Vintage Mismatched China

We love the idea of using mismatched china for a DIY wedding. Perfect for a garden or vintage styled affair, this gorgeous shabby-chic trend has been popular of late and is a look which gives a wedding decor plenty of personality. You can use mismatched china and tableware for pretty guest place settings, charming wedding centrepieces or even to bring a touch of nostalgia to dessert buffet tables.Vintage Table SettingsWhen designing your vintage tablescape, stick to a similar theme or colour scheme to keep the look cohesive. Start collecting your pieces early by regularly visiting local thrift and antique stores. It’s fun and often addictive to search for special pieces and you may even be lucky to find some great vintage props at the same time. Also, don’t over look family and friends as a fantastic source. Most families accumulate an assortment of mismatched china in their cupboards over time from formal dining sets. Sourcing vintage china can be very economical and you can recoup your investment when your wedding is over by renting your collection or selling it to other brides. Check out these pretty tablescapes we found using mismatched vintage china for charming DIY vintage wedding ideas.

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Image 1: Nicole Chan Photography & Greia Marlow via Style Me Pretty / Image 2: Rustic Vintage by Ruffled Blog / Image 3: Vintage Wedding via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings / Image 4 + 5: Secret Garden Wedding Table by Cynthia Zatkin Events / Image 6: French Countryside Wedding by Jose Villa + Duet Weddings / Image 7: Mismatched Vintage Plates via Southern Living / Image 8: Eclectic Vintage Table by Brandon Kidd Photography / Image 9:  Vintage China Place Setting by Joielala Photography via The Wedding Chicks / Image 10: Retro Vintage Tablescape by A Little Loveliness / Image 11:  Vintage Wedding by Jessica Zais & Stage Right, Etc via Wedding Bells.

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Blissful Ideas: DIY Fortune Cookie Seating Cards

We just love this cute guest escort card idea you can easily DIY – Fortune Cookie Seating Cards made from paper! Opening a fortune cookie to discover a personalized message and your table number is a fun and original way for guests to find their seats. A colorful table display of these paper fortune cookies, can look pretty as picture. Create them in any block shade of colored paper you like, or choose a pretty whimsical paper print. Here is an easy DIY paper fortune cookie tutorial we found, so you can start your project straight away.  Happy fortune folding!

DIY Fortune Cookie Seating Cards

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DIY Sparkle Wedding Garland

How cool is this gorgeous DIY sparkle wedding garland? I think it look great as a backdrop behind a wedding cake or dessert table. You could even use it as a feature decoration for the bride and groom’s table.  You only need a strand of white string lights and metres of mirror garland draped on a curtain rod and you have twinkling lights and sparkle galore. So, all you creative DIY diva’s out there, pop on over and get the full details here.

DIY Sparkle Mirror Garland


Whimsical DIY Paper Decorations

Here is a lovely selection of whimsical DIY paper decorations you can easily create to decorate your wedding.  Pretty handmade decorations give a wonderful personalised touch to your wedding and instantly add a whimsical element to any event. These DIY paper projects are fun to make, look a treat, and will keep those wedding costs way down too!

DIY Wedding Pinwheels

Paper pinwheels are not only easy to make, but go perfectly with a whimsical wedding. There are a variety of ways you can use pinwheels at your wedding. Small pinwheels look delightful as cupcake toppers or as guest seating cards inserted in trays. Larger pinwheels look great as decorations in pot plants or when used as colorful overhead banners to decorate the reception. Click here to get this pretty DIY from Paige and Brooke on how to make a flower paper pinwheel.

How To Make Paper Flower Pinwheels

Handmade Paper Cake Decorations

These DIY paper flower cake decorations from Hostess with the Mostess are perfect for a bridal shower cake or a wedding on a budget. Easily turn a simple store bought cake or even homemade cupcakes into pretty custom look creations with some paper, toothpicks and a few strokes of the paint brush. The whole effect is delicate, pretty and totally whimsical! Get the full DIY tutorial here.

Whimsical DIY Paper Wedding Decorations

DIY Paper Flag Bunting

DIY paper decorations can’t get any simpler with this contact paper bunting and toppers from The Sweetest Occassion. All you have to do is find some contact with a pretty vintage design then cut and stick. For a more personalised look just use your own design printed on sticker sheets – how ingenious! Go grab the simple handmade instructions here.

DIY Paper Flag Bunting

Tissue Paper Wedding Pom Poms

Where would we be without a little bit of Martha in our lives? In my hunt for the best handmade paper pom pom project, I discovered most DIY sites always referred back to Martha Stewart’s original pom pom tutorial. I guess when you’re on to a good thing you should stick to it!  I believe you can’t go wrong using these gorgeous paper decorations for a whimsical wedding. Whether framing a pretty wedding table or floating in the breeze, they make a wedding look absolutely delightful. Try your hand at her ‘eezy-peezy’ tutorial, or if all goes pear-shaped before the big day, you can always use these ready made ones as a back-up!

Tissue Paper Wedding Pom Poms

Handmade Decorative Paper Lanterns

I think these pretty decorative lanterns from Crafty Nest are my favourite. All they consist of is a basic white paper lantern covered with artificial flowers. As you can see, the end result is amazing. They do require a little more time and effort, so you may decide to just make a few then feature over your dessert buffet or wedding cake table. Better still, round up the troops and have them help you make a room full. I guarantee, your wedding will look like a whimsical wonderland. Get the DIY project here.

Handmade Decorative Paper Lanterns

On the hunt for more whimsical ideas? Then check out these fun ideas for whimsical weddings.

