Vintage Wedding Trends 2014

Over Christmas 2013, our good friend and annual events partner for The Vintage Manchester Awards, Rachael from The Social Butterfly became a bride-to-be! Like me (editor), she’s a typical Virgo where planning and organisation are amongst her most favourite pastimes, she has already set a date and place for 2015 (I’ve had a sneak peek at its b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l)!

You see this lady is bit little of a wedding encyclopaedia, Lord knows she’s done her research, since launching her beautifully curated whimsical wedding wonderlands, White Memoirs, back in 2011, so in terms of seeking out amazing suppliers, I think it’s fair to say her work is done! Below she shares her thoughts on vintage wedding trends for 2014 and sheds light one or two ideas she will be incorporating on her special day…

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Taking inspiration from rustic, woodland themed weddings from the summers of 2012 and 2013, is a new Nordic trend elegantly emerging into the bridal market. This look fuses contemporary with eco-elements. A Nordic inspired wedding works especially well in the Winter, with a nod to nature, think antlers centre pieces, hanging green ivy and animal hide bench covers. This Scandinavian inspired theme is all about use of texture!

Credit Tinywater Photography.

Credit Tinywater Photography.

Although the main colour pallet used is white and grey, is doesn’t have to mean dull and boring, injecting a metallic antique gold or futurist pewter, will create a luxury feel. White Memoirs exhibitor, The Word Is Love hand-make giant light-up letters, the must have personalised interior for any modern wedding. Come and see them on Sunday 23rd February at Festival Hall, Alderly Edge.

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Thanks to the remake of the Great Gastby, 1920’s inspired weddings dominated 2013! Taking influence from this year’s, film blockbuster, American Hustle, I predict that glitz and glamour of the 1970’s will be the next vintage trend to appear in weddings for 2014. The 1970’s era is just on the cusp as being regarded as beautiful and elegant. It’s only recently that people are appreciating the alternative styles to 70’s fashion other than clumpy platforms and sequinned jumpsuits. 70s wedding 3
Personally, I feel the 70’s feminine ideal is just as iconic as the 1950’s Pin-Up. She may no embody the curves but graceful, tall, lean presence is almost angelic, so I expect we will be seeing a lot of long-sleeved, free-flowing maxis in the next few months! Oh and hopefully, some authentic cheese fondues! White Memoirs exhibitor, The Case of The Curious Bride has some beautiful true vintage bridal gowns for 70’s inspired brides. Come and see them on Sunday 16th February at Rosylee Tearooms.

Personal. Photo Table Plan. Paragraph. Credit Love My Dress.

I know this one may not exactly be a wedding trend but introducing a little personality into your big day is the best way to banish Bridezilla tendencies! I came across this super cute idea on Pintrest that I maybe borrowing for my own wedding. We weren’t too keen on having a seating plan until we realised it didn’t have to be so formal and serious. When we send our invites we will be requesting our guests to send an image of them as a child. On the day, instead of looking for their name to find their seat they will have to find their picture! There’s bound to be some corkers in there and of course myself and hubby-to-be will also be joining in the fun! The Key To You Seat. Details.

The trend of DIY brides maybe on the up but if for time short ladies and totally-hopeless-at-crafts like myself, thank goodness for nifty-fingered businesses! Here are some gorgeous examples of handcrafted stationary and wedding favours, I have been swooning over ever since he asked me!


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These teeny, tiny details are what make weddings really special and totally personal to the couple. Personally, I think I’d rather save a few zeros on the dress and invest a few more pennies into forget-me-nots like this. White Memoirs stationary exhibitor, To and From, is the go to designer for beautiful wedding zines to share your story! Come and see them on Sunday 16th February at Rosylee Tearooms.


Pixelstop Paper Etsy

If you have recently got engaged, start your wedding journey with White Memoirs vintage wedding fairs. They have two special dates coming up in February including Sunday 16th February at Rosylee Tearooms, Manchester and Sunday 23rd February at Festival Hall, Cheshire. Both fairs are free to attend and are open to the public 11am -4pm. The first 50 brides to register will receive a free goody bag, glass of fizz and a copy of White Memoirs wedding zine.

Email Rachael at confirming your name, contact number and which fayre you will be attending.


Title: White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair
Location: Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge & RosyLee Tearooms, Northern Quarter
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Written by Susan “Susie” Earlam