In case this might be useful to any of you, I wanted to mention that I started a quirky, vintage wedding website, www.weddingspinster.com. I don't sell anything on it. I'm just posting vintage photos and information that might help brides- and grooms-to-be plan unique, vintage-inspired weddings. (I really do hope it helps you...and that you enjoy looking through it as much as I enjoy pulling it all together!)
On a similar theme to your site, I've put together etiquette for brides through the decades from 1890s-1940s. Like you collect photographs, I've collected etiquette books and I just wanted to share them with others. My site is http://vintage-wedding-etiquette.com/ and I'd love any feedback as well.
COOL! I only had time to give it a quick glance, this afternoon, but I'll definitely go back and spend more time on it, ASAP! I just posted some info from an etiquette book that I bought, re: giving guests cake when they leave your reception. The book is "Etiquette for Moderns," from 1941, by Gloria Goddard. (Posted the info under the title, "Let Them Eat Cake." Will be posting more info from it on what brides and grooms were supposed to wear, back then. Fun (and addictive) stuff, isn't it?! By the way, thanks for replying to my post!
I'm planning a wedding in Sicily next year. Since the location is a nod to my grandparents, I would like to keep the wedding to a vintage/old world feel. However, it being a destination wedding, I know I need to put up a website with travel info, hotels, etc. Have either of you come across any websites that have more vintage-type designs? Everything I've seen is so modern and/or whimsical (not to mention, some way too cutesy)?
GADZOOKS! I just saw your email! Sorry for the delayed response!!!!!
First, of course, CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming wedding! You must be so excited! I’m excited and I don’t even know you! And thanks, by the way, for your kind words about weddingspinster.com.
Having just watched the first season of “Giuliana & Bill” (a celebrity couple who first got married in Italy a couple of years ago), I want to make sure you know that you can’t just get married in Italy. You also have to get married in the USA in order for your marriage to be considered legal! I guess it has something to do with legal paperwork.
Another thing I learned from watching their Italian wedding is that you DON’T want to dress your bridesmaids in black. It might look elegant, but apparently, in Italy, including black in your wedding is considered bad luck…and will freak out the Italians.
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any websites that specifically feature pages where brides-to-be can post their wedding info and have it look vintage-y. Sorry.
There’s a gal who has a twitter account who does a lot of twittering about wedding websites, so you might sign up to follow her, and/or twitter her and ask if she knows of any websites that would allow you to do the kind of vintage page you want to do. Her twitter account is twitter.com/probridesmaid, and her blog is neverabridezilla.blogspot.com.
Have you looked at www.theknot.com yet? It looks like they offer a couple of good options for posting your wedding info online. One of their services is free, the other charges a small fee. Perhaps they have a simple, basic “background” choice that you could use, and then you could make it look vintage-y with the photos that you post on it. (i.e., Old family wedding photos, old postcards and photos of Italy that you can find on Ebay or at swap meets.)
I tried to find something similar at brides.com but couldn’t spot anything. Maybe I just overlooked their link (?).
If you’re computer savvy and have a Mac, you could buy Apple’s Iweb software and also sign up for their One to One classes, where they’d teach you how to use it to create your own website. (That’s what I did to learn how to post my website. It took me about 3 months of classes to catch on to how to do it.) You would, I believe, also have to sign up for their MobileMe service, in order to have an easy to use hosting site that you could post your Iweb website to. If you do these three things, it will costs hundreds of dollars, so using something like theknot probably makes more sense, even if you don’t get quite the vintage look you dream of having. (If you decide you want to create your own website but don’t want to post to Apple’s MobileMe, things get even harder and more expensive. So sticking with MobileMe is probably your best “do it yourself” option.)
Of course, if you DO decide to create your own website, the good news is that you can keep it even after your wedding is over and then keep updating it as your married life rolls along.
And remember, you don’t HAVE to have a website at all! You COULD just create something vintage looking and then snail mail copies of it to everybody!
A few more things: I just looked at a cool website that sells vintage wedding dresses, vintageous.com. I don’t know how reliable they are, but at least the dresses are gorgeous to look at!
I have some photos from vintage WWII 1940s weddings where American soldiers got married in Italy. I looked at them to see if I could come up with any suggestions for you, and I noticed a few things in the photos where an American G.I. seems to be marrying an Italian girl: on the church altar, there were tall, narrow vases with a few tall gladiola flowers sticking out of them. The bride is wearing white gloves up past her elbows. She’s wearing a Juliet cap with a simple tulle veil that reaches to her waist (down the back). At the reception for the same wedding, long tables, covered with white tablecloths were used. Guests sat on both sides of the tables. There were wine bottles, wrapped in white towels on the tables. The necks of the wine bottles were left exposed. There were also plates of round rolls on the tables. Waiters wore white jackets and black bow ties. There were more tall gladiolas at this reception, and it looks like the bride and groom toasted each other with glasses of champagne. They did this by doing that awkward thing where the bride and groom cross arms with each other and then sip from their own glass.
In another set of WWII wedding photos from Italy, the bride and groom simply clink champagne glasses with each other. Their cake is 5 layers tall and there are pillars between every layer except the top two. The bride (who I think might be American) is wearing a simple cross on her necklace. At this wedding, there’s an accordian player among the musicians at the reception. I’m pretty sure I spotted an accordian player at another vintage Italian wedding reception, but I can’t find that photo.(Are you a big fan of accordian music???)
Anyway, good luck! I hope you’re able to find a way to get everything to work out the way you want it to!