Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


September 30, 2012

Bridal charm

New trend focuses on vintage appeal with colorful fall weddings

BLUEFIELD — There is nothing old-fashioned about a fall wedding. Fall weddings are on the rise. According to, 14 percent of weddings occur in September — the most popular month—  followed by 12 percent in October and 6 percent in November. June, which used to be the most popular month for weddings, ranks as the second most popular month for brides with 13 percent.

One reason why fall weddings are so appealing is the natural foliage. Many states, including West Virginia and Virginia, are prime locations for a fall wedding. Another reason for the rise in popularity is the vintage trend. Many brides can combine romantic and classic looks using autumn as a backdrop.

Donna Lawhorn of Bridal Central in Princeton, W.Va., said local brides are planning weddings with shabby chic theme — decor is given an appearance of wear or where items are given an antique look, yet soft and romantic — or classic county themes for a wedding.

A vintage look — a trend on the rise — can be combined with current local trends for a fall wedding. Some ideas are interchangeable. But before creating a world of antiques and lace, set a budget and plan. On the internet, blogger Cara Davis has ways to incorporate a romantic look to your wedding on a practical budget. Here are a few ideas:

Color palette generator

A solid vintage wedding theme begins with color scheme. Thankfully there are some fabulous, easy-to-use online tools you can use to create a color story with your wedding. Start with a site like and search for “vintage.” You can visit online paint companies to find color tools to translate any picture into matching  paint colors.

Go Great Gatsby

“The Great Gatsby” is a classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald set in the “Roaring 20s,” and is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Vintage-loving brides can pull plenty of wedding inspiration from the look and feel of this film. Continue the literary theme by using vintage book paper as a table runner, or attached to a board as a backdrop.


Lace, pearls and feminine necklines are go-to components for vintage-inspired wedding dresses. Lace is appearing on many bridal gowns, said Lawhorn. Three-dimensional flowers or gown with a belt and floral accent are also popular for brides. Give pearl necklaces to bridesmaid.

Doilies and lace

 Vintage weddings make good use of doilies and lace. Don’t go overboard, but use them as strategic details to pull your theme throughout your wedding. Buy paper doilies in bulk and use them in a variety of ways: wrap your invitations with them and tie with a ribbon, fold in half then sew them into bunting on twine or jute, or use a backdrop, or line your serving dishes. Spray paint paper treat bags using the doily as a stencil then fill as the last delicious detail guests can take home.

Spray paint

Collect an assortment of candle sticks, glass vases and other decor (think gourds or decorative fruit) and unify them with spray paint. Embrace the latest fall wedding trend and use metallic colors with pops of deep hues like berry or emerald green. Whatever your color palette, spray paint is a cheap and easy method to coordinate your wedding decor.

 Mason Jars

Throw a twist on mason jars at a wedding by painting them for a dated look. Use vaseline on the embossed parts (like the name of the jar), then wipe off that area to create a vintage, distressed look. Insert a bunch of baby’s breath and you’ve got an instant vintage centerpiece. Flank with votive candles wrapped with a paper doilies.


Chalkboards are everywhere, and they add a fun element to wedding day signage. Pull it into the vintage theme by painting an aged-looking frame the color of your wedding, then paint over the glass with chalkboard paint. Use big ones for directional signs, or small ones for place cards or menus.

l Homemade

A vintage wedding naturally lends itself to homemade touches, and nothing says “homemade” like dessert. Pies continue to be a big trend in weddings this year, and local vendors are making it easier to find baked goods with that down-home taste.

l Music

Don’t just decorate; set the right mood with a vintage record player and vinyl records. Whether it’s oldies, Rat Pack or classical, your choice of music will complete your theme and put a smile on your guests’ faces.

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