• Joanne Higgs

A Vintage Wedding - Your way

Are you thinking of a vintage wedding? I love a good wedding, I’m clearly biased but I love a vintage styled wedding the best. This blog is a bit of a mash up of ideas and tips from my experience in the industry and as a bride myself (a few years back). I hope it gives you the confidence to go for it and have your perfect vintage wedding.

Firstly, it’s your day - always remember that - make sure you keep it your way as much as possible. In terms of styling there are different levels of commitment to the theme. Some like to really go the whole way and completely theme their wedding and every detail, whereas some prefer to simply incorporate vintage elements and mix classic with modern. When we hire out vintage crockery we offer a fully styling option, a set up/take down option and a dry hire. Our crockery is mainly used for afternoon tea, but there are lots of options. We’ve had the full traditional afternoon tea, afternoon tea without the tea - replaced by cocktails. Full sit-down meals where our vintage crockery has been additional to the standard setting. Some like to incorporate vintage crockery centre pieces in the form of vintage teapots, vintage cups filled with flowers and so on.

‘Vintage’ is the perfect theme for any venue, it looks gorgeous in barns, tipis, stately homes, even a village hall! It really does transcend them all. I think the reason for this is it’s timeless. Most venues are many years old and therefore filled with their own history and hold an historical thread of stories that you will become woven into on your special day. When I got married 8 years ago, we had our wedding at St Brides church in London and then the reception at a gorgeous old east end gastro pub in Clerkenwell (the Peasant, amazing food!) The church was as grand as could be and the pub by contrast, as down to earth, but both totally fitted the vintage wedding theme perfectly.

So where to start? I would definitely think about what era you feel most connected to first. What styles; the glamour of the 1920s, the 1940’s vibe, the fun swing of the 1950’s maybe you are thinking something later, 60’s, 70’s Boho, it’s all gorgeous and all completely vintage. Our vintage crockery spans from art deco up to the 50’s but also includes some really pretty 60s/70s cutlery with beautiful floral patterns, so it is perfect for them all.

When you have your era and a wedding date you normally then start with a venue and then get in contact with all your suppliers to secure your date. Your venue is the backdrop to the whole day and there are so many gorgeous venues out there.

Vintage flowers. Local flowers are great and many florists will advise you on what is in season when your wedding takes place. If you are eco-conscious, then local (uk based) is the way to go. There are some amazing growers around. Seasonal by its nature is very vintage, as uk grown would have been the only option years ago.

Photography, food and vintage props are all key elements. There are some fantastic professionals about.

TIP: I would recommend booking key suppliers early it can be disappointing when you have your heart set on someone who is already booked.

You then need to think about outfits, make up and jewellery. Arguably this is the most important outfit you will ever buy, so you can really live out your dreams here. That is not to say you have to spend a ridiculous amount to achieve that. I knew I didn’t want a full-length dress straight away, in fact the dress took no time at all to choose, it wasn’t expensive, but it was lovely, and I added vintage lace to it and it was just what I wanted. What I didn’t think of was how much time I would spend on finding the shoes!

TIP: The thing about a shorter length vintage dress is that the shoes are so much more visible and therefore even more important! Make sure you remember to allow time to find the right pair.

TIP: Make sure you have a make-up trial and that you have a make-up artist who really listens to you. You may love the full works and want to be all red lips and thick eye liner, but you may also be someone who is not comfortable with too much make up. A good make-up artist will listen and understand if you need to tone anything down or up a notch!

The transport. This can be so much fun, I hired a vintage bus for my wedding and it was great, as it was only needed for an hour or so it was really reasonable too and the guests loved it. Classic cars are perfect for this theme and there are so many to choose from, but I also love a vintage vespa or a VW Camper.

Entertainment. There are so many amazing skilled musicians and singers out there! Swing bands, vintage vocalists, the options are unlimited.

I hope this little guide has given you a few useful tips and more confidence to really embrace the vintage wedding. I have added a few suppliers in the Hertfordshire/Essex area who are fantastic.

Jo x

Vintage style wedding suppliers near us we love.


@mistyvwbus – Hempel Hampstead, Hertfordshire (A gorgeous VW for Hire) - Welwyn, Hertfordshire (Beautiful vintage vespa’s for hire)

Flowers – Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire (Amazing florist) – Much Hadam, Hertfordshire (locally gown flowers for DIY Weddings) – Coggeshall, Essex (Gorgeous florals)

Cakes – Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire (Beautiful Wedding Cakes) – Hertfordshire (Wedding cakes-stunning sugar flower art) – Much Hadam, Hertfordshire (Grazing tables, afternoon teas & beautiful cakes)

Photography – Essex (Stunning Photography) - Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire ( Pre Wedding Boudoir shoots) - Hertforshire (Beautiful wedding photography)


@1940bridal – Paris - ok not local but this company hail from Hertfordshire. (Luxe vintage styled wedding Accessories)

Tipi Hire/Decorations/Wedding Stationary – Essex/Herts – (Wedding Tipi and bell tent hire)

@johiggsartanddesign - Hertfordshire (Bespoke wedding stationary- vintage or classic) - Hertfordshire (Bespoke table/event decorations)

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