1950’s Style Wedding Ideas

1950’s Themed Wedding

Perfect for: DIY Weddings

A 1950’s themed wedding is Bright, Happy and Kitsch!


  • A venue with a large central dance floor.
  • A marquee in an overgrown English country garden.
  • Maybe have the reception in an American themed burger joint or diner.
  • OverThemMoonTents.com supply great 40’s and 50’s style themed marquees and decorations.


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  • Choose a candy colour scheme. Pastel pinks, blues and greens.
  • Cute girly patterns can be brought in, such as polka dots, checks or floral.
  • Lace, buttons, pearls, vintage floral fabric and bows can be used to decorate your venue in a variety of ways. For starters, consider using them to decorate vases and candles or placemats.
  • Hang colourful parasols to add a bit of brightness and colour.
  • Use piles of vintage suitcases to decorate the venue. Or if you have a vintage bridal car pile them up on the roof for some fantastic photos as you drive off into the sunset.

Music and Entertainment

  • Instead of a DJ why not hire a jukebox – then you can allow your guests to pick their own favourite 50’s tunes.
  • Or try a 50’s style band with costumes!!

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  • Personalised matchboxes
  • Candles
  • Home baked cookies in retro shapes. Choose an icing colour to match your scheme and wrap in cellophane, then tie with pretty bows.


  • If you’re going the American route consider ‘Diner Style’ food. Hotdogs, burgers, waffles and Ice cream sundaes.
  • Consider having a ‘sweet shop’ to keep the kids entertained. Fill big glass jars with colourful sweets, or have cute little pots with a selection of sweets in each.
  • Cocktails became popular in the 50’s. Why not treat your guests to any of the following; The Vesper, Classic Champagne Cocktail, Daiquiri or Martini.
  • You can hire mobile cocktail bars if you want the drinks to be flowing all night
  • With the cocktails you could serve classic canapés such as olives and vegetables wrapped in bacon.
  • What about treating your younger guests to milkshakes.
  • Hire an old fashioned ice cream van if you are having your wedding in the summer.

Clothes and Accessories

  • For a glamorous look consider wearing long gloves.
  • Pearls, lace and bows were all popular in the 1950’s, you could try to incorporate any of these elements into your wedding dress.
  • Kitten heels were the shoe of choice.
  • Choose a plainer 50’s style dress, then make it sparkle by pinning on a vintage brooch.


  • Hire or borrow a vintage 1950’s car. Have a look on the internet to find companies that hire out MG TA’S, MG Midgets, Morris Minor’s or VW Beetles. You may be able to find someone with a small collection locally that will let you hire one for a reasonable price.
  • Or go American and hire a Cadillac.
  • What about hiring a vintage London bus to get your wedding party from the ceremony to the reception?

Extra Touches

  • Instead of a guest book have your guests write messages on little pastel coloured hearts – these can then be pinned to black / white background for everyone to see. You can arrange your hearts at a later date into a scrapbook
  • Consider buying an authentic 1950’s cake topper. Try ebay to find a bargain.
  • Instead of a guest book have a vintage typewriter for guests to write their wishes. You can bind the pages together at a later date.

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