1950s – Eras of inspiration
Celebrate your wedding with the flourishing 1950s. The post war era still had rationing to contend with, but this didn’t stop the feel good vibe that saw waistlines cinched, glamour exaggerated, and fashion brought back to the masses. Give your wedding some fifties vibes with the next instalment of our Eras of Inspiration series.
Fun and flirty 1950s bride
50s fashion was all about fun. Think full swinging skirts, hugged in waistlines and plenty of femininity. Short dresses capture the era perfectly, so look to tea length hemlines with tulle skirts, circle skirts and petticoats. If you still want the dramatic full-length dress, opt for a princess-style ball gown to channel those 50s film star vibes.
If you’ve picked a tea length dress you’ll need some worthy shoes. Peep toes keep that feminine feel, while ankle strap sandals bring some soft, vintage elegance. Think twinkly toes when it comes to detail, court shoes with bows, hearts and other embellishments will ensure your feet do all the talking.
This feel-good era was all for fun accessories. Gloves were a key part of the 50s wardrobe, and a pair of delicate chiffon gloves will make an elegant nod to the trend. Veils were upgraded to luxurious, long designs, often held with tiaras, flower crowns or a jewelled Juliet cap. Take a look at our hair ideas for the era here.
The girly feel of the 50s is perfect for your bridesmaids. Short dresses with full skirts are a must, whether you go for glam lace, dreamy tulle or fabulous florals. Bardot and bateau necklines will add to the charm, and they offer plenty of room for some beautiful bridesmaid jewellery.
Channel the likes of Cary Grant in your 50s vibe for men. Suave suits and sophisticated details are essential for an overall look of effortlessness elegance. Double breasted jackets will bring a formal feel to your suit, while a classic tux will ooze that dapper style. Give the look some personality and brave a coloured suit to channel the era’s love for texture – choose sumptuous berry shades for winter and muted tones for summer.
Glamorous venues are a pre requisite when it comes to 50s weddings. Look for vintage style hotels, ballrooms and ancient houses. An old theatre would be a beautiful homage to the Hollywood era – fill it with a live band to entice people to dance like they did in the age of rock ‘n roll.
50s finishing touches
Stay sophisticated in your decor to channel this celebratory era. Think dainty, delicate flowers, hand tied bouquets, lace table runners and ornate vintage china.
Are you all for the glamour of the 1950s? Are you planning your own vintage wedding, or perhaps you’ve already done it like a pro? Share your experience with us in the comments box below…