Vintage weddings have been in vogue for quite some time now, and due to their elegance, timelessness and the enormous scope to choose décor from different eras, they look set to remain popular for many years to come.

When it comes to choosing a wedding cake for a vintage theme, the possibilities, quite literally, span a century. While limitless choice is a wonderful thing, it can also prove overwhelming for couples when it comes to narrowing down their options. That’s why today I’m sharing some tips for choosing the perfect vintage-inspired wedding cake.

Think About Era

Of course, there is nothing wrong with having a generally ‘vintage-inspired’ wedding theme and taking motifs and décor ideas from a variety of eras. But one way to narrow down the search for your wedding cake is to limit your theme to just one historical decade. You can then focus on certain themes and motifs, keeping your decoration scheme and, by extension, your cake, consistent.

An Art Deco cake for a twenties wedding, a more traditional tiered beauty for a fifties theme, a mod cake to evoke sixties nostalgia… these are just some of the many choices available to vintage-loving couples, so consider which era speaks to you personally.

Art Deco Wedding Cake

Remember, you don’t have to be faithful to the cake designs of the day. A vintage-inspired wedding could include a cake influenced by your chosen decade’s art, culture, architecture and more.

Don’t Forget Style

No era has one definitive décor style. For example, you could interpret a fifties wedding theme in many ways. It might be opulent and decadent, complete with pearls, crystal glassware and lavish fabrics, or it could be a quirky diner theme, boasting short, flirty frocks, Americana style and neon signs, rather than chandeliers and champagne. A seventies theme could feature either heavy floral patterns or flowing bohemian fabrics, depending on the direction you choose.

Spring Love Wedding Cake by GC Couture

How you choose to style your wedding day will influence the style of wedding cake you choose.

Vintage Wedding Cake, Modern Flavours

A cake that draws upon nostalgic design influences can still taste totally contemporary. The luxury of living in an age where there are no rules is that you can customise your cake to taste the way you want without sacrificing the vintage look and feel.

Gone are the days where stodgy fruitcake was the only appropriate option. Cake designers usually offer a wide range of flavours for a variety of dietary requirements. It’s also possible to create tiers in different flavours, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Incorporate Your Own Family’s History

Remember that cakes are customisable. Many wedding cake designers offer a bespoke service so you can work together to create your dream cake design.

With that in mind, your input into the design could potentially include precious family heirlooms from your chosen era. Brooches, pearls and lace are all treasured designs easily incorporated into a cake, either by affixing the original heirloom or emulating it.

Wedding cake with sugar paste brooch

By including your own family’s history you are personalising your wedding theme so it’s much more than just a fun decoration scheme.

In the end, choosing a vintage wedding cake is no different to choosing any other cake. If anything, you have the advantage of having a consistent theme to guide you to the perfect nostalgic centrepiece.

Guest post by Marie Sinclair of GC Couture

Images from…

Art Deco Wedding Cake: The Crawleys

Spring Love and Motif Wedding Cakes: GC Couture