How to Find the Vintage Wedding Dress of Your Dreams

There’s just something special about the delicate beauty of a vintage wedding dress, whether it has been unearthed from a vintage market stall or carefully selected at a boutique. With more and more brides opting for a one-off gown that won’t break the bank, it’s proof that was once old can certainly become ‘new’ again!

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Know where to look

Almost immediately after you’ve decided you want to wear a unique vintage dress on your big day, you must keep your eyes peeled. Let’s face it, finding your dream vintage wedding dress might seem like a daunting task, but if you know where to look, it will make your job a thousand times easier! A quick Google search of specialist vintage bridal boutiques will supply you with plenty of places to start your search. Your local charity shop or vintage-themed wedding fair can also be a wonderful treasure trove, as can online destinations such as eBay, Etsy or independently-owned online stores.

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If you can, try dresses on in person

Being able to try on dresses will quickly determine whether a gown is your dream dress or not, especially when it comes to size and style. It will also allow you to closely examine the dress with your very own eyes. If you’re buying your dress online, never fear – just make sure you’re provided with the dress’s measurements (length, shoulders, bust, waist, hips, and sleeve cuffs) and, if possible, high-quality photos that allow you to view the dress from different angles. Here’s another helpful hint: Before you buy your vintage wedding dress online, check to see if the seller has a good return policy in case you determine that it’s simply not ‘the one’.

Photo by Diana Santisteban via Apple Branches Vintage

Know when to walk away

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that vintage dresses have been worn before – even if only just once! Although some issues with vintage wedding dresses are relatively easy to fix – such as a too-long length, a broken zipper, an ill-fitting size or damaged buttons – others are impossible to repair. It may be best to cut your losses and look elsewhere if your vintage discovery contains any of the following: a dress that is multiple sizes too small or large, noticeable discolorations or very large marks, tears in the netting, ripped fabric in prominent places or rust stains on the material.

Claudia McDade Photography via Parasol Vintage

Trust the experts

When it comes to cleaning or making vintage wedding dress alterations, stick with the professionals. Never send your vintage masterpiece to a dry cleaners, but instead seek out a specialist cleaning company trained in handling such high-care garments. You should also only allow an expert experienced in restoring vintage dresses to make adjustments to your lovely dress.

Photo by Brittany Castanas via Daughters of Simone

Factor it all in

Don’t forget to take any additional factors such as cleaning or alterations into account when creating your wedding budget. These specialist services could be pricey, so don’t let the overall cost of your desired dress exceed your maximum spend!

Photo by Carly Brown via Daughters of Simone

Remember, it takes time

Sourcing the vintage bridal dress of your dreams may take a lot longer than selecting a custom made or mass-produced dress because you won’t have the luxury of your chosen style being available in multiple sizes. If time is not your friend (or the perfect vintage wedding dress is proving difficult to find) then you may need to compromise by incorporating vintage fabrics or styles into a new gown. Designer Kate Edmondson suggests using original vintage lace fabric and recycling it into your new wedding dress – Genius!

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You’ve done it!

Take joy in the fact that your one-of-a-kind dress tells a tale after standing the test of time. If that doesn’t put a big smile on your face, here’s something that will: By up-cycling and wearing a vintage original, you’re reducing your carbon footprint. Not only will you look amazing on your wedding day, but you’ll be helping the environment too!

{ Photo credits, from top: Photo by Maggie May BridalYuna Leonard / Diana Santisteban via Apple Branches VintageClaudia McDade Photography via Parasol Vintage / Brittany Castanas via Daughters of SimoneCarly Brown via Daughters of Simone / Photo by Maggie May Bridal }

 

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Pastel Bridesmaid Wedding Inspiration

Is anything as sweet as pastel? From soft bouquets to colorful macaroons to delicate flower headpieces, we don’t think it gets prettier than a spring or summer pastel theme wedding.  If you’re on the hunt for something feminine, elegant and a little fun for your bridesmaids, look no further. These gorgeous pastel details are sure to make you swoon!

Wedding Inspiration Pastel Bridesmaids

Photo credits – L to R, from top: Lacie Hansen via Style me Pretty / Matt and Lena Photography via Style Me Pretty / Marvin Tsai Photography via Style Me Pretty / Elyse Hall Photography via Wedding Chicks / We Are Origami Photography via Burnetts Boards / M&J Photography via Love My Dress / Stephanie Williams via Jelanies Shop 

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Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement: Megan + Tyler

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

What do you do when the ground is covered in snow for two days in Manhattan, Kansas? Have a romantic engagement session of course! Megan + Tyler had no trouble playing in the snow for their cozy couple’s photo shoot, sharing laughs, kisses, and fun sled rides. If you love winter as much as we do, this sweet snow-day engagement shoot is sure to make you swoon. Thank you to Salt and Pine Photography for sharing this beautiful winter inspiration session – and congrats to the happy couple!

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

From the photographers: “Manhattan, Kansas experienced a two-day snow day this winter and I knew I had to get an adventurous couple to come play in the snow. I wanted to create the blissful feeling of carefree snow days and portray that feeling through an engagement session setting.”

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

“To that end, we used a vintage sled as a prop and focused on candid, genuine images that showcased the beauty of Kansas in the snow!”

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

Sweet Midwest Snow Day Engagement Session in the Woods

{photographer/shoot designer: Salt and Pine Photography / Location: Manhattan Hill, Kansas }

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