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Poetry for Weddings

The memory of your wedding will be captured visually in hundreds of snaps and official photographs taken throughout the day, but weddings are also a wonderful opportunity to persuade loved ones to share their feelings about your celebration and to get all romantic and poetic!

vintage typewriter

Its great when couples ask us to help them make the most of their guest books using our old typewriter as a prompt to remind people to write a message.

People love a bit of romantic nostalgia at weddings and there’s nothing better for attracting people to the guest book table than this old fashioned prop with your favourite poem included.

Grandparents also delight in showing the children how we used to type letters on these old machines before the age of computers. Most children have never seen a typewriter and are fascinated about how they work and what they were for!

Adding a message or poem also gives the couple a chance to share special words with their guests that convey their love and happiness. Its a really beautiful touch.

knots and kisses stationeryGuest Book Ideas

There are lots of different guest book ideas available for brides. I especially love this Rose Cottage postcard design from super stationer Nicki of Knots and Kisses. It shows that you can make your guest book a real feature. We hire out our own tabletop vintage letter chest for this kind of effect and it is just the ticket!

Tips to make your Guest Book popular

  • Style your guest book to match your flowers or theme, choose a beautiful design like this one or create your own bespoke book cover with vintage fabrics or papers
  • Write a note in the front of your book inviting guests to leave you a message and leave the book open with a pen (or pens) available
  • Draw attention to your Guest Book! Use a vintage typewriter or other vintage props with a poem of your choice or a pile of “love letters” and a pen and ink pot placed next to the book so people come to investigate
  • Get the ball rolling. People are often a bit nervous to be first to write an entry, so get a relative, bridesmaid, wedding planner or even the vicar to leave you a message on the first page
  • Choose a poem that suits you both and says something about your feelings – it encourages everyone to get a bit more romantic!

Our typewriter is available to hire from just £25 for local weddings and our letter chest is just £20 for the day. Pleasecontact us here to enquire about availability and make your booking

Suitable Poems for Weddings

If you’re stuck for a good wedding poem, here are a few of our favourite wedding poem choices. You may want something familiar or a bit more exclusive and nothing too long so don’t be afraid to shorten it a bit. Try one of these beauties…

poems for weddings

poems for weddings

Published by vdorset, on 20th September 2011 at 8:46 am. Filled under: Vintage Events,Vintage Homeware Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on Poetry for Weddings

Natalie and Ben – a Dorset wedding

Some weddings are so intrinsically elegant they are just divine. Vintage Dorset was invited to help Natalie and Benedict with venue dressing for their recent wedding in the lovely Dorset village of Winterborne Zelston. In spite of threats of rain, what a beautiful day it turned into – with heaps of vintage charm!

bride and groom

Natalie had a gorgeous lace wedding dress – perfectly traditional and absolutely stunning.

We used around 140 metres of bunting to clothe the interior of this 90ft marquee. Flower colours included soft apricots and greens so we chose pretty floral bunting to match.

marquee with vintage bunting

We provided vintage tablecloths for covering tables for the cake, the guest book and to use underneath Natalie’s beautiful place settings. These were old antique keys tied onto luggage tags which included the guests name and the table where they were sitting. Such a great idea!

Table of keys and luggage tags

keys on luggage tags and vintage tablecloth

We also decorated the entrance to the marquee with ribbons, picture frames, paper heart garlands that we made at Vintage Dorset and beautiful glass hearts from local crafts worker Angela Woodhouse of the Art Machine in Dorchester.

hearts and ribbons

picture frames and ribbons

Ribbons, pictures and hearts

Natalie and Ben also used our old typewriter to share the most traditional of poems – Marriage Morning by Tennyson – and to prompt their guests to write in the guest book!

vintage typewriter with Tennyson'w poem Marriage Morning

Light, so low upon earth,
You send a flash to the sun.
Here is the golden close of love,
All my wooing is done.
O the woods and the meadows,
Woods where we hid from the wet,
Stiles where we stayed to be kind,
Meadows in which we met!
Light, so low in the vale,
You flash and lighten afar;
For this is the golden morning of love,
And you are his morning star…..

bunting vintage dorset

Other elements included our Hat Saver, wooden directional signs to the wedding, a vintage gazebo for guests venturing outside and bunting for the car-parking areas. We had a fabulous time preparing the venue – and this fabulous couple made the picture complete.

Thank you for ALL your help and making everything look so wonderful – could not have wished for anything more – it really was perfect


Thanks to all of Natalie’s friends and family who shared photos together with Vintage Dorset and the wonderful video from One Take Media who’ve kindly allowed us to share the wedding highlights here:

Ben & Natalie’s Highlights from James Bishop on Vimeo.

Published by vdorset, on 1st August 2011 at 8:40 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Natalie and Ben – a Dorset wedding