The golden color of the spring flowers carried by the bride and adorning the birdcage are what make this a standout photo inspirational shoot.
The bride’s veil is also called a birdcage veil, tying together the theme behind the photo shoot. Whether your wedding is inside or an outdoor event, the vintage birdcage inspiration will work!
What to Look for in a Venue for a Vintage Birdcage Wedding
When you’re trying to find your dream Vintage Birdcage Wedding venue, there are a couple of things that you’re going to want to consider. First things first, you want to think about the era you’re aiming for. This way you can element venues that don’t reflect the elegance of the time period that you’re drawing inspiration from.
You also want to find a wedding venue with plenty of natural light. Although the theme includes birdcage, you want that free and airy feeling that comes with a lot of room to move. For this, stately homes might be best as they often have high ceilings, large windows and plenty of old-worldly features and charms.
Color Palettes for a Vintage Birdcage Wedding
In terms of color palettes, you’re probably going to want to keep it minimal, classic with slightly warmer tones of creams and beiges. With this as your background tone, you can play with pops of color from your flowers to small decor details. This way they’ll really shine and come to life.
When choosing your brighter color, think about both your vintage references and your kept bird ones. A popular color for both is a canary yellow. Yellows and golds represent vintage accessories, the gilded age, as well as the gilded cage where birds were commonly kept. It’s an ideal hue to bring into your scheme.
Table Setting Style for a Vintage Birdcage Wedding
When you’re thinking about the table setting style for your vintage birdcage wedding, think about opulence, weighty metallic pieces and elegance. With these phrases guiding you, you won’t go far wrong, but if you’re looking for a little more inspiration, we’ve got you.
With your cream linens draped over the tables, you can add genuine vintage or reclaimed crockery and cutlery. The contrast between the stark linens and the embellished, detailed tableware will really bring your vintage birdcage vision to life. In terms of centerpieces, keep it simple with some beautiful gilded birdcages, perhaps adorned with small yellow floral notes.
Budget for a Vintage Birdcage Wedding
Let’s talk about the budget. Vintage unfortunately doesn’t come cheap. You don’t necessarily need to buy or rent genuine vintage pieces, especially when it comes to tableware, and this can save you quite a bit of money in the long run.
On the whole, the scheme for a vintage birdcage wedding is pretty minimal, with cream or white linens. As this is such a common event color, you should be able to rent tablecloths, runners and chair covers for a relatively low rate, leaving you budget for the venue, birdcages and the dress.
Wedding Dresses & Accessories for a Vintage Birdcage Wedding
If you’re having a vintage inspired wedding, you know that it’s all about the wedding dress and the overall look. Whichever beautiful vintage era you’re going for, make sure to do your research and bring your reference photos to your bridal appointment. Not every bridal store knows the difference between the 1930s and 40s styles, so if you can guide their search, it’ll make it easier for everyone.
With the birdcage aspect, you’re aiming for demure with your overall look. After all, you are the caged bird about to be freed! With this in mind, go for a pared down makeup look and smaller heels so that you can move freely and elegantly without that dreaded heel pain!
Bouquets & Boutonnieres for a Vintage Birdcage Wedding
We’ve spoken a little bit about floral arrangements already, but when it comes to your vintage birdcage wedding, you want to lead with the word ‘delicate’. Much like the bird in the cage and the general disposition of vintage times, you want to pick some dainty flowers that aren’t going to overpower the delicate details that you’re using.
Small yellow daisies or pansies, nestled in foliage are a great place to start. If they look like wildflowers, that adds another dimension to your overall decor and wedding theme. The yellow has a big impact without detracting from the elegant, vintage bridal look.
Wedding Invitations for a Vintage Birdcage Wedding
With such an elegant and formal wedding theme, the wedding invitations need to reflect the mood accordingly. Go for traditional, heavy stock, cream cards as a base, and use beautiful inky cursive to share the logistical details with your guests.
Add gilded, golden graphics such as an open birdcage in one corner and a pair of small birds flying away together in the other. Another nice touch is to edge the wedding invitations in gold to give them that extra element of vintage opulence. Make sure to allow lots of white space so that it reflects the minimalist atmosphere that you’re trying to create.
Reception Decor for a Vintage Birdcage Wedding
When it comes to reception decor for your vintage birdcage wedding, the main source of decoration is going to be an assortment of different sized bird cages, dotted around the venue with lights or flowers draped around the bars. This is a pretty obvious decor choice to make and a low-maintenance one that you’ll probably be craving at this point in the wedding planning journey.
You can also use vintage lace elements to contrast against the metallic aspects of the bird cages. This might also tie into your wedding dress if it works with the vintage era that you’re using.
Portrait Props for a Vintage Birdcage Wedding
Again, when you’re looking for props for your vintage birdcage wedding photo shoot, you can of course make use of the bird cages. Depending on the size of birdcage available, you can use them as a backdrop, as a prop that you can hold or as a decor detail that sits on a nearby side table.
Separate from the bird cages, you can use vintage frames as portrait props to bring another dimension to your wedding photos. It’s all about bringing gilded elements into your shots to juxtapose against the stark whites and creams of your chosen venue and your wedding dress.
Wedding Reception Music and Entertainment for a Vintage Birdcage Wedding
With such a classical and romantic wedding theme, the chances are that you’re going to want to carry this through with your wedding reception music. If you’re looking to bring your classical string quartet into the 21st century for your guests, get them to play modern songs in a classical style like they do in Bridgerton.
Your guests will love trying to guess what the song is and you’ll be able to get tons of beautiful candid shots of their dawning realizations. If you don’t want a string quartet all night, why not split the reception into two stages and have a DJ or more modern playlist after a certain time, so that everyone can let loose and have a dance.
Vintage Birdcage Bridal Session
Today’s sunshiny-yellow vintage bridal inspiration shoot from Warmphoto Photography just sings of spring and I adore the clever parallel between the antique birdcage and the bride’s birdcage veil!
From Warmphoto – “When spring begins something very special is in the air. It’s the season of fresh feelings and bright emotions. Every heart and soul is blossoming.”
From Warmphoto – “This gentle and sunny atmosphere was the inspiration for our spring bridal photo shoot. Stylist Elen White added some vintage details to our bride: a beautiful birdcage veil and a lace bolero. She complimented it all with light makeup and a classic hairstyle.
We found a beautiful old birdcage and totally fell in love with it. We decorated it with flowers to symbolize spring and the color of them represents happiness in our country (Russia). They look like millions of little suns!
If it’s feeling like spring outside (or inside of you) just mix some vintage inspiration with elegant and classic elements, some bright flowers and of course – love! It’s an elixir for happiness.”
Credits: Photography: Warmphoto Photography // Bridal Gown & Accessories: Anna Dehani // Hair, Makeup, & Styling: Elen White // Submitted via Two Bright Lights.