Weddings are becoming more patriotic, combining British wartime patriotism and values with the vintage, minimalist look of past years. Customizing a patriotic vintage is all in the details, down to the vintage wedding invitations that clue guests into what kind of event it will be.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate a patriotic theme into the wedding is to incorporate the Union Jack flag. Have elements of blue and red in the vintage wedding invite and put a flag in the corner of the invite. To carry a vintage wartime theme, print the invitations on special paper that looks rustic and simple. Add twine for more of a vintage effect.
There should be hints of red, white, and blue all over the wedding. It does not have to be outlandish patriotic, after all this is your day, but hints of these Union Jack colours with balloons, paper decor, and table centrepieces is a lovely and subtle way to pull off this theme without going overboard. Bridesmaids can even represent all or one of the Union Jack colours.
The centrepieces for the table is another great way to incorporate a vintage theme. Mason jars used to be used for canning fruit and other food, but have made a comeback as a vintage chic element to home décor and weddings. Use mason jars to hold wildflowers that look handpicked. The jars can be painted the Union Jack colours as well.
Wartime details are perfect for the patriotic vintage look. Besides the mason jars, you can add empty SPAM tins and mustard jars on different tables or on the floor to hold other kinds of unique decor. Invitations can also reflect the wartime theme by having the couple's names within the phrase "NEED YOU!" Couples could also incorporate the keep calm and carry on slogan.
Incorporate décor with a truly vintage look and feel to further the theme. Have chalkboards everywhere, or write on weathered plank boards with chalk. Have signs and old romantic slogans posted everywhere.
To incorporate a British and vintage sense, use a British designer who specializes in vintage wear. Since it is designed and made in the UK, it can be worn with pride to match the wedding. Emulate the look of Kate Middleton, whose dress is the perfect representation of this theme.
There are many beautiful venues in the UK to have your wedding, but couples need to choose one that matches the vintage theme. A country manor is a beautiful and vintage place to have a ceremony and reception. Castle venues provide a very old wedding look, bringing back memories of centuries old Kings and Queens.
There are many National Trust properties that are available for weddings and will fit the vintage bill perfectly. If having the wedding in the capital, then there are options such as The Dorchester or the Tower Bridge that provide unique and truly British options.
Instead of having a cocktail hour, have a tea hour. Drinking tea is quintessential to being British and goes well with the theme. Provide guests with small portions of cake biscuits that are similar to those served in the past. Decorate with traditional bunting to make the tea time vintage look complete.
Britain is known for its spectacular rock bands. Hire a tribute band that plays the music and dresses the part of some of the best musicians in the history of music. Choose a band that emulates The Beatles, The Police, Queen, or Oasis. To stick with a wartime theme, hire a band that plays music from the 1940s in Frank Sinatra garb. This can be combined with a British themed photo booth.