2013: A review by Itsy Bitsy Vintage and our styling predictions for 2014!

 The fun and colourful wedding of Matt and  Leentje at the Storey, Lancaster, September 2013. Photos by Jonathan Bean Photography.

Many thanks to all our lovely brides, grooms and clients that we had the privilege of working for in 2013. We really enjoyed working with you and helping to make your weddings, parties and events as special as they were. Some of you were DIY brides who chose to hire and set up or style yourselves, whilst others chose a more complete service, where we provided and styled china table settings, prop centrepieces, guest and ceremony tables, hung our bonny bunting, dressed chairs and made bespoke decor.

The afternoon tea party wedding of Aaron and Hayley, Beeston Manor, Preston, April 2013. Photos by Jonathan Bean Photography.

We saw our working relationships with the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and the Storey Institute in Lancaster grow in 2013, and we are now preferred vintage suppliers for both venues. Working with the Nice Bar & Restaurant, we provided vintage china for two vintage afternoon tea events in the restaurant, and we now have a vintage tea party wedding package available at the Storey in Lancaster offering high tea catering, china hire and styling, aimed at making your planning and budgeting as easy as possible in this uniquely creative building.

Vintage afternoon tea served at the Nice Bar and Restaurant, The Storey, Lancaster. Photos by Jonathan Bean Photography.

Our styling work continued to go from strength to strength in 2013, starting with an amazing 1920's themed Prohibition wedding in May and culminating in a prestigious styling commission working for the Vintage Festival curated by Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway in September.

Styling details for the 1920's prohibition themed wedding of Alison andAndrew at the Midland Hotel, May 2013.
Details by Jonathan Bean Photography. Photos of the bride and groom by Tobiah Tayo Photography.

 Vintage by the Sea Festival, September 14th 2013, Midland Hotel, Morecambe. Photos courtesy of the Vintage Festival website.

We loved being part of Vintage by the Sea festival last September and the creative independence to showcase a wide range of our props and accessories from the 1920's to the 1940's at the amazing Torch Club Ball. We now carry a wide range of period 1920's and 1930's props and china which perfectly compliment an Art Deco theme or period building such as the iconic Midland Hotel.

Our work also garnered attention from the local and  national wedding media last year with features on our styled weddings and balls in Wedding Ideas magazine,  Love My Dress wedding blog, Radio Lancashire, Morecambe Visitor and the Vintage Festival website. We were also recently interviewed by the Westmorland Gazette for their forthcoming Spring Wedding Guide. Grab a copy in venues around North Lancs, Cumbria and North Yorkshire soon or alternatively look out for a virtual copy on their website.

Styling details of Cath and Russell's wedding at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe, Sept' 2012 featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine (2013). Photos by Tobiah Tayo Photography. 

 Andrew and Alison's 1920's prohibition themed wedding at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe, May 2013 featured in 'Love My Dress Wedding Blog'. Room styling and vintage china by Itsy Bitsy Vintage, ostrich feather centrepieces by Events by Design. Photography by Tobiah Tayo.

Vintage china hire and styling was a very popular and on trend theme for weddings last year and continues to be so for 2014 with a slight change in emphasis from shabby chic to the more dramatic. Some of you chose a pretty afternoon tea party in muted pastel colours, some celebrated with a period theme, with 1920's and art deco styling being a popular choice in the year of the Great Gatsby film release and the anniversary celebrations at the Midland Hotel. Others went for a more festival theme with lots of personal touches, DIY creations, bright home grown flowers, and live music. We will see a few changes in vintage styling  in the next few years and we hope these images will inspire your planning for 2014 and beyond.

'Classic styling in the future will be reinvented, with subtle references to vintage antiquities but with a much more modern twist to make it more meaningful and personal for couples. We see the rustic/shabby chic style of old giving way to drama and opulence as a more sophisticated aesthetic comes into play' (Pocketful of Dreams guest article for Love My Dress wedding blog.)

We're calling this move towards a more sophisticated aesthetic 'Vintage Drama' with key vintage statements such as bold coloured vintage china, large accessories and bouquets, stand our props and lots of glamour! We just love the move towards bold colours and personalisation. The 1920's as a theme remains popular, and we'll see the influence of the 1960's and 70's continue to move through into Glamping and Festival weddings. Come on release that inner Diva and be vintage brave in 2014!

There's nothing more exciting than seeing a creative vision come to life and being able to anticipate the look and feel of your celebration. Itsy Bitsy Vintage styling services aim to take some of stresses out of your wedding or party planning by guiding you in your styling decisions, giving you peace of mind on your big day so that you can just kick back and enjoy every moment.  Contact us now with your styling enquiries at, tel. 01524 848566, or for general enquiries, china hire and diy collections contact

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