Renos & DIY

DIY Vintage Wedding

By Marla Brown


Design by Marla Brown; Photos by Christine Kufske

Wedding decor is becoming even more personal. Couples trying to stick to a budget are looking to DIYs and custom themes that reflect their tastes. This gorgeous wedding designed by event planner Marla Brown has a vintage theme and a bright, clean palette. Learn how to create this look for your wedding, or any fabulous party.

Room Flow

Break your seating up into smaller round tables of six or eight people. It feels cozy, intimate and is great for conversation.



Add a monogram on the back of every other chair. The monogram can either be your newly married last name or if you are keeping your maiden name, pair the two letters together. Monograms were printed on card stock and cut out.

Food for Colour


We made lemon tea served in mason jar mugs for a vintage feel. It adds a beautiful hit of colour to the tables.

Name Cards


Think up a creative way to display your table names. We took vintage wooden charger plates, printed the table seating lists on the same card stock as the monograms and inserted them into the charger plates. We suspended the chargers into our manzanita tree for a cool effect.



Joyce from calls these the “bread babies." We took crisp white napkins and wrapped fresh rustic breads inside. Tie the napkins with twine, add a hand written name card, insert a butter knife and you have an on-theme and easy idea that all your guests will love.

Simple Centerpieces To Keep


Mini glass votive holders are wrapped with mismatched ribbons and lace. Simple blooms are cut and inserted into each vase. For a table of eight guests, make eight arrangements and place on top of a cake stand to really show them off. Guests can take them home at the end of the evening.



Dress up plain white table cloths with mismatched scarves. We found these scarves at the dollar store and layered them to give a vintage feel.

Cake Table


This cake is a fake!  Hard to tell – but easy to do. This is a two-tier styrofoam cake that is iced and decorated with ribbon as if it were real. Place it on a side table and use the same monogram treatment as the chairs to tie it all it. A purely decorative cake table can still hold cupcakes or other sweets treats.

Table Numbers

Using the same card stock as the chair monograms and the name card charger plates, cut out printed circles with the table number on them. Display on a side table beside the guest table with a small flower for a beautiful room accent.

Topics: Renos & DIY, DIY, Weddings

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