The whole throwback to the 1950s nostalgia trip is a fabulous option for couples who want a fun and whimsical wedding day! But there are quite a number of ways to go retro. So we set our sights (and hopefully yours, too) on a ‘50s diner theme! What a blast this can be as you get to play around with looks and elements to bring you and your guests back in time to that iconic era. So get ready to rock n’ roll with some cool inspiration we found!
Rockin’ a Retro Diner Theme in Red, Black, and White
We knew that the palette for this theme would be key to tying the entire wedding look together. So when the colors red, black, and white kept appearing in the images we loved, we knew we had found it! Along with playful patterns like polka dots, checks, and stripes, it says both ‘retro diner’ and ‘50s fashion’ in one.
Now, to the bridal elements and the decorative accents you can incorporate.
As a ‘50s-inspired bride, now is your chance to don a delightful tea-length wedding dress (2) with a full, flirty skirt. For a hint of sass, why not pair it with red suede pumps? Then as an ingenious play on the diner theme, a DIY bridal bouquet (3) made out of (wait for this) Coke cans!*
Meanwhile, your bridesmaids can channel the whole ‘pin up look’ with polka dot dresses (7) complete with a halter-top cut and a flouncy petticoat peeping out at the hem. They can echo your accessories with red heels of their own, plus sweet and simple bouquets of red daisies.
Your reception is where the retro diner ambiance can really kick in. Keep the table elements(1) in theme with bold splashes of red in the napkin accents and drinking goblets, then have charming touches of black and white polka dots and stripes in the place cards and menu cards.
A simple naked wedding cake (4) can play up the 1950s look with a charming old-style bride and groom topper. Just be sure to decorate the cake display to echo the colors and patterns in the table settings. And if you want a sure hit with the guests, set up a cool soda float bar (5) complete with a selection of ice cream flavors and toppings in true diner fashion. Finally, send guests off with boxes of Cracker Jacks (6) as favors, that you may start out using as cute ‘escort cards’!
How we’d love to be invited to a wedding with this theme ourselves. Such fun!
*Intrigued by the wedding bouquet made from soda cans? Check out our own tutorial for one like it here.
Table elements – Love My Dress
Bridal dress – Paper Michelle
Bouquet – B. Loved Weddings
Wedding cake – Rock N’ Roll Bride
Soda float bar printables – Hello My Sweet on etsy
Cracker Jacks escort cards/favors – Sweet Lily You
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Jason Koenig Photo