7 Retro Wedding Ideas For An Unforgettable Celebration

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7 Retro Wedding Ideas | Planning a retro wedding? From choosing the decade, to your colour palette, decor, furnishings, hair, makeup, and outfits, there is a lot to consider and we have everything you need to get started. From a 20s Gatsby-inspired affair, to a Palm Springs-inspired 60s bash, we're sharing a list of thing to consider when planning a retro wedding, plus 7 retro wedding ideas for an unforgettable celebration for you and your guests!

Planning a retro wedding? From the decade to the decor to the music, there are so many options to create a retro wedding of your dreams. First thing’s first, you have to choose your time period. This will make planning so much easier and will help create your overall vision. Once you have that down, you can choose your colour palette, decor, furnishings, hair, makeup, and outfits. There are plenty of different ways to interpret a retro wedding, from a 20s Gatsby-inspired affair, to a Palm Springs-inspired 60s bash. Here are seven retro wedding ideas plus things to consider when planning a retro wedding.

8 Things to Consider When Planning a Retro Wedding

  1. Choose your era- any past decade will do, but hone in on a specific time period to make planning easier and make it more authentic.
  2. Book a venue that lends itself to the decade you choose (an elegant manor for a 20s wedding, a colourful lounge for a 60s wedding, an outdoor ranch for a 70s wedding).
  3. Look at your venue’s architecture when choosing a ceremony backdrop.
  4. Focus on decor and music- these are two of the most important details to make your retro wedding vision come to life.
  5. Consider your wedding dress- a retro/vintage gown may end up looking more like a costume. Try on modern dresses with vintage-style details that complement your chosen era.
  6. Your hair, makeup, and accessories should also be a modern take on the decade you choose.
  7. Use calligraphy in your wedding invites for classic, vintage flair.
  8. Rent vintage furniture for your cocktail hour to keep the vibe consistent.

7 Retro Wedding Ideas For An Unforgettable Celebration

1. A Disco-Themed 70s Wedding
The 70s aesthetic is super on trend for 2024 weddings. The 70s were a major moment and there’s so much you can do in terms of decor, music, and fashion. Select a groovy (yet on trend) colour palette, incorporate vintage furniture, and choose outfits with features that ring true to the era (a second dress with feathers or tassels comes to mind). If you want a studio 54 vibe for your reception, consider renting out a dance/nightclub so you can dance the night away to disco tunes.

2. Retro Photo Booth
Photo booths are always a hit at weddings and you can have so much fun with a retro-style booth. There are lots of options for vintage-style photo booths, from caravan photo booths, to Boler booths, to airstream photo booths. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to add some retro charm to your wedding day, plus you can add feathery, glittery props for people to take photos with.

3. Film Photography
Film photography for a retro wedding is a must. It will make it feel more authentic and bring you back to your chosen decade. Film wedding photography blurs the line between modern times and vintage nostalgia. Film is one of the most traditional styles of photography, and while digital wedding photography took over for years, film is back in a big way. Film is more imperfect and will leave you with photos that have an effortlessly classic look. It has a soft, grainy feel, and since film has been around for so long, the colours and images feel timeless.

4. Bring Back the Roaring 20s
The roaring 20s seems like it was a blast. Embrace the glamour and sophistication of the era with champagne towers, a jazz band, and a dance floor that goes all night long. There are lots of ways to incorporate the fashion of the past with a modern twist, from beaded embellishments, to feathers, to a gorgeous headpiece. The 20s aesthetic offers endless opportunities to get creative with vintage details. From art deco backdrops, to ballrooms with chandeliers, to old-fashioned martini bars, the options are endless. Depending on the size of your wedding, you can even consider hosting it in a real speakeasy in your city.

5. Rent a Classic Getaway Car
Are you planning on driving a getaway car at the end of the night? Or maybe you want a car to take you from your ceremony to your reception. Either way, a vintage convertible getaway car will give you all the retro vibes as you drive off into the night. For true nostalgia, place a “just married” sign on the back of the car with tin cans following behind. If you’re renting a car, just make sure to ask about putting tin cans on the car, as not all companies will allow it.

6. Slim Aarons 60s Aesthetic
Slim Aarons’ mid-century photography (think: Palm Springs in the 60s) is continuing to grow in popularity as wedding inspiration. His images are full of colour, life, and luxurious gatherings, so it’s no surprise couples are getting inspired by the artist. If you can’t make it to California, a Palm Spring-inspired colour palette for decor and florals will do the trick. As will details like rattan elements (charger plates, chairs and lanterns), colourful centrepieces, and fun outfit changes to hit the dance floor.

7. Play Music on Vinyl
There’s something about vinyl records that just hits differently, plus record players are perfectly retro. There are many DJs that are spinning vinyl these days- some specialize only in vinyl, while others mix vinyl with recorded music. Seeing turntables with vinyl is such a throwback and will get everyone in the mood to dance! If you can’t find a vinyl DJ and still want a DJ or band for your reception, consider playing vinyl on a record player during your cocktail hour.

If you’re drawn to the retro wedding aesthetic, we hope these tips and ideas help you plan your dream wedding!

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