World War II-Themed Wedding
Longing to bask in the romance of a bygone era on your wedding day? How about planning a 1940’s World War II-themed wedding?
World War II and the 1930s and 1940s were known as a time of austerity amongst the British public. Despite this, we can’t overlook the artistic and cultural contributions that were made during this era. So, instead of feeling like you’re celebrating the war, you could celebrate this.
A lot of wartime brides had to plan their wedding in an extremely short space of time before their grooms were whisked away to war. Most 1940s weddings were un-fussy, simple, and filled with homemade treats.
1940’s Wedding Dresses
As you would expect, wartime wedding dresses were a lot more conservative than the elaborate gowns of the 30’s. Fabric was rationed, and very few people had any money to spare anyway. Many brides even tended to borrow gowns from friends or family to save them spending money on a new one.
Most 1940’s gowns were lightly fitted and made from rayon, satin, or silk. It was rare for a dress to include much lace, and many gowns featured long sleeves, adding to the conservative appearance of dresses from this era. 1940’s skirts were also simple in shape, and often very straight in order to save on fabric.
You could choose to go for classic a 1940s and 1930s shape that is emulated in modern wedding designs to hark back to this era. Or, you can have a browse on sites like Etsy, where vintage gowns from the 1930’s and 1940’s are sold. Plus they can be cheaper than buying a completely new dress altogether.
Accessorise your dress with elegant pearls and diamante brooches.This is a great choice for those who want something truly authentic.
1940’s Wedding Flowers
1940’s vintage wedding bouquets were usually created from carnations, chrysanthemums, and calla lilies, all of which were easy for brides to obtain.
Bouquets were commonly quite dainty, and simply decorated with ribbon. This can be easily recreated and will give your wedding flowers an intimate, delicate, wildflower look. You can even go one step further and create bouquets from locally sourced flowers and herbs.
Wedding cakes of the 1940s were homemade, because they are restricted by the enforced rationing of the war years.
Common foods such as butter, eggs and milk were sometimes hard to come by, so women would search high and low to find recipes for butter-free cakes that featured nutmeg and cinnamon for flavouring. The cakes were also minimally decorated.
Even though, butter eggs and milk are now widely available and easy to get hold of, you can still create a delicious wedding cake in a 1940s style, perhaps you can add patriotic decorations or you could have a naked Victoria sponge cake for easy elegance but will give that rustic homemade look.
Wartime Wedding Reception
If you’re planning a 1940s wartime wedding reception, music from Glen Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra should help set the scene. Or you could even hire a Big Band to perform their hits live and really get the dance floor heaving.
You could decorate your reception venue with red, white and blue, and hang 1940’s posters on the walls.
If you want something more authentic rather than cliché, showcase vintage glamour with vintage crockery, silverware and a champagne tower! Plus you could decorate the venue with vintage silk scarves as these were statement ornate pieces during this era.
For your wedding breakfast you could have champagne afternoon tea with macaroons, cakes and finger sandwiches. Or, If you want something more warming, hearty and formal, you could have delicious meat pies or a roast using seasonal local produce.
During the 1940s because of rationing, the meals that one would usually have don’t sound too appetising to our modern taste buds, therefore using fresh locally farmed produce is our suggestion for getting a delicious meal that is also authentic.
You could even consider asking your guests to dress the part to add authenticity!