Vintage Wedding Ideas

Planning a vintage wedding at the Alex Johnson is the perfect opportunity to create a timeless occasion.  Something to bring to light in regards to planning such an event is that it can remain simple, yet classy, at a minimal cost.  Vintage can be done in the “DIY” manner with a little creativity.  Using resources like thrift stores, online stores, or even garage sales, you can create a timeless vintage look for your special day.

A vintage wedding projects the ‘less is more’ mantra.  Too much of one theme tends to be overwhelming and at some times, rather gaudy.  Keeping it simple with vintage accents will give the reception an authentic appeal.  Remember, these accents do not have to cost an arm and a leg.  Check out some thrift stores and see what you can create and grab some friends and family to help with the project; not only will you be creating an unforgettable wedding reception, you will be creating memories.


  •  Instead of the generic wedding guest book, try an old fashion typewriter. Have guests type out their wishes and blessings.  Not only will this be unique and different, your guests will enjoy the originality compared to traditional guest books.
  •  Lace provides a vintage look; however, too much tends to be overwhelming.  Keep it simple yet inviting with vintage lace doily runners on the tables.  For an additional touch, add flower petals to create a bit of color.
  • Mason jars can be used in a variety of ways for a vintage wedding.  Display black and white photos of the bride and groom along with wedding photos of friends and families placed inside the mason jar.  Position the display throughout the reception area, perhaps on the doilies lacing the tables.  Not only will guests enjoy viewing the photos, the black and white will create an antique photo appeal.
  • Mason jars may also be used as a flower vase.  To accent to the jar, tie a nice fabric around the top and let the flowers do the rest of the work.  It is a relaxed concept, yet brings you back to a simpler era.
  • Use a mirror as a centerpiece as they create a large and dramatic look with a touch of simplicity.  Used mirrors are an easy find and the vintage look will surface with a little paint and crafty up do’s.  Try placing some lace over sections of the mirror and place flower petals or polished stones over the glass.  This creates an earthy and authentic look.  If a simpler look is desired, a mirror without a frame will do just as well and still create a large look.
  •  An antique suitcase, or perhaps an old suitcase that has been dolled up, will add a creative touch to the décor.  Place the suite case next to the typewriter guest book and guests will be in love with the décor the second they walk in the doors.

These are just a few ideas to consider when having a vintage wedding reception. Keep it simple and classy while remembering a little goes a long way with an antique appeal. Most important, have fun planning, preparing, and shopping for ideas for the day that represents your love.

Vintage Weddings

Have you been dreaming of a vintage-themed wedding?  The Hotel Alex Johnson is the perfect location for a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and honeymoon stay. With four historic and elegant ballrooms, we can accommodate small, intimate weddings to large-scale, grand parties.  If you are seeking where to have a wedding, hotel Alex Johnson is the leading Black Hills wedding site, particularly for the vintage wedding attire.

Vintage weddings reflect the style and décor of bygone eras, which makes the Alex Johnson the ideal location for an old-fashioned wedding and reception.  The historic hotel has been completely renovated since 2009, making it one of the most unique and attractive properties in the entire Black Hills area.  In recent years, many of the historic elements have been restored to their original beauty, such as the crystal doorknobs, hand-painted ceilings, stunning chandeliers, and the wall murals throughout the hotel that are a nostalgic reminder of the Black Hills of a century ago. Plan your wedding at Hotel Alex Johnson and make each moment of your wedding unforgettable for both you and your guests.

Ballrooms and Facilities

Among the most important decision in planning a wedding is selecting which ballroom will be best for the event.  Our largest ballroom, Yesterday’s Ballroom, can accommodate up to 200 guests whereas the Rushmore Room can be arranged to seat smaller groups of 20 or 30. Take a look at our Meeting & Ballrooms to decide which room best fits your style and guest list. If you’re still deciding where to have a wedding, call us to arrange a tour of the hotel and ballrooms. From grand event spaces to intimate table settings, Hotel Alex Johnson offers beautiful and elegant settings to fit any size celebration.  With excellent personal service and a professional staff, Hotel Alex Johnson will make sure that your day is as flawless as you always imagined.


Once you’ve selected the location for the wedding ceremony, our culinary staff can help you choose from an array of menus to create just the right dining mood and experience to complement the vintage theme. View our catering policies and menus available and to see more information on how Hotel Alex Johnson can provide everything you need to make your day spectacular.


The Alex Johnson has a full-time Wedding Coordinator on staff to assist with all of your accommodation arrangements.  To end your night of bliss in luxury, enjoy a night’s stay in the Bridal Suite, which features a Jacuzzi and four poster bed. The guests of the wedding may choose to stay in the beautiful and recently renovated Rooms and Suites that we have available. To receive more information about the wedding packages available, fill out our Information Request Form.

Please contact our Wedding Coordinator for more information and availability to help plan your important occasion. From securing a block of rooms for guests to helping plan the intricate details of your special day, Hotel Alex Johnson is here to help you plan a wedding that is unlike any other. Contact us at or 605-348-2539.