Imagine a charming setting graced by muted colors and soft decorative elements accented by warm candlelight and dainty lace. Look no further than a vintage travel themed wedding as your inspiration. We invite you to see our very own table decorating ideas on how to put together this romantic concept that is reminiscent of a bygone era. You will also be surprised that many of the elements are DIY-able and don’t need to cost much to evoke the right ambiance!
Tips on Decorating a Vintage Travel Themed Wedding
Choose a Palette of Soft Hues
For our table, we selected a trio of muted colors to unify the look: soft pinks and peaches, dusty blue, and classic ivory. Then, for a hint of Old World glamour, we added accents in matte or antique gold, with candles in votive glasses casting a warm glow over all. Finally, we added a dash of fuchsia just to brighten the look of the table.
Apply Soft, Floral Touches
We started with a lacy table overlay in a flowery design, plus ivory dinnerware with a graceful scroll border. Then, we made sure to include fresh flowers, without the expense of a large centerpiece arrangement. How? By placing little bunches of pink freesia in mason jars and sprigs of pink irises in vintage glass bottles. The result is pops of sweet color amidst all the soft tones of the tablescape.
Add Handmade Elements
For some personal touches, we incorporated quaint handmade elements. One is a vintage-travel packet atop each place setting. It includes the menu card mounted on layers of a handwritten letter, an old postcard, and pink and kraft paper sheets with burnt edges—all bundled together with raw twine.
The other DIY decor elements are the hot air balloon centerpieces. Simply assembled from pastel-colored balloons, pink and blue ribbon, and small baskets filled with baby’s breath, these accents bring in the vintage-travel theme in a totally doable way!
Curious about how to make those centerpieces? See the tutorial!
Capture the Vintage Ambiance
Finally, what would this theme be without a few vintage (or at least vintage-looking) pieces? We just happened to have an antique brass telescope, a pair of old globe bookends, a miniature treasure chest, colored perfume bottles, a wooden hand mirror, and some old-style maps printed on paper napkins. So, we positioned these artfully among the other elements. And voila! We have a vintage travel-themed table with all its charms.
You could do the same. Simply borrow similar decor pieces from family and friends. Or drop by nearby antique stores and thrift shops for some delightful vintage finds!
A Suggested Shopping List!
Excited to plan this theme? Here are a few products that may be of interest to you:
- Around the World Travel Postcard by Cavallini – from Amazon.com
- Used Brass Telescope – from buy.com
- Replogle Globes Franklin Globe – from Amazon.com
- World map reproductions – from Wall-maps.com
- Vintage luggage – from Ebay.com
Inspiration Board for a Travel Theme Wedding
Ready for more inspiration? We’ve put together four elegant ideas for a vintage travel theme using a suitcase as a seating chart, a lace bridal dress, a pearl wedding cake, and an antique-looking invitation: