Give Your Bouquet an Elegant Vintage Throwback

It’s often the little subtleties that can make a simple wedding feel elegant and luxurious. Bouquets are one of the aspects of your big day where you can add a bit of pizzazz and personality, with aspects that are both personal to you and befitting of a vintage-inspired wedding. The bouquet ideas below are easy to create at home and will give your walk down the aisle a simple nod to old Hollywood glam.

Pearls. Whether you have a simple strand of pearls that hugs the stem of your bouquet, or you go all out with pearl brooches woven through a white rose bouquet, you’ve got yourself some vintage glam. Between the tiny bit of colour and the various textures, the bouquet will add just enough aesthetic without taking away from your gown. 

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Lace-Wrapped Bouquet. For lovers of delicate lace, this is the bouquet you never knew you’ve always wanted. Hydrangea, snowberry, sage, stock, dusty miller, English roses, seeded eucalyptus all resting in a twine nest and wrapped in vintage lace. The best part about this bouquet is that the lace can come from just about anything, including your mother’s or grandmother’s old wedding dress or veil. With that kind of sentimentality, your walk down the aisle will become that much more special. As an added bonus, this bouquet can serve as your ‘something old’.

Feathers. For those opting for a more glamorous and grand wedding, this bouquet is definitely a step in the right direction. Perfect for black-tie events, this bouquet just screams old Hollywood glamour. The soft feathers add gorgeous texture to the all white bouquet and really give it that vintage feel. 

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Non-Diamond Engagement Ring Alternatives

Diamond centers are by no means a requirement for a beautiful engagement ring. Many brides and grooms prefer a pop of color that a sapphire, emerald or other colored gemstone can provide. Non-diamond engagement rings are increasing in popularity, and these distinctive ring styles are a gorgeous way to express your love. It’s also a great way to keep a vintage family ring in play, or introduce a new family heirloom.

Sapphires are a durable gem that hold up to the day-to-day wear for those brides reluctant to go without it. Not only beautiful, the rich royal-blue is flattering on any skin tone.


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The Art Nouveau era (1890-1910) often featured dreamy center gems the likes of moonstone, amethyst, citrine, opal and pearl.


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Rubies have a long history of symbolizing love, courage, passion and protection. The gem of choice for ancient Kings and Queens, rubies are versatile to any setting or combination.


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Aquamarine means “water of the sea”, and these gems gained popularity in the early 18th century. Aquamarines come in colors ranging from the pale blue to dark blue-greens, and usually have excellent clarity. They can also be found in some ridiculously large sizes… go big or go home, am I right? For something a little more one-of-a-kind, try a raw, uncut gem as your center.


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Aside from being unique and obviously stunning, non-diamond rings offer greater affordability for the budget-conscious bride and groom.

 – Catherine Thorpe

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