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Real Bride Fifties Wedding – Amanda & Antony Part 2

Amanda & Antony’s wedding planning went well as we saw last week – how was the big day itself?

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50′s Inspired Dresses from House of Fraser

If you’re a fan of the fifties, and are looking for the perfect dress to wear to a wedding, then look no further! House of Fraser have got some gorgeous fifties inspired dresses – a modern take on the classic fifties shapes and styles we all know and love. We’ve picked 5 of the best to show you here. All the below dresses can be found in store, or online at House of Fraser.

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Visiting the Designer Vintage Bridal Show

Hiya All!

For those who don’t know, it was the Designer Vintage Bridal Show the weekend just gone at Hagley Hall near Birmingham. Myself, Elaine and a couple of friends drove down for the day on Saturday, and oh my, what a day! We had such a good time, and found some amazing vintage suppliers – more to come on those over the next few posts! :) The whole day was just lovely, so thanks so much to the organisers, Bran, Clare and Rachel for a truly inspiring and lovely day!

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Inspiration for 50s-Inspired Flower Girls & Pageboys (including babies!)

After Sunday’s announcement I can finally be open about the fact that I’m due to have a little one in a 5 months time! Suddenly there seem to be prams and pushchairs everywhere, and I find myself wandering into Baby Gap. It seems rather pertinent therefore to be doing a post on flowergirls and pageboys. I never really gave this much attention before, but now suddenly it seems very important! Many brides and grooms want to include children in their wedding day, though it’s not that easy finding appropriate outfits for little people as I discovered when researching for this and a previous post on 1950s & vintage inspired flower girls.

First up my flower girl finds…

To start, Monsoon have a really fantastic collection of girl’s 50s style dresses at the moment that would be perfect for a fifties wedding. Some of my favourites are below – do check out their website for more though. Prices start from £25.

For a rockabilly wedding, you can’t beat the good old 50s polka dots either. This red polka dot dress by ESpririt (below left) is perfect. At £29 available from House of Fraser it’s a bargain and fits so well with a 50s theme. For a little baby, I’m also loving this spotty dress from Mamas and Papas &£16 reduced in sale). It’s available in sizes starting from newborn.

Alexa and Alexa also do a great polka dot dress by Joyyum (below left) if you can afford to splash out. It’s £201 but made with cotton and silk it’s definitely a special dress for a special day. They also have this adorable little polka dot and velvet frock for your little baby girl. At £37 it’s much more affordable too – reduced from £75 (bargain alert! click here for the link).

Finally my favourite dress! This Lily dress by Poppy is so pretty – if only they did an adult version. I love the neckline. It’s so very 50s and so adorable! I love the green and striped versions. Both are available from Not On the High Street.Com (£47.95).

Onto the pageboys, and I am just loving these tweed numbers below. By the mid-1950s, mens jacket fashions began to be made with tweed as a less conservative alternative to the classic grey flannel suit. This jacket (below left) by Little Paul & Joe from Bibaloo is just fab (£60.55 reduced in sale) – for boys 2-8 yrs.

I just love this Jean Bourget tweed waistcoat also available from Bibaloo too (£26.25 reduced in sale) – also 2-8 yrs.

Not forgetting the smaller members of the wedding, your little baby boy can be just as dashing as Cary Grant going to the Oscars in this tux and bow tie! This one below left is from Amy’s Baby Boutique (£24.75). Sizes start from just 0-3 months, and there are poppers on the legs for easy changes. You can also buy the bow tie on its own for £13.

For the complete look, this Frank Sinatra-esq suit (below left) from Monsoon is perfect for babies from 3 months to kids up to 3 yrs (£50). They also do a waistcoat, tie and shirt combo at just £28.

Finally perhaps my two favourite 50s inspired pageboy outfits. Another popular fashion accessory for men in the 1950s were clip-on braces, and I found these great ones from Alexa and Alexa reduced to £45 with the shirt. I also adore this cardigan 4 piece outfit from Mamas and Papas (£26 reduced in sale). That cardigan just shouts 1950s and I just love the whole overall look of the outfit – comfortable yet formal…and so cute!

