The 1950s was a great decade for vintage wedding dresses with most brides choosing to wear a traditional long dress in silk and lace with long sleeves, fitted waists and full skirts to show off their hourglass figures.
When we picture a 1950s vintage wedding now, it is often a shorter style in the classic fit and flair shape that springs to mind, however in reality very few brides chose this look. These tea length or ballerina gowns were influenced by Audrey Hepburn, but interestingly not from her own wedding. In the 1957 film Funny Face, she arrived on our screens wearing the perfect short wedding dress, designed by Givenchy, teamed up with a short full veil, short gloves and a nosegay of flowers.
This look is so popular today with brides also choosing vintage prom dresses in pastel colours to wear on their wedding day. Go frothy and pink to create a classic movie style look with full petticoats in contrasting colours and shoes that make you stop and stare!
The National Vintage Wedding Fair has hundreds of original wedding gowns available to buy on the day. For more information visit www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk. Dates are:
Manchester’s Vintage Wedding Village, Event City March 12/13
Manchester Victoria Baths March 20th
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral April 2nd
Bedford, Shuttleworth April 17th
Cheltenham Ladies College May 8th
Total article credits as follows:
Photography: Nina Pang
Model: Zanthy Rose
Hair: Bethany Jane Davies from the Vintage Beauty Parlour
Make-up: Ewa Baberska from the Vintage Beauty Parlour
Styling: Kate Beavis
Location: The Vintage Beauty Parlour
Dresses: Days of Grace, Hopelessly Devoted Vintage Bridal, Your Vintage Life, Bijou and Vintage
Veil and head pieces: Rock n Roll Bride for Crown and Glory, Days of Grace, Cherished Vintage Bridal
Petticoat: Doris Designs
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Bouquet: Diddibox Flowers
Cake: Pink Cocoa
Balloons: Soft Touch Events
Handbags and Jewellery: Your Vintage Life