Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Review: Vintage Wedding Style--More than 25 Simple Projects and Endless Inspiration for Designing Your Big Day


This post is a review of a beautiful, inspiring new style book for vintage weddings—full of ideas you can use for any party or event.

I’ve been married a while now, but I still adore weddings and beautiful craft books that inspire my creativity.

With the new year, what better time to review this recent wedding style guide: Vintage Wedding Style: More than 25 Simple Projects and Endless Inspiration for Your Big Day. It’s by Elizabeth Demos, and it’s just over a year old.

This author knows her stuff.  She runs a design studio in Savannah and, before that, owned a successful home furniture shop.

Living and working in historic Savannah would have to make a person develop an eye for beautiful vintage things! Elizabeth has contributed to Country Living, Country Home, Southern Living, Southern Living Weddings, Better Homes & Gardens, and Flea Market Style.

Okay…so on to the book.  If you like beautiful photography, this one will give you plenty of eye candy.  It’s organized around twelve fresh, vintage-y themes like “Airstream Elopement,” “Schoolhouse Rock,” “Industrial Revival,” “Flea Market Charm,” and “Vintage Glam.”

Just those names get my creative juices flowing….

The book features stories of actual weddings that the author styled around each theme.

In addition to the gorgeous photos, Elizabeth shares lots of how-to guides for DIY projects you can adapt yourself for each theme (examples:  paper-covered boxes and vintage fabric napkin rings). 

These projects are easily customizable. You could easily adapt them for birthday celebrations, dinner parties, anniversaries, or any special occasion using your own color schemes and favorite materials. 

What I especially like is that the instructions are thorough. Elizabeth includes tips like all the supplies you’ll need and how long before your wedding you should start the project.  This kind of detail is really helpful, especially for brides with tons of things on their mind.

Vintage Wedding Style isn’t a complete guide to planning  a vintage wedding. You should not expect it to cover everything you need to plan your special day. But if it’s visual and creative inspiration you’re after—even if you’re not getting married—I think you’ll like this book. 




RN for the Roses said...

Looks like a beautiful book! Perhaps I could modify a project or two for a Sweet 16 party.

sallymandy said...

I'm sure you could, RN. That's part of what I like about this book! Seems very adaptable.

Unknown said...

Sallymandy, I'm so tickled you liked my book and wanted to share it with your readers! Best of all you understood it as a style and diy guide rather than a planning book. I really wanted to fill the design void in the wedding book catagory.
All the best,
Elizabeth Demos

sallymandy said...

Thanks, Elizabeth! Your book is a lovely way to fill that void-congrats. I've actually been meaning to track you down and send you an email about my review, but haven't gotten to it yet. So I'm glad you stopped by.