Vintage Style Reigns Supreme
By Rachel Cripps-Gervais, PBC™, An English Rose, Luxury Lifestyle Weddings
Photos courtesy of Rachel Cripps-Gervais, PBC™

Something old was definitely in the air at the UK National Wedding Show 2012, held in February in London. In fact, everywhere in London, whether the local High Street store or Liberty’s on Oxford Street featured vintage, vintage, and more vintage with 1940’s and 1950’s looks. Here’s how that trend played out in the show:

Dresses draped in the past
Thankfully, there was nary a meringue in sight, but there were two strong styles that really stood out. First, the very vintage sweetheart neckline with the mermaid body shape covered in lace and touches of sparkling diamantes. Second, a surprising trend, were the glamorous 1920’s Hollywood-style dresses in soft, shimmering silks with low-hanging, draped backs (a Pippa Middleton touch) with feathered accessories—whether in the bride’s hair, shoulder wrap, or on the dress.

The “Wow” Factor
For those looking for that extra special touch at their wedding, here were three top trends on display at the show.

• Candy campers
Remember the old VW camper vans? Well, one lady has taken that 1950’s trend and turned her VW van into a traveling Candy Camper filled with a mini Sweet Shop, and a hostess with a uniform to match the era!

• Luxury tents
There’s often never enough room for guests when brides and grooms host a barn or country house wedding. But one way to creatively, and romantically, solve that dilemma is with individual, luxury tents that can be installed on the property. The tents have full futon beds, draping, roses, and even a bottle of your favorite champagne to set the mood.  Imagine six of these on the property, all around the campfire, for guests to return to at the end of the night. It inspires guests to continue talking up a wedding long after the last note from the band has played.

• Candy topiaries and bouquets
We all love chocolate, and candies, macaroons, and cupcakes remain popular, but what are some other fun ways to incorporate these into weddings? One booth that stood out had amazing chocolate and candy topiaries and centerpieces.  These were not simple displays, but masterpieces that would certainly set any guest table talking. And for those brides crazy about chocolate and candy, she can even make her bridal bouquet to match for tossing or, maybe, eating in private.

The flashbacks to the 40s and 50s continued throughout the show, with crystal floral centerpieces to amazing wedding cakes, old-fashioned ice cream carts, creative table plans, and so much more! For those wanting to get a glimpse of European trends themselves, find out more about the show at

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