If you haven’t already seen my vintage inspired board, it’s a must see! Vintage inspiration is one of the most popular wedding trends right now. Pinterest is the ultimate inspiration source and there is a never ending supply of vintage goodness. So how do you find those beautiful pieces you are looking for (like those barrel bars or antiqued window panes? It can be done two ways — rental or DIY. There are so many considerations to keep in mind if you’re choosing to use a rental company and it’s important that you find just the right fit for you. On the other hand, if you’re opting to be super dedicated to DIY, you must must MUST (did I say must?) make sure you have the time, money, & drive to get it done (nothing worse than an unfinished project and scrambling last minute to find something as a replacement). If you’re thinking about going vintage, these tips will guide you in the right direction to making your wedding day dreams come true and hopefully lead you down the most wallet-friendly path:
1. Rental companies aren’t always going to have the answer. So you see a picture or a vision in your head and you just gotta have it. That’s it, that’s your inspiration, and that will be exactly what your wedding day will look like. Right? Ok, well first, where is your closest rental company for vintage pieces? Are you willing to pay for delivery from a company that has what you want but isn’t even remotely close to you? Do they even have that piece, or something similar at that? These are all questions that you need to ask yourself before you become married to any ideas. There are so many beautiful vintage pieces out there & so many that I’ve seen in wedding pictures but it isn’t always as easy as you want it to be. For all you know, the picture you saw might be a piece in who knows where England…that the bride’s uncle built…that is the only one in it’s existence. Now what? You have to be flexible and open to new ideas and similar looks. It will make you much happier, and much less stressed in the long run.
2. Using one company will save you in the long run. If you find yourself with seven internet browser windows open, each containing a different vintage piece that’s everything you’ve ever wanted, stop yourself…. unless you want to spend your entire wedding budget on vintage rental furniture, delivery, shipping, etc. and likely not be able to afford to feed your guests. If you can find at least one or two companies that seem to have almost everything you’re looking for, your honest to goodness best bet is to pick one and be open to things that might not be exactly what you had envisioned but that are similar enough and can be jazzed up with some florals and other decor. A good rule of thumb is to pick a company that has the most items that you like. Make sure to ask them about pieces you want that you do not see in stock. They may be willing to look for you and have great resources!
3. Trying DIY can either be an adventure or a burden. If you are the type of person who has a lot of time on their hands and an incredible knack for creativity, then you should definitely dive right in. Just be aware of the dedication a project like this is going to take. Usually, if you are determined to get it done & get it done right, you will. Especially since it’s your wedding day, this might be an option you opt in for because you will be able to control exactly what you’re getting. Maybe you have a handy family member, friend or neighbor who loves to take on projects like this….even better! But don’t assume & make sure you talk your ideas and plans out with them before any commitment is made. Make a detailed sketch with measurements so your every expectation is met.