Now this gets me even more broody!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone. I am having a rare break from studying to go on a date with Ant tomorrow! He has something planned for the daytime, and then I’m in charge of the evening. So excited! Hope you all have a great couple of days off too (if you’re not working).

Charlie x♥ 

The Best of the High Street Sales – 50s Inspired Bridesmaids Dresses

It’s a shopper’s paradise out there at the moment, and if you’re looking for a bargain then NOW is the time to look! Be prepared for crowds and queues, but you will be rewarded if you can brave the infamous January Sales. If you’re looking for bridesmaids dresses especially there are some fabulous bargains out there.

Here’s my pick of the sales, starting with very chic and classy black. If you’re having a few bridesmaids then different styles of black can look very classic and sophisticated. Especially perfect for a 50s Hollywood-themed wedding. I love this ‘Betty’ dress below from Monsoon. That nipped in waist and bow is very 50s, and that cowl neckline adds something a little bit different. Paired with a simple white/cream bouquet and an ivory wrap and you have a beautiful Hollywood black and white outfit for your bridesmaids.

Monsoon Betty dress (£49 reduced from £59)

Reiss have some gorgeous 50s shapes in their dresses too. Keeping in with the black and white theme, these short dresses are simply lovely.

Left - Reiss Lynnie dress (£50 reduced from £169), Right the Reiss Gigi dress (£94 reduced from £189)

Pastel colours are very 50s too. I’m loving these…

Left – Coast Birdsong dress (£89 reduced from £150), Right – Debenhams pale green dress (£81 reduced from £90)

Mixtures of pastel colours for your bridesmaids always looks so stunning in photographs.

© White Linen Photographers 

What’s a 50s wedding without a spot of polka dots too!

Left – Jaeger spotted dress (£99 reduced from £180), Right – Jacques Vert spot dress via House of Fraser (£49 reduced from £149)

A spring or summer wedding really suits those 50s florals. It’s quite a daring choice for a bridesmaid, but done right they can look fabulous and just perfect for a vintage wedding.

Monsoon plum print dress (£34.50 reduced from £99), Right – Coast silk taffeta print dress (£45 reduced from £150)

© Emma Case Photography via Ruffled Blog

© Jamie Bott via Bridal Musings

For fabulous fifties red you can have your bridesmaids looking chic not cheap in these stunning numbers too.

For something alternative, this L.K.Bennett dress just screams rockabilly alternative wedding, somehow managing to combine rock n roll with sophisticated. The Karen Millen strapless dress has 50s inspired lace to make it that little bit different.

Left – L.K.Benett dress via John Lewis (£110 reduced from £225), Right – Karen Millen lace & silk strapless dress (£60 reduced from £110)

For something a little more classic and Marilyn-esq, Reiss have got it spot on with this dress. I just love the flower detail on this Coast ‘Lucky’ dress too.

Left - Reiss Viva wrap dress (£87 reduced from £169), Right – Coast Lucky dress (£79 reduced from £160)

Not forgetting the flowergirls too, this adorable dress below left from John Lewis is one of my favourites of the whole bunch. For a real bargain I think the spotty bow dress next to it is great too.

Left – Nicki Macfarlane dress via John Lewis (£97.50 reduced from £112.50), Right – John Lewis spotty bow dress (£25 reduced from £27.50)

So who’s heading out to the shops now?

Have a fab day everyone.

Charlie x♥

Tuesday Treasures – 1950s-Inspired Blue Bridesmaids

On Sunday I was a bridesmaid for my sister-in-law Jo. I just adore weddings, and being a part of the wedding party is just even better. It was so lovely being a part of Jo’s big day and seeing her so happy. Jo & Mike’s colour scheme was a gorgeous (what I would call) royal blue. As bridesmaids we wore different styles of dresses, and we had really pretty bouquets of wild flowers with blue hues.

