Posted by Grace Bonney, of Design*Sponge
One of the most interesting things I’ve experienced while planning our wedding was my reaction to various traditions. I was surprised to find myself embrace some of them (having a wedding party, picking a best man, cutting the cake, wearing a long white dress) and not so surprised to find myself cringing at others (wearing a veil, having a wedding shower, changing my name).
That said, I’ve been incredibly intrigued by the idea of wearing “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” The funny rhyming nature of the tradition always makes it seem playful and fun—two things I’d much rather feel during wedding planning than “stressful and awkward”.
I’ve got my something new (my dress), something borrowed (earrings from my mom), and something blue (a pale, pale blue garter belt that all the women in my family have worn. I’ll pin mine to the inside of my dress.). But I’ve decided to fully embrace the “something old” aspect in a very big way.
I’ve always had a fondness for vintage furniture and objects, so I knew they would play a huge roll in the big day. So rather than pick one “old” thing, I’ve picked dozens and dozens. And in some cases, hundreds (those, of course will be very small things).
When I mentioned this to an acquaintance of mine, she looked shocked and wondered aloud if "they would smell and be, you know, sort of dirty”. I’m always surprised to hear that people think old means gross and dusty, so I decided to share some of my favorite vintage pieces I found in shops across Savannah that I plan on incorporating in our wedding.
(Quick note: almost everything shown here is from two of my favorite shops: Paris Market and Brocante (owners Paula and Taras are fantastic) and @Home (I don’t think I know many people nicer than owner Liz Demos). If you’re in town, you have to visit their gorgeous shops.
I love whacky old objects and one of the first ones that caught my eye was a vintage iron petticoat drier at @Home. What will I use it for? Hanging table cards? Maybe. Displaying old photos? Possibly. Either way, it’s got to make an appearance.
These vintage mason jars from Paris Brocante will be used for all sorts of things: flowers, leaving notes, drinking sweet tea. You name it and it will look cooler served in these.
This cool vintage planter is from Liz’s shop (@Home), and I’m dying to find a way to incorporate it. I don’t know how I’ll make it work yet, but it’s too cool to resist.
And last but not least, wire buckets and vintage belt buckles from @Home. I’m thinking I’ll use the buckets for slippers (so people can dance comfortably late into the night), or for storing something else that we pass out to guests. And the belt buckles—wouldn’t they be fun to use with napkins somehow?
I’m still toying with how to incorporate things like this, but I wanted to share my thought process because I’m a big fan of supporting local shops (I plan to borrow or rent as many vintage pieces as I can afford from local shops). Has anyone else out there thought of or used interesting vintage pieces in their wedding? I’m dying to hear cool stories about vintage screen doors, old typewriters and antique frames being used somehow...