I am a huge fan of the Oscars – every year I try staying up for the whole event (every year I fall asleep before they announce Best Picture). I really love making a thing of it, and I always make sure we have Oscars-themed canapés and a bottle of bubbly! I could therefore run wild with an event combining the 1950s and the Oscars, and I think it’s a fabulous idea for a wedding reception. Think guests in black tie, women in long cocktail dresses, champagne, sophistication and glamour. Oooh doesn’t that sound incredible?
First of all (of course), you have to tell your guests this is a black tie affair. To be ultra 50s of course your female guests should be wearing white gloves and carrying evening bags.
Frank Sinatra at the 1956 Oscars - Source
Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd at the 1957 Oscars – Source
…and the Groomsmen should be in black tie too of course.
Gigi wins Best Picture Oscar – 1958 – Source
Photo via Le Noeud Papillon
As for your own outfit, it’s all about the full-length wedding gown.
‘Joslin’ full-length wedding gown from Alexandra King
‘Audrey’ wedding dress from Charlotte Casadejus
Jenny Packham wedding dresess (left – ‘Ariel’, right – ‘Gaia’)
You’ll need a fabulous entrance of course. Red carpet leading into the reception venue is a must, as is you and your husband’s name in lights! In fact there are quite a few old cinemas that will rent out to weddings, so do a little digging and just ring up and ask if you’re not sure if it’s possible.
The venue for the 1954 Oscars – Source
Popcorn is also an essential treat for your guests. You can be really creative with this – build a popcorn tower or have bowls scattered around. I love those retro popcorn boxes which you can buy on Amazon at £1.75 for 8.
Use old film reels and other cinema props to add to that movie theme.
For wedding invitations, it’s all about black, white and sparkle! I think the more simple the better for an Oscars & Hollywood themed wedding as it’s all about style and grace.
‘Bejewelled’ wedding invitations from Knots & Kisses
Custom wedding invitation from Kynsie & Cole
For wedding favours I found these fabulous retro popcorn candles from Wedding Favours Kingdom. Each one comes in a striped gift box with a ‘for you’ tag. They’re so cute! They’re priced at £2.48 or £1.88 each when you buy 6 or more.
I’m also loving these stainless steal bow tie hip flasks from The Hair of the Dog – perfect for the men in your bridal party. Prices are US$90 for 5.
…and for something entirely different, check out these cupcakes!
Now aren’t you just pining after a 1950s Hollywood themed wedding?
Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly at the Oscars in 1955 – Source
Have a lovely day everyone, and a very happy Wedding Wednesday!
Charlie x ♥