Themed weddings are growing in popularity, and what’s better than going back to the 1940s and taking inspiration from the screen sirens of the past? There’s no one as stylish and timelessly beautiful as actresses like Vivien Leigh, Rita Hayworth and Ingrid Bergman.
Take Your Style Back In Time
Because of World War Two, a lot of 1940s weddings were tinged with sadness. Couples got married quickly while soldiers were home on leave, and often family members like brothers and fathers were missing from the celebrations. Hopefully you won’t have to deal with these problems. But you can learn something from the make-do-and-mend attitude of 1940s brides. They often used parachute silk to make their dresses, resulting in simple, elegant silhouettes using delicate material. Take inspiration from their looks as you hunt for your own perfect dress. If you decide to do your own hair and makeup, remember to practise those victory rolls and that perfect red lipstick in advance so you aren’t too stressed out on your big day.
Add To The Atmosphere With Little Touches
Thankfully you won’t have to deal with rationing, but thinking about 1940s problems will help you realise that your wedding doesn’t have to be too decadent and extravagant. Instead of a three-course sit down meal, provide a buffet. In the 1940s, eggs were saved up for wedding cakes – luckily you won’t have to go that far. Instead provide traditional food like scones and jam, finger sandwiches and a variety of salads, along with trifle and wedding cake for dessert. Decorate with bunting and wildflower centrepieces, and put together a playlist of 1940s music like the Rat Pack, Nat King Cole and Glenn Miller. If you’re feeling wild, you could even hire some swing dancers for the evening to teach you some new moves and show your guests how 1940s celebrations would really have gone. Use a vintage car like a Rolls Royce to get you between venues to complete the picturesque romance of the day.
Inform Your Guests Ahead Of Time
Make sure your guests are aware of your wedding theme. Put it on the save the date and the wedding invitation so that they have time to plan their outfits. Guests appreciate knowing as much about your wedding ahead of time as they can. Some people don’t enjoy dressing up for weddings but others will love hunting for the perfect dress and shoes, and coaxing their own hair into 1940s styles. Make sure that you don’t restrict your guests too much with your dress code. Even if you want a wartime-inspired wedding or 1940s glamour, remember that your cousin might prefer a 1950s silhouette, and that your old school friends might want to dress as 1920s flappers. Encourage everyone to have fun and feel good.
Make Sure You Base Yourself On The Right Hollywood Couple
Remember that not all Hollywood couples of the 1940s had happy endings. Don’t talk too much about basing yourself on Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, who had a tempestuous relationship and ended up divorcing in 1960. Instead focus on sincere and happy relationships like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who married in 1945 and remained together until his death. Most of all, remember that your wedding is about more than planning a perfect day. Focus more on the marriage afterwards than the wedding day itself, and you’ll be guaranteed a lifetime of happiness.
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