If there is one wedding theme that we would say “yes” to, any day of the week, it’s a retro or ‘70s theme. Famous for bell-bottoms and the rise of disco, this decade was for the fun-loving and wild-at-heart. If you’ve been considering a colorful retro-themed wedding, then let us help convince you. Get inspired by some of our favorite groovy details fitting for a retro-theme wedding, including color palettes and vintage decor.
Retro Color Palettes
By far our favorite detail from the ‘70s was the colors. They were the perfect balance of muted and rich, making for a fun yet wild palette. Even better, there was a wide array of options, so there’s a unique color combo for every bride’s style or personality. Here are just a few that you can use!
- Mustard yellow, pale pink, hot pink, and teal
- True green, baby blue, coral, and orange-yellow
- Sky blue, chocolate, cream, and true yellow
- Red, orange, ivory, mint, and teal
- Red, scarlet, dusty pink, mustard, and yellow
Retro Bridal Fashion
Despite having a retro-wedding theme you probably don’t want to wear authentic wedding attire from the time. Because, if we’re being honest, it’s lacking. But you can take inspiration from the styles and silhouettes. Aim for a style that is flowing – think bell sleeves, a-line silhouettes, and ruffles. The necklines were typically modest, so jewel, square or high. Most gowns featured some kind of lace detailing, whether it was all-over or limited to the sleeves or hem of the skirt. For a more modern touch, however, consider a dress with a bit of sparkle, like sequins.
As for your wedding flowers, the options are endless. To match your color palette, you’ll want to feature colors that are equally, if not more, striking. You’ll also want to feature plenty of texture, for that wild and organic look. Some of our favorite flowers include dahlias, daisies, and delphinium. For some fun texture, add in pampas grass, yarrow, or wax flowers.
Aside from colors, we’re sort of obsessed with the decor of the time. Take this wedding reception table for example. Glittering disco balls hang overhead, helping to fill the space and lending a fun, slightly casual vibe, to the party.
Another way to elevate your reception tables is with textured decor. For example, vintage glassware, which will add a sense of sophistication. Or, opt for rounded glassware, for a more whimsical vibe. To complement your plates you can also feature fun chargers. We recommend wicker or rattan, which is subtle but decade-appropriate.
If you plan to have a seating chart at your event, consider recreating this colorful chart. It is made with tie-dyed banners, embellished with macrame and tassels, and layered one on top of the other. Note the careful use of a rounded, bubbly font. Altogether, it gives us retro festival vibes!
Guest books aren’t as popular as they used to be, but this decade-themed alternative is sure to be a memorable detail. Plus it’s perfect for a vintage vinyl collector! All you need is a record player, preferably one that is slightly retro-looking. Top it off with the record of your choice – that you don’t mind guests writing on. You can even decorate the center of the record with a photo of you and your hubby-to-be.
One of the easiest ways to infuse a retro vibe into your event space is with retro lounge areas. This will be a fun and much-appreciated touch during cocktail hour when guests are looking for a place to sit while they sip. Try to get your hands on some groovy couches or swivel seats, perhaps through a rental company. Just be sure to work with your color palette and not against it!
Want to hint at your wedding theme with your save the date or invitation? Check out the trendy invitation suite below! It features a fun arching shape and rich, contrasting colors. One piece even has a whimsical floral design, similar to the famous pattern associated with the decade. A guitar-shaped cut-out directs guests to the couple’s wedding registry, nodding to Woodstock.
When it comes to your wedding backdrop you can’t go wrong with a one-of-a-kind art installation. This design features a variety of half arches in a mix of vibrant colors. They are complemented with asymmetrical flower arrangements, often featuring textured plants like pampas grass or dried palms for volume.
Did you know a wedding cake could look this cool? It almost makes us not want to eat it! It perfectly matches the couple’s color palette and features an organic arch, just like the one used for the invitation suite.
If you’re considering an interactive element then this is your opportunity to rent a retro photo bus. An always popular choice, and the most common option, is the VW van. Guests will get a kick out of this unique photo op, and so will you if you choose to use it for your wedding portraits.