Vintage Wedding Table Settings

Southern Vintage Table Events – Large and Small, Every Detail Was Covered!

Talk about details! Halie and Chandler’s sweet spring wedding, held at the Women’s Club of Portsmouth in Virginia and photographed by Ryann Winn Photography, was a happy occasion for everyone. From butterfly releases to gelato to a Pittsburg Wedding Cookie Table, this wedding was full of fun surprises.

Spring colors of green, blue, and pink were chosen as the theme of their wedding and our vintage delicate floral plates fit perfectly. With vintage green, pink, and blue goblets, vintage silver-plated flatware, and a vintage teacup and saucer, each place setting expressed that this wedding was indeed a special day.

Now, you might think the teacups are for tea or coffee but you would be incorrect! Guests were invited to fill them with yummy gelato from the gelato cart. How cool is that?

But, that was not the only dessert! Take a look at the cake stands filled with many varieties of cookies from Terri Negil Terry’s Tantalizing Treats. This display is a tradition known as a Pittsburgh Wedding Cookie Table. This “sweet” tradition, is new to us, and maybe you, too, so here’s a brief description from History of Wedding Cookie Table.

“Rooted deep in the history of Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Eastern Ohio lies the beloved cookie table. To the folks in these parts of the country, a wedding without a Cookie Table is like having a wedding without the Bride and Groom – pointless! The Wedding Cookie Table has strong ethnic and religious ties, linked mainly to European immigrants of Catholic descent – particularly present in industrial areas that housed Italians, Greeks, and other Europeans.

Although the beginning of the Cookie Table is debatable, it is believed that this sweet sensation has been around since the Great Depression. It has been implied that the Cookie Table grew in popularity during this time because it offset the cost of purchasing a wedding cake, due in large part to the family and friends who baked for the wedding.”

One more unique took place after Harlie and Chandler said their vows. Symbolizing a new beginning filled with love, butterflies were released by the couple and guests. How wonderful!

Finally, we want to thank Shannon and Madison, Harlie’s mother and sister, for making the trek from Virginia to our Hillsborough studio for both the pickup and return. We recognize this took time and effort and we are most appreciative. They also presented us with many lovely pieces to add to our inventory. What a sweet gesture!

Best wishes to you two, Harlie and Chandler. Along with the butterflies, we wish you hope, love, and a wonderful life together.

Venue: @womensclubofportsmouth
Wedding coordinator: @saralogansanders with @eventsbyastro
Bride’s Dress: @martinthornburg
Grooms/Groomsmen Attire: Ames Rental of Hampton 
Bride’s shoes: @vans
Hairstylist: Rosemary Jensen Allen
Wedding cake: @katherine’sconfections
Pittsburgh Wedding Cookie Table: Terri Negil Terry’s Tantalizing Treats
Dj: @astrodjjonflex
Rentals: @waterfordeventrentals
Photography: @ryannwinnphotography
Video: @ryannwinnphotography
Vintage china and glassware: @southernvintagetable2
Florals: @lingsmoment
Gelato Cart: @incredibleediblesbakery

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Vintage Colored Goblets

Scenes from SVT – September 18, 2022

Hey there! Time to share what we’ve been doing these past two weeks and it’s been anything but humdrum!

First, four groups of clients came by to select pieces for their events – 3 weddings and 1 styled shoot. As usual, they each had a different vintage vision and we really enjoyed meeting them and seeing what they chose.

We also are working with a client via email, FaceTime, and photos because she isn’t able to come to our studio. Her vibrant vibe includes a mix of bright colors and we are excited that she’s using our vintage teapots for her bouquets of red roses!

Now, this isn’t the most amazing photo but it does show that we often need to soak napkins after an event. These have been in their bath for several days before going into the washing machine. And, almost all of the stains came out!

Here’s a new addition to our vintage delicate floral collection. Aren’t these gorgeous? We forgot to note the name and maker of this gorgeous pattern so expect an update.

Lastly, Priscilla, Janis, Sarah and I set these dreamy tables at Lavendar Oaks Farm Saturday. It turned out that it was a mini McDougle reunion because Lisa from Fireside Farms was there adding the florals and greenery. (Priscilla, Lisa, and I all taught at MMS and have remained friends years later.)

