Hello Lovelies! I hope you are well and enjoyed the long weekend. We’re back with some more ‘Vinspiration’ for you, and this week we’re taking a closer look at Vintage Styling, in particular the props. I’m a total fan of the little details and using a variety of props and decor really do help set the tone for your vintage affair!
So without further ado, here are 5 must have props for a Vintage Style Wedding, Party, Afternoon Tea and just about any event you want something a little special for. All the images are from events we have styled. If you see anything that catches your eye and you would like to hire, get in touch.
1) Vintage China
Definitely top of the list! When it comes to Afternoon Tea vintage mismatched china is the must have accessory to any tabletop. I don’t know about you but drinking tea out of a china teacup just somehow tastes better than an ordinary mug. Maybe it’s because of their dainty nature and the fact that you can really take your time perfecting your brew. Starting by pouring from a wonderfully patterned teapot, stirring with an ornate teaspoon and adding a drop of milk and sugar from the pretty little pots and jugs.
The charm of vintage china lies in the fact that it doesn’t have to match. Once part of a matching set somewhere along the way different pieces get collected or misplaced and you end with a collection so eclectic that when mixed together just, well, works! It’s like each piece has it’s own little story which adds to the magic of an Afternoon Tea Style Event. What’s better if you fancy adding a bit of vintage to your Hen Party, who says those teapots have to hold tea? Mix up some delicious cocktails and feel oh so classy whilst supping in a mismatched teacup. Cheers! (Hic!)
Darby & Joan have a variety of Vintage pieces to hire. Whether you want to just opt for teacups and saucers or add a few cake stands and vintage platters, we can help tailor your needs from our extensive and, if we do say so ourselves very pretty range. All our prices include washing up, so you don’t have to! Just take peek here to view our vintage china hire list and prices.
2) Vintage Typewriter
It’s always a good idea to have your guests write you a little message at your wedding or party to look back on, but if you’re fancying something a little bit different and want a real talking point then a Vintage Typewriter may be the way to go. Many of your guests may never have used a typewriter and so it adds a bit of fun and with no undo button you might be in for some unusual messages. We have both working and non working typewriters available to hire. Just take a look here for more information.
3) Vintage Suitcases
What can’t you use a Vintage Suitcase for? Stack them up and just use as props or tables, open them up and store goody bags or favours or simply use as a place to collect your cards and gifts. With so many uses you might not want just one and we have many suitcases and vanity cases available to hire.
4) Vintage Bunting
I don’t think there’ll ever be a day where we tire from bunting. There’s just something so fun about it. When you rock up to a wedding or event and you spy some bunting, it instantly puts you in a good mood and you just know you’re in for a good time! Drape it from the ceiling, hang it over furniture, hook it to the tables. Go crazy! We totally approve, more is more! Although relatively easy to make, you do usually need reems and reems of it, so if you don’t fancy DIY’ing, you can hire Vintage Cotton Bunting from Darby & Joan from just 50p a metre.
5) Vintage Tablecloths & Linens
Now we’re not one to shy away from a wonderfully rustic bare wooden trestle but we do love a well dressed table. We’ve got cupboards full of beautiful patterned, lace and plain linens to dress your tables and we’ve got plenty of vintage doilies too! Teamed with Vintage China and a vase full of your favourite blooms your table setting will ooze sophistication and most definitely look the part! Take a look at our Props and Hire list for more information and prices.
So that completes the list, what do you think? Would you add anything else or perhaps you tried a Vintage Typewriter Guestbook? Let us know! For information on pricing or prop hire just get in touch we do love a good vintage affair!
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Hello, Mirlah here! I’ve just started as an intern for Karen at Darby & Joan. Being newly engaged and a tad obsessed with all things pretty and vintage, you can imagine I’m thrilled to be a part of the D&J team! As part of the internship I will be contributing to the blog and hopefully feeding you with a little vintage inspiration every week.
To start with, we’re kicking things off with the first in a 3 part series focussing on mismatching elements of your wedding styling. Perfect if you’re thinking about a shabby chic style wedding and not wanting things to look too formal. I really hope you enjoy the posts. Let’s get started.
When it comes to planning your wedding you can be pretty sure you want everything to perfect, or do you? With the rise of the shabby chic wedding, couples are opting for a look that’s a little less pristine and are mixing things up to create a unique effortless style.
Why not try the trend for yourself and give your wedding styling a mix up by mismatching your decor, furniture and even the fashion. In the first part of this series we’re lusting over table decor.
Create fabulous centrepieces by mixing different vases and glassware on your tables. Opt for a range of sizes, shapes and even colours to create a beautiful and distinctive tablescape.
Don’t be afraid to think small. A single stemmed rose is just as beautiful and when showcased in a stunning glass bottle, it’s sure to make a big impression.
Think twice about throwing out unusual tins and pots and make way for a spot of up-cycling. Turn those quirky coffee tins into vases, whilst looking fabulous they are incredibly thrifty too! If you’re feeling in the mood for a spot of DIY, jazz up regular food tins by giving them a spray paint or wrapping them in lace or twine?
Why stop there? Give your Wedding Breakfast a real vintage edge with mismatched tableware and china. Layer it up and add a splash of colour to the table with different patterns and styles.
There is so much fun to be had in hunting around vintage shops and car boot sales and watching your collection come together. Why not even ask your guests to keep and eye out for any vintage beauties. If you are a little strapped for time you can always choose to hire it in. We have a wide range of gorgeous vintage wares and china available and you can choose to hire as much or as little as you like. Prices and more information.
So there we have it. That concludes the first part of this mini series and my first post! I hope you’re feeling inspired to begin the hunt for vintage goodies and eager to start playing around with different sized vases, bottles and any other delights you can get your hands on.
Where will you be scouting out your vintage wares or have you already started your collection? Will you be adding your creative touch to recycled tins and jars? We’d love to hear from you!
Next week we’ll be talking about going that step further and mismatching the furniture. Perfect if your Wedding Venue is a blank canvas!
A little round-up of the craft ideas we worked on with Chloe from Adore Chloe and Becky from Butterworth Photography.
We spent a couple of afternoons with a glue gun, vintage china, glittery bits and bobs, with a lot of tea and laughs along the way.
Next, we have a guide to making your own teacup clock – bear with me on this as it was so much fun that Rock n Roll Bride featured it too – click here Adore Chloe or here Rock N Roll Bride to see the cocktail version…
Finally glittery cake toppers – don’t say I don’t look treat you! click right here Adore Chloe .
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