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Vintage Wedding Ideas - Flea Market Finds
The Ann’s Bridal Bargains team recently visited the Junk Bonanza held at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. Junk Bonanza is like a giant flea market and it is filled to the brim with vintage wedding ideas. We’re sharing our favorite flea market finds and the most popular trends we found at the show. Shop your local thrift stores, antique stores and flea markets to begin creating similar looks or something entirely new.

Vintage Wedding Ideas - Flea Market Finds


Vintage fabrics are everywhere. Floral patterns are big, especially for wedding, and burlap is still very popular as decoration, totes, pillows and chair covers. We also saw a lot of repurposed flour sacks.


Mix and Match

Mixing and matching chairs and furniture began to trend a few years back, and now we’re seeing mix-and-match vintage China patterns as a gorgeous option for wedding reception dishes. This happens to be one of our favorite vintage wedding ideas.


Eclectic Bins

Vintage suitcases, crates, baskets and drawers can all be used as bins at your wedding reception. Guests can put cards and gifts in old drawers or suitcases placed on your gift table. You can also use crates and baskets to hold wedding favors, appetizers, treats, etc.



You’ve seen the Pinterest explosion! Now just imagine what a talented group of flea market mavens can do with something as versatile as chalkboards. We saw serving trays, table numbers, menus, antique frames and labels for jars and drinks.


Wedding Reception Decoration

White wash woods and chairs were fairly common as well as lots of bottles and jars in various shapes and sizes. Some of the more elegant centerpieces we ran across were cloche (bell-shaped glass) placed over greens or flowers.
Now it’s your turn! We hope these vintage wedding ideas helped inspire your creative side, and we wish you luck in gathering some awesome flea market finds to bring your visions to life.

Wedding Checklist / Section 2: Part 5

Whether you choose soft and simple or dramatic and elaborate, your style of wedding flowers says a lot about your wedding. Choose a florist that gets your look, and your budget.

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Photography:  Photo 98 Photography via GetMarried.com

Before you start the search:

• Set your budget for wedding flowers.

• Gather clippings of flowers and arrangements you like.

• Gather examples of your wedding colors, style and décor.

• Get fabric swatches of the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses if possible.

• Take photos of your wedding ceremony and reception venues.


Choosing the florist:

• Create a list of potential florists. You should have at least three to visit.

• Try to limit your search to florists near your wedding venue.

• Ask friends, family or other vendors (caterer, venue) for recommendations.

• Depending on the season, check into local farmer’s markets. This is a great money-saving option if you’re comfortable with creating the arrangements yourself.


Visiting each florist:

• First, explore the flower shop and see if you like the overall look.

• Ask to see pictures or examples of work they’ve done.

• Ask if they have references or customer testimonials.

• Ask what flowers will be in season for your wedding.

• Discuss your budget and ask how you can maximize it.

• Does the florist include vases? If you plan to rent or purchase your own, you can find inexpensive vases here at Ann’s.

• Ask if you can work directly with the person assigned to do your wedding flowers.

• Ask what the timetable would be for your wedding day.

• Ask when you need to leave a deposit and when the balance is due.

• Remember, your florist should work with you and your budget. Give them room for creativity, but don’t choose a florist that tries to get you to spend more or isn’t engaged in the conversation about what you want.


Your second visit (with the florist you’ve chosen):

• The florist should present a proposal with all details and an estimate of cost.

• The florist should be able to present an idea of what your wedding flowers and arrangements will look like through sketches, models or elaborate descriptions.

• Now is the time to adjust your budget or your wedding flowers plan to match up.

• You’ll be asked to sign a contract. Make sure every detail about your wedding flowers is covered: check dates, times, all arrangements, exact flowers being used, exact colors, acceptable alternatives, delivery addresses, cost, payment schedule, sales tax, gratuities, overtime charges, delivery fees and cancellation/refund policy.

Check out these 5
money-wasters, and you might find areas in your wedding budget to save even
more money!

#5 Expensive Ceremony Accessories

Don’t get us
wrong — the right ceremony accessories are essential, and you’ll want to save a
few things, such as the unity candle, garter and guest book. But let’s be
honest, the flower girl basket and ring bearer pillow may end up in the hands
of your little helpers as play time props, so why not save money on these

Discount ceremony
accessories at Ann’s are a bargainista’s dream. Instead of paying $50 for a
ring bearer pillow or flower basket, you’ll find beautiful options for anywhere
from $15 to $27 a piece.

#4 Elaborate Table Centerpieces

Yes, sterling
silver candle holders with mirror bases surrounded by colorful gems next to
fresh cut flowers might make magnificent reception table decorations. Are they
worth the money and effort? You may vote no.

Simplify. Try
just a cluster of candles on each table for a simply romantic look. Place one
stem of your favorite flower into bud vases and place them at each table. Be
creative, but keep it simple. Your wedding budget will see the difference.

#3 Cut The Cake

The variety of
imaginative and elaborate cake designs we see at weddings today is impressive
to say the least. Of course you want an amazing creation for your own wedding,
and you can have it! Just not so much of it.

Instead of
ordering an expensive, elaborate wedding cake to feed all of your guests, order
a small wedding cake (Don’t forget the perfect cake tops!) for display at your
reception. Then order less-expensive sheet cakes to be kept in the kitchen for

#2 Overpriced Wedding Invitations

It’s true, we may
be a little biased here, but the perfect wedding invitation does not have to
take up a huge chunk of your wedding budget.

Ann’s offers a
variety of discount wedding invitations, from elegant and classic to fun and
trendy. If you’re worried about the quality of discount wedding invitations,
just order a sample to see for yourself. In fact, find your favorites and order
as many as five samples — they’re all FREE!

#1 Keep It Small

A sure-fire way
to save money on your wedding? Keep it small. A large, elaborate wedding sounds
like a lot of fun, but is often far more expensive than necessary and requires
even more planning.

A small, intimate
affair is just as wonderful and much less expensive. So watch your guest count
closely. The difference between 100 plates of food and 125 plates of food can
be significant. Also, keep your wedding party small and you won’t have to worry
about as many invitations, wedding gifts, boutonnieres and bouquets.