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.”
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.
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 …”
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.