Last Updated: May 25, 2016
A vintage wedding is a charming blend of some things old and some things new. Which treasures of the past you wish to include are up to you, making this timeless wedding theme ideal for couples who want a sophisticated, unique, and personal wedding.
Carrying out a vintage wedding theme can be simple and fun, especially if you start with the invitations. There’s the classic vintage wedding: think neutral colors, vintage furniture, distressed wood, and faded paint.
“Vintage weddings are popular these days,” says wedding planner Tessa Brand of Tessa Lyn Events. “Couples like the neutral colors as well as the distressed, relaxed look.”
A vintage wedding theme can also be playful as you incorporate your favorite retro looks. A 1920s Great Gatsby-inspired theme may feature Art Deco details and gold touches. A retro wedding may play with themes like the 1950s American diner, complete with soda fountains, bright poppy colors, and greaser-inspired attire with plenty of polka dots.
As you plan your vintage-inspired wedding theme, remember that your invitations are a chance to reflect the same theme and feeling of your big day.
Vintage Wedding Invitations
How important is the style of your wedding invitations?
“Invitations are the first impression of a wedding,” says Tessa. “An invitation has the ability to get a guest excited for the event to come.”
To help you envision and design your vintage wedding invitations, we’ve collected our favorite vintage and retro wedding invitations that you can easily make your own.
Retro Wedding Invitations
A retro-inspired wedding theme can be any look or style from the past, from Art Deco to Old Hollywood glamour.
A black and white filter on an engagement photo instantly adds a retro feel to this romantic invitation made modern by a touch of color. The Perfect Border wedding invitation features a bracket trim and can be customized with your colors.
Invite your guests to your wedding with the Perfect Border wedding invitation.
Art Deco Wedding Invitations
“Art Deco we see most often,” says Tessa. “The 2013 movie The Great Gatsby brought that style back. Here in Los Angeles some of the venues were built in that era so it feels appropriate to embrace the theme throughout the design rather than change it to something else.”
When searching for Art Deco wedding invitations, look for straight lines and triangular shapes, scalloped edges, and gold and black colors. The following invitations are inspired by the Art Deco era and go well with wedding themes that are inspired by the Roaring 20s.
Polished and Cherished
A luxurious foil-stamped chandelier design adds glamour to this black and gold Polished and Cherished wedding invitations by Yours Truly.
This lovely invitation is also available in silver and copper and is suitable for any vintage or Art Deco inspired wedding theme.
Express your wedding day theme with the Polished and Cherished wedding invitation.
Celebration of Love
Staying true to the gold and black hues of the Art Deco era, this Celebration of Love wedding invitation features a combination of fancy cursive and print bordered by a stylish bracket trim. Designed by Yours Truly, this elegant and formal wedding invitation is simple yet glamourous.
Customize the Celebration of Love wedding invitation with the details of your big day.
Reminiscent of the Roaring 20s, the Regal Paisley wedding invitation features a grand and intricate retro swirl design that mimics a flapper’s feather headband. This impressive black and gold invitation designed by Brejer also features lovely, stylish script with the names of the bride and groom front and center.
Choose the Regal Paisley wedding invitation to reflect your personal details and style.
Classic Hollywood Wedding Invitations
Hollywood’s Golden Age has left us with lavish fashions, styles and decorations that span from the 1930s to the 1960s. This incredible time of film and creativity has a rich library of themes to pull from for your wedding day.
“Classic Hollywood feels grand with large chandeliers and plush materials like velvet,” says Tessa.
Whether you’re inspired by your favorite actress, movie, or simply the luxury and beauty of those years, it’s easy to bring your design concept to life with the following Old Hollywood wedding invitations.
Soft pink and gold wraps around this classic Hollywood wedding invitation. Designed by Yours Truly, the Crisscross Perfection vintage wedding invitation is glamourous and chic without taking away from the details of your big day.
Add your wedding day details to the Crisscross Perfection vintage wedding invitation.
Nothing says Old Hollywood like a black and white photograph of a couple kissing. The Divine Elegance wedding invitation uses your own photo as the romantic backdrop for the details of your wedding day.
Go with classic white or bring in your own color palette to create a unique and beautiful vintage wedding invitation designed by Yours Truly.
Excite and welcome your guests with the Divine Elegance wedding invitation.
Vintage Lace Wedding Invitations
Since first impressions matter, your vintage wedding invitations should reflect more than your theme, but also the event’s formality, colors, and overall design concept, says Tessa.
A Perfect Match
If you’re tapping into the timeless beauty of vintage lace and floral design themes, the romantic pink roses of A Perfect Match by Yours Truly will truly be the perfect invitation to announce your celebration to your guests. This feminine wedding invitation features romantic soft pink and red roses and elegant script, ideal for any vintage theme wedding.
Personalize A Perfect Match wedding invitation with your big day details.
Expert Tips for Personalized Vintage Wedding Invitations
If you don’t have your vintage wedding style finalized, don’t worry. A good place to start is with the invitations.
“I like to bring elements of the invitation into the wedding,” says Tessa. “For example, you can choose a font for your invitations that you will also use on all of your signs at the wedding. Or, you can choose a logo that you may want to use on your cocktail napkins.”
When selecting your retro, vintage, or classic wedding invitations, don’t skimp on the quality of the paper. “Even if the design is on point, cheap paper will ruin the final product,” says Tessa.
There are so many ways to celebrate the union of two people in marriage. A vintage wedding theme is a wonderful way to tap into timeless style of the past while also looking forward to the good times ahead.
With Shutterfly, you can create and personalize the perfect classic wedding invitations that reflect your vintage-inspired wedding. Choose your theme, color palette, paper, trim, and all the lovely details that capture your ultimate vision for your big day.