Want a retro, chic, 50s style wedding? Then consider a polka dot wedding!
Polka dots, extremely popular in the 1950s, are perfect for couples that want to add a retro or vintage feel to their wedding.
What makes them even more fun is that you can use whatever colors you want: black and white, pink and black, aqua and red, aqua and black, red and white, navy and white… you get the idea. Even white on white looks fabulous! The above beautiful polka dot wedding dress is from the Henry Roth Collection and is an excellent example of how beautiful and elegant polka dots can be.
There are a lot of modern versions of polka dot designs (like the Henry Roth dress above), but it’s really easy for polka dot designs to incorporate a fun, retro 1950s feel. Just check out the retro 1950s polka dot dress from Stop Staring pictured below. How cute it that dress? It’s a great choice for the less formally inclined bride and it’s really adorable. You can get it from Stop Staring.
You can also combine polka dots with other patterns, such as stripes and zig zag. Or, combine them with beautiful florals. Use them a little or go all out, it’s up to you. Polka dots are very versatile and easy to mix and match.
This blog post will endeavour to bring together a variety of polka dot wedding products and polka dot wedding inspirations so that you can have your own polka dot themed wedding.
1950s Black and White Polka Dot Wedding
Let’s start off with black and white polka dots for your wedding theme. Black and white itself is a very beautiful and classic theme. It’s sophisticated and elegant and you really can’t go wrong with those two colors as your primary look. Polka dots work well with black and white as well. It looks classy and sophisticated still, but also adds a little youthful fun. While you can do this with a more modern look, black and white polka dots have the added bonus of often looking very retro or vintage and works perfectly for a 50s themed wedding.
Black and white can be your only colors if you want, but you can also pair them up with touches of bright red, pink, purple, green, blue, or yellow. Just add in some brightly colored flowers. It looks great if you keep the bright colors minimal as accents. Red roses work especially well if you are thinking of having a rockabilly style 50s themed wedding.
If you’re looking to use the 50s as your wedding theme, you’ll have to get to know what was popular at the time. The 1950s was a time of the first drive-thrus and fast food restaurants (think ice cream floats and burgers and fries). Sock hops, jukeboxes and records were popular, as were drive-in movie theatres. In fact, cars were so new, they were novelties and were very important to the culture at the time. Suddenly teens and young adults had more freedom than ever before.
Leather jackets, saddle shoes, bowling shirts, poodle skirts with petticoats and bouffant hairdos were in fashion, as were polka dots! Music popular during the 50s included Elvis, the Drifters, the Platters, and a variety of doo-wop bands. Some popular dance styles were the Jitterbug or Swing, the Lindy, the Rock’n’Roll, Boogie-Woogie or Bop, the Stroll, the Bunny Hop, the Cha-Cha, the Madison, the Hand Jive, and the Twist. A popular movie based on the 1950s was Grease and a popular TV series based on the 50s was Happy Days. Teens loved to watch American Bandstand for all the latest music and dance moves.
Polka dot wedding cakes are very adorable, but they can also look very beautiful and elegant. The cake pictured to the left is no exception. This is simply a fabulous black and white wedding cake…. with polka dots of course from Jacques Pastries! Notice the polka dots are mixed with a floral and a striped pattern. You can do that. In fact, definitely go for it!
While not black and white, the cute navy blue and white retro polka dot dress from Unique Vintage pictured below is perfect for your bridesmaids if you’re wedding is rockabilly or retro 50s theme.
This retro 1950s polka dot theme certainly doesn’t have to be based on black and white. Navy blue and white or red and white work great as well. Or navy blue and white with red accents as pictured here. Unique Vintage has more polka dot dresses available as well.
Polka Dot Wedding Theme Any Color!
Although black and white polka dots is very popular, as we mentioned before, you can do a polka dot wedding theme with any color. You can also decide to use smaller polka dots, bigger ones, or even random pattern ones. It’s entirely up to you. You can find polka dot wedding favors, wedding invitations, ceremony accessories, bridesmaid dresses and decor items in a variety of colors. There are a lot of varieties of polka dot ribbons to choose from as well. You just have to look.
Softer, pastel colors like blush pink will give polka dots an even more feminine look. Whereas as navy blue and red will add drama. For rockabilly weddings, they often use red, white, and black for their color theme. Gold adds elegance and sophistication. Depending on the flower you choose for your wedding, you can give polka dots a more formal feel or you they can be very casual. No matter what color you choose to go with, they can still work with a 1950s theme because polka dots were popular in any color. Pink is a good choice for this era because of the pink Cadillac. Pink in general was a popular color in the 50s.
Here are a selection of other great polka dot wedding invitations from Lemon Leaf Prints.
A variety of wedding bloggers have provided excellent posts about polka dot wedding theme inspirations and ideas. Here is a list of a few blog articles that have been written about polka dot wedding touches:
- Red and Aqua Polka Dot Wedding Inspiration from Brenda’s Wedding Blog
- Your Guide to a Polka Dot Wedding from the Polka Dot Bride
- Polka dot cakes from the Polka Dot Bride
- Joni and Bill’s Real Polka Dot Wedding from the Polka Dot Bride
- Pink and Green Polka Dots from blisstree.com
- Whimsical Polka Dot Wedding from Prima Donna Bride
- Inspiration Polka Dot Wedding from Stella Event Design
- Real Polka Dot Wedding from offbeatbride
- Polka Dot Wedding Cakes from Wedding Bee
Shannon is a graphic designer for Wasootch, a special occasion stationery and gift shop that specializes in unique and affordable wedding and bridal shower stationery. Interested in Shannon's designs? Check out her shop on Zazzle, her shop on Etsy or check out her designs on her new partner website Lemon Leaf Prints.