When I saw a few photos of Karen & ALex’s fifties wedding I just had to find out more! They got married in true fifties film star style. After getting ready at The Ritz, Karen was taken in a Rolls Royce to the ceremony at BAFTA in London, and the reception at the music hall 20th Century Theatre.
The theme for the day was fifties Hollywood glamour, theatre and burlesque all rolled into one. Over to you Karen…
I love the 1950’s, I adore old movies and especially Grace Kelly. I love the femininity and style. We are both huge fans of burlesque and love to get all dressed up and see burlesque and cabaret shows. We love the theatre and love being entertained.”
On the reception venue decorations…
We had deep magenta up lighters flooding the walls in deep red/pink. Black drapes billowing from the walls. A huge classic chandelier that was 5ft in diameter just brought the place to life hanging from the centre of the room. We even had a huge K and A (our initials) hanging from the arch on the stage lit up with red light bulbs!The stage also had a star cloth curtain too. We built a bar with light panels along the front and a food stall to serve the pie and mash from and we hired a popcorn machine on wheels too! We also built a photo booth and had lots of props in there and a instant camera, we had our guest book in their and we asked guests to take a photo of themselves dressed up and then stick it in the book and leave a message. The book is brilliant and so funny!”
We really wanted to put on a show at the wedding, to entertain the guests. We both love burlesque and vintage and cabaret and so we wanted to find a music hall that could accommodate a wedding and a show!”
For favours Karen & Alex created a CD of their favourite music that defined them both, and these were covered in a label that matched their stationary (also designed by them).
And what about that fabulous dress?
I found a fabulous dressmaker (Janie Wheeler) and we worked together to create a similar dress with our own influences and style. I love the black ribbon and black buttons down the back and the Hollywood evening gown feel of the dress, whilst still being a classic wedding dress. It is a dress that I could imagine walking down a red carpet in or in a scene of a 1950’s Hollywood movie!”
I love Karen’s vintage clutch bag too…
Finally, Karen’s tips for other brides to be…
Use everyone you know to create your perfect day by drawing on those around you who inspire you and can help you. So many of our friends have talents and other friends they know who can be a part of the day in ways you would never think possible. Think about the job you do and how you can draw on that. Take inspiration from the life you live and make that into a fairytale. Be realistic and don’t expect too much. Don’t let the event spiral into something that you cannot control yourself. And always, always enjoy every single minute of the planning process, revel in it, it is such a magical time. You can shop 24hrs a day and not feel guilty! Take a moment if you are getting stressed about one small thing and remember why you are getting married.”
Thank you Karen & Alex – another fabulous fifties wedding!
Special thanks also to their photographer Marlene Suter.
- Karen’s bespoke hat & birdcage veil – Chapeau Claudette
- Karen’s vintage black gloves – Blackout II
- Jewellery – Butler & Wilson
- Reception venue – 20th Century Theatre
- Bridesmaids’ dresses – Vivien of Holloway
- Props & staging – Setsquare Staging
- Caterers – Cookes Pie and Mash
- Entertainment – traditional Chinese lion dance, singer & compère Ivy Paige, burlesque dancer Banbury Cross, aerial skills Roxy Velvet.
- Dress – made by Janie Wheeler.