My mother and I collected any old, unwanted books we could grab (check your basement, your grandma’s basement, etc!) which is really easy if you’re from a book-loving background. We then purchased gold paint from Home Depot (it comes in a quart can, various metallic colors, and is VERY thick) and paint-brushed the page edges of each book. (Think: gold pages of the Holy Bible) The books are no longer readable after painting with this glue-like paint, so make sure you don’t grab the prized First Edition of Gone With the Wind! Oh, Rhett! We painted 70-80 books in all! The professional floral arrangements, complete with feathers and ivy, were placed atop a stack of gold-edged books. The incredible floral arrangements were created by retired florist Patty Nebel and her granddaughter Jenna.
On alternating tables we placed groups of three candle holders found at Hobby Lobby in black. We spray painted 24 candle holders with gold spray paint. No need to be overly careful with this project if you’re going for the vintage look. Spray quickly and sporatically to achieve that rustic, worn look – the black still peaking thru the new gold paint! Placed atop the candleholders were, of course, candles.
Three days before the wedding, we were told we could not have open flames in the tent! Not to have my unique candle centerpiece idea squashed, my husband and I burned down the center of all 24 candles, dug out a one-inch diameter hole, and squeezed in one of those fake, flamesless, battery-operated candles, making sure only the “flame” peeked out. No one could tell the difference, until we told some people to take a closer look! Safe and beautiful! Groups of three candles were placed arbitrarily atop some painted books again in the center of some tables.
For another vintage touch, try wearing your mother’s shoes from 30 years earlier. Yes, they fit, and yes, they were perfect. The shoes were lace and old! Wore them all night!
Customized pencil with the couple’s names and a notepad tied in with their Storybook wedding. I love when couples choose to give useful favors!
*all photos by kegdesign.com