It’s all about the 1950’s wedding inspiration today, here we talk to you about styles from the era and give you some perfect 1950’s wedding inspiration, accessories ideas and styling for 1950’s vintage wedding.
The 1950’s was a great decade for vintage wedding dresses influenced by Christian Dior’s New Look designed in 1946. He introduced nipped in waists and super full skirts creating a fabulous hour glass effect which flattered most shapes. This look is hugely popular now due to the same reason as back then – it’s classic, flattering but also fun.
In the early 1950’s dresses were worn long, and made from lace and silk. This is an elegant and classic look with more of a traditional feel. Shoulders were covered using a bolero or with long sleeves; it wasn’t until later that brides revealed their shoulders and calves. Lace covered buttons fastened up the back, again with a fitted bodice and full skirt to show off the hourglass figure. Choose fresh flowers in a simple posy such as these hydrangeas. Finish the look with a pearl or rhinestone head piece creating a real wow factor.
An alternative to a cream or ivory vintage wedding dress is a pastel frothy prom dress which will make you feel like a real princess and can be worn again! In the decades before, brides often wore their best dress rather than a wedding dress with Wallace Simpson marrying in pale blue twenty years earlier. Choose the classic fit and flare style with layers of vintage petticoats underneath to make the skirt as full as possible
The most popular shape now is this full skirted dress with layers of petticoats underneath. The preferred length is ballerina, with a hemline mid-calf. These were popular in the later 50s/early 60s and often made from newly designed fabrics such as nylon. Back then the bride would be cinched in tightly with corsets, meaning the waists on these gowns are much smaller than our modern sizing. The length is great to dance in and perfect for an outdoors wedding so makes it a more practical choice for your vintage wedding.
A pretty floral bouquet to match the colour will look pretty or choose one made from vintage brooches. This one made from rhinestone jewels simply shines against the pale blue– include a brooch that belonged to your grandma for that special extra touch.
An alternative is a bouquet made from buttons, brooches or paper, still in the tight shape which you can then keep forever. Tie in the colours with your shoes to finish the look.
The Team – 1950’s Wedding Inspiration – 4 Vintage Looks For Your Big Day
Photography: Binky Nixon
Model: Elizabeth Parker
Hair: Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos
Styling: Kate Beavis
Location: Moggerhanger Park
White Tea Length Dress: Story of My Dress
Birdcage Veil: Holly Young Headwear
Green Petticoat: Doris Designs
Lace Floor Length Dress: Abigail’s Vintage Bridal
Beaded Headpiece: Lucy-Lotty
Pink Dress: Abigail’s Vintage Bridal
Fur stole: Abigail’s Vintage Bridal
Colour Beaded Headpiece: La Belle Epoque
Brooch bouquet: Muscari Whites
For more vintage wedding inspiration check out our online magazine BOND BRIDE