At the wedding on Sunday (hubby’s photo)

Blue is a great choice of colour for wedding theme – there are so many shades to choose from to reflect your style. A pastel blue shouts retro and 50s, while a dark blue is more dramatic and regal. Sky blues are great for summer weddings, and a mix n match of blues for your bridesmaids is ultra cool and trendy.

© Tinywater Photography

© Sarah Rhoads Photography

Source (© unknown)

What options are there for a fifties wedding then? Well I’ve sourced some great finds for your 50s style blue bridesmaids. I just love this vibrant and fresh colour – there really is a shade that suits everyone.

Here’s some of my 50s blue dress inspiration…

Left dress pattern (source) and right dress pattern (source)

Grace Kelly in ‘To Catch a Thief’ (source) and in a pale blue dress at 1955 Oscars (source)

Anne Gunning in polka dot dress in 1950s © Don Honeyman (source) and Marilyn Monroe (source)

As usual, you can buy all my Tuesday Treasures online. What’s your favourite?

1. Teal dress from Kaliko (£110)

2. Untold blue dress from House of Fraser (£47.50 in sale)

3. Blue silk dress by Twenty8Twelve from The Outnet (£117 in sale – 70% off)

4. Blue prom dress from John Lewis (£150)

5 & 6. Allure silk chiffon dress with flower sash from Coast (£145)

7. Gingham dress from Dolly Dagger (£95)

8. Satin blue ‘Pucker Up’ dress from Ozone Clothing (£115)

9. Satin circle dress from Vivien of Holloway (£79)

10. Blue tulle vintage 1950s prom dress from Love Miss Daisy (£175)

11. Blue & white polka dot dress from Oh My Honey (£69)

That No. 10 vintage 50s dress is just dreamy isn’t it?

Blue is such a great colour for wedding all year round. A deeper darker blue is great for winter, while the lighter tones really suit a spring or summer wedding. I do love the greener tones of blue, and the vibrancy of a really bright blue.

Tomorrow on the blog we’re back with some FAB new 50s style dresses from one of our new sponsors. Come back then, and in the meantime enjoy your Tuesday. Hope the sun is shining for you!

Charlie x ♥

Fifties Friday – A 1950s American Diner Inspired Picnic Photo Shoot

I’m incredibly excited about today’s post because it has been a long time coming since I first had the idea to do this shoot. It’s the result of a host of super designers & suppliers helping out, not to mention my lovely friends and the amazingly talented Tino & Pip Photography. What I really wanted to capture in these photos was summer sun and good friends, while showcasing some the talents of some fabulous little businesses. The inspiration was classic 50s American diner meets summer picnic. I am so pleased with the results! Tino & Pip Photography have worked their magic on these photos. I love how they have captured the light – it’s like taking in a breath of fresh summer air looking at these photos. Please do visit the Tino & Pip Photography website for more examples of their work – they are truly talented and such a lovely couple (who recently got engaged – yay!).

The models were my very good friends who I have known since school – Fenella, Annabel & Fleur. A huge thanks to them for participating! Here we all are (that’s me top left), then Fleur (next to me), Annabel (bottom left) and Fenella.

My dog Loki managed to sneak in a couple of shots too. He had a whale of a time that day with so many people around.

The 50s style dresses are all Oh My Honey – designed and made by the lovely Louise of Oh My Honey who you can see below! The dresses fit so well and I just adore those petticoats. They would make perfect bridesmaid dresses for a fifties wedding too.

Laura of Genii Cupcakes made the most fantastic American Diner style cupcakes. The chocolate fudge sundae ones were out of this world, and with her hamburger cakes she showed just how creative you can be with cakes! I was so impressed. She is an artist indeed. She should have a cupcake/cake art exhibition. Oooh now there’s an idea!

Fenella’s gorgeous necklace is a Chez Bec creation with her very Audrey Hepburn vintage style hair comb by the wonderful Jo Barnes. Annabel wore a hair comb by Chez Bec, and Fleur & I wore headbands by the very talented Natasha Jane. I LOVE mine! Bows rule.

