Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Vintage Inspired Colour Combinations

Hello and Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today guest post is from the lovely, Wendy who's sharing ideas of the very best vintage inspired colour combinations. Which is your favourite?

Most weddings naturally include celebrations of heritage and tradition. As we join two lives together and create one family, it’s totally logical that we would look to the past for inspiration. Perhaps that connection with eras gone by is what makes vintage themed weddings so popular. Or maybe they appeal to us because the colour combinations are just so stunning!

Vintage and retro are two terms that are interchanged without much thought, but they actually have their own meanings. Antique experts define vintage as originating at least 20 – 50 years ago (in fact the term “new vintage” is used to refer to the time period that occurred roughly 20 years ago). Antique generally refers to art, crafted materials and other items popular at least 100 years ago.

Retro, on the other hand, is anything that looks out of style for the current time period.
Vintage weddings can be influenced by the Medieval period, Victorian Era, the Roaring 20s, the sugar sweet 50s, the peace and love 60s, the Disco Fever of the 1970s or even the wild punk 80s era. Any particularly remarkable and colourful era is fair game as a wedding theme. That’s a lot of opportunities to combine and include your favourite colours! Here are three of the most popular vintage themes and the colour palettes most commonly associated with them:

Victorian Times Romance was practically invented in the Victorian Era. A young queen chose the man she loved despite status or the tradition of the contract marriage. Their annual tokens of love became our anniversary gifts. Our white bridal gowns are descendants of hers. Perhaps no vintage theme is more appropriate to weddings than Victorian. Characteristic of an English garden, a Victorian colour palette often includes blush shades along with white and ivory. Sweetheart roses, hydrangea, ivy and freesia are perfect matches for the theme.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s The Roaring 20s were colourful in more ways than one. Fashion got more revealing and culture took on a far more defiant tone. Weddings influenced by this era often include jewel tones like emerald, sapphire and ruby, as well as the highly popular turquoise and plum palette of the peacock theme. Although bright and bold is the name of this game, some of the background designs found in room décor and home fashion in the 20s inspires more subtle combinations like grey bridesmaid dresses with pale yellow accents and touches of very simple ivory.

Poodle Skirts and Good Will – the 1950s
The early days of Rock n’ Roll inspired truly nostalgic and wedding-appropriate color combinations. It was a sweeter era in many ways, with an air of innocence still intact. Pastel palettes work well with 50’s themes – think pale pink poodle skirts and baby blue sweaters tied around shoulders (both of which are also excellent candidates to pair with grey bridesmaid dresses). The 50s had a wild side too; so vivid neon pink or turquoise with contrasting black is just as appropriate as pale pastels.

The Psychedelic 1960s
In contrast, the free-love 60s turned colour palettes in a totally different direction. Floral patterns were highly popular and the British Invasion brought us a very “Mod” collection of high contrast, yet slightly earthy tones. Olive greens, brick reds, gold and turquoise worked together to bring the decade to its Technicolor life.

There is a vintage theme to inspire almost any couple, and a colour palette within a theme to capture the spirit of most romances. As you plan your wedding, look to the past for elements to include in your design.


Wendy Dessler
Super-Connector at OutreachMamaWendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customised blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.

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