DIY Wedding Decorations ~ Spring Wedding Garland

These pretty DIY Spring garlands I found on Decor8, created by stylist Sania Pell are perfect for a Spring wedding or party. You can either use ribbon and fabric left overs you already have at home or alternatively, buy the fabric and ribbon to match your wedding decor colors. They’re such a simple way to decorate a space and instantly add a lovely touch of whimsy and pretty to your event.

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You can get the full DIY garland tutorial here.

DIY Wedding Paper Flowers

These DIY wedding paper flowers are a simple yet effective way to decorate a whimsical wedding. Made out of paper napkins you won’t be breaking the wedding budget either. Use them for a variety of decorations including guest favors, floral centerpieces and groomsmen boutonnieres. You can even cut the paper napkins into colorful confetti for the flower girls to sprinkle down the aisle. Here are a variety of pretty ways you can use these lovely paper wedding flowers:

DIY Wedding Paper Flowers

Use them as a favor for your wedding guests. A personalized flower arrangement that will last.

Paper Wedding Flowers

Decorate wedding tables with pretty paper flower centerpieces.

DIY Paper Boutonnieres

Add a touch of whimsy to your groomsmen with diy paper boutonnieres.

Paper Wedding Decorations

Colorful paper confetti sprinkled down the aisle is a timeless tradition which will always stay in style.

You can get the full How To DIY paper flower tutorial here

Image credits: Dana Made It


DIY Vintage Wedding Ideas

There are many ways you can add DIY details into your vintage wedding theme. DIY elements always give a wedding a lovely sentimental touch and of course anything do-it-yourself marries beautifully with a vintage era (not to mention the bonus of saving a few dollars at the same time). Here are some gorgeous DIY vintage wedding ideas you can easily incorporate into your vintage theme and bring to life some charming old world style.
 
DIY Vintage Wedding DetailsPhoto by Jessica Claire
 
Vintage Save The Dates

When you create save the dates with a vintage theme it sets the tone for your wedding. These inventive vintage save the date cards featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs were created with vintage wall paper and ephemera to create a backdrop for a simple printed calendar highlighting the future wedding date. An assortment of miniature vintage postcards featuring various scenes of the couple’s city were also used to display their wedding website address and wedding date. To complete the whole vintage feel, it was then packaged together with a mini clothes pin – fabulous!  Check out the full DIY project and some cute vintage invitations too.

Vintage Save The Dates

Vintage Brooch Bouquets

Featuring a vintage brooch on your bridal bouquet creates a beautiful touch to your vintage style. In this example, the used her mother’s vintage cameo brooch as the feature her modern bouquet for a vintage inspired look.

Vintage Brooch Wedding BouquetImage via Brenda’s Wedding Blog

This stunning brooch bouquet features pretty vintage jewelry nestled amongst fresh flowers for a dazzling unique bridal bouquet. 

Brooch Bouquet

Whimsical Vintage Tablescapes

Little details are extremely effective when creating a vintage mood or theme and that is exactly what this stunning tablescape featured on Once Wed by talented designer La La Laurie had to offer. Bursting with color and full of whimsy, most of the vintage decor was sourced from vintage stores, thrift shops and markets. On display are adorable blue glass tumblers, delicate demi tass cups and saucers and paper wrapped candle holders, making the wedding table oh so quaint and packed with pretty vintage to boot! Plus, she added a gorgeous vintage purse for extra vintage style!

Vintage Wedding TablescapeImage via Once Wed

This lovely vintage tablescape is a great example of how to achieve a more sophisticated vintage inspired look. Rather than the expense of antique place settings, the bride made DIY fabric menus and displayed them in antique style picture frames. Each wedding table had it’s own vintage fabric design and the menus were attached to napkins with a pretty ribbon.

DIY Vintage Inspired Wedding Decor

DIY Vintage Garlands

Decorating with vintage inspired garlands are a beautiful and extremely effective way to set the mood. Whether you are having a relaxed whimsical soiree or super chic vintage event, you can find a garland to suit. Paper florals, vintage papers and flag bunting add instant whimsy. However, if you are after something more glamorous go for sophisticated laces, crystals or luxurious looking garlands. I adore the white Mexican banners and paper decorations used in this London vintage wedding, and flag bunting just like this in pretty hues is always a winner at any event.

DIY Vintage Wedding Garlands Images via Ruffled Blog / Martha Stewart Weddings

Looking for vintage decor with plenty of glitz and glamour? Then take inspiration from this fantastic backdrop used behind the wedding dessert table.  It was created by draping a variety of materials from a pipe-and-drape stand – rich plum colored fabric, glittering strands of acrylic crystal garland, antique crocheted ribbon and a mix of satin ribbons in ivory, deep purple and bronze satin ribbon combine for a luscious look. This fabulous design comes from this vintage inspired shoot full of great budget friendly DIY vintage ideas.

DIY Glamorous Vintage Inspired GarlandImage via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Vintage Cookie Favor Wrappers

Wrapped in decorative paper these cookie favors are not only easy to make, but pretty as a picture. Fill them with your grandma’s famous cookie recipe and your guests will love you to bits. Head on over to Elizabeth Anne Designs to learn how to create these and other pretty vintage diy projects.

Vintage Cookie Favor WrappersImage via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Vintage Styling Ideas

Gracing many styled events today, is the use of props and furniture from a particular era. You can either hire some great pieces from a prop supplier, or alternatively hunt your local antique and thrift stores for some great bargains. But don’t forget there is a chance you could have fantastic vintage finds right under your nose. Family and friends may have some amazing family heirlooms or collectibles in their possession which would set the scene beautifully for your vintage theme.

DIY Vintage Wedding StylingImage credits: Chandelier, Green & Blue Vintage Bottles, Vintage Suitcases & Books, Vintage Suitcase Card Holder, Vintage Birdcage, Cake Stand, Vintage Tins.