In a recent post, we gave tips on how to create a unique wedding by incorporating antiques and collectables into your event décor—and it looks like we’re not the only ones riding the vintage train! Rambling House had the great pleasure of attending the “Vintage Wedding Weekend,” at Robin’s Egg Antiques, which is located in Milford, NH. This weekend event was an impressive showcase of antiques and collectable items that could be incorporated into weddings, as well as local vendors that could help you with the other important steps of your event. This was their first time hosting an event of this kind, and they say their inspiration actually came from their customers who were looking for particular items that they could incorporate into their vintage-themed wedding. We got some great photographs of the beautifully set-up event to show you what a great Wedding Showcase (whether rustic, classic, vintage, or otherwise) should look like:
- Reach Out to Vendors!
The lovely team at Robin’s Egg said that their vendors found them—they were either customers of the shop, or found out about the plans for their vintage event. They wanted to keep the focus on small, local businesses. RusticWeddingGuide.com is a great resource to find local vendors in your area to feature at such a showcase. The Vintage Wedding Weekend featured many businesses local to the Robin’s Egg area, including beautiful old-fashioned flower arrangements by Ideas in Bloom (New Boston, NH), a lovely wedding cake display by Tea Cake Bakery (Brookline, NH), and vintage-framed wedding photography by Samantha Melanson and Claris Photography (Boston, MA). And, of course, their usual antique collectors featured their wedding-specific items.
Get the word out there, especially if it’s your first event of the kind. Robin’s Egg use social media to post photos leading up to the event, to “get everyone’s creativity flowing,” so they could get an idea of how to use particular items in their events. The Nashua Telegraph ran a front-page story on their event to garner attendees. Then, with some word of mouth, and a bit of cross-promotion with their featured vendors, they had a successful event.
- Style it!
We were most impressed with the beautiful set up of the event. Robin’s Egg already has a gorgeous shop located in a stately colonial house with over 9,000 square feet of space—but it was the way in which the presented the items and vendor pieces that really made this event special. Pretty, distressed tables were designed with wedding-style tablecloths and settings. Vintage hutches acted as bars, exhibiting beautiful drink displays. Ideas for cute signage were written on chalkboards and in picture frames. Old chalices, jars, cans, and vases flaunted vintage-style floral arrangements. Twinkly lights adorned ladders-turned-shelving. Shutters acted as sills for seating numbers. Old-fashioned suitcases held lace tablecloths, doilies, and tea gloves. Each display acted as a suggestion, giving attendees some great inspiration. It was like walking through one, giant wedding reception! According to the Robin’s Egg family, they are a creative group. A few “work-nights” full of combined innovative power, and some pitched-in help, resulted in a cohesive feel to the whole event (and they didn’t forget to credit some inspiration to Pinterest).
Some Advice from Robin’s Egg:
Be Practical: “Use the items in your home afterward, as opposed to having 500 candle holders left over after the wedding…I mean, what are you going to do with those?”
Make it a nice way to spend the day: “On average, it took groups almost 2 hours to walk through the shop and see everything we had to offer…people brought their friends and families here to shop, making it a nice way to spend the day.”
Ask for Feedback: “Jessica, the owner of Tea Cake Bakery, sad she already booked a few clients just after the first day! The vendors were more than generous with their displays and donations to our prize baskets.”
Enjoy It: “We love having events for our customers. The friendly, positive energy that fills the shop is what we thrive on. We can’t wait to plan our next event!”
Do it Again: “I think we could definitely make this an annual event! We have also talked about having a space in the shop, year-round, dedicated to this style to encourage any couples planning a wedding to come check us out anytime!”
If you want to learn more about Robin’s Egg, visit their website and be sure to check out their beautiful shop, or their next Vintage Wedding Weekend.
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