1950s wedding

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.

Knee length, long sleeve wedding dress

Pretty toes

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.

Image courtesy of Debenhams

Image courtesy of Debenhams

Feminine accessories

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.

Image courtesy of Rebecca Douglas Photography

Image courtesy of Rebecca Douglas Photography

Darling bridesmaids

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.

1950s wedding

Well groomed

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.

1950s grooms

High-class venue

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.

1950s Vintage Bands

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.

1950s Wedding table setting

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…

About the author

Laura Feasey

Having studied journalism at the London College of Fashion, Laura trained in crafting features and articles, not only in the subject of fashion, but in lifestyle, art, travel and culture. For the last few years she has been writing for a number of clients, from holiday companies such as lastminute.com and lowcostholidays, to design retailers such as zalando.co.uk and Debenhams.

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