Wedding season is upon us! The question has been popped. The date set. The venue picked. The invitations mailed. What is left to do? Well, just about everything! But don’t panic. The great thing about weddings today is that they are less by the book and more whimsical than in years past. The bride and groom are no longer going for the shiny new look, where the crystal has to sparkle and the silver has to shine. In fact, who uses crystal and silver these days? Practically nobody! The bride and groom want the day to reflect their love for one another. They want it to reflect their style. They want everyone to feel comfortable and at home. And, of course, they want romance to permeate the air.
Here are some ideas to get the rustic juices flowing
What is great about weddings in this day and age is the thought that goes into it, by both the bride and the groom. Back in the day, the wedding was just for the bride. The groom just showed up at the church (hopefully) donning his tux, ring in his vest pocket (again, hopefully) and said “I do.” Today, the bride and groom are more of a team. It is important to both that the day reflects who they are as a couple and that it gives their guests a glimpse of what their life will be like together. One young couple spent the past year scouring Indianapolis area antique malls trying to find items for their wedding that represent their relationship and that say, this is “us.” They say the fun has been in the hunt, an adventure that they will remember and cherish long after the vows have been exchanged and the guests have been served. Long after Aunt Betty has made a fool out of herself doing the Macarena on the dance floor.
One of the ways that Indiana couples are accomplishing this is by choosing a “rustic, vintage or antique” theme for their wedding. Any of these themes scream romance. Or should it be said, croon romance? There is just a magical feel to using an Indiana antique that has been a part of somebody else’s history. Mason jars that have been used to sustain families during hard times are now being used to vase wildflowers, making sweet table centerpieces. Old farmhouse windows from which young sons and daughters waved goodbye to their daddies as they drove off to work in their pickup trucks are now serving as guest seating charts. Wooden fruit crates and ladders from family owned and operated farms, farms that were a family’s livelihood for generations, are finding a new purpose as unique decorations and photography props. When these vintage and rustic items are picked and plucked from Main Street Shoppes and re-purposed for a wedding, the history remains with them, and that, friends, is simply charming.
Here is an example of using a Mason jar as a centerpiece. Also, a nice example of using crates as a prop.
Below are jars found in Main Street Shoppes. They are sitting atop a plant stand that would make a great cupcake stand.
Here is a cupcake stand foun Etsy – a great idea!
Most items inn Vendor 54 (pictured below) come from a family-owned farm in Michigan. Rustic ladders, wooden fruit crates, bushels, galvanized buckets, wooden barn door planks, farmhouse windows and screens galore.
Main Street Shoppes, one of Indiana’s premier location for Antiques and re-purposed decorator items is located in the Indianapolis area and is full of rustic and vintage treasures that would add so much to your special day. Over 100 vendors and consignors bring the best selection of Canning jars, Farmhouse windows, and assorted Wooden crates, Lugs and Ladders can be found throughout Main Street Shoppes. If you hurry, Vendor #5 even has a vintage wedding dress. Can you imagine walking down the aisle in a piece of history? So, so romantic.
You can find cameras, typewriters, toys, advertising and just about any thing imaginable to decorate for that special day!
Wedding Dress from Vendor #5
Here are a couple of great ideas for vintage luggage!
At Main Street Shoppes you can find these suitcases, cameras and much more!
Wedding season is upon us and Main Street Shoppes is ripe for the picking. Here’s to your Happily Ever After!