1960s Vintage Wedding Styles Fashion and Music

1960s Vintage Wedding Styles

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1950s Vintage Wedding Style, Fashion and Music

1950-1959 Vintage Wedding Style, Fashion and Music

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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.

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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.

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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!

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1940s Vintage Wedding Style, Music and Fashion

1940s Vintage Wedding Style

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Are you “In the Mood” for this romantic time? 1940s Vintage Wedding Style was influenced by wartime America. During WWII one thousand servicemen and their sweethearts  got married everyday. The decade also produced some of the most uplifting music of all time. It was a governmental order to Hollywood to produce optimistic films for the Americans abroad as well as on the home-front.

Although the women of America were the backbone of life here at home, they were also lovely to look at. Maybe “Rosie the Riveter” by day but glamour gal by night. The can-do attitude extended to the vanity table when rations were imposed –  one was to pinch their cheeks and bite their lips. However, Max Factor did come to the rescue by supplying the gals of the forties with face powder, redder than red lips, and a natural beige two toned eyelid. Topped off with liquid liner swept up at the corners and full, penciled and arched eyebrows.  A starlet look, glamorous but natural.  Brides wore their hair curled and styled in soft waves around the face, think Lauren Bacall or Rita Hayworth, or in “Victory” rolls on top of the head. The crown of the head remains smooth, allowing for a hat or Juliette cap.

Although the U.S. Production Board rationed fabrics and clothing, wedding gowns were exempt. Still, many brides chose to be patriotic and wear simple cocktail suits for their nuptials. Brides were also utilizing heirlooms gowns of past generations, or creating simple sewn at home dresses made from cotton. Veils were sometimes simply attached to a favorite hat. A popular bouquet flower of the day was lily of the valley or oversized corsages of orchids were pinned to the bride’s suit.

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Military men were married wearing their uniforms and civilians wore black or cream dinner jackets. A military wedding would often feature the groomsmen in uniform forming an arch with their sabers for the happy couple to pass beneath as they left the ceremony.

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Wedding ring extravagance was a faux pas in these days of frugality.  The rings were simple affairs, as all expense was donated to the war effort.

Swing music will provide your event with romantic, and sentimental songs as well as Boogie Woogie tunes that will have the dance floor packed. Learning to Lindy Hop or Jitterbug will provide fabulous photos and have the guests remembering your wedding for years to come.  Play swing music from the popular band leaders: Glen Miller – “In the Mood”, Count Basie – “One O’Clock Jump”, Benny Goodman – “Jersey Bounce”, and not to forget classics by Ella Fitzgerald and the Andrews Sisters too.  These swingin’ tunes will all have all the wedding guests hitting the dance floor to cut a rug!

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1930s Old Hollywood Wedding Style, Fashion and Music

1930s Old Hollywood Wedding Style

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1930s Old Hollywood Wedding Style. As the country suffered through the Great Depression, Hollywood began producing the first of the uplifting full color musical pictures designed to allow the American public to escape the reality of the everyday. Swing Music gained in popularity and champagne flowed freely again as of the repeal of prohibition in 1933.

Hollywood starlets wore their hair slightly longer than the 1920’s. Finger-waves and pin curls created a soft, feminine look. Faces were pale ivory, with fine tapered eyebrows. Lips were more naturally shaped but dramatically colored with deep reds, maroons, browns and raspberry tones. Nails were done in vibrant reds with a stylish “moon manicure”.

The bridal gowns of this era were cut on the bias out of satin or silk creating a very body conscious silhouette. The formal bridal gown was floor length, and had an elaborate, long train. Chantilly lace trimmed the edges of the floor length veils that were anchored to the head with a juliet cap. Long opera length gloves completed the look of a sleeveless or butterfly sleeved bodice.

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers graced the silver screen inspiring us in their formal attire. In “Top Hat” Fred gave us an example of a dashing groom in black tux with cutaway coat, dancing cheek to cheek with his gorgeous 1935 bride.

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Motion picture musicals made the era a magical time, and radio was also there to lift our spirits. Play the theme songs of the 1930’s at your event and create a magical ambiance with Big Band tunes by Glen Miller – “Moonlight Serenade”, Duke Ellington- “Mood Indigo”, Benny Goodman- “Sing, Sing, Sing”, and Tommy Dorsey – “Woodchopper’s Ball”.  For your First Dance be sure to procure the services of a Vintage Dance Teacher to choreograph your swingin’ send off into married life.

