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How to Design and Write Vintage Wedding Invitations

Vintage wedding invitations have been popular for decades, and remain to be one of the most used designs for wedding invitations.
By definition, the word ‘vintage’ means the very best of things (tangible and non-tangible) from any particular era. So in terms of a vintage wedding and vintage wedding invites, they will be a reflection of the very best of the chosen era.

A vintage wedding reminiscent of the 1860’s is going to be one of femininity, formality and lavishness. Vintage wedding invites for a wedding such as the vintage wedding invitations would be done on fine linen or cotton paper and use engraving or high quality printing rather than laser printing.

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Embellishments such as flocking, embossed designs and monogrammed seals are definitely in context with the theme, and color would most likely be white or a tea stained look. The invitations would be very formal in their font and text, even to the point of addressing the bride and groom as Miss and Mister or Master. For example…

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas V. Ellison politely (or humbly) request that you honor them with your presence as they give their daughter, Miss Catherine Elizabeth Ellison in Holy matrimony (or wedlock) to Master Charles Weston Campbell, III…(details following)

An invitation to a vintage wedding of this era would also need to include information as to the expected attire of the guests and reception information.

Vintage wedding invitations for a wedding using the early 1900’s, otherwise known as the Victorian era, for the theme will have a lacy and delicate look. Much the same protocol should be used in regards to font and text described for the vintage 1860’s wedding.

Another popular era brides plan their weddings around is the 1940’s. Brides using this time period for their vintage wedding are usually planning a small, intimate wedding without all the pomp and circumstance of a more lavish and formal affair.

Vintage wedding invites for a 1940’s wedding would be printed (many of that time period would have been hand written) heavy paper (cardstock) and would convey a warm and sincere message to the recipient. A vintage wedding invitation from the 1940’s would most likely read something like this…

Bill and Alice Wade cordially invite you to witness the marriage of their daughter, Beatrice Ann to Harold Joseph Riggs, son of Joe and Hattie Riggs, on…(details following).

An RSVP card would not have been included originally; it was simply assumed that family, friends and neighbors stay for the refreshments that would be served afterwards. Today’s 1940’s vintage wedding could (and probably should) forgo that assumption in favor of doing the RSVP cards to assure enough food and seating is available for guests. Remember...during the 1940’s everyone knew everyone else in town so families knew who to expect and how much food to prepare.

Vintage wedding invitations for a 1960’s or 70’s wedding would be casual and definitely pastel in color. This was an era of self-sufficiency and ‘love is’ mantras.

Vintage wedding invitations of the 60’s and 70’s will surely include a short love poem or famous quote from a movie such as ‘Love Story’ or ‘The Way we Where’. Content in regards to the ceremony itself will be casual.

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