Vintage wedding themes can range from the whimsically rustic to the classically elegant, infused with high drama or understated chic. Sound expensive? It doesn’t have to be. You can have that timeless, one-of-a-kind gown and décor infused with old-world charm and antique and heirloom pieces without going off your budget, according to Philadelphia wedding planner and events manager Renee Patrone. If you want your wedding to have a vintage feel, Patrone recommends turning to one of these Philly-area vintage experts to help create the perfect wedding-day — and still have enough of your budget leftover for a well-deserved honeymoon.
12 E. Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
From scoring the perfect vintage dress to reception table centerpieces with just the right blend of elegance and whimsy, the adventurous shopper will be in her element at Clover Market. This seasonal, open-air marketplace features antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing and jewelry, original art and handcrafted pieces. Clover Market operates in Ardmore and the Chestnut Hill neighborhood in the spring and fall. In January, you’ll find these traveling shopkeepers peddling their wares from Philadelphia’s historic 23rd Street Armory.
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Magpie Vintage Rentals
Magpie Vintage Rentals carries an extensive inventory of rental items ranging from large furniture pieces to vintage trunks and china, right down to the smallest of details that your guests will just adore. If you need help creating that perfect setting, principles Jason and Maggie, who have contributed their wares and expertise to a numerous array of styled shoots, weddings and special social events, can help you design the perfect setting around the pieces you select. The two channel their combined experience and expertise, incorporating many of their vintage pieces and accessories into styled arrangements depicting themed wedding settings such as industrial romantic, heirloom, rustic chic and pastoral. Rental items must be secured with a deposit and can be picked up from the company’s Philadelphia location or delivered to the wedding location.
Malena’s Vintage Boutique
101 W. Gay St.
West Chester, PA 19380
If you need heirloom-quality jewelry or the perfect shoes to set off that vintage dress, Malena’s Vintage Boutique in West Chester can help. In your quest for unique accessories for yourself or your bridesmaids, make Malena’s your first stop. The boutique’s one-of-a-kind clutches, brooches and jewelry, Patrone says, are sure to add glamor and sparkle to your wedding day. Specializing in ladies wearables from 1850-1980, Malena’s is a treasure trove of pieces you won’t be able to pass up, especially for period piece slips, crinolines and chic dresses perfect for the mother of the bride, your bridesmaids or even the bride herself!
“Talk about an array of fun props and décor for your vintage-themed wedding!” says Patrone of this shop in Philly.
Rustic Charm stocks old books, mirrors and frames, glassware and even old yard games that are perfect for the outdoor soiree. The ideas are endless, but you won’t have to come up with them yourself. Rustic Charm’s styling services can help you come up with the perfect backdrop for your vintage wedding. From shabby-chic to outdoor whimsy, mother-daughter proprietors Kimberly and Erica supply wedding parties with one-of-a-kind, eclectic pieces and antiques for the perfect, distinctive backdrop to any ceremony, reception or photo shoot.
24 Ardmore Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
Sabrina Ann Once Worn and Never Worn Bridal in Ardmore has been helping Philadelphia-area brides make their day special since opening its doors in 2004. This shop is the perfect place to find gently – or never! – worn, high-end, normally-expensive wedding gowns for a fraction of the price. Sabrina Ann specializes in designer gowns that have been worn once or never at all. Appointments are encouraged to ensure a fitting room for sampling gowns. The shop also carries an array of formal gowns, unique dresses for mother of the bride, frocks for flower girls, prom dresses and first communion dresses, as well as the shoes, jewelry, purses and accessories needed to complete any ensemble.
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