9 Breathtaking Vintage Ideas for an Outdoor Wedding

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If you’ve planned a summer, or even and early autumn wedding, then you might be considering an outdoors do. If you are, then why not opt for a vintage theme? It’ll look timeless in photos and will appeal to guests of all ages.

When you go retro, there are so many little touches you can add to your big day to make it unique without having to blow the budget. 

We’ve rounded up a few of the best to help you feel inspired...
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1. Choose Your Confetti Carefully

When it come to wedding confetti, there’s only one way to channel vintage and that’s by picking real petals.

Real dried flowers or fresh petals look beautiful popped in to  paper cones for your guests to pick up before the ceremony.
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2. Outsmart the British Summer

Thanks to the guaranteed unpredictability of the not-so-great British weather, if you’re hosting your big day outdoors then providing shelter is a must.

A fun way to shield friends and family from the rain – while sticking to your vintage theme – is to gather together old-fashioned umbrellas.

Simply bunch them up in buckets with a little sign to let everyone know that they’re free to use.
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3. Create a Family Tree

Combine a personal touch with a vintage theme by creating a ‘family tree’.

All you need is some of the best snaps of family and friends (black and white or sepia prints look great for vintage themes) and some antique-looking frames or some  string and pegs – depending on the look you prefer.

Or, make a cute and interactive family tree by hanging empty frames and inviting guests to pose within them. 

Why not ask around the family for old wedding snaps? They'll make for a great talking point.
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4. Prop Up

From shelving for drinks to decorative displays, wooden ladders add a fun and quirky touch to outdoor weddings.

Guests will love your imaginative take on props and you’ll be pleased to know that these gorgeous vintage steps can also take pride of place in your home following the celebrations. Think bookshelves, garden display or a towel rail.
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5. Hang Out the Bunting

It wouldn’t be a vintage affair without some good old-fashioned bunting.

Instead of the traditional triangular pennants, you could make paper roses using pages from your favourite classic love stories or colourful card.

Or try tassels made from tissue paper, fabric strips or paper chains using sheets of wrapping paper.
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6. Get Creative With Containers

Mix up your flowers by arranging them in to unusual containers to suit your shabby chic theme.

Anything made from natural materials like metal or wood looks great – think  old watering cans, farm containers or barrels. 
  
And consider using plants too. They’ll flesh out your floral offerings (saving you cash), and you’ll be able to use them post-wedding to pretty up your house, garden or balcony.
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7. Don't Forget the Games

Give your guests something to do while you and your other half get your pictures
taken with a variety of outdoor games. 

If you have crafty friends, now is the time to get them on board. Ask them to help you make your own skittles from tin cans, noughts and crosses from wood and string, or Jenga from wooden blocks.

If you run out of time you can easily buy outdoor games, and they’re perfect for using again and again at future get togethers. 
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8. Have Fun With Hay Bales

Inexpensive and fun, any vintage outdoor wedding is crying out for hay bales.

Line them up as benches for the ceremony or arrange them into larger areas for guests to lounge on later in the day.  

However you choose to display them, hay bales add rustic charm and a comfortable, cosy nook.
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9. Host a Lemonade Stand

Champagne isn’t the only way to get the party off to a good start. Keep guests hydrated with an old-fashioned lemonade stand. This twist on a classic will have guests talking about your wedding for years to come.

All you need is the lemonade (if you’re feeling brave you could even make your own!), large Kilner jar dispensers and some pretty party cups and straws.

All thrown together on a wooden table they’ll make a bold, inexpensive, statement.  Job, done.
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