By emmagoodier April 10, 2014 6:03:00 PM UTC
Whether you're a traditional bride or you seek a truelly unique wedding experience there seems to be no getting away from 'the four something's'. Brides across the country are faced with the ordeal of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue". Who would have thought that a phrase possibly originating back to 1898 English folklore could cause such hassle and stress.
Well I say, as a vintage bride it is our responsibility to face such traditions head on, embrace them. With this in mind I have todays theme not only offers a unique and fresh approach to any wedding style but also promises design, colour and history.
Delftware or Delftblue is a type of pottery gaining its name from its place or origin, Delft in the Netherlands. This iconic blue and white pattern was once the chosen adornment of many a british home but may along with many other decorative patterns fallen slightly out of favor over the years. As a result the cheaper copycat designs eagerly await keen "snoopers" in charity shops and flea markets and offer the perfect borrowed option from loving Aunts, Grandmothers and parents attics.
In addition to its strong yet simple colour pallette and affectionate use of all the imagery vintage lovers love, it is proving to be a strong theme coming through from 2013 and a favourite for spring and summer 2014.
These beautiful handpainted cupcakes by Sussex designer offer a simple yet eye catching alternative to lashings of buttercream topped cupcakes. Beautifully presented on a vintage plate they would also look as appetising on a handprinted napkin or paper plate ( floral rubber stamp and cobalt blue ink, perfect fro a tight budget ).
Alternatively why not jazz up plain cupcakes with these cute toppers by matricesupplies on etsy
On the big day reveal a little of the risk taker in you by daring to be different with this sensational gown by young American designer Michelle Leal, blue print inspired bt flowers falling from ruffles and frills.
Or finish a more traditional ivory or white dress with this gorgeous handpainted shoes by NoraKaren on Etsy, flashing just a little of that Delft design to your guests.
When planning your table decor design each table around found pieces from charityshops and carboots, chips are really ok or ask friends and family to contribute from their collections. Bold Cobalt blue needs next to no other colour so keep linen simple with whites, possibly vintage lace napkins and then create focus with mix and match plates, crystal glasses and silver cutlery.
Hand pick your own countryside flowers at a farm such as Blooming green flowers www.bloominggreenflowers.co.uk, going for shades of white, green and even blue. Ask friends and family to chip in, raid hydrangea plants and bunch in small collected vases.
Send guests away with fragrant favors these small lavender bunchs from Lavendergreen.com will offset the strong blue and add a beautiful aroma to your table, add cobalt blue or white lace to personalise.
Be bold whether it's just an accent of cobalt blue or a mix and match of charity shop plates, let dutch blue and white pattern and design bring a fresh look to your day. Move away from pastel florals and add a little history to your summer styling, you will be saying say to Delft do we part.