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1900s Edwardian + Victorian Wedding Style, Fashions, and Music

1900s Edwardian Wedding Style

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The Turn Of The Century – La Belle Époque – The early 1900’s. 1900s Edwardian and Victorian Wedding Style was influenced by the vast changes in lifestyle were created by fantastic inventions and discoveries. Imagine a decade that brought about the first commonly used electricity into homes, The Ford Model T, the first flight by the Wright Brothers and the amazing Victrola. Sadly it also encompassed the First World War as well. These tumultuous times brought about new trends in lifestyle and fashion. Women progress in expressing themselves which also included their beauty regimes and fashions. Newly confident women wore a feminine silhouette, curvy hips under long skirts that brushed the floor.  Throughout the decade, changes were prevalent in women’s wear. Early 1900s styles proved to be dramatically different from their 1919 counterparts. Influences included the Charles Dana Gibson “Gibson Girl” and the birth of the Parisian haute couture. A Bride of the 1900s era may have been a vision in lace in an Edwardian style. She would have a “pouter pigeon” bosom silhouette, corseted bodice and romantic ruffles, a tiny waist encircled with a satin ribbon above a lavish skirt, perhaps carrying a parasol as an accent. This era also offers brides a Gibson Girl look for hairstyles, soft and upswept.  A mid-decade bride would wear “cutting edge” fashions of the day from Paris, a neo-Empire style. Late decade styles simplified dresses and brought about a slimmer silhouette, with less fabric in the skirts, foreshadowing the changes yet to be seen in the 1920s. Jewelry may feature lovely art nouveau designs, and later in the century, diamonds from Tiffany were all the rage.

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Ladies cosmetics in the 1900s were used in a way so as to appear un-made-up. Make up in the early part of the century was frowned upon, for fear of being seen as a “loose woman”. It was desirable to appear as if the sun had never kissed your face, paler than pale porcelain skin was the canvas to begin with. All make up effects were to appear as if you were born that way. A smokey eye, full eye brows and a rosy blush will make your groom swoon. The proper bridal bouquet for a 1900s bride would be the stunning arm sheath bouquet. Popular in the early 1900’s under the name of Bernhardt bouquets; inspired by bouquets given to the actress, Sarah Bernhardt. The bride carries the bouquet cradled in her arm, also known as a presentation bouquet. Flowers of choice were white roses, white orchids, lilies of the valley, or orange blossoms.

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For the groom, the long, lean, and athletic silhouette of the 1890s remained popular. Hair was cut worn short. Beards were less pointed and curled moustaches were popular. The cutaway morning coat was worn for formal day occasions, with striped trousers. The most formal evening dress was a dark tail coat and trousers with a dark or light waistcoat. Evening wear was worn with a white bow tie and shirt with winged collar. Popular images for the era included the Arrow Collar Man created by J.C. Leyendecker.

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New to 1906, The Victrola brought recorded music home in style. Starting out your reception party with a few Ragtime selections like Scott Joplin‘s “Maple Leaf Rag” and going through the early Jazz Age including early jazz standards will be a wonderfully fun, and charming soundtrack for a wedding reception. Be sure to hit the dance floor in 1900s style, following the example of Irene and Vernon Castle by doing the Foxtrot, Tango, Peabody and other ragtime dances. Be sure to hire a dance teacher with vintage dance experience to choreograph your first dance in vintage style. Seek further guidance to this era by watching the television series “Downton Abbey” and movies such as “Howard’s End” and “My Fair Lady“.

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Vintage Bridal Shower Invitations

Lots of super fun Vintage Bridal Shower Invitations!  This image shows only a very few of our retro Bridal Shower, Wedding Shower and Couples Shower party Invitation designs with vintage flair and retro fun!  Decades of fun, fabulous, elegant and stunning designs to customize yourself. The VintageWeddingInvitation.com shop offers Wedding Shower Invitations and Wedding Invitation Suites in decade-by-decade themes.

Customize our Vintage Bridal Shower Invitations to suit your own event, be it an engagement party for the happy couple, a proper ladies Bridal Shower Day, A raucous Retro Housewife Bridal Shower or a Bachelorette party these invites will set the mood for a memorable and fun event!  Be sure to see the matching thank you notes and party favors!

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1960s Vintage Wedding Invitations | Vintage Las Vegas Wedding Invitations | Mid Century Modern Wedding Invitations

1960s Vintage Wedding Invitations are great for a Vegas, Mid Century Modern, or Rat Pack wedding theme. It’s ultra cool, mid-century modern, cocktail culture style is also perfect for a non-traditional wedding party or reception, and your guests will be sure to “save the date” when they get your invite to this shindig. This original invite will be great for an anniversary party as well.  Fans of the “Mad Men” television show on AMC will love the 1960s Vintage Wedding Invitations suite invite as it perfectly reflects the mid-century aesthetic of the era. What a great theme to include the wonderful music, fashions and styles of the 1960s, from swingin’ Frank Sinatra singing “Fly Me To The Moon” to Chubby Checker filling up the dance floor at your reception.  Be sure to visit the Blog to see styles, fashions, and music inspirations for this era here.

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1960s Vintage Wedding Invitations as all of our wedding invitations are self customizable. Click on the image above to go to the shop and select the invitation of your choice. By clicking the “CUSTOMIZE IT” button you will see the artwork divided up into layers that you can easily transfer to your own names and message. Be creative!  Use these invitations for wedding as well as Bridal Showers and even other retro party themes. You will find multiple Save The Date cards and magnets in this theme in our shop.

 

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1950s Wedding Invitations

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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Classic Vintage Wedding Invitations

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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Old Hollywood Wedding Invitations

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.
Be sure to visit our blog to read our Styles Page on the styles, fashion, and music of this era.

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1920s Art Deco Wedding Invitations | Great Gatsby Wedding Invitations

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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1900s Wedding Invitations | Art Nouveau Wedding Invitations

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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