This elegant Ivy Garden Wedding Invitations suite features a vintage chalkboard framed with branches, English ivy and grape vines. The perfect invitations for a garden wedding, barn wedding or perfect for a wedding in a vineyard. Such an imaginative theme, your wedding can be decorated with ivy and vines. This is actually my own theme from my wedding 20 years ago. It was fun gathering the grapevine wreaths and ivy to add to buntings and centerpieces. Customize these invitations and matching components with your own name, dates and words.
Victorian Wedding Invitations give a nod to the golden age of elegance and indulgence. The Turn Of The Century – La Belle Époque – 1900s Wedding Invitations in Victorian Style. Turn of the century engravings are featured as a romantic accents on this invitation. The elements of the design are in sepia ink adding to the vintage appeal of the invite. The faux paper stock texture imitates a hand-made look that when printed will have an old world effect. The invitations come in two styles, an engraving of two hands exchanging rings, and a horse and carriage collecting a bride. This Victorian Downton Abbey Style wedding invitation design collection reminds us of the wonderful weddings in the television series “Downton Abbey” from Masterpiece Theater. This wedding invitation comes in multiple sizes and many color choices, and has an option for colored envelopes. This lovely collection also has many accent pieces to complete your look. Be sure to check out the Styles Page for this era.
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Any newlywed couple will want these Wedding Photo Ideas as part of their wedding photo album, but we feel these poses are especially important to vintage bride and groom. This list describes classic poses that will also appear in your parent’s wedding albums, making these snapshots all the more important in keeping tradition alive. Just think of how very special it will be to have the same pose of three or more generations pasted into your scrapbook.
- The Bride at the vanity mirror; perhaps Mother arranging her veil at the last-minute.
- Bride arriving at the ceremony, getting out of the car. An opportunity to feature a classic car of your chosen decade.
- The Bride escorted by her father, with her attendants at the start of the processional.
- Newlyweds turned toward the gathering announced as man and wife for the first time (recessional).
- The receiving line of guests, Bride and Groom at the end.
- Cutting the cake.
- Feeding each other the cake. Please ladies and gentlemen, resist the funniest home videos moment here.
- First dance as husband and wife.
- Tossing the bouquet. Think Elizabeth Taylor in Father of the Bride.
- Leaving the reception, running through the shower of rice.
- Bride waving goodbye as the groom pulls the car away, leaving the reception.
We would like to offer one more suggestion to this great classic list. Feature one of these snapshots on a “Thank You Card With Photo” . Such a nice way to say thank you for attending and a memorable keepsake for your guests. Be sure to include a personalized heartfelt note. Our Thank You Card With Photo series compliments our Vintage Wedding Invitation Collection. Choose from our decades of vintage wedding styles, and create a wedding that will live in your memories forever.
Let’s have some vintage fun with a Retro Housewife Bridal Shower Theme. Planning this Wedding Shower will be a blast from the past! The first step of the event planning is selecting just the right invitations to set the mood and send the correct message to all of the party guests. Choose your Retro Housewife Shower invitations from the exciting collection at our Vintage Wedding Invitation Shop.
“She’ll be a Nifty Housewife!” says the retro gal ready to pour coffee. This invite has a recipe card printed on the back so that all the guests can pass along their favorite home cooking recipes to the new bride. An overjoyed retro Bride invites your guests to you event with the Retro Bride Wedding Shower Invitation.
This cute invite will get your gal pals inspired and planning their outfits weeks in advance of the shower. All of the Retro Bridal Shower Invites at VintageWeddingInvitation are fully customizable and are available in multiple color ways. Don’t miss the favors that match as well.
Add decoration to the event with Party Picks to match your invites. Use these easy DIY Appetizer flags in cupcakes with colorful pastel shades of frosting, or strawberries dipped in chocolate. Get the details on this project here. Tables can be set with mismatched thrift store china and pastel gingham tablecloths. Be sure to have a selection of multiple colors of gingham to add a festive flair.
Every housewife of the 1950s wore her best vintage style apron to keep their outfit smart and fresh. Pick up a selection with fun retro housewife sayings on them to distribute to your guests to wear to add fun to the party.
Encourage your guests to wear vintage dresses and be sure to have your camera on-hand. Wonderful, knock-out retro reproduction dresses are available at our favorite vintage clothing shop BlueVelvetVintage. You could even hire a photographer and have a selection of props ready for staging photographs. Create a display made up of vintage housewares for photo ops. Retro cocktail shakers and martini glasses, ironing boards, mixing bowls and wooden spoons…rolling pins, frying pans… you get the idea. You could also use these as centerpieces for the tables.Game time. You have so much to chat about but perhaps there needs to be a bit of an ice breaker to get folks warmed up. I suggest the age old game of Gossip. Here’s how:
- Get the gals together in a group Have everyone sit in a circle.
