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70's Wedding Inspiration


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When I think of the 70’s I often wish I had been born then. I love the music, I love the fashion (the jewellery especially!) and from what I have seen and the stories I have heard, the 70’s sound like my kind of decade, although interior decoration left a little to be desired – orange carpets, brown tiles and toilet seats are just an example. Fashion stylist to the Stars Rachel Zoe is also a woman in love with the 70’s, I reckon we would get along great! I was born early 80’s and just missed out on all that cool stuff.

On the international stage the 1970’s was the decade of the Vietnam War, the push for World Peace, abolishment on nuclear weapons, the feminist movement and Saturday Night Fever. On a national level, here in Australia we saw Darwin totally decimated on Christmas Eve by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Our sporting teams were (and still are) worshipped and our greatest athletes were stuff legends were made of (I put it down to polyester team uniforms and for the men those great big moustaches). We had breakout music from the likes of Skyhooks and Cold Chisel and television entertained with programs Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Homicide and Number 96 (from what I understand was very raunchy for the time!), The Norman Gunston Show, Aunty Jack and Brides of Christ. Also who can forget the haunting pan pipes from the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock? J

Fashion had turned to tight little tops, tight high waisted flared trousers, miniskirts, long dresses with puffy sleeves and lacy collars, denim and corduroy overalls and platform shoes/boots. Roller rinks were the place to be if you couldn’t get to the beach. Hair was big and bouffant, make up bright blues, greens, pinks and yellow. Fabrics like terry towling, polyester and nylon were the choice for clothing. I look at the photos of my mum as a teenager taken in the 70’s and I chuckle – those big purple plat form shoes she raves on about I can only begin to imagine! For her it was ACDC, Bay City Rollers and Farah Fawcett hair.

When it came to the 1970’s wedding, for the time a polyester tuxedo with a ruffle shirt, matching vest, cumberbund, suspenders, bow tie and flared trousers were the in thing for the men. For the Bridesmaids, long dresses with puffy sleeves either short or down to the wrist and high collars with lace and frills everywhere were the in vogue look. Some wore big floppy hats with ribbons, some just wore their hair in big bouffy upstyles. Popular colour choices were powder blue, beige, mint green, peach, cream and lavender. The bride herself; long gown, cinched at the waist, long sleeves, collars and veils with really long trains. Ribbons and bows on everything. The more lace and chiffon, the better and Baby’s Breath all over the bride, in her hair, her bouquet, and in the table decorations.

Makeup was emphasised with the bold colours of blues, greens, purples and pinks. Eyebrows were plucked to fine lines and drawn over with eyeliner. The Aussie wedding parties would turn up in the Ford Falcon or Holden Commodore with crepe paper taped from the bonnet. Buffets were often the way to go with the reception, a tiered traditional fruit cake slathered in white marzipan icing – a work of art, that thanks to the marzipan would never break down – like a polystyrene covered fruit cake (can you tell I am not a fan of marzipan?), sugared almonds in little tulle bags for the bonbonniere, disco lights and balls above the dance floor where the guests busted a grove (and as a way to shake off the paper confetti and rice) to classic 70’s hits by bands The Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Jones, Bay City Rollers, Stevie Wonder, Skyhooks, Chisel, ACDC (I am quite fond of the music from the 70’s and could rattle on forever about it!). At the end of the reception the Bride would change into another dress to leave for her honeymoon (my in-laws went to Fiji for their honeymoon when they wed in 1975. They flew Old School Qantas).

If you want to bring a little bit of retro back in to you wedding day, there are limitless resources available on the net to help you brainstorm ideas, heaps of pictures for you to look at, or just go back through your parents wedding album! There are ways for you to make the 70’s cool, and in fashion what is old is new again, so make the most of it! Some 70’s Celeb weddings include David & Angela Bowie 1970, Marc Bolan (I love!) and June Child 1970, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson 1976.

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