Are you among the legions who’ve gone mad over the hit TV series Mad Men? Well, this inspiration post is all about planning a rehearsal dinner based on a movie-inspired theme! And lucky for us all, quite a number of creative stylists have captured the slick retro feel of the show’s 1960s advertising world and brought it to life in both styled and real weddings. So thanks to their inspiration, we’ve pulled together the key elements for you to recreate the Mad Men look for your own event. You and your bridal party members will have a blast!
1 – Cool signs – Rehearsal dinners don’t usually have signage. But this theme is just too cool to let the chance slip by! Think mini signs like these, featured on I Want to Make Beautiful Things, that you could put on the welcome table, drinks bar, or food buffet.
2 – Mid-century dining lounge ambiance – Simulate the look of a 1960s lounge, just like one Don Draper and the cast would drink and dine in. And guess what? This is the actual Mad Men set used in this fabulous real wedding, styled by David Tutera of My Fair Wedding! Swoon (or go green with envy) over the amazing details in this feature on Wedding Chicks.
3 – Themed wedding stationery – If your actual wedding will also have this theme, take your cue from these stylish save-the-dates by Designs in Paper. Then, carry this graphic look through to your rehearsal dinner paper goods all the way to the reception!
4 – Retro attire for all – Set the mood by donning (no pun intended!) a dress a la Joan Harris and Peggy Olson! And get your wedding party members into the dress-up fun, too. Use this short, flirty number from Dolly Couture (via The Stir) as inspiration. Or you can look through the retail clothing lines that actually carry ‘60s inspired collections thanks to the Mad Men craze!
5, 6 and 7 – Menu ideas – What to serve? Jezebel.com offers some really cool food and drinks suggestions for a Mad Men theme. Like this Don’s Old Fashioned cocktail (5), Trudy’s Rib Eye in the Pan (6), and the quintessential ‘60s dessert Pineapple Upside Down Cake (7). All are from The Unofficial Mad Men Cook Book (yes, one does exist!), that features recipes from the restaurants, kitchens, and bars seen on the series. How neat is that?!
8 – Sassy cookies – For some sweet treats, why not serve cookies decorated with details referring to the series? Also found via Babble, this fun example links to a detailed tutorial on Not Your Momma’s Cookie.
9 – Mad Men munchies – You can even have your party snacks ‘in theme’! Who can resist a bowl of yummy Chex Mix flavored with a dash of Worcestershire sauce. See FOOD52.com for the complete recipe. Photo by Melanie Einziig.