Turn up the music – we suggest some swinging Count Basie, “One O’clock Jump”.
Getting started. The first gal at the start of the circle will whisper a phrase about the bride or the groom into the ear of the person sitting them. (For Example: She Says, “Todd shaves his chest hair”)
The next person will then whisper what they hear (or think they hear) to the next person, and so on, until the person at the other end of the line receives the given word or phrase. NO Repeats!
- The last person is the Bride. She will have to say the phrase out loud. The fun part is when the Bride says it out loud, and the first person says the original phrase out loud. Everyone usually gets a good laugh out of it, since most of the time the 2 phrases are nothing alike, and full of nonsense. Perhaps it turns out that “Todd is full of hot air”!
Be sure to see the page that shows our array of fun Retro Bridal Shower Invitations!
Every Bridal Shower must feature fabulous food. A natural is the popular finger food variety, making the preparations and serving easy for the hostess. Dressing up for the occasion is also a must – dressing up the food that is! And what fun! Today we will give you a simple and frugal way to decorate for the wedding shower by creating food flags. Place them in cupcakes, cake slices , fresh fruit and cheese. The list goes on, use your imagination – how about for the meatballs, olives and drink stirrers too!
Here is the process:
Supplies you will need:
1. Themed Vintage Wedding and Vintage Bridal Shower Stickers
Order your stickers from Our Shop. Don’t forget to customize with the bride and grooms name, or other fun message.
2. Long Toothpicks or drink stirrers
3. Fun finger foods
a) Remove one sticker from the sheet and place sticky side up on your work area.
b) Place the toothpick or stirrer on the adhesive side of the sticker – centered – or playfully angled.
c) Align a second sticker onto the first sticker placing adhesive sides together.
TA-DA! An adorable accent to your Vintage Hors d’Oeuvres table. Add to appetizers arranged on color coordinated plates. If the plates do not match in color layer a color appropriate party napkin over the serving plate first. Display drink stirrers in a tall glass ready for the taking.
We love the idea of an Art Deco Wedding. Adding even more elegance and romance to a day that is already heady with emotion, the Art Deco approach to your wedding day is one that will make your wedding a meaningful and memorable event for you and your guests. Weddings are the high point in any calendar of events, but the added anticipation of unexpected fun will have your guests marking the date and happily planning their attire for your glamorous day.
Firstly establish the theme. It’s all about the attitude and influences of the 1920s and 1930s. Get yourself informed and in the right frame of mind by watching movies placed in the era like De-Lovely, The Great Gatsby, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, and films made back in the day like the wonderful Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers confections, Swing Time And Top Hat.
By selecting the period-perfect Art Deco Bridal Shower Invitations, Engagement Party Invitations and Wedding Invitations, you will literally send the right message to your guests, getting them in the correct vintage frame of mind. Even the pre-wedding events like bridal showers can be held with the art deco theme.
The total effect and a consistent execution of Art Deco Theme can be achieved by first selecting the Art Deco Wedding Shower or Engagement Party Invitations. These invites match the Art Deco Wedding Invitation “Silhouettes Collection” perfectly. Or Choose one of our other vintage shower invites, perhaps one a bit more baudy.
Our Vintage 1920s-30s Wedding Shower Invitations features a 1930’s Pin Up Girl dressed in
Jazz Age Attire for a big party. A perfect shower invitation for the bride and or couple who love all of the the vintage spirit of the roaring 1920’s. Also in keeping with the Art Deco theme is our “He Popped The Question” Shower invitation.
For your art deco wedding invitations consider the The bold, linear graphic style of our Art Deco wedding invitation “Art Deco Silhouettes”. Particularly appropriate for Great Gatsby, Jazz Age, Roaring Twenties, and Art Deco style wedding themes. This suite offers a classic art deco palette of black, cream and raspberry. We suggest choosing the elegant metallic paper stock in “Ice”, creating a shimmery satin-like effect.
Our Vintage 1930s Moonlight Wedding invitations will create anticipation of your wonderful upcoming ceremony. An elegant peak into to your evening-time event, this invitation will conjure up the lyrics from Cole Porter’s love songs. A perfect opportunity to feature the photo backdrop moon at your reception as done back in the 1920s. This invitation and it’s matching components are suggested to print on metallic paper stock, in Ice, so that the man in the moon and the stars will sparkle and glow.
