Brides: How to Dress Vintage on Your Wedding Day

Brides: How to Dress Vintage on Your Wedding Day

Brides: How to Dress Vintage on Your Wedding Day

Vintage weddings are becoming an ever more popular choice, as the desire to do something different is increasing. Taking a look at the past, even as little as twenty years ago, wedding styles are very different. With a range of vintage dresses and decorations to choose from, we’ve given you a few tips on where to start in dressing the part.


The dress is the most important part of your wedding day. Being the centre of attention, you need to look your best. Vintage styles are known to hug to your silhouette and be shaped to suit your body type.

When looking for vintage dresses, the A line skirt will often come up. It was very popular in the 60’s. This was when having a curvy shape first started to be the norm, with emphasis on a small waist and wider hips and bust. The A line works best with a tea length dress, the hem coming to around 4 inches off the ankle. As a general rule of vintage dresses, the shorter the hem, the more modest the neckline. Tea length dresses usually come with a boat neck or scoop that covers the bust but still adds shape.

If you would prefer floor length, the 70’s has some great inspiration. Although some examples may appear to be shapeless, you can always alter the dress to give a modern touch. Lace is very popular with vintage dresses. The use of it around the bust, arms, and legs is a great way to add modesty whilst showing off your figure. Having sleeves, unless planning a hot summer’s day wedding, are a must as these were a sign of elegance – the short sleeves and straps were reserved for prom and disco dresses.


Veil design has been changed drastically over the years, with many styles coming back into fashion in modern weddings too. The 50’s saw the trend of the netted birdcage veils that sat on your head and surrounded the top half of your face. These are more formal, but also look elegant. Silk veils were popular in the past and perfect for a country or city location. They flow much more easily that netted ones, which compliments a looser and less structured dress.

Hair and Make-Up

The up-do designs of vintage weddings are exaggerated and elegant. Curls were popular, but pinned back. Loose curls are pulled into a wavy fashion, in a lowered up do that sits at the nape of the neck and extends to the sides. Jewells are usually added to hairstyles, in the form of headbands or hairclips to radiate class. For a less formal look, opt for feathers to accentuate your hairstyle, with small diamantes to add sparkle.

Vintage make up is all about defined eyes and bright lips. Strong red lips are a must, usually paired with pale skin. With darker tones, try for a more neutral red that doesn’t clash too harshly, but still stands out. Eyes defined with black eyeliner and long lashes add to the vintage look. Don’t add too much eye shadow, as it can make you look overly made up and take away from the more natural look you are trying to achieve.

If you weren’t sure about having a vintage wedding, we hope this has helped you see the true potential with this theme. Even if you only want to add a hint of vintage to a more modern wedding, there are many accessory or decoration options that can help to make your wedding unique. With so many styles of bridal vintage to choose from, there will be something for everyone.

Beth O’Brien is a student from Bournemouth University, currently working for Bride Heaven. She is passionate about wedding fashion and recognises that having a unique style is what the modern bride wants and needs.