Go Vintage for Your Green Wedding

Junkin’ is one of my favorite pastimes. I head out to resale shops once a week looking for vintage treasures. And now that garage sale season is heating up – look out!

I love the idea of giving used items a second life. Besides, I ‘m the sentimental type and I love finding things that bring me back to my childhood. Over the years I’ve collected children’s books, toys( just the other day I got my hands on the original Fashion Plates for $3!), games, linens and cookware – all for nostalgia’s sake.

Resale shops and garage sales are also great places to shop for your wedding – especially if you are going for the shabby chic look. Online stores like Etsy and Ebay are also great sources of previously loved items.

And if you are looking for vintage or used wedding dresses and bridesmaids gowns – there are sites like Vintageous.

Let’s take a look at some of the wonderful ways you can have a green wedding with recycled items.

  diy napkins from bedsheets

   diy napkins made from vintage bedsheets

 Katie from A Backyard Wedding used a variety of vintage bedsheets to create napkins for her wedding. And no sewing involved! She simply cut them to size with pinking sheers. This would be perfect for a shabby chic garden wedding.  One of my readers also pointed out that she is using vintage bed sheets to create the linens for the reception. (Photos: A Backyard Wedding)

  recycled vintage teacups for wedding

Katie also bought all of the dishes, glassware, flatware – and even teacups second hand. The couple also used Freecycle.com to get some of the dishes for free. (Photo: A Backyard Wedding)

recycled vases made from wine bottles

You can create centerpiece vases for your wedding from recycled bottles. Go to $2,000 Wedding to see how.  You can also purchases vases and containers second-hand for your centerpieces. (Photo: $2,000 Wedding)

vintage wedding dress from vintageous

This vintage wedding dress is currently listed on Vintageous for $180. But hurry – they go fast!

I’d love to hear from you. Are you planning to use any vintage or second-hand items in your wedding?

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  1. Posted by pdxKate on April 24th, 2009 at 4:18pm

    Yay! I am glad I discovered this site, even though I am getting married in a week!

    OMGosh heck yeah!

    I am getting married next weekend and will have to send you pics! My dress is from eBay circa 1950s, fiance's suit also vintage and same era, my engagement ring is vintage (1920s) and his wedding band is circa 1930s from Gilt in Portland, OR (http://www.giltjewelry.com/). My ring is new, but very simple and engraved to match my engagement ring.

    Our centerpieces are all found items (jars, milk glass, mossy sticks we picked up off the ground, fallen cedar that we sliced up, etc.). The only thing I am really bummed about is that we have to use disposables for our beer/wine. :o( But, the rest is all reusable (linens/dinnerware/silverware)...if we were getting married in Portland we would have had other options, but we are getting married in Astoria, which is a very small coastal town. Options are a bit limited. The good news is that they will all be recycled! Whew!

    Okay, enough babbling from me! Thanks for the great blog!
  2. Posted by Julia on May 5th, 2009 at 8:54am

    Thank you for posting something from Vintageous--what a great site! I've never been there before.
  3. Posted by Cassandra on November 15th, 2009 at 6:33pm

    I am vintage obsessed! I have an Etsy vintage shop, so it only makes sense that I'm incorporating my love for all things vintage into my wedding. My wedding will be an outdoor, autumn, vintage, DIY, completely eco friendly wedding.

    Hopefully I'll be able to find a wonderful vintage dress to match my beautiful authentic 1920's engagement ring.

    All my dinnerware will be from thrift shops (Salvation Army, Goodwill) all mix and match, including flatware and drink ware. Our table cloths will be made of burlap, layered with vintage doilies as the base of our centerpieces, vintage bottles filled with hand picked wild flowers. We're also reusing old mason jars to make clean burning olive oil "lanterns" for each table. Vintage napkins will also be used at each place setting.

    On the eco friendly side, all food will be locally grown and organic, the power will be provided by a solar powered generator. The autumn decor will be local, found and homegrown (gourds and pumpkins, cornstalks, mums).

    And lots more... but since we're having less than 100 people, and everything is completely DIY, and being held on family land (a very large field surrounded by forest) it won't cost us a fortune! Our wedding registry is also on JustGive.org, where guests can donate to some of our favorite charities instead of buying material gifts. We want the whole world to benefit from our union and love!
  4. Posted by Christina on November 17th, 2009 at 11:28pm

    Cassandra, this sounds like the ultimate eco-friendly, vintage wedding!!! Thanks for sharing!
  5. Posted by laura howard on December 30th, 2009 at 4:08pm

    i love this website ! i am having a garden party wedding in june and there are so many lovely ideas and i am so determined not to skint myself in the process , i love the idea of herbs on the tables it looks lovely ! x
  6. Posted by Amy on April 19th, 2010 at 11:21pm

    I love the idea of mixing and matching different glassware. It makes for a really unique (AND GREEN) look. A friend of mine used a bunch of bottles she bought in a thrift shop and put daises in them. It made for a beautiful and innovative centerpiece.
  7. Posted by Beth on January 15th, 2011 at 11:19pm

    Beautiful vintage dress, I love you ideas they are so wonderful.
    Great job
  8. Posted by murs on February 2nd, 2011 at 3:51pm

    My cousin got married in a vintage peekaboo dress and it was gorgeous! Very classic and simple but perfect for her. They also searched secondhand shops for months to find vintage candleabras for each of the tables. Those were beautiful and perfect for the outdoor summer wedding. Behind the table for the wedding party they hung old, yellow (the accent color for the wedding) picture frames of different shapes and sizes. I was amazed at how beautiful the wedding was and how little it cost them.
  9. Posted by Benita Wheeler on May 21st, 2011 at 11:59pm

    I love that wedding dress. who says the best things in life is not under a $1,000.
  10. Posted by Kat on January 20th, 2013 at 9:59pm

    I love vintage glam mixed with the forest feel, and I LOVE touches of fae! I design historical costumes for a living, and since I am always running on a limited budget, over the years (through college) I have become the target at which friends throw their fabric remnants and patterns! So, I will mostly have a pretty simple wedding, but wanted to keep some pixy dust, so I will be making fairy wings for my flower girls!

    I will use paper plates so as not to punish some poor family members with the washing of 400 plates (big wedding, I know), I am still aiming at making all the decorations out of recycled or found items with the exception of some lengths of key fabrics that I will inevitably use for my hobby after the wedding! I have some time before the wedding, so I recently cut a 6 inch length of fir tree trunk and I am drying it out to make a stand for one of the pies (myself and my family are much more pie people than cake people)

    I can't wait till it all comes together, but I am so glad I have lots of time, because it makes it so much easier to save money when you have the researching time!

    Love and cheer!
  11. Posted by Christina on January 20th, 2013 at 10:36pm

    I love your resourcefulness Kat! It sounds like wedding planning will be a fun adventure for you!
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