So, what makes a fifties wedding special?
Your wedding day is always special and unique to you, but what we love about a 50s theme is that it adds a little bit of a vintage wow factor.
Firstly, the dresses are stylish, sophisticated, fun and flattering for everyone. The tea length style lets you move easily throughout your big day, no tripping up the aisle or worrying about when you next have to visit the little girl’s room! And those twirly skirts mean that you can dance the night away with ease, causing a sensation with the swish of that skirt as you whirl around!
But even more important is …….that, for the lovers of the 50s style, a fifties wedding dress will let you be you on your special day. You will be filled with confidence knowing that you are at your ease in a style that you adore and that suits and flatters you completely!
We love these dresses from UK’s Loulou Bridal and Tobi Hannah – they have all the elegance and grace of the true stars of the 50s screen, such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn - some have the same names!
and New York’s Dolly Couture and Fancy NY Bridal:
However, if you’re on a budget you could save a few pennies and get your dress made by a local dressmaker, take a look at some of the old patterns from this website: http://www.momspatterns.com/. Your dressmaker may be able to mix and match the styles to create a unique pattern just for you.
Many of these styles would need a petticoat underneath, with a number of websites offering a wonderful variety of colours for you to try. Petticoats can also be made especially for you at a very affordable price from companies such as Petticoats-a-Plenty. Get yourself a colour to match your theme or the bridesmaids dresses to add a little bit more wow!
Tell us about what made your wedding 50s, and send us some photos and we may put you on the website! Whether it was your make-up, venue or something else, we want to hear about it. Or just send some tips or advice, it all helps our readers out there.
So you have the outfit…what about your hair? Hair accessories aren’t usually on the top of the list, but they can really show off a hairstyle.
If you’re going for 1950s wedding hair you need to think glamorous: big curls, waves, rolls and bouffants…Back in the 1940s, the predominant style was feminine and romantic, with soft curls and long wavy hair. This all changed in the 1950s when there was something of a hairstyle revolution. For bridal hair inspiration I love Grace Kelly’s curls and Audrey Hepburn’s elegant updo:
Adding a hair piece can really add the wow factor to your fifties look. Even if you want to be more understated, a few sparkly pins would be a great idea to add a bit of romance and twinkle. Of course the birdcage veil is the true 50s headwear, a number of which you can find below. There are many headpieces out there, we have covered a few companies in recent posts, but here are some of our favourites from Richard Designs, HT Headwear, and Blair Nadeau designs:
Then a cute little pair of gloves, courtesy of Richard Designs…….
and there you have your Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn look! They are undoubtedly style icons of the fifties, and certainly for me style icons for today as well. They both encompassed the girl next door and movie star image rolled into one – and a fashion sense that is still admired and copied by many today.
All we need now is the shoes and jewellery accessories – but that folks can wait for another day!
Enjoy planning your fifties wedding and if we can be of any help do get in touch.