The 1960’s were a tumultuous decade. Change was the only constant. The beginning of the decade looked more like the innocence of the fifties but by 1969 pop culture, science, fashion, and politics had changed to make the face of America unrecognizable.
Beauty in the sixties took many forms. From the cool sophistication of Kim Novak, the rollicking energy and magnetism of Anne Margaret, to the sex kitten appeal of Bridget Bardot. Recognizable trends of the sixties ran the gamut from teased bouffant hair to a Twiggy pixie haircut. Heavy black eyeliner, the mod look of oversized false eyelashes and, eyeshadow in at least two colors – blues and greens being dominant, and frosted pink lips were signs of the times.
During this decade of diversity, wedding dresses were available from floor length to hemlines that touched the fingertips. Crinolines were still in the mix used in a more early sixties look on a mid-calf length full skirt, but later in the decade A-line wedding minis were seen. Floor length romantic looks were often worn, many had the sixties empire waistline silhouette.
Pillbox hats influenced by Jackie Kennedy were designed with attached netting for adorable bouffant length veils. Daisies were all the rage and were used in bridal spray bouquets and also made an appearance as design elements in lace.
The groom may have worn a swanky black tuxedo like 007, but in the ’60’s spirit of non-conformity tuxes were also available in colors and textures. Elvis Presley wore a black brocade paisley tux in his 1967 wedding, but he could have chosen one in almost any color and added a ruffled shirt detailed in a contrasting trim. Lapels were also seen trimmed in contrast or made from satin or velvet.
As dramatic changes went on in the sixties, the drama played out on the radio. Musical choices for a 1960’s themed wedding can span from the classic smooth and swingin’ sounds of the Rat Pack and Frank Sinatra, to the twist again fun of Chubby Checker and Mo-Town and R&B sounds – even the Doo-Wop song stylists. The “Summer of Love” brought us the Beach Boys. The British invasion brought us the Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. Folk music may give you a background for a mod or Bohemian style event. The possibilities for 1960s Vintage Wedding Styles, fashion and music are inspiring. Plan your 1960s themed wedding, begin with Vintage Wedding Invitations.
1950s Vintage Wedding Style is influenced by many things. The 1950’s were post-war boom time. The nation was prosperous and marriage rates were high. It was an age of vast suburban housing tracts, occupied by the model American family. Televisions had invaded each household, and musical entertainment was dominated by the hi-fi playing rock and roll music. A preoccupation with all things atomic and space age reflected the optimism of the period.
Glamorous women of the fifties included Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor who inspired the makeup styles of the fifties. Foundations began with pan-cake powder in matte porcelain. The popular color for lips was ruby red in a matt texture, no gloss. Rouge in a natural rose color was placed in the apple of the cheek and blended for a subtle look. Liquid eye liner on the top lash line only, with faux lashes winged out on the ends. Brows were natural in fullness and shaped with a high arch. Hairstyles called for short hair set in curls, many styles very short (think Shirley McLaine) with pedal like pieces around the face or a page-boy with a glamorous bang pushed off the face in a high wave.
Fifties fashion was inspired by French designs, especially Dior. The availability of yardage unattainable in wartime now allowed for decadent full circle skirts. A typical wedding gown of the forties was exemplified by Elizabeth Taylor’s lace confection in 1950 and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s dress in 1953. A fifties inspired bride of today may choose to emulate a starlet of the era wearing some of the stunning Hollywood fashions of the period. Favorite gowns from Tinseltown in the fifties include Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina and again in Funny Face in a dress similar to this one.
Depending upon the formality of the wedding and time of day, the 1950’s groom would wear a cutaway coat, pinstriped pants and ascot or a for less formality, a dinner jacket, often in cream with a black (narrow) bow tie. Daring fellows could be seen sporting classic white bucks on their feet.
The birth of rock and roll of the 1950’s gave a new energy to the dance scene. Great tunes to imbibe your event with fifties vibe include: “All Shook Up”, “Earth Angel”, “Rock Around The Clock”, and just for the romance of it, Nat King Cole‘s “Unforgettable”. The Jitterbug was still alive and well, so with some Bill Haley & The Comets on the hi-fi or a rockabilly band doing a cover, your reception could turn into a real sock hop!
