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10 Tips for a Vintage-y Wedding From Ruffled Blog


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Trends come and go, but vintage is always in style. Blogger Amanda Nistor ( shares her secrets on how to turn back the clock for your big day.

1. THINK OUTSIDE THE MASON JAR. Instead, arrange your flowers in Depression-era glass containers (goblets, cups, ice cream bowls). For best effect, select glass in a range of pastels or in different shades of the same color. Turn the sturdier containers into candles by pouring in melted beeswax and adding a wick!

2. STROLL FLEA MARKETS. Look for silver-plated flatware to add eclectic charm to table settings. (Bonus: You'll be prepared for big dinner parties after the wedding!)

3. ADD SOME SPARKLE TO THE CEILING. Antique chandeliers with dangling crystals are the way to go for an ultraglam feel. Can't afford to buy? Rent some from a prop house.

4. USE PEN AND INK (or hire a calligrapher) to handwrite invitations or place cards. Tip: Soaking paper in a tub of diluted tea gives it an antique look.

5. PLANT A GARDENIA IN YOUR HAIR. Fun fact: During World War II, money was so tight that some brides skipped big bouquets in lieu of a single gardenia pinned to their wedding garb.

6. SWIPE ON SOME FIERY RED LIPSTICK, and add finger curls in your hair. You'll look just like an old-Hollywood starlet!

7. OPT FOR PLUMES RATHER THAN BLOOMS. Ostrich or peacock feathers are a great alternative to flowers.

8. GO ALL-WHITE WITH YOUR BOUQUET. Calla lilies, stephanotises, lilies of the valley—whether you pick a cascading bouquet, à la the 1920s, or a small '50s-style posy, nothing says "retro romance" quite like white-on-white.

9. LET YOUR FAMILY HISTORY GUIDE YOU. Try incorporating heirlooms by setting out old family wedding albums, framing love letters your grandparents wrote each other during wartime, or even displaying your mom's wedding dress on a vintage dress form.

10. PLAY WITH DIFFERENT TEXTURES. Wear a lacy wedding gown for your walk down the aisle, or incorporate antique linens and silk ribbons in your decor. For rustic, outdoorsy weddings, use burlap or oilcloth for table coverings. (They're budget-friendly, to boot!)

—Amanda Nistor, Ruffled for BRIDES magazine

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BRIDES Editor's Wedding Pics

  • This past May, Michael and I got hitched. We wanted a small, intimate wedding outdoors. We picked our favorite American city to visit (San Francisco) and our favorite hotel to stay at (Hotel Vitale). My sister, Kristy, was the officiant and my brother, Mike, was the photographer. I planned most of the wedding from our home in Brooklyn, and on the day of, family pitched in to put together paper pom-poms, do hair and makeup, and sweep up rose petals. Like most weddings we see at BRIDES, ours was a combination of DIY, expert help, and family gumption. Hope you enjoy the photos, and maybe even get inspired!—Joyce Bautista, BRIDES

    I chose the color of my silk Jenny Yoo dress (Capri blue) and then came up with a color scheme that would complement and not overwhelm it. Amy Burke Designs in San Francisco put together four arrangements used to decorate the terrace where we held the ceremony and, later, the tables at dinner. The paper pom-poms were from Party Poms.

  • The throwing of rice after a wedding ceremony symbolizes prosperity for the new husband and wife. Taking luck any way we can get it, we followed suit. The calligraphed gauze bags were by Bell'occhio in San Francisco.

  • My friend Ema talked me off many an emotional precipice back in New York during the wedding planning. Even the day of, she was there, if only in spirit. She put together an emergency kit with everything I might need last-minute.

  • That's me peeking out from the bathroom, waiting for Michael to arrive at the ceremony. My sister did my hair and makeup after a free consultation at Sephora the day before.

  • My bouquet (also by Amy Burke Designs) included some of my favorite flowers and foliage, such as lilies of the valley, kangaroo paw, and dusty millers. Those shoes are my first-ever pair of Christian Louboutin heels, and I continue to wear them all the time—I'm getting my money's worth, baby!

  • The tie is Liberty for Target and features what I think are supposed to be London taxis, but we bought it because they look like VW Beetles—Michael owns a convertible cream one that we both love. The bout was by Amy Burke Designs.

  • Michael and I wrote our own vows. I forgot about half of mine—I was definitely more nervous than I thought I would be. My engagement ring is from the 19th century and was picked out by Michael all on his own from our friend's Brooklyn shop, Erie Basin.

  • We went with plain gold wedding bands. Both are engraved on the inside with our wedding date, and mine reads, "Michael <3 Joyce," while his reads, "Joyce <3 Michael." We are total cheeseballs!

