There has been a reoccurring pattern in wedding themes these past few years, the ever popular ‘Vintage’ scheme. Although I am a huge fan of the pre-loved, soulful and meaningful things, I must say I’m starting to feel that vintage themes have had their day. I know, I know that this is not the most favourable thing to say, but I do feel as though ‘Vintage’ or ‘Vintage inspired’ themes can sort of miss the point.
As a major interior design enthusiast in my spare time, vintage means so much more. It means something that has qualities which represents the era in which it was made, something that has been made with love and craft, something that has value. Most of all something that is not less than 20 years old, therefore ‘shabby chic’ and mere second hand items do not cut it or pass the test to be classed as Vintage. It’s losing its meaning and for me, losing it’s charm. It makes me wonder how much longer this theme can remain in Vogue, but I’m reckoning it has a while more to go.
I’m all for looking at themes that use pre-loved items that actually mean something to the couple, or to the families and friends, like grandma’s tea sets to serve the wedding meal, cutlery that pre-dates Ikea and table cloths crocheted by a great aunt. But a melange of simply old, charity shop or second hand shop finds hashed together to create a mock vintage theme strikes me as a bit of a muddle.
Don’t get me wrong I am not condemning here! It’s merely just something that I see a lot of each day, and when you see a lot of something it gets tiresome, right? I think that like all trends, they are easy to follow as the component parts are so readily available to us when something is in style. So it can sometimes be hard to see past what’s commercially out there, ready for us to add to the shopping cart and purchase. But hey, why not glorify the modern? Create something new and fresh, celebrate your true style? There’s an immense amount of amazing modern design out there today to enjoy, fabulous uses of materials like Perspex, plastic and glass, flowers made i to sculptural architecture, clean and classic table setting ideas and so much more.
If you think that vintage themes are getting old, take a look of some of the below images for some ideas on modern inspiration. How about a new style, ‘Anti-Vintage?!’