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Nice Day for a White Wedding


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The 80’s were the decade of ‘Greed is Good’, the introduction of the mobile brick (aka the mobile phone) and computers were gaining popularity. MTV killed the Radio Star and girls wore leggings, ra-ra skirts, singlets, ripped and stretched midriff tops and the ozone layer was bearing the brunt of the increased sales of hair spray as women and men sought to make their hair bigger and frizzier. Things were coloured in bright neon and just so darn happy.

I was born in the 80's and I remember Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vanilla Ice, Madonna, He-Man and She-ra, Rainbow Bright, Carebears, Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Pony and who can forget Barbie and the Rockers? I wore overalls with leg warmers and Punky Brewster was my idol. I had a crush on Ferris Bueller and mum kept talking about this guy called Johnny Depp. The one wedding I did attend, I was 5 years old and all I can remember was having to go home after the ceremony because I had touched a plant in the church garden that caused great big burning, itchy welts all over me. I spent that night with my Pa, covered head to toe in calamine lotion and flicking through a book on plants to point out which plant I had touched. To this day we still don't know what it was!

What I do know about 80’s weddings comes from Billy Idol, The Neighbour’s wedding of Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan’s characters, the contestants dressed up as Bride and Groom to compete in the cult game show It’s a Knock Out!, and The Wedding Singer (with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore). Billy Idol’s version of a white wedding is probably a little less ideal for some – the white mini dress only for the risky bride with a great set of pins. The dresses back then were big and bouffant. Puffy shoulders or shoulder pads, white fish net stockings and hair frizzy permed to a crisp. Receptions were a sit down affair, the bride and groom sat in large wicker chairs. The room adorned with streamers, balloons, tissue paper and tulle. Confetti was in everything from the entrée to the wedding cake – which remained the traditional fruit cake wrapped in marzipan icing (ick!).

The dance floor would have the multi-coloured lights swirling about, the smoke machine puffing away and the DJ or band playing George Michael, Boy George, Adam Ant, Michael Jackson, WHAM! and Madonna just to name a few. My favourite song from the 80’s is that little catchy song by Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now” and I am a HUGE fan of The Cure (Robert Smith is very nice!). So if I was to hold an 80’s inspired wedding without making it too cliché what would I do? Hmmm…no I would have to have it cliché!

The wedding stationery would be done in the modern print font used in the 80’s. The ceremony would have to be all white, just like Billy Idol’s classic song. For that I would use Pink Frosting's Classic Wedding in White Package. I’d have my bridesmaids in bright pink dresses with little mesh gloves on (aka Madonna). For the reception I would take my cue from my sister-in-law Megan and her love of the classic 80’s teen cult movie Pretty in Pink. I would decorate the room with paper ball lanterns and on the table mirror tiles with glass bowls filled with jelly beans and around the bowl little tea lights. I’d have the little Bride and Groom bomboniere bags or gumball dispensers for the guests to take with them. Pink flowers would be everywhere and in the corner a photo booth set up with a trellis of balloons and streamers (aka 80’s formal photos).

Instead of confetti I would hand out bottles of Champagne bubbles and my first dance would be to “Love My Way” by the Psychedelic Furs and when it came to finally leaving the reception we would play Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now”. The 80’s were a time for fun and choosing to go with Ducky to the prom, and saving Ferris. Break out the leg warmers, watch a few eps of Punky Brewster and get your 80’s going!



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