We have lots of theories as to why so many brides love the "vintage" look. It's a gimmick-free style that guests of all ages warm to. It's also perennially tasteful, offering a way to create a wedding that's romantic and traditional—but not boring. To make sure your chosen venue is compatible with the era you're using as an inspiration point, we asked Marilyn Ambra of Marilyn Ambra Party Consultants to talk about three types of venues that epitomize specific eras, and to provide style cheat sheets to go with them.

ERA: 1940's

"A ballroom with hardwood floors and white stucco walls works well with a simple design approach—this decade was about having fun on a budget," says Marilyn. "The Presidio Officers' Club, a Spanish Colonial-style building located in San Francisco's Presidio district, which was the U.S. Army's main Western military base during World War II, is a wonderful example of a site that would work for a wedding with an all-American USO style."

STYLE IDEAS
Color scheme: Navy, red, and white
Centerpieces: Simple arrangements of camellias and gardenias
Drinks: Vodka-spiked lemonade served in a vintage punch bowl. "I like to float pineapple and orange slices in the bowl," says Marilyn.
Music: Live swing music
Nice touch: Member of the waitstaff who doubles as a "cigarette girl" during the reception, offering candy to guests
Getaway vehicle: 1947 Buick convertible coupe in which you ride off wearing the vintage 1940's skirt suit you changed into

Courtesy of Presidio Trust