50s wedding themes

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50s wedding themes
Black piping on the wedding cake looks dramatic yet simple and elegant. (unique wedding cake image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com)

1950s-inspired weddings can be very elegant and formal or pay tribute to a classic film. Take inspiration from The Godfather, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Alfred Hitchcock. 50s-inspired weddings are glamorous, largely due to the simplicity of all the elements working together. Narrow the 1950s theme down as much as you can so your wedding looks elegant and not muddled with pieces from different films or parts of the 50s.


If you are sticking true to your theme, find a vintage gown to wear on your wedding. Look at Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe or another 50s starlet for inspiration. Long A-line dresses in lace, classic ball gowns or tea-length dresses are all options that reflect 1950s fashion. Detailing in your gown will help tie your gown to your 50s theme; choose a gown with flowers, lace or pearl beading. Complete your look with open-toed short heels with bows or crystal embellishments and short white hand gloves. Men should wear full black tuxedos and can take fashion ideas from Elvis or the Godfather. If you are planning a fun 50s wedding, choose vintage poodle skirts for your bridesmaids to wear, instead of traditional bridesmaid dresses.

Rock n' Roll

Music should be a large part of your 50s inspired wedding. Rock n' roll style of music was first introduced during the 50s and was considered fun and sexy to youth and taboo to many adults. Share your first dance as husband and wife dancing to Frank Sinatra and spend your night swinging and swaying to music from Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Arrive in Style

While limos may be the traditional mode of transportation on your wedding day, why not rent a classic car instead? Choose a black Austin Healey, powder-pink Cadillac convertible, Chevrolet Corvette or a Ford Fairlane manufactured during the 1950s. Or you can choose your favourite 1950s car model, if you can find a car painted in a colour matching your wedding colours.

Classic Floral

Choose roses for your wedding bouquets in pale shades of pink, purple, cream or white. Include some green foliage for a rustic appearance. You can also use other blooms like white calla lilies, pale carnations or hydrangeas. Choose a short-stem round bouquet instead of a cascading bouquet to stay true to the 50s theme.

50s wedding themes
White roses with pine are beautiful for a winter 50s wedding. (bridal bouquet image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com)

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