A trend you may have noticed, but may not have exactly known what to call them… are design vignettes. In case this isn’t a word that comes up in your every day conversation (like us wedding industry nerds), here is an explanation. According to Wikipedia, “In theatrical script writing, sketch stories, and poetry, a vignette is a short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or gives a trenchant impression about a character, idea, setting, or object.” How this translates into weddings are small design scenes set up to make the guests feel as if they have stumbled upon a hidden piece of the story. Vignettes are a great way to implement unique wedding ideas to personalize your wedding design. This is an opportunity to really let your creative juices flow. Here are some common elements that are seen in vignette design. You can pick and choose what coordinates with your wedding design and what to leave out.
Most vignettes start with a piece of vintage furniture. This can be in the form of a book shelf, dresser, hutch or a simple table. You may have something around the house, or you may want to consider finding a design company that will rent and deliver vintage furniture for your wedding. Here is some inspiration:
Decide on the Purpose
People have many different motivations for creating a vignette at their wedding. Some brides really love the look adding details that add to the design theme. Other brides use it to enhance a traditional aspect of the wedding. No one says the food, card box, or guest book has to be placed on a boring table. How can you use a vignette to make these traditional wedding pieces part of your design? Here are some samples showing you the many unique wedding ideas and different purposes their vignettes have served in the wedding.
A key feature in all wedding vignettes are the accessories that bring the design to life. This can be in the form of antique or vintage decor, flowers, or even food. Suitcases seem to be a popular addition to a wedding vignette. You can’t go wrong with pictures in antique frames or even a mirror. You really can’t go wrong with any type of accessory. There is no such thing as too little or too much – it’s your story you’re telling after all.
Wedding vignettes are a great way to fill in empty of visually boring space. It can be done for outdoor wedding receptions as well as indoor ballroom weddings. As long as you make it your own and be creative then your guests are sure to want to stop and take a picture of your vignette. There are lots of unique wedding ideas and pictures online if you’re looking for inspiration. Maybe you will even find some on our Pinterest page.