Planning your art deco wedding needs to include the perfect location as well. The overall effect of the event should be awash in 1920s era ambiance. The search for the right location can be loads of fun. Look into vintage hotels, bed and breakfasts, historic homes, mansions, and museums. Check out historic landmarks, parks, theaters and dance halls built in the 1920s. Even nightclubs built around a speak-easy theme may be just the ticket for a one-of-a-kind affair. Check in with your local historical preservation groups and, if you are lucky, an area art deco society.
Setting the stage. Once the location for the wedding and reception is set begin to conceptualize the vintage elements that will add special details to the event. We suggest a special display for the guest book table that features a collection of framed vintage photos of the bride and grooms parents, grandparents and great-grand parents on their wedding day. Center pieces for an art deco effect would feature the color scheme from your invitations and bridesmaid dresses. Think beyond the traditional floral center piece and consider a swirl of pearls surrounding a vase of white ostrich feathers placed onto a mirrored disk. Surround the bottom of the vase with strings of pearls. Or more simply, a hurricane candle holder with a circle of a white feather boa. Classic elements to your reception can include accents of black and creme. Think black napkins, cream table cloths, a black grand piano with a cream piano scarf and a center piece of cream roses. Keep it simple and classic, and art deco moderne.
Do you love the headband Clara Bow is wearing in our top image? Try this cute little number Wine and Dynamo Headband from ModCloth And remember to take a look at our 1920s Wedding Styles, Fashion and Music Page on our previous blog entry for more ideas about your attire, wedding flowers, music and dance.
Think about hiring a photographer and doing a vintage photo shoot. Have the gals all pose in their beaded flapper dresses and have a collection of feather boas, headbands, cigarette extenders, fans, martini glasses, hand mirrors and the like to use as props. For the guys have fat cigars, fake tommy guns, fedoras, and cocktail shakers. Rent a piano (if you don’t own one) pose the groom-to-be playing and the bride-to-be perched on top as if serenading him. Another classic 1920s photo image is the cut out crescent moon stage backdrop on a black starry sky, young lovers nestled inside the curve of the moon.
A speakeasy party will be one that will always be remembered. Be sure to add a password to the 1920 theme wedding shower invitations to kick off the event. Have a large friend in a vintage tux serve as “Bouncer” or a girlfriend dressed in a mans tuxedo (ah la Marlene Dietrich in “Give Me The Man“) as a greeter at the door. Serve a signature cocktail in teacups, so the coppers won’t getcha. Music? Is there any other choice for the 1920s? It was the JAZZ AGE! Here is a go to list of 1920s Jazz standards, but I encourage you to listen and chose the exact Jazz tunes that will set the proper mood for your event. Again I say Cole Porter. Look at the movie “De-lovely” for some added era appropriate musical inspiration.
Create excitement with this engagement party, an art deco wedding shower! Be sure to have the cocktails shaking and your guests dressed up in their best Great Gatsby attire. I can just hear the soundtrack for this fab party – Cole Porter singing “Let’s Misbehave” will get the ball rolling. Ain’t We Got Fun?!
As for decor think ART DECO, of course. The presence of a graphic pattern – a strong cubist design (not floral, that would be Art Nouveau), use the pattern repeated on the place cards, and chose a color scheme that screams 1920. Try black and gold, deep brick-red and mustard yellow, emerald-green and peach….or my favorite dusty pink and black. Lighting should be soft and warm, drape vintage scarfs over crook-neck lamps, or use swag lamps with crystal mini chandeliers over each small round table. Table cloths of black underskirts with an over lay of the contrasting color of your palette. Lots of fine crystal glasses, and perhaps vintage china from thrift shops in mismatched designs but all from the 1920s and 1930s.
As far as food and drink – begin the evening with aperitifs complimented by olives, nuts or canapes – followed by a catered dinner – one done with a vintage flair and fine silver. Then finger food sized desserts – served in a separate room – complimenting the after dinner cocktails. Of course chocolate covered strawberries compliment champagne perfectly.
If the event is to planned around a couples shower or engagement party then hold a nice dinner followed by libations and party games – we like Charades played with a Golden Age Of Hollywood / 1920s theme. Have your guests acting out clues to The Great Gatsby, Chicago, Citizen Kane and Downton Abbey among other memorable movies and TV shows based in the 1920s.