Two more weddings were happening this weekend – one in the mountains and the other in South Carolina – and we are grateful they were able to pickup and return! Have a great week!

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Styled Shoot – Sweet Strawberry Themed Elopement

We are back with our 3rd installment of the Green Wedding Guild and  ElopeNC‘s Spring 2022 Challenge. Fresh, juicy red strawberries were the inspiration for this theme and our vintage red pieces took center stage. The bright design by KaraMia Events and sweet photos taken by MKM Photography are a tribute to this tasty treat!

For the table setting, our vintage red/pink and white dinner plates, paired with a red goblet, look bright and happy! Vintage stainless flatware with the darling rose-shaped napkin complete each setting for the happy couple. Red and pink books from our vintage collection were used to elevate our red-flashed compote filled with lovely florals. A final touch was the pair of pink glass candleholders. But wait, take a look at those fresh and chocolate-covered strawberries. What a nice touch!

We love the dessert table setup! That beautiful cake, sitting atop our vintage milk glass cake stand, looks amazing! Milk glass was the star on this table – in addition to the cake stand, you can see a hobnail vase filled with florals and a candle holder. The touch of light blue, seen on the sweetheart table, also shows up in the vintage dessert plates.

Beautiful work, KaraMia Events! If you missed our first two features, check out Green Wedding Guild and ElopeNC Spring 2022 Challenge and “A Whimsical Tea Party Elopement” .

Vendor Team

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Vintage Pink Glassware

Scenes from SVT – September 3, 2022

So many pretty things to share today! It’s been two weeks since our last “Scenes from SVT” and we have continued to work on both the organization and aesthetics of our studio. WIth the expertise of sister Janis, we reorganized the vintage colored and clear glass shelves. We are really happy with the results!

The cabinet at the front end gets re-decorated pretty often as new items come in. Those amazing pine cones and urn were gifted by Priscilla. We love them!

After tomorrow’s wedding at the Merrimon-Wynne, our vintage wares were part of 6 weddings at 6 different venues in the past two weeks – The Waverly, Lavendar Oaks, The Earth Sanctuary at Timberlake, The RIckhouse, and The Victorian. Vintage purple, pink, blue, clear, and green goblets donned tables as well as flatware, napkins, and vintage elegant florals and classic blue and white plates. After selecting, packing, washing, and covering the crates in plastic, we roll the crate-filled carts to an aisle, ready to be delivered to the venue.

On occasion clients are unable to visit the studio because of the distance from their location. Here’s a display of plates for a client to approve for her very eclectic and vintage September wedding. She loved them!

Lastly, we have added a few things to our inventory. We found two plates of this adorable vintage Royal USA pattern (RYL325) at a thrift store visit on our way back from one delivery. And, we came upon 5 more vintage amber goblets which have been very popular this fall. They really do sparkle on the tables. Thanks for checking in this week!

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Vintage Spring Wedding Reception with Colored Goblets

Southern Vintage Table Events – A Spring Garden Party Wedding

Can one feel gorgeousness? While gazing at these photos taken by photographer Annie Timmons of Maddie and James’ wedding, we instantly felt happiness, pleasure, and, yes, gorgeousness. The lovely spring colors found in the vintage goblets, Folie a Deux Events florals, and candlesticks coalesced into a dreamy, wondrous wedding and reception at the beautifully restored historic venue, The Parlour at Manns Chapel.

On these lovely reception tables are our vintage stoneware plates, an array of vintage pastel goblets, and silver-plate flatware. The dessert display, filled with yummy pies from Slice Pie, also had a touch of vintage with our cake stands, pie servers, and dessert plates.

Heartfelt congratulations to you two! Thank you for letting us all experience the feeling of gorgeousness on your wedding day!

