Hollywood glamour has become popular with modern brides looking to emulate the decadent elegance of 1940s screen sirens. Introduce starlet style into your special day with timeless wedding dresses, vintage inspired jewellery and luxurious hair accessories that take you back to a bygone era.
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Vintage-inspired wedding dresses are more accessible now than ever before allowing you to recreate your favourite decade on your wedding day. Shopping for a vintage wedding dress takes patience and a knowledge of what styles suit your body shape. The glamourous 1940s were characterised by opulent figure hugging dresses worn by starlets trying to find fame on the silver screen. With this in mind finding the perfect 1940s vintage dress might be a marathon and it’s worthwhile considering vintage-inspired dresses instead. Although the dress in question might not be an original it will still include many of the traditional features that attracted you to the era in the first place.
Fishtail dresses are a popular choice as they characterise the sleek and seductive feeling of this decade. Choosing a dress with a deep-v either from the neckline or as back detail will allow you to experiment with jewellery, perhaps wearing a long thin chain down your back as an alternative to a standard necklace. To complete the 1940s look add a hair accessory with a birdcage veil or a crystal headpiece on a comb that slides into the back of the crown.
Large and glamorous drop earrings can be worn on their own or to compliment the rest of your jewellery and look best when hair is swept off the face or tucked behind the ear to one side. Arrange a pre-wedding trial with your hairdresser a few months before the big day to road test 1940s victory rolls and side-parted waves and define which style suits you best. Don’t forget to ask your make-up artist to test a variety of red lipsticks before the day so you can select your perfect shade.
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With your bridal look in hand it’s time to considering venue decorations to complete the 1940s theme. Keep your theme at the forefront of your mind and highlight rather than mask the most attractive features of your venue. Feathers and mirrors are important props for 1940s themed weddings with mirrors in particular proving to be an effective and inexpensive way to introduce a feeling of decadence to a fairly simple venue. They also reflect light which will make your venue space feel brighter and more spacious. Keep colour to a minimum focusing on monochrome shades of black, white, grey and gold.
Take inspiration from old Hollywood movies and name your tables after your favourite actors and actresses then give guests a copy of an iconic 1940s film to take home. For a little added humour consider including cut-outs or large images of famous screen stars from Bette Davis to Humphrey Bogart and hire a swing band to set the mood for your evening reception and keep your guests dancing right into the early hours.
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