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Diane + Hubby
Wedding Day 1996

About our Vintage Wedding Invitations. VintageWeddingInvitation.com began as an off-spring of my profession as a graphic designer and illustrator.  I am Diane and I have been creating commercial art for 20+ years. One day, a few years ago, I had a client request a vintage style invitation for her wedding. She was a swing dancer and avid fan of the Old Hollywood style of the 1930s and 1940s, and since I shared that same interest, the assignment was a joy. That same day I believe V-W-I was born.

Since this single design was created for this one person, I have grown this concept into a business with designs for wedding and showers that reflect the styles of the decades beginning in the 1900s and each decade through the 1960s. The collections continue to grow.

I have many years of experience working with museums, creating their advertising and promotions. I also happen to love swing dancing, big band music, antiques and old movies. All of these interests inform and inspire my work.

How it comes together: I begin with a pencil sketch on my drawing board. Many times I will resource some images from public domain sources or create vintage style collage art from copyright free materials. Some of the photographic solutions to the invites are created from photos that I shoot of my personal collection of vintage items. For example, my Mother’s pearl necklace and ring box from her engagement in 1944 (as seen in the 1940s Classic Vintage collection).  I design a collection based on the styles, fashions and music from a specific decade.

All of the imagery is created here in my studio. I then upload the images to a print on demand source called Zazzle. The images are designed in layers so that they can be customized to suit a clients personalization needs. I am assured that Zazzle will produce the highest quality printed invites and products with the most options for paper choice and custom options. Zazzle is the world leader in print on demand printing. They are deeply passionate about customization. When ordered, each product is made and shipped typically within 24 hours, and guaranteed you’ll love it or your money back.

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I am pleased to say that my main contributor to the blog is the maid of honor from my wedding day in 1996. Pam brings a breath of fresh air to the blog and we are happy to have her ideas and inspiration to share with all of the VWI Brides.

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We also have some other entertaining shops for you to explore:

retrogiftideas.com
Fun retro items that make groovy gifts and cards and invitations with a vintage vibe

thestudiographicdesign.com
My professional portfolio of commercial art, graphic design and illustration.

www.retrochristmascardcompany.com
Retro Christmas cards and invitations with visuals of Christmas memorabilia including Mid Century icons, vintage Christmas decorations, antiques, and images that make you say “I remember that”!

COPYRIGHT PROTECTED: All rights to the images on this site are VintageWeddingInvitation.com / Chameleon Studio Inc. copyright © protected. Please do not use them without permission. We take reuse and copying of our properties without permission very seriously, and will pursue unlicensed use of our artwork with legal action.

How To Throw A Retro Housewife Bridal Shower

 

Retro Housewife Bridal Shower Invitations

Retro Housewife Bridal Shower Invitations

Let’s have some vintage fun with a Retro Housewife Bridal Shower Theme. Planning this Wedding Shower will be a blast from the past! The first step of the event planning is selecting just the right invitations to set the mood and send the correct message to all of the party guests. Choose your Retro Housewife Shower invitations from the exciting collection at our Vintage Wedding Invitation Shop.

Retro Bride Shower Invitations

Retro Bride Shower Invitations

“She’ll be a Nifty Housewife!” says the retro gal ready to pour coffee. This invite has a recipe card printed on the back so that all the guests can pass along their favorite home cooking recipes to the new bride. An overjoyed retro Bride invites your guests to you event with the Retro Bride Wedding Shower Invitation.

This cute invite will get your gal pals inspired and planning their outfits weeks in advance of the shower. All of the Retro Bridal Shower Invites at VintageWeddingInvitation are fully customizable and are available in multiple color ways. Don’t miss the favors that match as well.

Housewife Bridal Shower DIY Stickers

Add decoration to the event with Party Picks to match your invites. Use these easy DIY Appetizer flags in cupcakes with colorful pastel shades of frosting, or strawberries dipped in chocolate. Get the details on this project here. Tables can be set with mismatched thrift store china and pastel gingham tablecloths. Be sure to have a selection of multiple colors of gingham to add a festive flair.rhwifeaprons_showerblog

BlueVelvetVintage.com Polka Dots Dress

Every housewife of the 1950s wore her best vintage style apron to keep their outfit smart and fresh. Pick up a selection with fun retro housewife sayings on them to distribute to your guests to wear to add fun to the party.

kitchen utensil centerpieceEncourage your guests to wear vintage dresses and be sure to have your camera on-hand. Wonderful, knock-out retro reproduction dresses are available at our favorite vintage clothing shop BlueVelvetVintage.  You could even hire a photographer and have a selection of props ready for staging photographs. Create a display made up of vintage housewares for photo ops. Retro cocktail shakers and martini glasses, ironing boards, mixing bowls and wooden spoons…rolling pins, frying pans… you get the idea. You could also use these as centerpieces for the tables.

Retro Housewife Bridal Shower Game time. You have so much to chat about but perhaps there needs to be a bit of an ice breaker to get folks warmed up. I suggest the age old game of Gossip. Here’s how:
  • Get the gals together in a group Have everyone sit in a circle.
    Turn up the music – we suggest some swinging Count Basie, “One O’clock Jump”.
  • Getting started. The first gal at the start of the circle will whisper a phrase about the bride or the groom into the ear of the person sitting them. (For Example:  She Says, “Todd shaves his chest hair”)
  • The next person will then whisper what they hear (or think they hear) to the next person, and so on, until the person at the other end of the line receives the given word or phrase. NO Repeats!
  • The last person is the Bride. She will have to say the phrase out loud. The fun part is when the Bride says it out loud, and the first person says the original phrase out loud. Everyone usually gets a good laugh out of it, since most of the time the 2 phrases are nothing alike, and full of nonsense. Perhaps it turns out that “Todd is full of hot air”!

Be sure to see the page that shows our array of fun Retro Bridal Shower Invitations!

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