1940’s Wedding Inspiration

     One of our fabulous readers asked us to put together some inspiration boards for a 1940’s themed Wedding.  The couple chose to get married the same day the bride’s Grandparents did in the 1940’s, and she wants to honor them in her Wedding. First of all we love a vintage feel to anything, especially when there is such a beautiful significance to it!  Here are a few different themes you can tie the 1940’s into, hope you enjoy!
CLASSIC
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     There is something beautiful and timeless about a white wedding.  If you look back in our history, you see that the 1940’s wedding style was simplistic.  Being wartime, the 1940’s were marked by rationed resources.  Deployed soldiers needed food and supplies, which meant domestic extravagance ranged from “faux pas” to “forget it.” Many brides sought simplicity, and unfussy home weddings became all the rage due to little time and little money.
     We thought it would be sweet to collect types of silver dishes and vases from your extended family and use them as flower stands for the reception.  Have your something borrowed be your Grandmother’s embroidered handkerchief, and walk down the aisle with it.  If it’s your style, gloves were worn a lot in the 1940’s.  The motto was the shorter the sleeve the longer the glove.  You could also wear your Grandmother’s vintage gloves.  And if they don’t fit, display them in a silver tray with some pearls and vintage perfume bottles at the guestbook table.
     If you still have your Grandparents or your Parents toasting glasses (Jen and I used our parents in both our weddings), use them for communion during the ceremony or for when you cut the cake to add a special sentimental touch.

Chic and Simple Backyard Wedding
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     The 1940’s were simple classic and chic. Rent vintage farmhouse tables and make table runners out of linen and lace (of course we love that idea).  Picture reclaimed wood boxes for flower holders, tea light candles in votives wrapped in twine, and grey and white striped straws sticking out of mason jars full of lemonade or ice tea.
     Make the cocktail hour a picnic with crouquet, blankets and pillows, and trays for guests to set drinks and hors d’oeuvres on.
     Instead of a cake  or dessert table, have a pie  table with a couple different options, and make the pie that you and your new groom cut be your Grandmother’s favorite, in honor of her. Or if you still want a cake, have the favor for your guests be Grandmas favorite pie in mini to-go pie form.
NAVY NAUTICAL
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     Was your Grandfather in the Navy? Honor him by making the theme a 1940’s Navy Nautical! The “Save the Date” could be a reenactment of the classic navy “Kiss” picture with you and your fiance. And the invitations could  be classic nautical, and make the RSVP card and envelope vintage “Love letters” between you and your groom to be.  The escort cards could have a sign that reads “I found my Anchor, now find yours …” or “Set anchor for the night …” and every one’s escort card is their name tied to an anchor on a large antique ship. 

     Swing dancing was all the rage back in the 1940’s.  Hire a big band and professional swing dancers and start off the night with a lesson for your guests. And mix in some classic songs from the 1940’s like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

     Some other fun sayings you can throw into the night are “Hello Sailor,” “Anchors Aweigh,” and “Ahoy.”

VINTAGE NAUTICAL
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     If you want some rustic romance tied into your vintage nautical theme, have muted tones and lots of texture.  We are in love with the drift wood escort cards!  And have a sign up that says “Let the wind guide you.” The guestbook could be paddles for guests to sign, that you can hang in your new home.
     Have your Save the Date say “We’re Tying the Knot” with a nautical knot on it, to give a little sneak peek of the theme and what’s to come.

     Seat your bridesmaids and groomsmen at “The Crew” table, and the kids at the “Little Sailors” table.

     Here are some songs for cocktail hour or ideas for your first dance song: “Sail Away With Me” by David Gray, “Sail on Sailor” by The Beach Boys, and “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones. And for the last dance song play “Come Sail Away” by Styx.

NAUTICAL NOTEBOOK
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    If you haven’t read the book by Nicholas Sparks or seen the movie “The Notebook,” it is a beautiful  love story set in the 1940’s.  Add some of “The Notebook” into the theme with your engagement pictures taken on a lake, escort cards tied to a row boat, invitations that read “Every great love starts with a great story …,” and make the top of the cake two little birds with a sign that says “If you’re a bird … I’m a bird …”

VINTAGE GLAM
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     If you want a more glamorous 1940’s theme, find a vintage ballroom with crystal chandeliers for the venue. Before the toasts you and your groom can pour the champagne into your champagne tower and then pass out the glasses. Have “cigarette girls” walk around and pass out candy cigarettes to guests, and hire a big brass band for the dancing.

CASABLANCA
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     If you’re a fan of classic movies, why not make your 1940’s themed wedding a “Casablanca” theme. You can have a sign that reads “We go together like Bogart and Bergman.” Make a black and white “movie trailer” as your save the date ending with “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship…” Make the escort cards be “Transit Papers” for guests, and station a Moroccan Cigar bar in the reception area.  Your first dance song could be “As Time Goes By” by Dooley Wilson, and as  guests leave have a sign that reads “Here’s looking at you kid.”
     We’ll leave you with one last idea.  If your Grandfather was in the army or the air force, have a “Fly Away With Me” theme.  Make the wedding venue an airplane hangar, and mix in vintage planes in your decor.
     Also, a lovely way to remember those who are no longer with you for your big day is to leave empty seats in the family section during the ceremony.
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     Anyway you want to do it, choosing a wedding date that honors your family is a beautiful way to start your marriage and your new family!
LLLove,
Jen & Jess

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