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How to do vintage without spending a fortune

It's all about the charity shop

You can find pretty much everything you need for your wedding at a charity shop, you just need to be patient and open minded about what you want. 

Whenever you see a tea set, buy it! Tea cups on the tables add that vintage twist, whether you use them for coffee to be served in or make candles from them, they look beautiful!

Props - to add that personal touch, umbrellas, suitcases, retro toys, whatever floats your boat! Not only do they look fabulous but they provide your guests with a talking point and can make your wedding photos. 

You can even find 'that dress' if you look in the right places. Oxfam is just one of many charitys that has special bridal shops. You can even buy online at  www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/bridal. Research is key, see which bridal charity shops are near you, get your friends together and have a great day of trying on dresses. If you find the one, you can feel extra good that the money has gone to help a good cause. 

Make the most of handmade

Make the most of the thousands of wonderfully talented people that fill our fine country. Places like Silver Sixpence Vintage Brides at http://silversixpencevintagebrides.co.uk not only feature a beautiful range of vintage wedding dresses but also use vintage pieces to make one of a kind bridal accessories. 

What's better than vintage apart from something vintage that has been used to make something pretty just for you!

Name the Favour at www.namethefavour.com provide hand crafted, vintage style favours to give your wedding that finishing touch.  

Little BOD at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittleBOD ran by twins and their mum create fabulous vintage inspired wedding stationary and bunting to order. If you've got an idea in mind just get in touch and they will do their best to create it. 

Make and salvage what you can

Even the least creative of you would be surprised at what you can do if you put your mind to it. With a little help from Youtube 'how to' videos and some time, you can create the vintage look you want for very little cost.

Old jam jars and bottles can easily be transformed into candle holders, vases and favours that will wow your guests.

As well as buying your photo booth props from a charity shop, you can add that vintage twist by creating signs and upcycling old frames. Have a look on pinterst for some inspired ideas - www.pinterest.com/staceybavila/making-your-own-photobooth is a great example.

photo booth

Lace it up! From invites to candles there is nothing that doesn't look good with lace and you can buy lace cut offs at markets and haberdasheries for next to nothing. 


Bunting is a must for any vintage wedding. You don't need to be a whiz on the sewing machine to make it yourself but even if you don't own a sewing machine you can still make fabulous looking bunting. Have a look at this video from  Katy and Em at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cN-P9xYHoY

Last but not least you need a groom and a bride

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