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7 Ways to Use Vintage Brooches in Weddings

Posted December 27, 2013 | 33 Comments

Hi, loves! If you’re planning a vintage wedding, have vintage brooches passed on to you from your grandmother or another relative, love to shop estate sales for vintage brooches and estate jewelry, or love to re-purpose items for your wedding, this post is for you! Today we’re sharing seven clever ways to use vintage brooches in weddings. Read on to see how to re-purpose vintage brooches and enter for a chance to win a beautiful accessory by PaperFlora for your wedding day. Enjoy!

Vintage Brooches in Weddings

1. Add vintage brooches to your bouquet.

Have you heard of / seen / dreamed of a vintage brooch bouquet? We love the idea of long-lasting bouquets made from brooches instead of fresh flowers — they last forever!

vintage brooches bouquet

the ritzy rose, photo: robert evans

P.S. This was Miranda Lambert’s bouquet!

2. Pin it to your clutch purse.

If your brooch has a pinback, add it to your clutch purse for a mix of something old with something new.

silk bridal clutch with brooch


3. Pin to your bouquet handle.

Here’s a unique idea: pin your vintage brooch to your bouquet handle! This works perfectly for a brooch that features a space for a photo
(honor a loved one on your wedding day).

vintage brooches bouquet handle


4. Pin to your garter.

Add your vintage brooch to a garter as stunning “something old” embellishment.

vintage brooches wedding garter

la gartier

5. Wear it in your hair.

If you’re planning a vintage wedding, a brooch tied into your hair accessory is a great idea. This is one of our favorite examples…

vintage brooches wedding hair accessory

tessa kim, photo: candice benjamin

6. Use vintage brooches as shoe clips.

If your shoes don’t look ‘bridal’ enough, dress ‘em up with a pair of vintage brooch shoe clips.

vintage brooches shoe clips

absolutely audrey

7. Pin to your sash.

And, last but not least, pin a vintage brooch to your dress sash.

vintage brooches dress sash



Now that you’ve seen seven different ways to use vintage brooches in weddings, it’s time to win one of these examples! We’ve teamed up with the lovely PaperFlora to give away this silk bridal clutch (with brooch embellishment) to one lucky Emmaline Bride reader! Enter between 12/27-1/2/14 (11:59pm EST). Use entry form below to enter. Prize value: $63. No cash value. No purchase necessary. One winner will be randomly selected to win; winner’s name will be announced on this blog post on 1/3/14. Winner will be notified via email. Winner has 72 (business) hours to respond to winning email; winner must ‘order’ prize within 6 months. Free shipping included to U.S. only. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Good luck!


About the prize: this elegant silk clutch purse features a soft winter white silk and has a large crystal brooch pin for added sparkle. Clutch has lining with fabric that reads, “wedding day”, “just married”, or “kiss the bride”. Clutch purse has a double layer of interfacing and includes a detachable chain handle that measures 15″. The outer silk fabric is lined with a thick fleece interfacing to add a slight padding. The interior fabric is lined to add stability.

brooch clutch purse

Entry Form

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Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (Oct. 2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (Sep. 2014).



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33 Responses to “7 Ways to Use Vintage Brooches in Weddings”

  1. Rose Eulalia
    December 27th, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    I love the green fabric flowers!

  2. Rory Silghigian
    December 27th, 2013 @ 4:24 pm
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    December 27th, 2013 @ 4:42 pm
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    December 27th, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

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    December 28th, 2013 @ 12:08 am

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    December 28th, 2013 @ 9:48 am
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    December 28th, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

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    December 28th, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    MOH Doily Clutch. Our theme/inspiration are doilies and vintage textiles.

  11. Eileen L
    December 28th, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    The brooch bouquet is beatiful!

  12. Eileen L
    December 28th, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    Burlap and lace bag is my fave from paperflora!

  13. Tam Francis: The Girl in the J
    December 28th, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    Wonderful ideas. I have used brooches for hair ornaments before and shoe clips, but not on purses or garter or as a bouquet. Lots of wonderful ideas. The purse is lovely. I’m a fan of vintage (wrote a vintage fictional novel) and wear a lot of pins.

  14. DeeLee
    December 28th, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

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    December 29th, 2013 @ 1:45 am

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    December 29th, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

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    December 30th, 2013 @ 2:24 am

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    December 30th, 2013 @ 3:26 am

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  21. Caroline P
    December 30th, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    The dollar dance bag is so cute!!

  22. Jenae Cimba
    December 30th, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    These ideas are great! I love the silk clutch

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    December 31st, 2013 @ 1:08 am

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    December 31st, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

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    January 1st, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    I like the pink set of flower accessories. They would make adorable embellishments.

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    Loving the maid of honor clutch.

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    January 1st, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

    I like the Maid of Honor Clutch Purse…

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    January 1st, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

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    January 2nd, 2014 @ 1:52 am

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    January 2nd, 2014 @ 12:02 pm
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    January 2nd, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

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    January 2nd, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

    I like the gray floral clutch

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