Our 1950s Wedding Invitations are a fabulous way to add some retro style to your wedding. Great for a 1950’s Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Sock Hop, “Grease”, or “American Graffiti” theme wedding, or for any couple that loves mid-century modern design, atomic age, “Mad Men” and that wonderful 1950s style. Have a memorable 1950s style wedding with a swing dance reception! Everyone will be wanting an invite to this shindig! This 1950s Wedding Invitations collection offers six choices of color scheme; pink and turquoise, pink and black, peach and green, red and black, black and white and purple and silver. See the icons below that will link to each collection. Have fun customizing your 1950s Wedding Invitations, rsvp cards, save the date cards, return address labels, signage, table numbers and more, even matching brides t shirts and bags. Imbibe your 1950s Wedding with fifties vibe, include great music: “All Shook Up”, “Earth Angel”, “Rock Around The Clock”, and just for the romance of it, Nat King Cole‘s “Unforgettable”. The Jitterbug was still alive and well in the 1950s, so play some Bill Haley & The Comets on the hi-fi or have a rockabilly band do a cover, and your reception could turn into a real sock hop!
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Our Classic Vintage Wedding Invitations collection is elegant and romantic, featuring antique memorabilia such as an old-fashioned Bride and Groom cake topper, vintage pearls and a bow tie. It is the perfect invite for the nostalgic bride and groom who want their special day to be vintage, traditional and memorable. Ideal for a 1940s and 1950s wedding theme. This design was inspired by movies of the 1940’s as well as my own parents’ wedding back in 1948. These are my Mothers pearls and cake topper saved from the march of time by their devoted daughter and turned into art. The images ring true to the era because they are from a real wedding held in the wartime days of the 1940’s. Be sure to see our Styles Page for fashion, traditions and music ideas for a 1940s Theme Wedding and a glimpse of my parents in their wedding day portrait.
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These vintage Old Hollywood Wedding Invitations will set the stage for a wedding day filled with Old Hollywood glamor. The Old Hollywood Wedding Invitation is designed to resemble a classic movie poster, this unique invite is perfect for a glitzy old Hollywood themed wedding. Please review the multiple versions: brides come in brunette, blonde and redhead. Additions to the Vintage Wedding Suite include Save The Date Cards and Magnets, Invitation enclosure, RSVP cards, coordinated Postage Stamps, Menus and Guest Book.
For this collection Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers inspired us as they graced the silver screen in their formal attire. In “Top Hat” (filmed in 1935) Fred gave us an example of a dashing groom in black tux with cutaway coat, dancing cheek to cheek with his gorgeous satin bride.
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1920s Art Deco Wedding Invitations are particularly appropriate for Jazz Age, Roaring Twenties, and Great Gatsby style wedding themes, this era is a marvelous choice for a very romantic and stylish event. Art Deco Wedding Invitations are amazing, and do make a point to see the not-to-be-missed art deco bridal shower invitations collection too!
This Art Deco Vintage Wedding Suite includes invitation designs in multiple color choices, Save The Date Cards, matching RSVP cards, Enclosure cards, Thank you cards, envelope stickers and postage stamps and even a guest book. I can just hear Cole Porter singing “Let’s Misbehave“! Request that your guests wear vintage clothes and have a Speakeasy Style reception! Imagine your bridesmaids all in beaded flapper dresses, and the groomsmen in vintage tuxes with spats. Be sure to check out the Styles Page on our blog for this wonderful era, and the entry about how to throw a Vintage Art Deco Bridal Shower.
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Art Nouveau Wedding Invitations are the perfect wedding invitations for the nostalgic, old-fashioned wedding you have always dreamed of. Inspired by Art Nouveau influences of the era this romantic, floral and vintage wedding invitation will set the tone for your one of a kind wedding day. Art Nouveau was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants but also in curved lines. A perfect design for your outdoor and garden wedding invites.
The background of the invitation suite has a soft lace covered texture adding just the right touch of romance. This Art Nouveau Wedding Invitations Suite includes two invitation designs available in multiple sizes, Save The Date Cards, matching RSVP cards, Enclosure cards, address stickers, postage stamps and colored envelopes are available. There is even a Photo Thank you card to match your Art Nouveau Theme. Be sure to read our blog about this fabulous Art Nouveau era and how to create an authentic Art Nouveau wedding day.
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