Reception Ideas

50's Style

I am having a 50's style reception, I don't want it to be kitchy or anything but I need to know what vintage stuff I should look at. I am having an issue finding things that aren't found at a party city. My wedding dress is lace and my bridesmaids are wearing 50's style tea length dresses, so I am hoping to get some ideas :)
Thank you in advance :)

Re: 50's Style

  • What are your colors? 

    You could use black chargers and make them look like records. Rent a dance floor that's black and white checkered. Favors that are cookies in the shape of records. Play 50s music during cocktail hour and dinner. Have a 50s diner menu for cocktail hour (passed cheeseburger sliders, milkshake shooters, mini hot dogs, little things of french fries). 

    I'd stay away from stuff that's too birthday party-ish though - like balloon arches and costume-y stuff. You'll know if it's tacky when you see it/think of it. Google images is your friend when trying to envision stuff.

    You could do centerpieces like diner milkshakes:
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  • Brilliant!!! My colors are Lavender, Ivy green and Gold. Not sure how to incorporate those colors though. 
  • Brilliant!!! My colors are Lavender, Ivy green and Gold. Not sure how to incorporate those colors though. 
    Just use those colors in your linens, in your flowers, on your favors (add a juke box cookie), and your cake. 

    Also, this cake topper is really cute:
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    If you're having a buffet, label the dishes like this:
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  • I love!!! Thanks!
  • hellohkbhellohkb mod
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    Are you looking to have a 1950s diner theme or do you want a more soft 1950s traditional wedding look (like how weddings traditionally looked in the 50s)? Something more rockabilly? Or something softer and more indie? My FH and I want to have a midcentury vibe at our reception and want to encompass a 1950s and 1960s cocktail feel. As part of our centerpieces, we are going to include photos of famous couples who got married in the 1950-60s.


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  • wrigleyvillewrigleyville Chicago member
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    Watergate? That was part of the 70s. :P

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  • hellohkbhellohkb mod
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    Watergate? That was part of the 70s. :P

    I'm not sure why they used that record in particular... There is a Watergate Records so it could've just been what they found at Goodwill and decided to roll with it.. Although it doesn't even look like a real record, so who knows what the thought behind that was lol.


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  • wrigleyvillewrigleyville Chicago member
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    hellohkb said:
    Watergate? That was part of the 70s. :P
    I'm not sure why they used that record in particular... There is a Watergate Records so it could've just been what they found at Goodwill and decided to roll with it.. Although it doesn't even look like a real record, so who knows what the thought behind that was lol.
    That's true. :)

    I really like the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" table card.

  • MairePoppyMairePoppy Connecticut mod
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    Good idea with the celebrity wedding pictures @hellokb.

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    My favorite, Jacqueline and John Kennedy.

                       
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  • Thanks @MariePoppy! I have some of those in my centerpieces Pinterest board, I'm going to add Princess Grace too.


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  • MairePoppyMairePoppy Connecticut mod
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    I love this picture of Grace Kelly

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    How could I forget Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio

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      .......and Arthur Miller

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    Cocolafleur and hellokb, I hope you share pics of your weddings on the CC board :)





                       
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  • @MariePoppy, I most certainly will :)


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  • OMG you guys are amazing! Thank you so much!!!
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  • Just a style note:  tuxedos were not worn at weddings in the 1950's, and most weddings were in the daytime. Notice that all the guys in the photos are wearing two piece suits.
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