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5 Fun 50s Retro Wedding Theme Ideas

It was the 1950s…the long war was over and to lighten things up an era of utter fun evolved…big bouncing skirts, curly hairstyles, bright lips, colourful milkshakes and jukeboxes in bars and diners and of course Rock-n-Roll! A vibrant spirit, the mood reckless and joyful. A time of recovery and also growing prosperity and (after the struggle and scarcity of the 1940s) a return to glamour! Using this style as a wedding theme is a great idea because it’s the whole retro spirit you can bring to your wedding party! Here are 5 fun ideas that will ensure your 50s retro wedding is absolutely fabulous!!

1. Chic wedding Dresses

The 50’s was a unique era bringing the rock-style fashion, with fitted, high waists and full sweeping skirts with shorter hemlines and pleating details providing fullness. Retro, skin-tight pencil skirts were as popular, also with kick pleats giving a playful, less structured longer length. Whether you choose Audrey Hepburn’s tea length or Jacqueline Bouvier’s fabulous floor length dress, make sure you go full skirted and feminine for your wedding day!

Our favourite 1950s-inspired dresses and unique Vintage styles here at When Freddie met Lilly in Brisbane give your wardrobe a taste of this distinctive and innovative era…a time of prosperity and charm.

Discover our incredible, glamorous Hepburnesque Collection for starters – inspired from vintage and contemporary as well as Hollywood fashion. We take elements, personality traits and influence from the most elegant red carpet women as we design our collections, like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. The Cristina Gown from our Valentina Collection and Lolita Gown from our Phoenix Collection are beautiful 1950 dresses. And have a look at our Baroness Gown, an example of a true Vintage dress!

2. Perfect accessories

The perfect finishing touch for your wedding outfit can be found amongst our classic, timeless accessories here at When Freddie met Lilly. For the perfect hair accessory, choose between glamour and fun! Either select Audrey’s sweet flower crown, a more formal, elegant look like the juliet cap veil of Princess Grace, or go the fun route with a flirty birdcage veil! This is a small piece of netting draped over the top or side of the face, which fits a fabulous tea length wedding dress perfectly. For a touch of Vintage, find interesting, special family jewellery pieces telling a story – like colourful elegant costume earrings – found in your grandmother’s jewellery box or a retro fashion boutique!

3. Fun bridesmaid dresses

You want your girls to look and feel as fabulous as you on the day! Floral, preppy, ladylike or flirty – think fun and feminine for your bridesmaids’ dresses! Short and tea length, with bateau or bardot necklines, cinched in waists, and full skirts in relaxed fabric…For a formal affair – preppy –  with stripes and polka dots in opulent satin or silk! Or add romance to the celebration and go elegant and chic, with layers of tulle or delicate lace.

Have a look at the Maya Gown from our Aphrodite Collection, although a dress for your bridesmaids could be chosen from any of our ranges!

 4. Fun Décor for your 50s Retro Wedding

Bring a vintage dresser or desk in your reception area outside! Welcome your guests with a weathered-looking mirrored vanity! A dresser surrounded by clothed tables makes the perfect bar area. Paint it (in your colour palette) and decorate it with flowers and drinks. Jugs of fruit-infused water is as important as beer and wine, so use a desk, waterbottles etc. to create a water station. An eye-catching, show-stopping guestbook display ensures no one just walks by! How about displaying photographs on the shelves of an armoire, or choose suitcases – good props for taking photo’s too. It’s the perfect time to add a fun photo booth at your 50s retro wedding!

For your ceremony, make an altar from antique storefinds. Add a touch of vintage charm with old church pews or mismatched vintage chairs…maybe you could think of something even more fun, funky..and truly retro!

A vintage china tablesetting on a delicate lace table runner is a great addition…even a DIY doily creation will do! How about adding a bit of Rock-n-Roll, using records for your table names and numbers…and a band that keeps everyone on the floor!

5. A Stylish Exit

Make your exit true to the 50’s and as unforgettable as can be with a true vintage car!

Such a wedding sounds like fun! If you love the 1950s, you might want to linger here on When Freddie met Lilly a little longer…and take a look at some of our gowns and accessories to find more ideas for that perfect modern 50s retro wedding!

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