Hannah and Jola from Just Heaven were amazing at transforming us from 21st Century into 1950s folk. They also had a little help from the Vintage Cosmetic’s Company’s false eyelashes to help us get those Audrey eyes.

I had great fun with the styling too. Such a shame my mum was on holiday at the time as she would have loved doing it too. In fact most of the props were bits n bobs my mum had, with a little help from her friend who had a fabulous collection of 50s things. Even those sundae glasses are from the 50s! I made the burgers much to the delight of Loki’s nose (and Ant’s, who very patiently kept his eye on Loki all day and made us tea).

And those invitations you spy are by invitation designer & illustrator Lucy Ledger. Love those colours. They went so well with the american diner picnic theme!

It was such a fun day. I have to say we were very lucky with the weather!

So what do you reckon? Does it make you want to have a picnic with your friends? Does it make you want to run in the long grass? Are you suitably 50s-inspired? Let us all know what you think and do leave a comment!

You can also see our behind the scenes photos here via our Facebook page.

Biggest thanks ever go to Penny & Martin of Tino & Pip Photography, and all the fab people who helped out on the shoot. Please do visit their websites below and show the love!

Charlie x ♥

 

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Tuesday Treasures – 50s Inspired Flower Girls

This post stems from a bride-to-be who was having trouble finding 50s style flower girl dresses. We haven’t done a flower girl post on the blog yet so it was perfect opportunity to do some research. It all started with this 1958 wedding photograph I found. The bridesmaids model those fantastic bright white socks and shoes so well. In fact the clothes rather mimicked the adults in the decade – nipped in waists and petticoats.

Bridesmaids of the 1950s

Source

Today’s Tuesday Treasures therefore are all inspired by these 50s themes from this photograph – florals, interesting neck lines, petticoats, bows, flower necklaces, little baskets – and of course those bright white socks. Even in a black and white photograph they stand out!

Often flower girls are made to look like little versions of the bride, though I think for a 50s style wedding as long as they match the theme you’re going for then they can wear whatever you like.

1. Rustic white hand-painted basket from Cottage Tails – $33.50USD

2. Green Tiara Bow Dress from Monsoon - £40

3. Vintage rose necklace from Nest Pretty Things Kids – $32USD

4. Enamel green butterfly clips from Monsoon – £6

5. Tea roses flower girl dress from Re-Imagined Treasures – $80USD

6. Dusky pink petticoat by Poppy from Not on the High Street.Com – £35.95

7. Nicky Macfarlane gold bow detail dress from John Lewis – £195-£225

8. Burlap cone flower girl basket from Victorian Station – $15USD

9. Tulle bow dress from from Fattie Pie – $150USD

10. Felt bow/flowers handmade to go on either clip or headband from Charlotte Mae Boutique – $20USD

11. Silk champagne & cream dress with green sash from KNYPS - $135USD

12. White bow pumps from Next – £13-£16

13. Frill detail white bridesmaid socks from John Lewis – £5-£6

14. Bow spotty hair clips from Accessorize – £3

15. Ivory beaded bow shoes from Monsoon – £22

16. Juliette Print dress from Monsoon – £40

17. Personalised bracelet from Star Gazing Lily – $3.25USD

18. Lily dress by Poppy from Not on the High Street.Com – £47.95

 

I just love those dresses. What’s your favourite?

For a vintage 50s flower girl dress I also found this on Ebay

It’s just like the photograph almost!

If you’ve got any ideas for flower girl dresses or accessories please leave your comments below!

Charlie x ♥

Fifties Friday – The Best 50s-Inspired Bridesmaid Dresses Under £100

My recent post on the Best High Street 50s Dresses was so popular that I thought I’d do another one in that vein but for bridesmaids.

Bridesmaid dresses can be very expensive, though they don’t have to be, and if you have a budget in mind my advice is stick to it – it can be done.

