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Downton Abbey Inspiration Board

If you’re planning something special this autumn or dreaming about your Christmas arrangements then why not make it a truly indulgent occasion by borrowing a little of the Downton Abbey style? We’ve put our favourite ideas together for this luxurious Inspiration Board – get ready to swoon!

Inspiration from Downton AbbeyAll pictures are copyright © published here by kind permission. See below for license holder details

Dorset has such perfect venues to bring themed events to life and with so many fashions and accessories reflecting vintage loveliness at the moment as well as our own vintage china and props for finishing touches its easy to re-create this elegant style.

Contributors & Credits

Check out our Inspiring Contributors here and do get in touch with us at Vintage Dorset for china hire, authentic props & venue dressing. Going to be a sumptuous Christmas this year!

Clockwise from top right

  • Jewellery and Watches from Marks & Spencer’s These lovelies were spotted by the super blogger Fabfrocks who kindly shared this picture from the recent M&S Teaparty for bloggers – read her post here
  • Lion head door knocker at Tatton Park – picture copyright © Steve Atkins Photography
  • Leluxe Catalogue downloadLace and beadwork dresses – gorgeous turn of the century & 1920’s reproduction dresses from the lovely Leluxe Clothing now based in Ross-on-Wye in the UK. Their catalogue is stunning…
  • Pure Wool Cloche Hat Marks & Spencer’s
  • Vintage Props Typewriter and Picture Frame Vintage Dorset
  • Teacup and candlestick Vintage Dorset
  • Norburton Hall – sumptuous Arts & Crafts Movement Country House, events and holiday venue Norburton Hall Burton Bradstock, Dorset – perfect for elegant functions, music recitals, functions and weddings in the grounds
  • Silver plate teapot and Vintage China Hire Vintage Dorset picture copyright © Steve Atkins Photography
  • Old Voluntary Car Pool Austin at Dorset Steam Fair – these cars were used during the first and second wars image Vintage Dorset
  • Vintage style Comb by Julia Beazley of Vintage Tiaras
  • A truly remarkable vintage Wedding Venue – Dorset’s own Milton Abbey and Estate – Milton Abbey

Published by vdorset, on 3rd October 2011 at 10:02 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Downton Abbey Inspiration Board

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