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Vintage Themed Wedding

Vintage Wedding Theme

Professional wedding photographers are often asked by their brides and grooms to replicate distinct themes and styles within their photography. From quirky and funny to dramatic and romantic, these styles are a reflection of you and your fiancée and become instant memories when they are in print and in your photo album. So why not use those styles from your photography and extend them into the wedding itself!

A Wedding with a classic vintage style is a wonderfully creative way to celebrate your wedding day and one that exudes all the elegance and grace of memories past.  Classic movies like Gone With The Wind and Casablanca represent some great visual styles you can use as inspiration when creating an atmosphere of your wedding. Use these iconic images and styles in your save the date photos or even the invitations you will send to all your guests. You can enhance the vintage theme for your invitations by using tea-stained paper and old lettering fonts and prints from the era. With a wax seal and an elegant print of your monogram, your invitations will scream of elegance and taste. Utilize these styles for your place cards as well as table numbers to keep a unified theme throughout your reception and definitely speak with an invitation specialist for different ideas if you can.

Accessories are also a great way to put a vintage spin on the wedding. Classic objects like hat pillboxes, birdcages, vintage furniture and Art Deco jewelry are great ways to add a sense of classic Hollywood glamour to your theme. Pillboxes work great as centerpiece risers or simply nostalgic pieces to be placed in key areas of the reception (i.e. near the guest book or gift table). Adorning lamps or centerpieces with pieces of classic jewelry exude elegance and grace and can give a little sparkle to the night.

Utilizing lace is also a wonderful way to enhance the evening’s atmosphere. Lace is incredibly vintage on its own and may look great draping curtains, chairs, or even on the guest tables themselves. Try to mimic the lace style on your dress when putting lace accents throughout the wedding and reception. Additional accents such as brooches and even old trunks can be utilized to stylistically capture that vintage theme you so adore. And don’t forget to include lots and lots of candles!!! This will enliven the reception with a cascading glow when the sun goes down and will envelope the atmosphere with soft muted colors.

You can even glam up your wedding transportation! Instead of a simple limousine transporting you on your wedding day, how about renting a classic Rolls-Royce to escort you about! There are indeed specialized transportation rental companies out there you can contact in lieu of the plain limousine. They will often times have different vintage cars from different eras in time available for rent. They make for a wonderful addition to vintage wedding day photographs and will absolutely enhance the look you are going for. If you are in the Chicago-land area, Classic Chassis out of Schaumburg has a great selection of vintage cars and will be happy to work with you on your wedding day.

At Bartlett Hills we always encourage our Brides and Grooms to be creative and use their imaginations when it comes to their wedding. We will always embrace your ideas and love to see outside decorations enhance any wedding day themes for the evening. We are certainly happy to discuss with you any theme or style variations to make your day as memorable as possible!

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies at Bartlett Hills

               A beautiful wedding reception at Bartlett Hills is only complete with an equally beautiful ceremony!  Imagine tying the knot with your soon-to-be spouse amidst a lavish green landscape, gentle rolling hills and gorgeous tranquil pond. You can certainly have this enchanting setting as yours at Bartlett Hills. Our ceremony site is situated on an elevated outdoor veranda that comfortably holds up to 150 of your guests and our facility provides easy access for limousines and guest parking drop off points to a private ceremony setting.     

Our beautiful ceremony space is also perfect for all your wedding photos!  We encourage you and your wedding photographer to take advantage of all the gorgeous wedding shots our location has to offer.  From our intricately manicured lawns and colorful blooming flower beds, you will fall in love with all your wedding photo memories.  You can even capture a “romantic dipping kiss” in front a cascading fountain that majestically showers from a serene mirrored pond. 

Your wedding day ceremony will be graciously hosted by the wedding coordinator who will be on hand and available during the entire ceremony process. This includes a rehearsal before as well as all the preparations needed for your wedding day. A private bridal suite will be at your access all day and includes a full length mirror, vanity, and plenty of dress knick knacks you may need last minute. Our friendly staff is always on hand to meet your every need.  

              Another fantastic incentive for having a Bartlett Hills ceremony is its cost effectiveness.  With our standard ceremony package you receive all wedding ceremony accessories and decorations, including a complete decorated trellis, draping lace and tube lights accenting the banisters, and all ceremony chairs needed for guest seating. Ceremony incentives are indeed available when booking with a reception package or you could host your ceremony only without booking a reception.


  If you happen to be an adventurous bridal couple we by all means encourage new and innovative wedding ceremony ideas. Such romantic bridal party entrances using horse and carriages to fancy sports cars are all fantastic ways to make unique entrances and make for such fun photography. You are more than welcome to bring in outside florists, props and anything you can dream of to create the most perfect wedding ceremony memories. If you are in need of any florist, photographer, or vendor referrals please visits our website at or call Bartlett Hills at 630.213.3103.