Vintage Wedding Ideas: Top 10 ways to have the perfect 1950s inspired wedding

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Get flirty with a fifties inspired wedding dress and Grease-themed accessories...

1950s inspired vintage wedding

© Photography by Joanna Brown

If your idea of the perfect wedding includes full-circle skirts, stilettos, Teddy boy suits and Greased Lighting muscle cars, you need to embrace everything 1950s.

We've delved into the pages of Style Me Vintage: Weddings to bring you the top ten tips you need to throw the perfect 50s-inspired wedding...

1. Think Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor

The original Father of the Bride film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn's role in Funny Face inspired a generation of fashion. Start your 50s adventure by studying old photos of Grace Kelly, Audrey and Jackie Onassis.

2. Get the shape right

The key bridal looks of the period included an hourglass silhouette, fitted waists and ballerina tutu shapes with little white gloves, bridal jackets, short veils and stiletto heels.

3. Added extras

When finding the perfect 1950s vintage wedding dress look out for three-quarter length sleeves, bateau necks, narrow sloping shoulders and tiers of lace. Be prepared for modest designs though - 1950s folk frowned on bare arms. Even Kate Middleton opted for long lace sleeves, so don't rule out the covered-up look completely.



4. Know your designers

Modern dress makers who are inspired by the 50s include Candy Anthony, Fancy New York, Dolly Couture and Stephanie Allin. Remember modern dresses can be given a 50s twist with a corset and carefully chosen accessories.

5. Go potty for petticoats

Add volume to a simple dress with layers of petticoats, that can be bought in tons of different colours. Try Doris Designs for high quality chiffon versions with feather-light body and bounce.

6. Headgear

Pill box hats, pouffy veils (above the shoulders) and birdcage veils were all key accessories of the season, and decorative hair combs were often used to secure everything in place. Add pearl earrings and a choker-style necklace and you're good to go.

Stephen Jones for Debenhams SS13

Stephen Jones for Debenhams SS13



7. Stick to elegant up-dos

Bridal hairstyles of the 1950s were focused on classic chignons, buns, soft set curls and neatly coiffed up dos. The rock and roll influence of the era means more experimental brides can opt for pompadour quiffs and neat ponytails.

8. It's all about the brows

Matte red lipstick and strong dark eyebrows are the key to any 1950s beauty look. Neat winged eyeliner and a spot of blusher will complete the look. Spend time practising with a brow pencil to achieve the perfect high arch, or take a picture of Audrey Hepburn to your nearest brow bar. Your overall look should be subtle and elegant.

9. Decorations

Paper pom poms, fancy cake toppers and pastel cupcakes will give your reception a 50s flavour. Watch old movies like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes or the prom scene in Back to the Future for inspiration. If you have cash to burn, rent a jukebox, fifties diner seats and serve milkshakes Grease stylee.

10. Transport

Get the rock'n'roll, bebop and jive on the radio and seek out a vintage pink Cadillac or Chevrolet.

Style Me Vintage Wedding Book


For loads more advice snap up a copy of Style Me Vintage: Weddings by Annabel Beeforth, published by Pavilion, available on amazon.co.uk. Photography by Joanna Brown.

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