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Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses

Bias cut dresses became popular in the thirties when Hollywood actresses needed something sexy to wear that was still acceptable for the moral standards at the time. These dresses were made of slinky fabric (such as satin) where a woman’s body would be covered but her figure was still visible in a provocative way. These dresses epitomize glamour. Isadora’s makes custom bias cut wedding gowns (such as the one above) with a truly vintage look. I should add this one to the I-wish-I-knew-about-this-before-my-wedding list.

DIY Mercury Glass Candle holders

These diy mercury glass candle holders are very easy to make! Just make sure to apply very thin coats. I tried the method of spraying a mixture of equal parts vinegar + water in between coats, and dabbing with a paper towel to blotch a weathered look. I just applied two coats of paint, which seems enough to give the look while stretching the use of each spray can last for a few dozen votive holders (depending on how big your containers are).

Here are the results:

DIY Mercury Glass Candle holders

DIY Mercury Glass Candle holders

DIY Mercury Glass Candle holders

DIY Mercury Glass Candle holders

I used these glasses from Ikea that had a faux crystal look. A few things to note: this project has variations of all flavors and levels of complexity (there are methods using silver leaf to give a layered look, others suggest etching the glass with monogams and so on), so it really depends on what you will be using it for. Does it replace real mercury glass? No, but it’s pretty darn close. If you’re making these for a wedding or party, give fewer coats enough to achieve a mirrored look and use on cheap glassware at thrift stores or restaurant suppliers to help lower the cost of making them in bulk. You can also find real mercury glass votives for sale at Recycle Your Wedding first if the DIY route isn’t your thing. I recommend investing more time and paint on larger statement pieces, like glass urns and shapely vases – these are much more expensive to buy the real deal and are more noticeable than just small votives. Hope this helps!

Updated August 2, 2013.

The Everyday Bride recreated vintage mercury glass votives by using a spray paint called Looking Glass, by Krylon. This spray paint can be found at any craft store, such as Michael’s. Buying a few cans of spray paint is more cost effective than buying real vintage mercury glass pieces and the results are virtually the same. What a glamorous way to jazz up those ol’ boring clear glass votives!

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Freebie Fridays: Western Fonts

Western fonts can be seen in any wedding stationery these days. I love the retro vibe they give and while they still look grand, these fonts make any wedding invitation look fun and whimsical. You can download a pack of western fonts and dingbats for free here (including Playbill font).

Download pack of western fonts and dingbats.zip

On Monday I will be presenting you with the 10 vintage bride blogger finalists. Remember that you will be able to vote on your 3 favorite brides that you would like to see blogging on VintageGlam. Please note that I will continue to blog like I usually do! The three vintage brides will be blogging here to share their own experience with you and to add different perspectives of vintage weddings.So nothing will drastically change, you’ll just see more vintage inspiration and ideas!

Stay tuned for a lovely giveaway on Monday (be sure to subscribe to be the first to know)!

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