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Wedding Themes: Antique Wedding

By: Jaclyn Holtzman, Editor,

If you wish you were born in a different era, make your dreams come true through your wedding theme. The word "antique" describes anything that is at least 80-100 years old, not to be confused with vintage, which is more recent. Go back to the classic era of the roaring 20s where Great Gatsby-esque parties were thrown, literature was cherished, and flappers were abundant. Take it back a bit further to the post-Edwardian era and throw a Downton Abbey wedding complete with large hats, rich colors, and sparkling details. Go way, way back for a truly antique celebration and model your festivities after the Victorian era; drop the corsets but include the cameo pendants, gem brooches, and damask print. No matter which decade of the past in which you daydream about living, you're one step away from making it a reality.

Browse this collection of DIY wedding crafts to find which age of the past fits you and your fiance best. Guests will feel as though they have been transported when they walk into your venue adorned with the projects below. From your veil to your hubby-to-be's boutonniere, every detail of your wedding will be addressed with this complete key to the past.

Nothing is more glamorous than lace, pearls, and ruffles, and decades long ago offered bountiful amounts of all three. Femininity was fundamental in days past, which means that you get to embrace that side of you on your big day. Drape not only yourself but your cake stand in antique stones, add delicate details to both your ensemble and your table's, give even your place cards a magical touch to ensure that your wedding theme is fully integrated into every aspect of your celebration.

Wedding Themes: Antique Wedding
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Victorian Wedding

Downton Abbey Wedding

Roaring 1920s Wedding/ Great Gatsby Wedding

Victorian Wedding

Seagull Damask Printable Invitation SuiteFeel like a queen on the biggest day of your life by throwing a Victorian wedding. The rich colors, chicly conservative clothing, and delicate details will give your wedding a fiercely romantic feel.

Downton Abbey Wedding

Antique Cameo Jewelry BoxModel your nuptials after the highly-revered television series Downton Abbey. Though we love the characters, it's the charm of the time period in which it's set that really draws in viewers. Attract your guests in the same way with posh decor, perfectly-antiqued accents, and darling lace accessories.

Roaring 1920s Wedding/ Great Gatsby Wedding

Hipster Wedding Place CardsWho doesn't wish they were alive during the roaring 20s? Shorter skirts, more fringe, and jazzier music made for a truly dazzling decade. From your first dance song to your invitation envelopes, let your celebration ooze exhilaration. The excitement of the time will, no doubt, come across in your Great Gatsby wedding when you include the following details.

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I'm personally not a huge fan of the antique/vintage look, but this is a great resource for anyone who wants to achieve this wedding theme.


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