10 original ways to use vintage china at your wedding

Morning everyone. There’s been a lot of debate around vintage china, bunting, cupcakes and the like. Some of you are calling it overdone, clichéd, even boring (gasp)! But here to blast that argument out of the water is the brilliant Imogen from Halliday’s - a fantastic new vintage china hire company launched with a spectacularly well thought out publicity campaign that really caught my attention. I think you’ll agree that Imogen really knows her stuff, so without further ado, I’ll hand over to her!

All images © Jade Sukiya

Lots of brides (and grooms) out there want to put that vintage stamp on their wedding. Whether it’s a whole vintage theme, from the outfits to the music, your vows to the photography, or you want to add a few subtle vintage flourishes, Halliday’s is surely able to help. We’ve put together a few suggestions on:

10 original ways to include vintage china on your special day

The classic afternoon tea

The quintessential British pastime from past times will give your special day a memorable twist for all your guests. Allow your guests to become completely immersed in a British tradition; we’re thinking fully dressed tables at your wedding breakfast, with lace and embroidered tablecloths, vintage centerpieces, plates, trios, teapots, the works!

Cups and saucers for your champagne toast 

A little vintage twist on an essential part of your big day. Put aside the stemmed champagne glasses provided by your caterers, and use a cup and saucer for each of your guests to raise a toast to the wonderful bride and groom!

As part of a vintage theme 

Want to incorporate a hint of vintage, but floral patterns aren’t your cup of tea (no pun intended)? Why not use 1920s champagne saucers for the toast, suitcases for your table plan, or use a suitcase, typewriter and old postcards for your guestbook? You can use personalized stamps, running within the theme of your big day to give guests some ideas on how to create some really personal and beautiful guestbook memories from your big day.

Post-dinner afternoon tea buffet

Think scones, classic cakes and gorgeous macarons. Have a table set aside covered with beautiful class cake plates, tiered cake stands, side plates and silver cutlery. A more relaxed affair than a formal dinner, allow your guests to wander freely to and from the table, pick out what they fancy, and pore over the beautiful china pieces you’ve chosen.

Very vintage place settings

Cups and saucers can make an original and stunning part of your table plan… simply add some beautiful old luggage labels to the cup handles and voila, place settings combined! They look good, and you’ve cut your costs already. Don’t fancy having your guests drinks tea? Still use luggage labels tied to the cups as part of your table plan, and pop a single stem flower in the cup to create a personal little vase for each person. Combining your flowers with place setting can look really beautiful with an assortment of colours and styles.

Fabulously floral centrepieces

Wary of some rather excitable guests?! Well china doesn’t just need to be used for it’s intended purpose… why not use our selection of teapots as vases for your centerpieces with flowers? A beautiful way of adding a creative and playful touch to your tables with wild flowers set in old teapots, milk jugs and glassware.

Shaken, not stirred (geddit?)

This is one for you summer brides… Want a fun take on vintage, but don’t want it during your wedding breakfast? You’ve got some beautiful grounds at your venue, but want to something a little bit different? Instead of serving a traditional Pimms in the sunshine, why not use beautiful cups & saucers to serve a “G and tea” cocktail?!

Or go one better

If Gin’s not your thing, why not serve a “Prohibition Tea”?

Recipe alert! 

60ml of Tennessee Whiskey
20ml of Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes of bitters
A splash of lemonade
Shake all the ingredients except the lemonade with some ice, and strain into your teacups. Top the cup up with lemonade, and garnish with a slice of lemon. Drink it like it’s and Earl Grey with lemon!

A lovely fun take on a traditional idea, these are sure to be a talking point for your guests in the sunshine, whilst you have your photographs taken.

Not a fan of china? Then bottle it!

Assorted glass bottles instantly give any table a vintage feel. Use different shapes and sizes to group together instead of traditional table centre pieces, with a single stem flower in each bottle. When those wonderful old mismatched bottles catch the light, the beautiful blues, greens and clear glass will brighten up your tables like the sunshine.

Or just use jugs!

Use beautiful old jugs to decorate the top table… save on expensive flower arrangements, and have a selection of jugs ready to put bridal parties’ bouquets in!

Charming and simple, vintage doesn’t necessarily just mean “floral” or chintzy. Think decadent 1920s and 1930s, elegant and refined, or fun and whimsical on a summers day! Vintage china really can be what you make it; the beautiful selection of crockery can be used in any setting for it’s elegance, and doesn’t need to take over a day, or dominate a theme. Use timeless pieces to add to what you already have, and create a beautiful day for both you and your guests.

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