1950s Designer Dresses

Yesterday we looked at 1950s style budget dresses. Of course if you have a larger budget, a designer dress may be worth splashing out on: It’s made to fit you perfectly and you can be sure that your guests won’t turn up in the same style! If there is one day to splash out on a single dress, it’s your wedding dress.

Top of my list is this achingly beautiful Justin Alexander dress (style 8465). Very similar to an Elie Saab dress recently worn on the red carpet by redheaded goddess Marcia Cross, the tulle skirt has hints of fairytale romance but in a much more practical tea length- ideal for showing off lovely shoes.

As for historical accuracy, it’s almost exactly the same as my Grandma’s 1955 wedding dress. Beautiful and accurate- you can’t get more perfect than that, can you?

Well, this dress is priced at £975. Pricey, yes, but an absolute steal for designer!

If you fancy something more princessy, have a look at this amazing Novia D’Art dress, named Velazquez.

With an incredibly full skirt and delicate lacy sleeves, this is guaranteed to give you that grand entrance. The long sleeves make it perfect for chilly Autumn weddings.

If this dress is tugging at your heart strings, be warned- it’s a whopping £4800!

Of course, the 1950s weren’t all tulle and tea length. If your style is more slinky Marilyn than girly Audrey, this Stephanie Allin dress will be just perfect.

Named Anoushka, it is perfect for accentuating those hourglass curves and the mermaid-style skirt is uber flattering.

For a touch of drama, check out the oversized bow. Available in white for a subtle effect or this black style for full monochrome dramatics. Sensational.


Sunday Steals! 70s Boho Chic

Hello there, and happy Sunday!

Let’s be honest, no one fancies slaving away on a Sunday. So every week I’ll hunt down a vintage bargain for you guys to look at. Some will be high street repro, some will be one-offs so best be quick!

This week, I’m loving this adorable 1970s prairie dress with seller Mrldahos Vintage on Etsy.

With a cute high neckline and ruffles all over, you couldn’t get more 70s if you wore rollerskates whilst blasting out Jackson 5. It would look amazing with a white floppy brimmed hat and simple sandals. Very Bianca Jagger!

The best bit? It’s $29 including postage- a mere £18!


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1950s Dresses on a Budget

Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly… The list of beautiful Hollywood starlets from the 50s just rolls on and on. They are the epitome of feminine charm, so who wouldn’t want to look like one on their wedding day?

Don’t worry, these dresses needn’t come with a Hollywood pricetag. Check out Honeypie Boutique for gorgeous full skirted dresses at a bargain £130. I love this one, which looks just like Audrey Hepburn’s “Funny Face” dress (left).

Not only is it a gorgeous shape but it comes in a massive variety of colours so could be used for bridesmaids too.

Check out this beauty and other lovely styles at www.honeypieboutique.co.uk

For an even bigger bargain, repro royalty Vivien of Holloway has stunning halterneck dresses in many different materials and patterns. Keep your eyes on the website, different styles are frequently added.

This style, modelled by the lovely Anna Fur Laxis, is a snip at £85- and it’s one of the most expensive dresses!

There are full skirt dresses, pencil dresses, sarong dresses and more so you can find the perfect dress for your wedding.

If you’re in the London area, make a visit to the boutique- there’s a massive sale on this week with some dresses at a mouthwatering £35!

Unfortunately, the sale is not online but you can still check out the pretty range at www.vivienofholloway.com.

With a bigger budget, take a look at American label Dolly Couture for full skirted lovelies. This wonderful dress is just $595, which is less than £400. Of course the postage will be extra, and remember to make an allowance for import tax, but it will still be much cheaper than your average wedding dress.

If nothing on the website catches your eye, drop Dolly a line. She makes custom dresses for less than $1000 (£625) so you can walk down the aisle in your very own creation.

Have a peek at www.dollycouture.com.

If you have a bigger budget, pop back tomorrow when I will be showcasing my favourite vintage style designer dresses!

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V&A Inspiration

I discovered this great link in my Favourites tab. I don’t remember bookmarking it but it’s there nonetheless.


It’s a treasure trove of inspiration with hundreds of photos of weddings from the Victorians right up to the current day.

Here are a couple of my favourites:

From 1951 and 1961 respectively. The first bride’s dress is breathtaking and I love the grooms glasses in the second picture! I wonder if I could convince my fiance to wear some like that…

The Introduction

Well hello there!

I’m Bex and I’m in the middle of planning my very own vintage wedding (50s/60s hybrid, if you must ask!).

I’ve found so many great resources that I thought it was selfish to keep them to myself, so every day I will post up a little snippet of vintage wedding love.

I’m going to be featuring:

Real weddings
Shopping ideas
Hints and tips

and anything else that comes my way.

So if you find something that you think would be perfect, drop a line at thevintagewedding@googlemail.com.

Ps: This is me-

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