  • The terrace at Hotel Vitale provided a dramatic city background to the ceremony. That was one of my non-negotiables: I wanted to get married outdoors. It turned out to be a typical but lovely cool, windy San Francisco day.

  • In a blip, it was over. My sister became an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church so she could officiate the ceremony.

  • I went pretty nontraditional for most of the wedding details, but I really wanted to wear a birdcage veil. It is such a cute look, and I think it can look costumey any other time.

  • That's the Bay Bridge in the background. I love San Francisco almost as much as I love Michael.

  • The vanilla-and-orange chiffon cake with salted-caramel filling and vanilla-buttercream frosting was made by my brother's friend Kathy Chong, a pastry chef at Town Hall and Salt House in San Francisco. I was inspired to make the ribbon flags by the beautiful food blog Forty-sixth at Grace. The paper banner, which reads "Mr & Mrs Ferrari," was by Bell'occhio.

  • We didn't have a traditional reception (just dinner downstairs at the yummy Italian restaurant in the hotel), but we did want a first dance. After dinner, Michael and I went back up to the suite and danced to Yaz's "Only You" — I know, total cheesefest!

    Photos Courtesy of Michael Bautista

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Four Fall Wedding Trends

Autumn is quickly becoming the new spring, as a favored time of year to get married for brides-to-be. Here's our hit list of unexpected wedding trends for this season.


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Bright Bridesmaids' Dress

This fall, short dresses are in, especially in sexy jewel tones. (Think amethyst or teal.) Combine this gorgeous look with a pair of metallic shoes for a stylish statement that can be worn even after the wedding day.

Dress: Lela Rose Bridesmaid


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Tiered, Sexy Wedding Dress

A racy yet romantic trend for wedding gowns is the corset-top dress, with its flirty and fun attitude. Also popular is the tiered, ruffled dress that's both fancy and classic. Chilly fall day? Try adding a fur scarf (go faux, if you're on a budget).

Dress: Rosa Clara


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Exotic Tablescape

Autumn is the perfect time to think spicy global. A textured, tribal table runner made of ikat fabric is an exotic touch on dining tables, and jewel tones mixed with rich hues in the centerpieces and flowers tie it all together. For the finishing touch, incorporate regal-looking peacock feathers into the napkin holders.

Table linens: Similar style available at Party Rental Ltd.


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Dainty Dessert

We've seen lots of pie served at weddings as an alternative to the traditional tiered cake, but you'll probably be the first on your block if you serve pie in lollipop form. Pie pops come in favorite seasonal flavors, like apple or pear, and can be given to each guest as the end of the meal or wrapped with a bow as a favor (so you can still have your gorgeous white cake).

Pie pops: Peter Callahan Catering

—Taryn Berkowitz, BRIDES magazine

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DIY Boutonnieres in Just Three Steps

Hello, lovely readers—I'm Katie from and so excited to share this project with you on BRIDES Daily! Not only because it involves fresh flowers that pop with color and smell delicious, but because BRIDES is one of my absolute favorite wedding publications of all time. It's a bridal blogger's dream come true. ;) And as a lover of all things wedding, handmade, and pretty, I thought this DIY project was the perfect way to share some crafty wedding love and help you get your creative juices flowing!

When you think of wedding flowers, the mind first jumps to the bouquet, reception centerpieces, and ceremony decorations. But sometimes we forget about flowers for the guys! If you're a DIY gal (or have crafty friends helping you with your handmade wedding), consider making boutonnieres for the guys in your bridal party. Here are a few simple steps to help you make your own hand-tied arrangements!


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You don't need much to make these! Grab some shears (or scissors) and floral tape. If any of your stems are flimsy, get some floral wire, too. Pick out the flowers you want to use. Here we are using green trick, pink and white ranunculus, and myrtle branches.

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STEP 1 - Prep your flowers. Remove any leaves on their stems. Remove the lower portion of the leaves on your foliage. If you are using single leaves rather than branches, as we're doing here, use your floral wire to create a longer stem. To do this, take a four-inch piece of wire and feed it though the leaf toward the bottom, close to the stem. Twist it around the existing stem to create a longer stem. The wire will be hidden when you wrap everything together in step 2.

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STEP 2 - Build your boutonniere. Take your larger leaves or branches and group a few together. Add one flower at a time, placing each at a different level and in a slightly different direction. If you see any holes in the front, fill them in with more foliage. Rearrange as you feel necessary, then wrap the stems with floral tape to hold everything in place.

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STEP 3 - The finishing touch. Wrap the stems (over the floral tape) with ribbon that coordinates with your wedding colors and flowers. Start at the bottom and wrap your way up. Just below the flowers, tie the ribbon in a knot or a bow.

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Add a pin or two and it's ready to be placed on a lapel!

—Katie Olson, Wedding Fanatic and Gown Studio

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