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Retro Wedding Theme

28 March 2010

Some of the most unique and glamourous wedding ideas can be found simply by looking back to fashions and trends of days gone by. Art Deco 30's, rock’n’roll 60's, and I gotta tell you I love them all. Here’s some tips for incorporating some retro into your day.

• Along with feather boas, flapper dresses, and long pearl necklaces your retro theme should incorporate some well thought out music. Take the time to look back at what decade appeals most to you, and research it to discover dress styles, music choices, dance steps, decor, and other snippets of information. It will help as you make decisions on colours, cake style, menu, decorations, favours and everything you need to include in the event.

• Polaroid cameras and photos are definitely retro, and they're making a 'new age' come back because, unlike digital or 35mm photos, they develop instantly. When they're combined with notes from all your friends and family the instant photo guest book becomes a memento filled with memories that will last forever!

• Set the tone right from the start with invitations that reveal your retro theme.

• Treat your guests to retro style wedding favours such as love beads or peace sign jewelry. Perhaps even a custom-made CD of classic rock tunes. For a 30's theme, linen handkerchiefs for both men and women can add a personal vintage touch, or DVD copies of your favorite old black and white films.

• Consider a cocktail dress or Jackie Kennedy-style sheath with a white pillbox hat and a netted veil. Before you spend big bucks on a gown, trawl vintage dress shops, flea markets or thrift shops. Your dress can even be custom designed using vintage fabric and old patterns. A shorter wedding dress is definitely the way to go and of course the perfect opportunity to shoe off some fabulous shoes. Opt for peep toe, pastel colours and anything with bow details. With your jewelry try to continue the theme by accessorising with chunky pearls and beads in pastel tones and don’t forget to ask any relatives or friends if they have vintage pieces for your something borrowed.

• Flowers are key in creating retro chic so add a flower corsage to your hair or dress.

• Ribbons and hair bands needn’t be teamed with oodles of hairspray. Think soft waves and curls, but if you do decide to opt for a more structured look, chose a style with height such as a small quiff or mini beehive.

• Invest in or hire some floral crockery and napkins.

• Research, research, research!

Happy planning,

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