I love antique shops – all those lovely little bits and pieces from another era. There’s only one problem. I can never really justify buying the things I covet, because most of them are to all intents and purposes pretty useless now that their technology has been surpassed or is no longer needed (and unfortunately space is at a premium in my house). Hatstands, boot scrapers, telephones, gramaphones (I die), writing desks, ink pots, perfume bottles… and typewriters. How much do we loooove typewriters? I mean no, I wouldn’t swap one for my MacBook, but there’s no denying the romance of those little keys tik tikking away and the bell at the end of the line. Thing is, most of us WANT a typewriter, but we’re never actually going to USE one. Enter: your wedding. The grand excuse to indulge all those whimsies you otherwise may put to the back of your mind. And that’s why I think typewriters have been making such a major appearance in decor recently (helped on, of course, by the meteoric rise of all that is vintage). There’s some seriously cute stuff going on here!
First off, of course, there’s the standard. The typewriter set up on the guest book table for guests to type a message or a wish for the bride and groom. This is a great way to use the typewriter as a decor piece and to involve your guests, who’ll have a lot of fun using it.
Sources: Left column, l-r, top to bottom: 1 Tony Hoffer via Style Me Pretty; 2 Rebekah J Murray via Elizabeth Anne Designs; 3 Belathee via Style Me Pretty; 4 via Chez Wedd; 5 & 6 Caroline Ghetes via Ruffled; 7 Yasmin Khajavi via Ruffled; 8 Ashley Rose Photography via Love and Lavender
Right column: 1 Meg Perotti via Elizabeth Anne Designs; 2 You Look Nice Today via Style Unveiled
I love this couple’s variation on the idea – they provided a ‘wish paper basket’ and guests scrumpled up their typed messages – cute, no?
You can include typewriters in your decor in other ways. One couple had a different machine on each table, and ran the table runner through it. Or you could look at typewriter keys – this Martha Stewart Just Married banner reminds me of them. You could even lay out keys to spell out signs or names, the way that Scrabble pieces have also recently been used.
Of course, if you’re using typewriters as a motif, using typewriter font in your stationery is a great way to go. Here are some ideas for place cards and table numbers. Isn’t the badge adorable, not to mention the little bitty typewriters used as place cards? Keys also make great escort card accents on typed paper strips and I LOVE the way this couple took photos of themselves on dates with a typewriter in the foreground and used it them as their table numbers.
There are some very cute invitations and Save the Dates featuring typewriters on etsy. Another idea I am loving is the typed up letter invitation bottom centre. The juxtaposition of the calligraphy font and the typescript works brilliantly!
You can even incorporate typewriter keys into your personal effects. For the groom, as cufflinks or part of a boutonniere, and for the bride – how sweet is this bouquet?
It all got me to thinking… when our grandkids get the rage for vintage again, do you think they’ll be setting up tables using our very own laptops and iPhones? What technology from today will make great decor of the future?