One of the joys of vintage and country weddings is that they lend themselves so beautifully to couples who have their own creative style and the imagination to create a bespoke event.
With a wonderfully relaxed cottage holiday atmosphere, delicious bring and share food from all of the 80-or-so guests, home-made trimmings, herb festooned table-centres and loads of vintage china from Vintage Dorset, DIY weddings don’t come much better than this!
The celebration itself was a lovely informal hand-fastening culminating with a rousing sing-song where all of the guests sang the Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be” (500 miles) before the eating began. Rowan looked fabulous in a bright red swing dress and Baris turned out sharp as a new pin!
We often get asked how DIY weddings work – when families want to take part in creating the Wedding Feast – making puddings, pavlovas and other delectable treats? This wedding is a great example! ALL of the food for this wedding was brought by the guests and popped onto vintage plates and platters – we didn’t know what was going to happen – but when it did it was AMAZING! Vintage Dorset served tea, wine and kept everything neat and tidy . For the full story check out photographer Andrea’s Blog
We loved how the outside came in!!
What a great day! Check out these extra details pictured by Vintage Dorset. The cheese tier was incredible and what beautiful little cakes!!
Themed parties are always great fun – but top of the list for vintage lovers who like to dress up in 1940′s style has to be the Blitz Party!
The fabulous Liz & Jeremy asked Vintage Dorset to provide WW2 scene setting and help organise a fun birthday Blitz Party in the vintage hall at West Parley. Liz was expecting around 40 guests and had a fabulous dance host to help everyone get into the swing.
We loved every moment of this one!
West Parley Memorial Hall is a vintage style “Anderson Shelter” shaped building with a great vibe – the perfect venue for a Blitz party.
We visited late last year to see out how we would set up the party using the existing trestle tables and how we might create a scene where guest could have pictures and get into the mood.
Our style ingredients included:
- Bunting in red white and blue as well as vintage bunting in floral fabrics
- Trestle tables with vintage tablecloths and old fashioned lemonade jugs
- Wartime kitchen and home accessories including an old bakelite radio, kitchen scales and lots of lacy doilies
- An air raid shelter scene with a battered brick wall facade, piles of sandbags a wooden sign pointing to the “Air Raid Shelter” union jack flags (including some genuine flags from the first world war)
- Vintage Trunks and an original fold out WW1 camp bed with bedding rolls and bedside reading of wartime recipe booklets with old spectacles, a cup of tea, an old camera and a vintage communications tuner
Liz is taking an MA in First World War studies through the University of Birmingham so we wanted as many genuine props as we could find from both world wars but also to create a bit of fun fitting for a party.
The costumes were amazing – people really made a great effort and it all looked fabulous:
Blitz Party Food
Now no respectable party would be complete without appropriate food and we were very happy to help source local produce in the Blitz Party theme. The menu comprised:
- Sgt Bun’s glorious rustic bread
-real butter and local cheddar
- pickled eggs and pickled onions from Country Markets, Bridport Markets and Washingpool
- Home-made jams and home-made cakes from the Women’s Institute Country Markets