Couple at Manns Chapel

Talented Vendor Team

Wedding PlannerC&D Events @canddevents.west
VenueParlour at Manns Chapel@theparlourchapel
CateringCarolina Crust@carolinacrustpizza
Dessert PieSlice Pie@slicepiecompany
PhotographerAnnie Timmons Photography@annietimmonsphotography
VideographerHoneydew Films@honeydewfilms
BarBrewmasters Mobile@Brewmastersmobile
OfficiantPastor David Marini
FlowersFolie a Deux
RentalsGrand Rental Station@grandrentalstation
RentalsSouthern Vintage Table@southernvintagetable2
Hair & MakeupReign Beauty@reignbeautync
HostessesThe Happiest Hostess@thehappiesthostess
Wedding DressGilded Bridal@gildedbridal
Groom TuxJos. A Bank@josabank
Paper ProductsColor Quarry Letterpress@colorquarry
Bridesmaids DressesDear Cleo@dearcleo

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Vintage Retro Plates

Scenes from SVT – August 21, 2022

Let’s get started on our latest Scenes from SVT! First, we had two sets of client visits at the studio. One couple really liked the blue and white theme for their 2023 summer wedding. Green and amber were the primary colors preferred by our second bride who has a fall 2023 wedding date. The best part of their visits is that they enjoyed creating their own vintage table design. Oh yeah, the medley of retro plates in the header are connected to a bride we are remotely helping with her tablescape.

With the basics in place, we continue to personalize the space with more of our vintage finds. More pictures, trays, and plates are going up in the entrance and main room. Our favorite update? The hanging light over the table!

We also are gearing up for a busy weekend ahead! We have 3 weddings and we will be headed to Whitsett, Chapel Hill, and Waverly, Virginia. Pink, blue, purple, and clear goblets, a total of 470, have been washed, and plates selected. Washing plates, wrapping crates, and selecting the brass decor are on the agenda for tomorrow!

Have a great week ahead!

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Vintage Elopement Table

Styled Shoot – Green Wedding Guild and ElopeNC Spring 2022 Challenge

The Green Wedding Guild did it again and this year they joined forces with ElopeNC. We are talking about the annual design challenge in which planners and their team of expert vendors create an original wedding ceremony and reception. This year the vendor teams met at the lovely historic Old Lystra Inn in Chapel Hill. Each had a different take on an elopement wedding and we are excited to share a series of posts that will highlight their work.

In a previous post, “A Whimsical Tea Party,” Emily and Eva of Emily Katherine Events created a colorful, eclectic Bridgerton-inspired tea party elopement wedding and reception. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already!

Today’s post is the work of Hayley and Hannah of An Event to Remember. The color green, music, and vintage were blended to craft their tranquil, harmonic, and charming look. These photos of Rachel Abi beautifully capture their theme.

Starting with the table settings on both the sweetheart and guest table, our contributions included the vintage crocheted overlay, green goblets, green plates, galvanized floral containers, and ukulele. We love now our vintage basket is stacked as a petite cake table with that delicious cake perched on our vintage aluminum cake stand. To set off the seating chart, our vintage train case and floral-filled green thermos added an adorable touch.

With the groom being a musician, musical “notes” were sprinkled throughout. Notice the vintage 45s under the table florals and placed on the vintage green train case. Designed by Hannah and Hayley, the table seating chart was a creative musical twist and threaded among the table florals are strips of music sheets. Finally, we love how our ukulele has a prominent place on the guest table.

Bravo team! Thanks for including our vintage wares in this harmonious “green” elopement!


ORGANIZERSThe Green Wedding Guild@greenweddingguild
PLANNERAn Event To Remember@an_eventto_rememb er
PHOTOGRAPHERRachel Abi Photography@rachelabiphoto
MODELSJessica Todloski and Andrew Payseur@jtodloski and @drewpacemaker
FLORISTAn Event To Remember/ Hannah@an_eventto_rememb er
FOOD/CAKESage and Swift Catering@sageandswift
RENTAL LINENSAmerican Party Rentals@americanpartyrentals
RENTAL ITEMSSouthern Vintage Table/ Shelly@southernvintagetable2
DRESSBeautiful and Borrowed Bridal@bbbridalnc
HAIR/MAKEUPReverie Hair Co. / Tiff@reveriehairco

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Vintage Silver Tea Pots

Scenes from SVT – August 7, 2022

We have a lot to reveal from our studio at Boone Square! First, we had three sets of clients and all designed their own unique vintage look. The first set of guests were designing for an ElopeNC styled shoot around April’s gemstone, the diamond. Using the sparkle from vintage glass plates, clear goblets, and crystal bobeches on glass candleholders, we think their design was “brilliant!”

The second two visitors were couples planning their 2023 weddings. A garden theme with vintage goblets of blue, green, pink, and yellow and dainty vintage plates to coordinate will be so pretty for the first couple’s April wedding. Classic vintage blue and white was exactly what the next couple wanted for their reception tables. Both couples were delighted with their designs and we were, too!.

