For years, the shabbiest of the chic was the “it” way to go when describing your wedding festivities. It was a mix of old-age charm and cottage vibes. But the trends have been shifting and now we’re taking those same vintage qualities and blending them with the most glamorous details.
We’re envisioning a bridal party topped with the same sophistication that rocked the old Hollywood red carpets and with the foresight to walk in the modern woman’s shoes with enough confidence to dethrone the Queen herself. If you’re planning a shower for your sister or bestie, take a look at these 5 ideas for a vintage glamour throwback bridal shower. We have the best themed ideas with all the know-how to bring them to fruition.
Five Ways to Nail the Vintage Glamour Theme for the Bridal Shower
Pair everything you love about Old Hollywood with all the essentials of a bridal shower. Make sure there’s a red carpet leading to the gift table with a dress code that ensures everyone is in their best little black dress. Some crystals on the tables and a nod to Breakfast at Tiffany’s wouldn’t hurt either.
Since an Old Hollywood red carpet has our minds thinking about the movies, what better way to celebrate than with some popcorn. Our contemporary wedding world is all about the right kind of “bars” to top off the celebration, so why not add a unique one of those to the event? Create a popcorn bar filled with fun flavors of freshly-popped corn!
A bit of sparkle and shine is all you need to get started. Celebrate your very own Daisy Buchanan by mixing the glamour of a 1920’s Gatsby party with some of the fashion of today’s time. Sequins and glitter is all good, just move from the flapper feels into more futuristic cuts and silhouettes. This one is all about the champagne, the shine, and the chandeliers. Add all the extravagant details that you can muster!
You can add those 1920’s feather accents in explicit ways in the centerpieces and such or you can do something more subtle. Use the silhouettes or cut-outs on the place settings or in framed pieces of art to make a more contemporary nod to our favorite literary legend. And make sure you add in a bit of green lighting or shades within the festivities to pay homage to that iconic light from the novel.
A red lip for all the ladies and a bit of mystery and sex appeal around every turn. A lot of pin-up gals throughout the 1940s were inspired by beachside fashion and ocean views. Use that to your advantage! Bottles coca-cola and some stylish sunnies are just one way to ignite the festivities.
Make this a poolside party. Have the bride surrounded by her friends and family near some water, cool sips, and a bit of extra relaxation. Take those pin-up gal vibes and give your favorite lady’s bridal shower a layer of carefree attitude that she’ll need at this point in the planning process. You might even want to grab that mini grill to whip up some yummy bites while you’re at it.
For an extra bout of glam and modern appeal, go with a NY Fashion Week theme. Pluck some old looks out of past Vogue issues and use those catwalk set-ups as inspiration to set the scene. If you want something crisp but a bit moody, this is a unique theme to play with.
One of the more classic options on the list, a Parisian Paradise can blend old and new like no other. And there’s really no one that does glam quite like the French. So, gather up all the French flair, from lavender accents to delicious macaroons, to make a memorable bridal shower!
Add some activity to the party. Nights out with the girls to sip wine and get creative with some paints are all the rage right now and that idea falls right in line with this French theme. Grab some canvases and start popping bottles!