Best Vintage Retro Wedding Dress Accessories Ideas (Affordable & Easy)

When it comes to choosing a theme or style for your wedding day, the 1950s is a fantastic decade from which to draw inspiration. It is an age that is celebrated for its femininity and day-to-day lifestyle of dressing up, and it is loaded with sumptuous essentials for the wardrobe as well as accessories.

Vintage belt

Another fantastic suggestion is to give the illusion of an hourglass form by accessorizing the wedding dress with a stunning belt. After that, you’ll be able to ditch the wedding gowns of the 1950s and go for a look that’s more contemporary, while still complementing the curves that come naturally to you.

Stiletto heels & floral motifs

Stiletto heels and floral motifs are a great fashion statement and an easy way to include some 1950s elegance into your big day. Both of these elements may be found in a variety of different styles. You are given the freedom to interpret the elegant design in a manner that is most suitable for you, from rose flowery court shoes to full-skirted floral bridesmaid dresses and petal embellished clutch purses.

Polka-dot ribbon

We are reminded of wedding dress styles from the 1950s by polka dots because of their bright colors and fun skirts. Since polka dots remind us of these patterns, why not add some spotty ribbon to your own wedding dress by designing a fabric sash and bow for you and your bridesmaids? There are also other options, such as tying a piece of polka-dot ribbon to your flower bouquet or even wrapping it around your wedding cake in the style of the 1950s.


A petticoat is required to wear underneath many of these patterns. There are a number of websites that offer a beautiful choice of colors for you to test out. There are also businesses, such as Petticoats-a-Plenty, that will tailor a set of petticoats specifically for you for a price that is very reasonable. To add a bit more wow factor to your wedding, make sure you choose a color that coordinates with either the overall theme or the dresses worn by the bridesmaids.

Antique hair accessories

Now that you’ve got the dress figured out, what about your hair? Although hair accessories aren’t typically at the top of most people’s shopping lists, they can really make a hairdo stand out.

If you want your hair to look as it did in the 1950s, glamorous styles like huge curls, waves, rolls, and bouffants are what you should aim for.

In the 1940s, the most popular style was one that was feminine and romantic, with soft curls and long hair that was styled in waves. All of this started to alter in the 1950s, when there was something of a revolution in terms of hairstyles. Curls like Grace Kelly’s and Audrey Hepburn’s sophisticated updos are two of my favorite examples of bridal hairstyles to look to for ideas.

The addition of a hair item to your 1950s outfit can truly make it stand out from the crowd. Even if you want to go for a more subdued look, accessorizing with a few glittery pins is a good way to inject some romanticism and shine into your ensemble. It goes without saying that the birdcage veil is the quintessential piece of headwear associated with the 1950s; a selection of examples can be found here. There are a lot of headpieces on the market; we have discussed some of the firms that produce them in prior postings. However, the following are some of our favorites from Richard Designs, HT Headwear, and Blair Nadeau designs.

In spite of the fact that you may not have chosen a wedding dress with an A-line silhouette reminiscent of the 1950s, you can still accessorize your wedding day appearance with fashionable hair accessories and jewelry. Both a little hummingbird headdress made of white imitation flowers and a dainty birdcage veil would make beautiful antique hair accessories.

Vintage gloves

After that, finish off the look with a dainty pair of gloves, and you’ll be ready to channel Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn! They are undeniably style icons from the 1950s, and in my opinion, they continue to be style symbols in this day and age as well. Both embodied the image of the girl next door and the image of a movie star rolled into one, as well as a sense of style that many people still look up to and try to emulate to this day.

What is special about a vintage 50s Wedding?

So, what is it exactly that makes a wedding in the ’50s so memorable?

Your wedding day will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable and significant days of your life, but one of the things that makes a vintage wow factor so appealing to us is the fact that a 1950s theme can be incorporated into the celebration.

To begin, each of the dresses is chic and classy, as well as fun and figure-flattering for a wide range of body types. The tea length style allows you to move freely during your big day, so you won’t have to worry about stumbling along the aisle or about when you’ll have to visit the young girl’s room again. And thanks to those twirly skirts, you’ll be able to effortlessly dance the night away, turning heads with the swish of your skirt as you spin about!

But what’s even more significant is that if you’re a fan of fashion from the ’50s, a wedding dress from that era will allow you to feel like yourself on your big day. When you are dressed in a style that you enjoy, one that complements your body in every way, and one that brings out your best features, you will feel a surge of self-assurance.

Take a look at some of the vintage patterns that are available on this website: However, if you are on a tighter financial plan, you could get your dress created by a dressmaker in your area and save a few dollars in the process. It’s possible that your dressmaker can develop a one-of-a-kind pattern for you by combining elements of several different styles.

Okay, how many of those chocolate fish and chips do you think I should get? (Hint: the correct response is “a whole bunch”) However, given their rather high cost, they are probably best reserved for a wedding that will have a limited number of guests (or for those who aren’t concerned about cost!)

I’m going to go have a good cup of tea now, maybe even sneak in a biscuit while I’m at it. After a gain at tonight’s meeting, I will be rejoining WeightWatchers with a full commitment as of tomorrow. I had a rough week last week, so this week I am going to focus on being healthy by going for runs, eating fruit, and other such activities.

Tell us about the 50s details that made your wedding special, and if you give us some images, we could include your wedding on our website. We are interested in hearing about it, regardless of whether it was your makeup, the location, or something else. Or you could just send some pointers or suggestions our way; anything that will assist our readers is greatly appreciated.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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