Remember, it’s all about creating memories. Be sure to collect photos and souvenirs along the way to add to your scrapbook of wedding day nostalgia.
We have so many fun Vintage Bridal Shower Ideas! Make your wedding shower truly unique by planning a bridal shower in a vintage theme. Begin by choosing an era, and then choose a vintage or retro invitation to set the tone for the fun that will follow! There are many avenues to choose from; a traditional ladies’ get together, engagement party, bachelorette party, girls night out, Hen’s Party or couples shower. Any pre-wedding party may be a themed affair, adding even more fun to the event. Retro and vintage shower invitations are a wonderful way to remove so much of the formality that gets attached to the wedding proceedings and allows your guests and the two of you have a bit of fun as well.
If your wedding is formal you may wish to relax the atmosphere by choosing a retro theme for the pre-party events. On the same note, you may also wish to express your personality to your family and friends by theming all of the wedding events in vintage style throughout. Many of the vintage wedding invitation suites at our Vintage Wedding Invitation Shop have matching bridal shower invitations to coordinate every step of the way, and all of the eras have wedding shower invitations to coordinate with your decade of choice.
The VintageWeddingInvitation.com shop offers Wedding Shower Invitations and Wedding Invitation Suites in decade-by-decade themes. We start at the turn of the century in the 1900s and proceed through the art nouveau and art deco 1920s and Hollywood style 1930s, classic vintage 1940s, the fabulous 1950s and the mid-century modern 1960s.
This blog entry is the first in a series of Vintage Bridal Shower Ideas that will inspire and inform you of the fun details that will add to a Vintage Bridal Shower Party. I will go into depth over the coming weeks exploring each era and concept, sharing unique ideas for memorable events. Cheers!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
1920s Wedding Style. It was the Jazz Age… The Roaring Twenties! Art Deco design was influencing fashion and decor. The spirit of the era was symbolized by flappers, bobbing their hair, doing the Charleston, and slipping away for a party at the speakeasy.
Women wore their lips in a bee-stung pout imitating “It Girl” Clara Bow. Faces were powdered pale and eyes were dramatic in their dark kohl eyeliner treatment. Eyebrows were plucked into a thin, downward sloping arch.
Brides of the 1920s Vintage Wedding Style wore daringly short gowns, sometimes revealing the knee! The style of the time called for drop waists and flattened bosoms. The veil was a statement of drama usually much longer than the dress and trailing the floor with a headpiece cloche, crown-like tiara, or a lacy bandeaux . Bridal bouquets were quite large (perhaps to cover those daring glimpses of leg) with ribbon streamers of lovers knots trailing nearly to the floor. Popular flowers included orange blossoms and chrysanthemums. The jewelry of the period is quite exquisite and reflects the art deco influence.
Leading men such as the dashing Rudolph Valentino epitomized romance and would be seen to wear the butterfly collar with their cutaway coat tuxedo, along with a new trend, the wristwatch.
Not to be forgotten, we are talking about the Prohibition Era. Consider serving drinks from the bar in teacups, speakeasy style. Tell your bartender to wear his best spats and serve up some of the cocktail creations of the era like the Bee’s Knees, The Tuxedo #2 or the Mary Pickford.
The Jazz Age will offer an abundance of musical offerings to your event. Set the mood by playing music by Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Hire a Dixieland Jazz Band to accompany your event as you and your guests flood the dance floor to partake in the Charleston!
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.
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.
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.
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“.
Vintage Wedding Invitations will make your very special day even more memorable. Our Vintage Bridal shower invitations are designed to inspire extraordinary parties for the happy couple. We welcome you to a very romantic part of your life. We invite you to indulge in every aspect of the once in a lifetime celebration of your wedding.
Vintage wedding invitations are a unique and nostalgic way to announce your engagement and wedding date to your guests, and have them eagerly anticipating your event. Fall in love with a vintage style, Art Nouveau, or 1920s Art Deco to 1930s Retro Hollywood and Classic Vintage 1940s designs. How about the Fabulous 1950s, or a 1960s Vintage Vegas theme? Customize your invitations to the wedding of your dreams by visiting our shop and creating these wonderfully vintage inspired invitations yourself!
A perfect vintage themed wedding begins with Shower Invitations and Save The Date Cards, followed by Invitations, RSVP Cards, Directions Inserts, Thank You Cards, Address Labels and all the necessary (and maybe not so necessary) elements to cover all the details.
Just like our vintage wedding invitations Suites Collections, this website will grow everyday. Please check back with us often and email us if you need special customization or have a special project that we can help you with.