21 Vintage Bridal Shower Ideas That Stand the Test of Time

These classic decorations, games and invitations will never go out of style.
'Our Love Story' in vintage white type on faded gray book box cover
Sarah Title - Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert.
Sarah Title
Sarah Title - Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert.
Sarah Title
Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert
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Updated Sep 16, 2021
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If you've been tasked with hosting a bridal shower, you might not know where to begin. The first step? Establishing a theme. If the guest of honor loves antique shopping and re-watches The Crown on Netflix, a vintage bridal shower might just be the perfect fit.

We've gathered up some party ideas to kick-start the planning process so you can throw an awesome wedding shower the bride-to-be and her guests will never forget.

The Knot Shop Round Paper Lantern With Vintage Floral Print

Floral delicate paper lantern with pink and blue color palette

The floral pattern on these paper lanterns evokes a vibe that's totally in line with vintage style. Hang them from the ceiling or use them as a backdrop for a photo booth at the shower.

All Little Cute Things Mismatched Tea Cups and Saucers

Colorful, mismatched vintage teacups with floral and gold details

Make like the royals and host a tea party. These mismatched, vintage-inspired teacups add a shabby-chic touch.

The Knot Invitations Retro Floral Bridal Shower Invitations

Retro type in burnt orange with florals in bottom right corner on white background

This invite is perfect for the bride-to-be or couple who loves a retro vibe. The bridal shower invites have a bold floral design in your choice of colors.

The Knot Shop Open Ornate Vintage-Inspired Frame

Shabby ornate vintage frame made of white resin

Add some string across this white vintage frame and hang some pictures of the bride-to-be with her significant other for the perfect pop of personalization.

The Knot Shop Vintage-Style Pressed Glass Champagne Flute

Ornate pink glass champagne flute

No wedding shower is complete without some bubbly. These shabby-chic champagne flutes—featuring an ornate pressed-glass design—are the perfect way to toast the couple.

BOXAN Vintage White Lace Table Runner

Delicate white lace table runner with rose details

Embroidered vintage lace is a staple of any vintage-inspired event. This sheer, delicate table runner is made of high-quality rose vintage lace and will lend a romantic vibe to your wedding shower.

ToBi Couple Fairytale Guest Book

Embossed, imprinted blue guest book with intricate gold label and white floral lace ribbon

Let guests make their mark by giving them a vintage guest book to sign. The pages inside are not only embossed and stained, but also hand-torn, hand-folded and hand-sewn.

Pebbys Joy White Pearl Garland

Pearl garland

Pearls are another timeless staple that belong at any vintage-themed event. Hang this garland from the walls or use it as an accent over a vintage lace table runner to add some glamour to the tablescape.

The Knot Shop Vintage Key Stationery/Place Card Holder

Rustic key cardholder, card with vintage border and elegant type

Let guests know where they'll be sitting at the wedding shower with antique key place card holders.

Devoted 2 Doilies White Paper Lace Round Doilies

Round white lace doily set

Place these dainty lace doilies beneath teacups, centerpieces or anywhere else that could use a bit of old-world flair.

The Brouws Collective English Garden Party Garland

Hanging ribbon garland with green and pink color palette, floral and lace details

Add a playful touch to your shower decorations with a rustic wedding shower garland. Consider using it as an accent in a photo booth or hanging it off the side of a table.

Shop 321 Done Advice and Wishes Cards

'advice and wishes to the new mr. and mrs' in black calligraphy six prompts

For a timeless bridal shower game, have guests write down their advice or wishes for the bride-to-be and her new spouse. Then, have the couple read them aloud and share who wrote what. Choose from two wording options: "The New Mr. and Mrs." and "The Happy Couple."

The Knot Shop Self-Standing Chalkboard Sign

'Sip, taste and savour' in playful block type and detailed line border on chalkboard

Introduce the bridal party, congratulate the bride-to-be or list the brunch menu on this chalkboard sign. Snag a bridesmaid with good penmanship and have her write whatever message you'd like to relay to guests. Reuse the sign for another wedding event like the rehearsal dinner (or even a future event like a baby shower).

The Path Less Traveled Vintage World Map Cupcake Wrappers

Cupcake liners made of map material

These world map cupcake wrappers will suit the bride-to-be who loves to travel, reminding her of all the places she plans on exploring with her new spouse.

Moffka Old Book Page Butterfly Garland

Butterfly garland made of book pages

Nothing says vintage bridal shower quite like repurposing old book pages as decor. This is a great way to add some vintage flair to the event.

Pallet Jax Signs "The Notebook" Quote Sign

'The Notebook' quote in black minimalist type on white background in wooden frame

This quote from the romantic, 1940s-era book and movie will evoke all the feels from your wedding shower guests.

The Knot Shop Antique Book Favor Box Kit

'Our Love Story' in vintage white type on faded gray book box cover

Send guests home with a party favor in an antique book box. They'll be thinking about the romantic and timeless affair long after it's over.

The Knot Shop Vintage-Inspired Pressed Glass Vases With Stationery Holders

Simple pressed glass vases with blare wire card holders

These pressed-glass vases pull double duty by allowing you to adorn your tablescape with greenery while also serving as place card holders.

Antique Love Charades Vintage Bridal Shower Game

Charades wedding shower game in 50s design

This 1950s-era game is filled with 23 popsicle-style sticks that have words or phrases that need to be acted out. The classic game is guaranteed to keep guests laughing and entertained. Plus, it could be reused for the bride-to-be's bachelorette party.

Luckduck Vintage Vera Neumann Pink Rosebud Napkins

Simple pink floral and pink border on white cloth napkin

Decorate your vintage-style soiree with authentic mid-century cloth napkins. The feminine design is subtle enough to blend in with any tablecloth or place setting.

Oley Fans Wood & Roses Hand Fan

Lace handheld fans with vintage floral design in pink, blue, gold and black

Keep your guests cool with vintage lace handheld fans. They can also double as bridal shower favors so guests can use them long after the gathering is over.

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