Now to the studio updates! The vintage silver area needed a bit more organization so we added more teapots to the walls and sorted the trays in drawers. The vintage patina on the creamers, sugar dishes, and teapots add such character and they look lovely filled with florals! The trays seen in the first photo can serve as chargers and appetizer offerings would look mighty special on those larger handled trays. Also, notice in the last photo that we have several ice buckets for chilling wine, juices, and drinks.

The blue hue you see through the front windows are from grow lights that were installed last week. We’ll be adding a few more plants to this area. And, the sign from the previous studio has been cleaned up a bit and is now on display outside our door. Yay!

Lastly, the open wall in the main room has been bedecked with a large mirror and vintage floral gallery. (Darn, we see that the reflection is not exactly want we intended so that needs to be investigated! Hopefully, it’s just the angle in which we took the photo.)

That’s it for our update. A few more projects and we’ll start planning for an open house to be announced in the near future and, you will be invited!

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Dessert Table with Vintage Decor

Southern Vintage Table Events – Oh, What an Enchanting Wedding!

Annie and Ben’s wedding was one of our most anticipated weddings this year. Why, you ask? For starters, when Annie visited the studio last October, she was super focused on designing a tablescape that was clean, colorful, and casual. She worked on several looks, changing goblet colors, napkins, and other details until she had what she and Ben wanted for their reception tables.

Secondly, in February Annie contacted us about wanting to learn more about our business and offered her time as an apprentice. By this time, we had decided to move to Boone Square and she was willing to help with packing up, which was an offer we could not refuse! By the time her wedding came, our friendship grew and we couldn’t wait to see Annie’s vision come together.

From our vintage collection, Annie choose our vintage white stoneware plates, colorful stoneware salad plates, and stainless flatware. She also incorporated our vintage pink goblets and vintage mustard napkins on the head table. And, finally the dessert table was adorned with one of our colorful floral tablecloth, and several speciality vases.

Seeing Arika Jordan‘s gallery of their wedding day at Carolina Grove was truly a joy. With all the pieces of the design set in place, the final look was glorious. Annie planned every last detail, from collecting the vases and jars on the guests’ tables and having them filled with colorful florals from Bowerbird Flowers, to designing the table numbers and adorable speciality cocktails named after their cats. The guest table assignments, hanging from a line outside, was such a clever touch, too.

Annie and Ben, what a beautiful, enchanting wedding day. May the years ahead be filled with love, adventure, and fun. And, thank you for such a lovely review!

We could not have had a better experience working with Southern Vintage Table for our spring wedding! Visiting Shelly’s studio to pick out our rentals was one of my favorite parts of our wedding planning process. She has a huge collection of gorgeous inventory, and she was such an excellent resource in helping us come up with the scheme for our table settings. Delivery of the rentals was seamless, and not only did our tables look stunning, but the vintage items added character to the (brand new) venue. Our only regret is not having used more from her collection! – Annie, Wedding Wire Review

Venue: Carolina Grove (@carolinagroveweddings)
Photographer: Arika Jordan Photography (@arikashelest)
Planner: Emily Izak (@emilyizak)
Caterer: Beau Catering (@beaucatering)
Flowers: Bowerbird (@bowerbirdflowers)
Cakes: Yellowbird Baking (@yellowbird.baking)
Macaron tower: Sweets by Shayda (@sweetsbyshayda)
Vintage tableware rentals – Southern Vintage Table (@southernvintagetable2)
Other rentals: CE Rentals (ce_rental_raleigh)
Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Sevilla (@themakeupculture)
Band: Emerald Empire Band (@emeraldempireband)

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Vintage Metal Goblets

Scenes from SVT – July 24, 2022

It’s been a busy two weeks since our last “Scenes from SVT” blog – lots of visitors, table designs, and fun!

We are tackling the decor room with a real purpose. The vintage red tables from The Big Barn at Daniel Boone are headed to Habitat in Hillsborough and being replaced with a new set of metal shelves. With John’s help, they were assembled and the other shelving pieced together. A tall set of shelves were moved from another room, now ready to be filled. The aisles have opened up and will be much easier to navigate.

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