27 Vintage Wedding Cakes That Bring All the Nostalgic Vibes

Take a slice from the past.
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Jacqueline Mann
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Jacqueline Mann
The Knot Contributor
  • Jacqueline writes articles for The Knot Worldwide that cover an array of wedding-related topics.
  • She previously worked as a marketing manager for a wedding venue where she learned the intricate details of wedding planning.
  • Jacqueline graduated from Bluefield University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and communications.
Updated Feb 08, 2024

Timeless and elegant, vintage wedding cakes incorporate the romance of past decades into your celebration. Lace details, pearls, heart-shaped designs and even retro tie-dye give any dessert table a dreamy look into the past. This wedding cake trend can include any decade you desire, from a Regency-era confection to an '80s wedding cake. No matter your style, find a baker on The Knot Vendor Marketplace to make your vintage wedding cake design dreams come true. For all the inspiration you need for your amazing wedding cake, look no further than these vintage cake ideas.

1. Lace and Pearls Vintage Wedding Cake

Pearls and white lace bring all the vintage vibes to a wedding cake. White details and a blush background make a lovely pair.

2. Vintage Wedding Cake with Cameo

Vintage Wedding Cake with Cameo
Photo: Jacquie Rives Photography

A cameo motif instantly gives your cake an elegant vintage feel. Ask your baker to design a cameo based on a piece of jewelry from a loved one.

3. Vintage Three-Tiered Pink Wedding Cake

Vintage Three-Tiered Pink Wedding Cake
Photo: Suzanna McGarrah Photography

Piped pink roses and pearls bring a romantic touch to a vintage wedding cake. Top with garden roses in matching blush hues.

4. Purple Art Deco Wedding Cake

Channel Gatsby vibes with a vintage-style wedding cake decked out in scalloped beading and purple details. A gem and plum feather cake topper is a simple yet standout addition.

5. Orange and Pink 1970s Wedding Cake

A pink and orange confection adorned with disco balls will have you feeling groovy. This bold 70s-themed cake includes a touch of country with rustic florals and ribbon.

6. White Lace Scroll Vintage Wedding Cake

White Lace Scroll Vintage Wedding Cake
Photo: Heather Rice Photography
Baker: Party Flavors Custom Cakes

Give your confection a vintage wedding cake theme with buttercream frosting piped with delicate lace scrollwork. White-on-white brings a timeless elegance to your cake.

7. Vintage Blue Wedding Cake

Blue and white lace provides an instant vintage feel. This two-tiered beauty features intricate white lace and pearl details atop a classic crystal stand.

8. Pale Yellow Vintage Wedding Cake Idea

An intricately decorated pale yellow cake matches a vintage wedding aesthetic. White sugar peonies and pearls give it a romantic touch.

9. White Polka Dot Wedding Cake

White Polka Dot Vintage Wedding Cake Idea
Photo: Christa Elyce

Glean inspiration from the decade of the polka dot with a 1950s wedding cake. This confection is embellished with buttercream polka dots and a topper of roses and peonies.

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10. Single-Tier Vintage Wedding Cake

Single-Tier Vintage Wedding Cake
Photo: Urban Fig Photography,Baker: Karma Cake Couture

Don't be afraid to pack on the vintage details on a single-tiered cake. A ruffled fondant pattern and large sugar flowers make a romantic statement.

11. Whimsical Art Deco Cake

Whimsical Art Deco Cake
Photo: Dennis Kwan Weddings
Baker: Nikki's Frosted Fantasies

Celebrate the Jazz Age with a whimsical vintage wedding cake. Gorgeous black lace and a towering feather topper pop against neutral details and delicate pearls.

12. Mixed Tiers White Wedding Cake

Mixed-tier shapes provide stunning visual interest to your vintage wedding cake. This 1920s-inspired confection features intricate white patterns on a smooth white backdrop and a festive white topper.

13. Vintage Wedding Bundt Cake

Vintage Wedding Bundt Cake Idea
Photo: JaneCane Photography,Baker: How Sweet It Is Cakes

Offer guests a variety of bundt cake flavors to accompany a vintage wedding theme. These adorable cakes gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s

14. Monogrammed Gold and White Vintage Wedding Cake

Include your monogram for a perfectly personalized confection. Bright white and elegant gold details create a vintage-style wedding cake.

15. Ivory Vintage Wedding Cake with Blue Flowers

Delicate blue sugar flowers stand out on a blanket of ivory fondant. This unique wedding cake idea brings a playful touch to your celebration.

16. Champagne and Ivory Old-Fashioned Wedding Cake

The combination of champagne and ivory mixed with intricate lace details gives this cake a classic look. Darling love birds also lend themselves to the vintage motif.

17. VW Van 1960s Wedding Cake

Serve a retro wedding cake topped with a 1960s-inspired VW van. Hand-painted tie-dye tiers give off a rocking vintage vibe.

18. Pale Blue Vintage Wedding Cake

Embrace your Bridgerton era with a pale blue vintage wedding cake adorned with ornate white frosting. Fresh pastel flowers and a timeless gold cake stand lend themselves to the design.

19. Square Ivory Vintage Wedding Cake

Square Ivory Vintage Wedding Cake
Photo: Yazy Jo

This vintage wedding cake includes elegant square tiers. Ivory fondant is decorated with dainty piping and scalloped details.

20. Vintage Wedding Cake with Gold Details

Intricate gold details pop against a smooth fondant background. Complement the vintage design with pale yellow and blush roses.

21. Rustic Vintage Wedding Cake Design

Rustic Vintage Wedding Cake Design
Photo: Megan Manus Photography
Baker: Piece of Cake

Add a rustic touch to a vintage wedding cake with burlap ribbon and baby's breath. A wood slab cake stand complements the design.

22. 1920s Glam Wedding Cake

1920s Glam Emerald Vintage Wedding Cake
Photo: Meghan Melia: Photographer
Baker: Cake Ambition

Vibrant green, gold and silver make a statement on a chic retro wedding cake. A topper and additional décor is optional on a cake that stands out all on its own.

23. White and Gray Damask Vintage Cake

Classic damask instantly gives your dessert an old-world look. Decorate your entire cake in this pattern or on one statement tier.

24. Old Fashioned Wedding Cake in Green and White

There are so many delicate vintage details on this confection including sugar bows, pearls and intricate ruffles. The white details pop against a blue-green background.

25. Vintage Sunburst Wedding Cake

Vintage Sunburst Wedding Cake
Photo: Meg Ruth Photo

Smooth white fondant is the perfect canvas for intricate vintage details. Gray lace sunbursts are a stunning addition.

26. White-on-White Vintage Wedding Cake

A white-on-white vintage cake looks amazing at both a black-tie wedding or a casual soiree. Adorn with a pop of color or vintage-inspired cake topper.

27. Gold and White Ornamental Vintage Cake

Gold and White Ornamental Vintage Wedding Cake Idea
Photo: Connection Photography
Baker: Miel Bon Bons

Gold Rococo details bring a sense of opulence and glamor to your vintage wedding cake. Top with a single sugar flower that complements, but doesn't compete with the confection.

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