Gloriously shabby chic decor ideas

Shabby chic is the vintage and budget brides dream, if you don’t get too carried away, have an eye for a bargain and can rope in some crafty friends.

You can, of course, buy in your shabby chic-ness, but handmade touches are a great way to personalise and create a unique touch for your wedding. It is also a brilliant way to get the blokes involved.

Don’t know if you watched Kirsty’s Vintage Wedding (if you’re outside the UK, Kirsty is fast becoming our version of Martha Stewart bringing handmade to homes throughout Britain). The most recent episode was a DIY wedding and yes the blokes got stuck in.  If your bloke isn’t into cutting up card and paper, or crafting with lace then am sure him and  his mates would be more than happy wielding a jigsaw or slapping on paint!

So check out some of these ideas for bringing shabby chic to your day.

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  • This week’s colour Pantone Grayed Jade 14-6011 (but you can create your own palette using your main colour and matching and toning from there)
  • Hearts and flowers venue decor for chair backs or reception areas. Use lace and fabric scraps, silk or paper flowers and attach to hearts, this one here is in old oak but you can buy or make your own hearts from thin plywood and distress them using sample paint pots. There are loads of online tutorials for distressed paint effects online and it is a simple process.
  • Search the end of line bins in the decorating section of diy stores for wallpaper in your colour palette and use for everything from adding to homemade invitations, orders of service and backing paper for table numbers in plain painted wooden frames.
  • Another idea for table numbers is to wrap wool around bottles, fixing in place top and bottom with a blob from a glue gun. Use an assortment of shades of your chosen colour and fix your table number cut from card to surface using a glue gun. Or, decorate the surface with lace, old jewellery and silk flowers to match the hearts and use a cork with a wire table number holder popped in the top of the bottle.

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  • Look out for fancy picture frames and paint in toning colours to match your palette or distress as before. Small ones can be used for table numbers, larger ones as frames for table plans or dessert table menus.
  • Old window frames can be found in reclamation yards or car boots. Give them that distressed look and replace the glass with plywood painted with blackboard pain. These can be used to write on your dessert table or wedding breakfast menu, great if you are having a buffet style menu. Alternatively you can use them to list your table plan to place in your reception area.
  • Collect vintage napkins, either plain colours with cutwork detail or embroidered and stitch together to make into table runners. Budget version – buy inexpensive plain napkins and dye with coldwater dye.
  • Buy lengths of fabric in vintage prints and cut to size to make long table runners or round overcloths for your tables.

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  • Cake stands are here to stay and add the look and feel of times gone by. There is a ready supply of mismatched stands on the market you will easily find one or two to add to your dessert tables that fit in with your colour palette, they are relatively inexpensive and can be used after the event.
  • You can go for one statement cake, like this gorgeous six tier which I chose because of the colour and delicate lace patterned icing, or opt for a smaller less extravagant version and supplement with cupcakes or mini cakes in toning colours.
  • These birds nest table settings are easy to recreate, buy premade birds nests from wholesalers online and fill with dyed quailes eggs as a starter or mini eggs as sweet treat. Perched in mismatched bowls they look stunning.
  • Collect mismatched china to use on dessert tables, or hire from one of the many vintage china specialists in your area.

Do hope that some of these ideas have given you food for thought and would love to know what you think in the comments below :)

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