Friday, February 11, 2011

Ideas for the Vintage Wedding

Maybe it’s Valentine’s Day that has me in a romantic, sentimental mood, but I thought I’d highlight a few items that would be perfect as part of a vintage wedding—either as gifts to give, items for the celebration, or just special tokens between the bride and groom.

One of my favorite items in my own shop is this gorgeous silver pitcher from Wallace La Reine. Give it as a gift on its own or pair it with these wonderful goblets.

Sarahanntiques on Etsy has this amazing 1940s wedding dress for the bride--it's in great condition!

This brooch from VintageEyeFashion would be a great way for a guest at the special event to add a whimsical touch to the event!

Consider giving this beautiful jewelry to your maid of honor as a thank you for all she does.

Vintage touches in your wedding don't have to be expensive or cheesy. The sense of time that one experiences when looking at a 1940s dress or wrapping a piece of much-loved jewelry is perfect when celebrating the exchange of lifetime vows.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Ahh, Love!

I have recently become enamored (it must be the Valentine's Day season!) of vintage postcards thanks to my acquisition of a stack of them from the 1940s and earlier. The photos on them are charming--full of impish humor and charm! This one, with a caption reading Got Something I Didn't Expect, features a young woman looking at her boyfriend (at least I assume that's who he is) with an expression of utter reproach. I'm pretty sure my husband has seen that same expression on my face.

My current favorite is the Yum Yum Baby We Were Made for Each Other card. The look in this woman's eyes draws you in and makes you want to know more about her. I imagine her as a spirited, independent young woman with a tremendous sense of fun. I realize she was probably a model, but she's become real to me.

But what intrigues me even more than the images on the cards (and I am a fan of all, even the basic ones that show an image of the front door of a motel) are the messages on the back. For instance, on the card above, the sender simply wrote, From Ruby, and left it at that. I assume Ruby sent the card to her boyfriend, and I think about how excited she must have been when she sent it.

Sometimes I find a card where the message and the image don't really seem to square at all. I have a few, for instance, where a friend sent a card with images of romance on the front and a message on the back inquiring when Grandma (or someone similar) would be out of the hospital.

I'll be posting more images from my now-growing vintage postcard collection here, as well as in the shops.