Vintage wedding centerpieces can be surprisingly inexpensive, using such thrift store finds as teacups, milk glasses or Mason jars. Top with feathers and silver-dipped flowers for a 1920s Gatsby vibe or use flowers reminiscent of Americana beauty like baby’s breath or hydrangeas. Above all, when designing your vintage wedding centerpieces, start with a theme. Whether it’s an Edwardian garden party or a mid-century chic cocktail party, allow that theme to guide choices for flowers, fabric and holders. We’ve included a few examples of our favorite wedding table decor, including tips for designing your own vintage wedding centerpieces.
Fruit farms from the forties inspired this vintage wedding centerpiece, which uses fruit crates and coarse burlap to contrast zesty citrus and creamy candles. While fruit may seem like a restrictive wedding theme, this couple found fruit to be quite inspiring, using vintage fruit labels for their save-the-date and place mats. For your own vintage wedding centerpieces, use the theme to inspire rather than dictate your decor. It’s a wedding, not a reenactment.
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Contrast is a common theme in vintage wedding centerpieces. Mixing modern with old-fashioned works here because milk glass fills a table without cluttering it while flowers host a striking juxtaposition to whitewashed leaves and weathered tables. When designing your own vintage wedding centerpieces, be sure to either have a focal point like the citrus boxes above, or to stagger a collection of glass without overly filling the table. Be forewarned: there is a fine balance between cluttered and just right.
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One of the biggest challenges of designing vintage wedding centerpieces — or any centerpiece, for that matter — is filling the space without overwhelming it. This wedding uses aqua-hued tomes and pottery to decorate the space. Pinwheels made out of old books unite the different colors. If you, too, find yourself with an under-decorated table, go back to your theme and brainstorm a supporting cast of centerpiece ideas, perhaps feathers, a fan or even a quick origami craft for guests to make.
Karie Denny Photo shares how to make pinwheels for your own vintage wedding centerpieces.
Teacups become a delicate vintage wedding centerpiece and are particularly suited to smaller tables. Candle votives ring the teacups while peonies and roses top the tower. Dishware is a common trend in vintage wedding centerpieces, including the milk glass mentioned above. For your own designs, explore common cutlery or dishes used during the time period for which your wedding is themed and then get creative repurposing those pieces in unique displays. We’re particularly fond of cake plate candelabras and forks that become name card holders (as seen with this CraftFoxes’ post).
Cori Cook offers more inspiring photography and ideas for making vintage wedding centerpieces.
Roses and baby's breath, a slightly cliche combination, get a much-deserved makeover when paired in a wood box. When planning your vintage wedding centerpieces, simple combinations can be even more striking than exotic flowers and intricate holders.
Elizabeth Anne Designs shares more on this vintage wedding centerpiece.
Image credits (from top): Kristin Light Photographie, Kimberlee Miller Photography, Kristin Light Photographie, Karie Denny Photography, Laura Murray Photography and Amy Carroll Photography