This couple teamed antique furniture and vintage finds with elegant crystal and glassware. The result? A vintage grandeur reception theme that just oozed style and luxury without being overly formal. The wooden crates and abundance of fairy lights and candles retain a laid-back, natural edge, making this classy aged, antique affair also extremely intimate and romantic.
Swooning over this wow-factor wedding style? Here’s how you can recreate the look for your own dream day. Start by choosing your statement furniture pieces, then add the following:
Dainty lanterns with intricate cut outs in muted shades will add a sparkle of pretty elegance. Fill them with flickering tea lights, then place them on your reception tables and hired furniture or hang them outdoors for a sophisticated and atmospheric lighting effect.
Complement the lanterns with subtler glassware in mercury or decorative, patterned finishes. Source them in abundance, add your choice of candles (we love scented options!) and sweep them across the surfaces in your reception venue. The smaller beacons of light will let your lanterns take centre stage while adding that something extra.
This couple brought their vintage grandeur reception theme together using flowers. Select a few key varieties and colours for a consistent colour scheme and then mix up the designs and arrangements, using individual stems in slender vases tucked among candles and more flamboyant floral displays in statement areas.
Decorative details married beautifully with the blooms, with birdcages used to secret away more understated florals. The birdcage decorations were particularly meaningful to this couple, having released doves earlier on in their wedding day. Whether you want to use them as your centrepieces, fill them with flowers, or candles, you can get birdcages in a range of colours and sizes here.
If your venue or hired furniture boasts a gazebo or floral arch, then you must remember to use the height to create the biggest impact, just like this couple did. It can be as simple as entwining pillars with fairylights but, for a subtler suggestion, reflect the height in your centrepieces. Use tall, grand candelabra that will tie into your vintage grandeur reception theme to naturally encourage the eye upwards.
The success of this reception scheme is in its paradox, turning the most imposing of grand features into inviting areas and decorations. Choosing natural accents can really enhance this by gently introducing a more laid-back and relaxed feel – just like the wooden crates beside the ornate chairs do for this couple’s reception.