Vintage weddings are in. Brides are adoring the personalized look and feel that comes from wearing dresses and accessories with a past. Not only can this style be budget friendly, but shopping vintage also conveniently lends many options toward the bride’s “something old” and “something borrowed” checklist. While you never know where that special vintage piece lies in hiding, these Baltimore area shops listed below have the added value of experienced, helpful staff and designers who can assist shoppers.
Jill Andrews Gowns, LLC
3355 Keswick Road, Ste. 101
Baltimore, Md. 21211
Bring your vintage dress, veil, lingerie, or any other accessory to Jill Andrews Gowns and watch as your something old also becomes your something new. The designers can perform alterations on just about everything in their studio and have a knack for incorporating styles of the late 19th and early 20th century. Whether you’re seeking an exquisite vintage corset look to complete your dress or looking to re-work your great grandmother’s veil into a stylish new headpiece, this shop is a must-consult. Every piece is tailored to the wearer’s tastes and personality for an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind result.
8133 Main St.
Ellicott City, Md. 21043
Once you’ve found “the dress,” it’s time to accessorize with jewelry. At Craig Coyne, vintage wedding shoppers can find a timeless, romantic necklace or beautiful antique earrings to accentuate any attire. Specializing in jewelry from the Victorian era to mid-century, there is an amazing selection of stunning, unique pieces (including engagement rings) to choose from. Shoppers can browse products online or shop in store. But the collection is constantly changing so be sure to check in regularly.
Minás Gallery and Boutique
815 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
Minás Gallery and Boutique has treasures galore for the finding and requires a visit by the vintage and/or budget-conscious wedding shopper. Vintage scarves, as well as new ones, including some by famous designers are on sale for just $5. There is also a vast assortment of vintage hats on sale from bowlers to wool tops, including vintage neckties for the groom or bridal party to wear with pride. Since you never know what you might find, take time to also browse the vintage clothing section, featuring more than 1,000 items for both men and women.
10749 Falls Road
Lutherville, Md. 21093
Shopping at Bijoux is like going through your grandmother’s fine jewelry box. You never know what dazzling treasure you’re going to find. Pieces ranging from the Victorian and Georgian period to Art Nouveau, Retro and Contemporary periods makes for a fine selection of craftsmanship to choose from. Bijoux also has a special focus on antique diamonds, as well as custom jewelry design with most jewelry ranging in price from $500 to $10,000. With all of these offerings plus the excellent service and a knowledgeable staff, this store is a perfect stop for vintage wedding shoppers looking for their something old, yet stunningly new.
7585 Washington Blvd., Ste. 106
Elkridge, Md. 21075
For the ultimate vintage look that extends past attire, the wedding shopper must find a way to create a timeless atmosphere on the special day through the use of antique décor and furniture. The solution is found at Vintage Affairs party rentals, which not only rents, but also sells a wide selection of vintage inventory. Items such as farm tables, bars, chairs, dish/silverware, lamps, props, table runners and many more. Much of the inventory can be browsed by appointment only at their Elkridge showroom – a not-to-be-missed stop that will help bring together all the little rustic details.
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