When brides begin the wedding planning process, they want to pull-off a unique experience they’ll always remember. No one sets out to create a cookie cutter wedding, but the limitless options make it difficult to stick to a distinctive theme. If you have a fondness for all things retro, why not create a vintage wedding that’s totally you? Here at The Plunge Project, we’ve come up with some simple (but completely effective) ways to achieve a retro wedding that you and your guests will also remember!
Bridal Style: A tea length swing dress is perfect for a vintage bride. However, any bridal gown can be transformed with accessories, makeup, and a retro hairstyle. Consider donning red lips or a smoky eye on your wedding day, and choose a wavy style or braided updo to create a glamorous vibe. A brooch or flower can be added to put a picture-perfect finishing touch on this vintage style.
The Girls: Choose bridesmaid dresses with a retro feel. If you’re not adverse to patterns, polka dots or floral designs work beautifully. Halter dresses or full-skirt options are often not difficult to find. Choose a hairstylist and makeup artist who are comfortable creating that vintage look, and treat your favorite gals to a flashback makeover!
The Guys: Once you’ve decked out the ladies, it’s time to think about the gents. Bowties, thin suspenders, vests, and hats can convert a basic tux into antiquated perfection. Add a pop of plaid to complete the retro vibe.
Bring on the Bling: Not only can a retro bride deck herself out in ‘diamonds’ and pearls; she can use them to decorate, too! Many florists are more than happy to incorporate these fancy adornments into bouquets and other décor, making this a fabulous way to add a flashback feel to your vintage wedding.
Music Matters: The right music can transport wedding guests to another era. “I Wanna Be Loved By You” will take friends and family straight back to the roaring 20’s, while “In the Still of the Night” is ideal for a 50’s celebration. Lists of top love songs can be found for each and every decade online. Mix and match, or choose one era and go for it!
Small, subtle touches will ensure you create a memorable vintage experience you and your guests will never forget.