I think the key to bridesmaid dresses is that you don’t want them to overshadow the bride. That’s why so many brides-to-be choose plain styles for their bridesmaids, though I think a pattern can work well if it’s the right sort. No to stripes, but a small floral pattern could really complement a bride in a 50s dress (if there is no jewellery and the hair is simple I think). Also your bridesmaids in different colours/styles can look super cool.

Below I have found some of my favourite online/High Street affordable bridesmaids dresses. What’s your favourite?

The One Shoulder

As illustrated by this fabulous 1950s Vogue dress pattern and the lovely Grace Kelly…

Vogue pattern available from So Vintage Patterns and Grace Kelly photo Source

1.2.affordable bridesmaid dresses - navy blue dress from Dorothy Perkins

3. one should bridesmaid dress4.one shoulder bridesmaid dress

5.6.pink bridesmaid dress

1. Pink rose one shoulder drape dress from Dorothy Perkins (£24)

2. Navy drape dress (as above) also from Dorothy Perkins (£24)

3. ‘Phedra’ silver dress from Coast (£69 in sale)

4. ‘Ciara’ blue dress from Coast (£65 in sale)

5. Hot Pink JS Collections one shoulder flower dress from House of Fraser (£48 in sale)

6. ‘Lotus Lolita’ dress from Oasis (£45 in sale)

The High Neck

As modelled by Audrey Hepburn…

Above left (c) Rex Features, right Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (c) Paramount Pictures

1. 2.

3.red bridesmaid dress4.

5.6.

1. Red linen 50s style dress from Dig for Victory via Etsy (£95) – can be worn with petticoat and also made for measure

2. As above in turquoise – also from Dig for Victory (£95)

3. ‘Dacia’ red dress from Coast (£55 in sale)

4. Purple satin bow dress from Laura Ashley (£36 in sale – reduced from £120!)

5. Silk & Sawdust ‘Connie’ blue dress (£99) – okay its more 60s in style but isn’t it gorgeous!

6. Blue flare ‘Ditsy Keyhole’ dress from Leila London (£44.95)

The Strapless

As modelled by Grace Kelly…

Grace Kelly photo - source, Sophia Loren photo – source

1.high street bridesmaid dress2.

3.Untold strapless dress4.Untold bustier crinkle dress

5.6.

1. French Connection ‘Mine and Yours’ dress (£95 in sale)

2. Oh My Honey ivory tulle hearts strapless dress (£80)

3. Untold blue strapless dress from House of Fraser (£66.50 in sale) – with detachable straps

4. Untold yellow bustier crinkle dress from House of Fraser (£77 in sale)

5. Chocolate strapless prom dress from Kaliko (£80 in sale)

6. Green silk strapless dress designed at Style Shake (£99)

The Halterneck

As modelled by Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe…

Elizabeth Taylor photo source, Marilyn Monroe (c) Twentieth Century Fox

1.red bridesmaid dress2.white bridesmaid dress

3.4.

5.6.

1. Red ‘Maddison’ dress from Coast (£89 in sale)

2. White ‘Maddison’ dress as above from Coast (£89 in sale)

3. Green satin Vivien of Holloway dress (£79)

4. Raspberry satin Vivien of Holloway dress (£79)

5. Dollydagger black satin swing dress (£85)

6. Black silk dress designed at Style Shake (£90)

 

Have a fabulous fifties Friday everyone and a great weekend. I am uber excited about a shoot happening tomorrow where I will be teaming up with some fabulous suppliers (with a little help from my friends). The results will shown exclusively on Fifties Wedding blog. I’m on the edge of my seat!

Charlie x


Choosing Bridesmaids Dresses: Ideas & Fifties Inspiration

High street bridesmaids dresses or shopping online? Bridesmaid dresses specially made or not? Where do you start?!

