Hang posters of rock groups, movies, plays and actors from that decade. Hang old record jackets on the walls and hand the records from the ceiling. Again, check out your local resale shops. Most times you can purchase vintage records for a reasonable price. Rent a juke box and use it for music during dinner. Hang colorful fringed blankets on the wall or drape over chairs, create a wedding arch from hula hoops or cover a traditional wedding arch with love beads, daisies or wildflowers. Instead of tablecloths, cover tables with fringed or colorful blankets. Use floating daisy candles in pottery bowls, use battery operated lava lamps as centerpieces on each table, use a large pillar candle as a center piece and drape love beads, daisies or wildflowers around the base of the candle.
For the men, give them vintage model cars. Mustangs, Camaros, Chargers, Coupe de Villes, Volkswagen Beetles or Volkswagen buses are a few good choices. For the ladies you could give beaded headbands, happy face pins, love beads, tie-dyed t-shirts or scarves.
Since this wedding theme is rather casual, the food should he casual as well. You might consider serving hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips and dip, root beer floats and wine coolers. If your reception is being held outdoors or on the beach, don’t forget a bonfire for roasting marshmallows!
Have your DJ play music from the era: Rolling Stones, The Beetles, The Doors, The Monkees, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, etc. Hold a hula hoop and dance contest at your retro reception. Have them do the twist, pony, hand jive, mashed potato and for the finale, everyone form a train and do the locomotion.
Other Retro Wedding Ideas
To get a better idea of what was worn and how things were done, try watching some movies depicting the era: Dirty Dancing, West Side Story. or Grease. Remember they are not just oldies but goodies. Have your guests come in funky, retro clothing or costumes.
Have a groovy time planning your retro theme wedding!
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