Friday, 30 October 2009

50s Wedding Veils and Fascinators

50s veils and fascinators

If you're planning on wearing a 50s style wedding dress, then you may also be looking for something other than a standard veil. From birdcage veils to feather fascinators, there are plenty of stunning hair pieces out there to help you complete that retro look.

1 Feather fascinator Pinup Girl Clothing, 2 Birdcage veil Velvet Owl, 3 Pillbox hat Boring Sidney, 4 Bow hairband Talulah Rose, 5 Birdcage veil Velvet Owl, 6 Rose fascinator Pinup Girl Clothing, 7 Sinamay flower fascinator Pink Tigers Den, 8 Birdcage veil Brenda's Bridal Veils

Thursday, 29 October 2009

50s Style Wedding Dress Alert

50s wedding dress

50's style brides on a budget will love this dress from our very own Honeypie Boutique. It's available to order now from £149.00!

Update: New website with lots more designs now live!

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Debbie and Rob's 50s Style Wedding

50s wedding

Debbie and Rob made sure that their big day in Berkshire was one to remember! Debbie chose a striking red Candy Anthony dress, and her bridesmaid's dress was made up from a vintage pattern. Continuing the retro theme, Rob's mum made the most amazing giant cupcake for the couple, yum!

The wedding certainly reflected the couples' personalities, as Debbie revealed that she makes and sells vintage inspired fascinators and gifts in her Etsy shop

KT Bruce Photography did a fantastic job capturing their special day on camera.

Red 50s wedding dress

Retro Wedding Hair

Take a look at this video for tips on how to create a Dita style retro hairdo. Just finish with a flower, fascinator or birdcage veil to add the wedding factor! Even if you're not doing your own hair on the big day this is lots of fun to try.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Dolly Couture 50s Style Wedding Dresses

Dolly Couture

If you're searching for your 50s style wedding dress you'll want to check out Dolly Couture. Specialising in 50s style dresses, Dolly Couture offers a beautiful collection as well as a custom service which can be shipped anywhere in the world!

Pictured above: The Los Cabos, and below clockwise from top left: The Milan, The Beverlywood and The Pasadena.

Dolly Couture 50s wedding dress

Day to Night in Candy Anthony!

Candy Anthony dress

Joanna and Lee got married at Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries this summer. The bride to be knew she didn't want a standard A-line wedding dress and had always loved the timeless elegence of the 40s and 50s. Joanna was so blown away on her trip to Candy Anthony that she chose not one, but two dresses to take her from day to night in fabulous 50s style!

Candy Anthony dress

Candy Anthony

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Danielle and Rob's 50s Style Engagement Shoot

Retro engagement shoot

Engagement shoots are becoming more and more popular with married couples to be who want some special photos with each other. Danielle and Rob really made the most of their shoot by giving it a 50s theme. Danielle wore a fab 50s oufit and they chose an idyllic spot along the North Norfolk coast for Emma from Little Flowers Photography to work her magic!

50s engagement shoot

50s engagement shoot

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Sophie and Tim's Retro Wedding Party

Retro wedding

Sophie and Tim's Circus themed wedding party was a big hit with their guests! Sophie wore a beautiful 50s style wedding dress with a pretty pink gingham sash, and the bridesmaids looked the part in pink polkadot dresses. The couple entertained their guests with a coconut shy and a VW Camper van bar (OK I know it's not 50s but it's very funky), and photographer Paul at PJA Photography did a fantastic job capturing the day!

50s wedding marquee

VW camper van bar

Petticoat Perfection!

I just had to post this gorgeous shot by Nigel at Affinity Wedding Photography. How can you not love that fabulous 50s petticoat?!

50s petticoat

Saturday, 17 October 2009

50s Style Wedding Make-Up

Here's a handy video on pin-up style make-up for those brides clever (or brave) enough to be doing their own on the big day!

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Laura & Scott's 50s Style Wedding

50s wedding

Laura and Scott tied the knot in September after nearly 10 years together. In true 50s style Laura chose a beautiful swing style dress for the big day. The couple also hired a stunning 1951 Buick Special which, teamed with the expertise of photographer Mike Dearden and the gorgeous couple, made for some fabulous photographs!

50s style bride

50s wedding car

Skate park wedding photo

Thursday, 8 October 2009

50s Style Wedding Invitations

If you're planning a 50s themed wedding and are anything like me, you'll want to set the scene right from the word go.

You might want to have a go at making your own invitations if you have an eye for design. However, if you are not that way inclined, there are plenty of talented designers out there to lend a helping hand!

Whether you're taking the DIY route or delegating, here's some of the coolest retro wedding invitations around...

I just love this fabulously retro invitation designed by Heather Ackley.

50s style wedding invitation

This one's for all you polkadot brides, the colours are just yummy! It's designed by Ceci New York and now available as part of their ready to order collection.

Polkadot wedding invitation

If Rockabilly's your thing, check out this tattoo inspired creation by masters of alternative invitations, Royal Steamline!

Rockabilly wedding invitation

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Where It All Started . . .

50s wedding montage

Since it was my own 50s style wedding that inspired me to start this blog, I thought it would be a good place to begin.

We had been putting off our wedding for quite some time, citing a serious lack of funding as our major stumbling block. A mere 13 years on (yes really), and still brassic, we decided it was 'now or never' and dived into organising our 50s style wedding on a budget!

Our June date was agreed and we booked a civil ceremony in a quaint village hall in Willaston on The Wirral, followed by a party with a hog roast for 180 guests at a larger village hall down the road.

A friendly neighbour provided his fabulous 50s car at a snip and I had organised to have my dress made at a very reasonable price. My lovely mum put the finishing touches to it which made it truly unique!

50s wedding dress

We accidentally found the most amazing photographer who was building her wedding portfolio at the time It was a stroke of genius by Anna that lead us to our perfect photo location, a railway station preserved in all its 1950s glory, which happened to be just down the road from the hall!

We worked really hard on the days leading up to the wedding, and with the kind help of our friends and family made all the decorations including bouquets and buttonholes from pink flowers, our cupcake tower, and a yummy candy buffet all in time for the big day!

Cupcake wedding cake candy buffet

All the hard work paid off and we had the most amazingly fun 50s style wedding day that we will never forget!

50s style wedding on a budget tips

Some of our money saving tips for budget brides to be:
• Get married as late as possible and go straight into the evening bash
• Have a local dressmaker create your ideal dress or try ebay
• Hire a village hall for the reception
• Skip the sit down meal and have a buffet or hog roast instead
• Make your own invitations, decorations and flowers
• Do your own hair and make up if you are brave enough!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Wecome to The 50s Style Wedding Blog!

Hello, and welcome to The 50s Style Wedding Blog.

I have become obsessed with 50s style weddings since organising my own in June this year! I have therefore decided to put my compulsion to good use in the form of a 50s wedding blog which will be a place of inspiration for 50s style brides to be.

Please get in touch if you have had or are planning a 50s style wedding and would be happy to share your photos and story with like minded brides. Also if you offer services specifically suited to a 50s themed wedding which will make for interesting reading/viewing please get in touch.