More and more brides are opting for vintage wedding dresses nowadays, and it’s becoming increasingly popular as each style is timeless, stunning and totally unique. Choosing an original vintage dress won’t necessarily work for everyone for various reasons, due to the size, style and fit, but it doesn’t mean that the idea of finding the perfect vintage wedding dress is crushed – there are a lot of vintage-inspired dresses available on the market now, so every bride could get hold of their dream wedding gown.
Finding The Perfect Vintage Wedding Dress
Being the bride, the dress are one of the main things you need to really focus on, you not only need to look perfect and confident in it, but you also need to feel it too. If your heart is set on wearing an original vintage dress on your big day, then you’ve got to be prepared to spend as much time and effort looking everywhere for it.
Wedding dresses are usually handmade, in other words, it was created especially for the original wearer. This means that the dress is highly unlikely to fit you perfectly, so the dress might need to be altered.
Always make sure that you inspect the dress carefully. Old items could sometimes be damaged, usually the boutiques would inform you that the dress is slightly defected, but it’s always good to double check and inspect the garment carefully to make sure you are absolutely happy with the imperfections.
If you feel that you’ve found the perfect dress, don’t hold back. Vintage dresses are so unique you won’t be able to find anything like it, if you don’t buy it, someone else will and you’ll definitely regret it.
Why Opt For A Vintage Wedding Gown
Vintage tells a story, it’s been sought out for you, it’s rare and very original. Whether if it’s been passed down to you by your mother, grandmother, or purchased from a shop, each vintage gown has a history behind it, making the garment extra special.
Vintage wedding gowns are definitely one-of-a-kind, opting for vintage rather than the usual selection of newer wedding dresses on offer, will ensure that you are wearing a dress that no other bride has.
Vintage Wedding Gown Styles
Lace: Many vintage wedding dresses come in lace, but more lace doesn’t always mean better. Some of the best lace vintage wedding dresses have off-color lace. Think off-white or beige for the perfect antique look.
High Victorian Collars & Long Sleeves: This is one of the most popular styles in the vintage category. The style is often straight with no under bodice and tulle, an A-line straight skirt usually works best with Victorian vintage wedding dresses. Perfect for the elegant and feminine brides.
Tea Length: This style usually falls below the knees to mid-calf, and is often strapless. Tea length vintage wedding dresses are often chosen if you’re looking for something with more a retro feel and look.
Original Vintage Wedding Gowns
Designed in the 40’s, this breathtaking vintage wedding gown is made in a sheer dotted Swiss organdy blend with lace in the bodice. The bodice features a sweetheart neckline with a sheer lace partial overlay that works over the shoulder continuing onto the long sheer sleeves. The floor length full and gathered skirt falls from the Basque style waist and features additional gathering around the back and at the hip.
Vintage 50s lace and chiffon wedding dress is an off white in color, has small clear sequins along the bodice and features dropped basque waist with soft pleats coming from the darts. Scoop neckline on shell top with sweetheart neckline underneath. Completed with a full and twirly skirt.
Made in the 70s with the look of a vintage goddess. Featuring a v-neck plunging neckline and fitted bust, it has stytlized beads and pearls to the raised v-waist and gauntlet cuffs, with slits to the bishop sleeves from the shoulders to the cuffs. A-line silhouette skirt with a trailing skirt completes this beautiful gown.
This 1940s slipper satin wedding gown features battenburg lace detail at the neckline and twisted rope detail at the waist, along with a flared skirt with a chapel length train. It’s indeed a true beauty.
An Empire style vintage 1980s wedding gown features a tan netting that creates a stunning illusion neckline which reaches from the rounded neck down to the bustline and down to the low-scooped, zippered back.
Beautiful white floral lace, adorned with faux pearls and iridescent sequins overlays the tan netting to give contrasting definition as it wraps around the neck, forming a keyhole design at the centre front and trails over the shoulders creating cap sleeves over the long, sheer, chiffon sleeves.
Designed in 1920s, this unique vintage wedding dress is designed with an embroidered and printed lace over net. An open bib style dress that features one sheer panel in the front and one sheer panel in the back. The sleeveless bodice offers a scalloped lace trimmed neckline and back.
The shoulders are adorned with a silk floral bouquet, to complete the dress, each panel is trimmed in scalloped lace on the sides and on the hemlines.
A stunning 1960s wedding dress in ivory nylon lace, featuring a sheer, fitted, elongated bodice, together with satin piping at the neckline, waist and sleeves. The dress has a beautiful full lace skirt over the tulle and acetate fabric.
Vintage-Inspired Wedding Gowns
Vintage-inspired wedding gowns aren’t all about frumpy ruffles and ruching. It’s all about delicate lace, embroidery and silk, with a wide variety of trains, necklines and cuts. Injecting a touch of modern into vintage, but still remaining classic and timeless.
Cut from French corded lace, this breathtaking bridal style gown features a floor-sweeping design, hand-scalloped neckline and a detachable belt. The silk-satin lining ensures the gown moves gracefully as you walk.
Pearly beads trim the edges of a gauzy, attached coverlet above a sleek dress of luminous silk charmeuse, fitting attire for a graceful gathering in a place of refinement. This beauty comes with a thin silk, self-tie string at the nape of the neck to ensure the sleeves won’t slip of the shoulders.
Delicate lace and the feather-light silk-chiffon makes this Sophoa Kokosalaki bridal gown a stunning and comfortable choice. The cutouts at the waist helps to draw attention to your narrowest point.
The designer’s iconic peacock motif and hand-finished with shimmering metallic thread, beads and sequins.
Ivory Chantilly lace long sleeved A-line silhouette lined in pearl silk with vintage floral belt.
Exquisitely embroidered and showered in delicate three-dimensional flowers, from it’s pearl cluster centres to meticulous detailing, this Sian gown was made for the feminine bride.
This off-white Sophia Kokosalaki gown is the perfect choice for your special day. The sweeping style is beautifully crafted from a floral-patterned silk-blend with a matelasse bodice and contemporary cutout back. Completed with a detachable belt and molded cups.
This incredibly beautiful Bridal Gown is based in Bridal Satin. The overlay is a beaded French Lace, with sheer neckline and sleeves, and completed with V cut on the back of the bodice.
Where To Shop
There are many places you could shop for vintage wedding dresses, from your local thrift shop to antique shops, bridal boutiques to online vintage shops.
Choosing the right vintage wedding gown could be a daunting task, but if it could add the perfect finishing touch to your big day especially if it’s a vintage wedding, and make you feel extra special, then search will definitely be worth it! So be patient and enjoy the searching process.