This post is very topical for me as I am going to be a bridesmaid (one of three) for my sister-in-law Jo in August and this week we have been discussing the bridesmaid dresses. I know from my own experience as bride, and as a recent bridesmaid for my best friend Kelly a few weeks ago, that choosing bridesmaid dresses is a lot of fun but can be difficult to get started. Luckily Kelly & her bridesmaids were blessed with similar tastes and after an afternoon’s shopping we all unanimously picked the same dress as our favourite, and luckily it fit within the budget. For my wedding I only had two bridesmaids and they wore different dresses in the same pale green silk material – again a smooth process with only a couple of bridesmaids. However, what if you have no idea what you want, and what if your bridesmaids are a mix of ages and shapes? What if your budget doesn’t extend to that gorgeous silk number?

Above – Karen & her Vivien of Holloway bridesmaids (see more pics of Karen’s wedding here)

Some brides have a specific image in their mind of the type of dress they want their bridesmaids to be in – e.g. strapless, knee-length, satin. Other brides may be happy to leave it up to the bridesmaids to make suggestions, and indeed wear different dresses in the same colour. I think the important thing is to tell your bridesmaids upfront your thoughts – it’s your wedding! Budgets are always difficult too. These days most brides will pay for their bridesmaids’ dresses but budgets of course will vary. Here are some ideas for how to do bridesmaid dresses, and some inspiration for bridesmaids for a fifties wedding.

1. The High Street Dress

Perfect: If you’re on a budget.

Not so perfect: Choosing, the possibility a guest might turn up in one of the bridesmaid dresses.

Why that’s ok: You can tell your guests the colour of the dresses so they don’t wear the same.

Marks & Spencer – Autograph strapless prom dress (£85)

Coast – Allure short dress (£135)

2. Shop Online

Perfect: If you’re on a budget, you want something that you can’t find on the High St.

Not so perfect: You can’t try the dress on before you order it online.

Why that’s ok: You can return it or get adjustments made.

I’m actually a big fan of shopping online. I think there are far more options online than there are on the high street, and there are some great bargains out there.

Vivien of Holloway – 1950s circle dress (£79)

Coast (online exclusive) – Birdsong puff hem bandeau dress (£150)


3. Specially Designed for Bridesmaids

Perfect: If you’re on a budget, good quality, perfect fit.

Not so perfect: Can be expensive.

Why that’s ok: You can cut costs somewhere else & often bridal shops do discounts if you ask.

Dessy – Aldred Sung style D448 (cheapest I could find – $99.99 from Dress Times)


4. Design Your Own – One Colour, Different Dress

Perfect: If you’re on a budget, your bridesmaids are different shapes/ages, you want your BMs to wear what they feel suits them.

Not so perfect: You can’t try the dress on before you order it online.

Why that’s ok: You can return it or get adjustments made.

This is what I did using the fabulous Style Shake. This is a website where you design the dress you want online, and then the dress is made to order. You input your exact measurements, select the colour and material, and decide exactly what you want. Lucky for me the dresses are made just round the corner from me, so I went there to have a little look before I ordered anything. This made me feel a lot better about ordering online since I could see everything was handmade. If you’re on a budget this is a great option especially. For silk dresses I spent between £75-£80 on each dress. Bargain!

My bridesmaids! – dresses designed online by themselves at Styleshake.com (approx £75-£80)

5. Find a Dressmaker

Perfect: You want something different & extra special, good quality, perfect fit.

Not so perfect: Can be expensive.

Why that’s ok: You can cut costs somewhere else.

Having a dressmaker make your bridesmaids dresses for you I think is the ultimate. The dresses are likely to be one-of-a-kind and exactly what you want.

Below - this gorgeous dress is the one 50s-inspired bride-to-be Loulabelle is having made for her bridemaids in pastel shades of pink, lemon and lilac, by Brighton-based (UK) dressmaker Louise O’Mahony. Louise is currently making these dresses for the lovely Lou, so hopefully we will get to share the pics at a later date! The final dresses will also have silk sashes in matching pastel hues. Totally fifties fabulous!

A few ideas there. All this talk of being a bridesmaid is making me super excited about Jo’s wedding in August now!

Charlie x

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