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Retro Weddings for Modern Brides

Retro style, incorporating pop culture trends or ideas from earlier times into your environment or way of life, isn’t just for hipsters anymore. Retro style is gaining popularity with more and more modern brides personalizing their weddings with some retro elements.

There is a delicate balance between creating a retro aesthetic that emulates and celebrates a specific time period and going over the top and becoming campy with a decorating style or fad.  A personalized, tastefully put together retro wedding can be achieved by repurposing a few unique found objects from flea markets, thrift stores and estate sales from a particular point in time. Old vinyl records, mismatched floral china dishes, and large white feathers could make interesting accessories within the context of a wedding reception while peace signs and yellow smiley faces might not.

Here are a few of our favorite fads, trends and crazes from the past that can add retro style to the décor and overall feeling of a wedding.

The 1940s
  • Hollywood glamour
  • Metallic, glass and chrome
  • Wide shouldered silhouettes
  • Hats and gloves
  • Long, loose wavy and pin curled hair styles
  • Big band and swing music
  • Black and white or sepia photography
Image credit (left to right): Feathered Centerpieces, Bo and Bill Winiker Bands, Bridal Gown, Hairpiece
The 1950s
  • Tea length dresses and swing/poodle skirts
  • Rock and roll music and doo wop
  • Betty Crocker cookbooks and comfort foods
  • Beehive, pony tail and bouffant hair styles
  • Polka dots, boomerang patterns and space age prints
  • Turquoise, aqua and pink
  • Martinis and home bars
Image credit: Bride in white dress, Turquoise Wedding Accessories, Bride in Pink w/ Groom, Bridal Party
The 1960s
  • Pillbox hats, pastel colored suits and oversized buttons
  • A-line dresses
  • Pop art
  • Yellow and orange
  • Pucci prints
  • False eyelashes
  • Bohemian, long straight styles
Image credit: Konditor Meister Wedding Cake, Flowers, Emerald Invitatons Invitation, Faces by Sienna Eyelash Extensions

Sometimes the past can shape the future. The look and feel of a certain decade or pop culture trend can be inspiring.  Use this inspiration to create a retro style wedding – modeled on the past, yet perfectly modern for today’s creative couples.

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