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Making your 1940s or 1950s wedding so 2011!

January 8, 2011

Many of us fall in love with the looks of certain periods, for me I love the look of the fifties, the cinched waist, womenly hips and hourglass figure (everything can be achieved with padding).  But in planning a wedding, as I happen to be, I don’t necessarily want to transform the whole day back to the period.

It is not uncommon to find someone who is really set on a theme to the exclusion of everything else, but with selecting an era, there is only so far you are ever going to take it.  For example, if you decide on a 1940s wedding you may choose to go for the gorgeous dress, a wrap around fur, stunning forties inspired dresses for your bridesmaids, and vintage decor, but you will draw a line.  Modern appliances will be used to cook the food, your guests are going to be welcome regardless of their attire and most venues would have a concern over the mixing of alcohol and too many candles.  So as a result you will always have a blend of eras.

The best way to address this is to become selective, embrace your theme and work it into 2011.  How do you do this? Well Ruffled inspired me with the recent wedding they showcased.  In this wedding the bride and groom worked a 1940s theme perfectly, but they also had fun with it, for example these shoes are not vintage, but work perfectly!

For all the photos of this wedding, visit the Ruffled blog.

There are many ways you can do this yourself, through choosing things that you love and that work together rather than being fixated on a theme.

  • Crafty accessories – such as table runners, vases, table numbers etc work perfectly with a vintage theme.
  • Lantern lighting – also works really well with a vintage theme
  • Ribbons – you can add colour or decoration
  • Shoes – whatever your shoes I don’t really think you can get it wrong, from the latest designed Manolo Blahnik’s to gumboots, you have a lot of creative license with your footwear.

Remember it is just important to make sure your elements don’t clash, but most of all have fun with it, make your wedding special to you, follow your heart and I’m sure it will be fantastic!  After all the advice ‘something old and something new’ has been handed down through the generations!

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