Tips for a fabulous 50s style wedding
Themes are all the rage for weddings â€“ from beach-style to fantasy to gothic. But what about looking back to a simpler time? The 1950s is a rich source of images and trends. It was a time of change; from the austerity of the post-war years to the vibrant influence of rock 'n roll to the glamour of
Ask parents/grandparents (or any relatives or friends) to look at their wedding photos â€“ great way to understand the general 50s trend.
Watch the film Grease â€“ lovely dresses to copy â€“ lots of clean lines and yards of petticoats.
For a sophisticated look â€“ the style of Audrey Hepburn can be copied.
Trawl through eBay for retro 50s dresses and accessories
Visit a specialist retro shop like 'Fur Coat No Knickers' (just off Carnaby Street, London) for a real show-stopper of a dress. Go with an open mind and enjoy being treated like a queen.
Consider having a tea-length dress rather than a long one.
Short lacy gloves or long 'evening' gloves are a real 50s statement.
Talk to your hair dresser about suitable styles â€“ anything from tight pin-curls to sleek French knots.
Think about having a tea-party theme for your reception (there are some fabulously pretty tea cups, teapots, tablecloths etc in the shops and online at the moment).
A cake stand full of cupcakes makes a spectacular alternative to a traditional style wedding cake.
Ask the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom to dress in a similar style to the bride.
Research the music of the era for suitable background sound â€“ everything from Elvis to Frank Sinatra.
Consider having 'old-style' roses for the bouquet or a simple flower creation that can be worn on the wrist.
Favours â€“ arguably a modern-day invention, however, the tea party theme can be extended by providing each guest with his/her own pretty tea cup. Pop a hand-tied Jasmine or Red tea bag into each and finish with a pretty ribbon. Perfect.
Don't forget the children â€“ they can easily get bored at a wedding. Why not provide them with a goody bag of small toys to play with. Look to the 1950s for inspiration â€“ tiny toy cars, glove puppets, 'slinkys' and bubbles'.
Cars â€“ Triumphs, Rovers and Hillman's are in keeping with the theme or an original Volkswagon Beetle would certainly be a real talking point.
In 1950s, honeymoons were traditionally spent in the
Finally, although it is good fun to have a theme for your wedding; don't forget it is your important day. Don't stress if things aren't perfect on the day â€“ simply smile and let one of your guest sort out any hiccups.