. For a larger reception, these mini cake beauties could be placed on each guest table with different vintage toppers.


Yep, the cake topper was a no-brainer and so happens to be the first vintage wedding piece we found.  Below is a picture of our wedding cake.


And, a tradition that we did for a couple years was to have this same cake made on our anniversary.

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This vintage topper is one of my favorite finds.

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O.K. I’m having too much fun photographing this cake topper!!!  The bride and groom are just precious!

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Some references are:




Also:  Vintage Wedding by Daniela Turudich

All of these books are available on Amazon.

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I hope you have enjoyed my ideas for a vintage wedding.  I’ve had a blast doing these posts.  Create your own memories with pieces that already have a colorful and romantic history. 

Oh, and have FUN. Have lots and lots of FUN with some whimsy thrown in!


Notice the resemblance?  LOL

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Olive said...

You are so fun and funny and full of great ideas Kim.

Our Hopeful Home said...

Love the dress, and the topper!

amit said...

awesome photos ... such an adorable wedding dress. love it.Thanks for sharing all these blogs and phots are very useful to every one

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chateau chic said...

Your outfit is gorgeous, Kim, and what a fun idea to have a mini one made. More great ideas. That vintage cake topper is wonderful.
Mary Alice

Debbiedoos said...

Ho pretty Kim! I adore this idea. SPeaking of adore, I received something in the mail that I simply adore:) Thank you so very much. That was very kind of you. I just came back from a girls weekend and that was a great surprise.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Kim...I truly loved this post...such a great idea to make a "mini me"...and the vintage cake is magnificent!....
AND...I love that picture of you two...but really..No resemblance !!...you guys are way too beautiful!!

Kathy said...

beautiful post...coming from Deb's blog, what a nice gift to give her, you are a real sweetheart I'm sure!

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

What a charming post. Especially like the idea of the antique doll wearing a replica dress!

Visiting from Ivy and Elephants.

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