Taking Wedding Style Inspiration from the Past

When it comes to bridal style, classic vintage styles are especially beloved. The 1930’s through the 1960’s gave us some truly stunning wedding looks. From hats to veils to gloves to unique gowns, sometimes the past can inspire the perfect bridal look for today. Here are some incredible vintage wedding ideas gathered by Bliss in Los Angeles to inspire you for your own big day.

Wedding Capes

Most definitely due for a comeback, wedding capes are unique and bring a fairy-tale like element to a bride’s look. Most often made of tulle or velvet, wedding capes in the 1950’s and 1960’s could be removed easily for dinner and dancing, but were still a important part of the bride’s ensemble.

Short Wedding Dresses

The 1950’s and 1960’s saw many of these shorter wedding dresses, and they’re absolutely adorable. Youthful, flattering, and comfortable, short vintage-style wedding dresses are a favorite to go hand-in-hand with bridal gloves and incredible heels.

Pillbox Hats

Perhaps the most chic item on this list, pillbox hats are timelessly sophisticated. A favorite of former first lady and fashion icon Jackie O, pillbox hats make a striking addition to a bridal ensemble, especially when paired with a birdcage veil.

Trailing Bouquet Ribbons

Seen here with Buster Keaton’s bride Natalie Talmadge on their wedding day, a flowing, feminine wedding bouquet is a lovely sight indeed. Long ribbons will add a sweet, bohemian touch to make your bouquet stand out beautifully.

Bridal Gloves

Ladies used to wear gloves everywhere, but for weddings, they often wore short, delicate lace gloves. While many brides still wear gloves even today, they are often long and cover the entire forearm. This can be a bit too much. Small, vintage-style lace gloves are far more sophisticated and classic.

High-Neck Wedding Gowns

Some of the most beautiful wedding dresses of all time feature a high neck. Common in the 1800’s, high-neck wedding gowns made somewhat of a comeback in the 1970’s and gaining popularity now. High-neck wedding gowns are ultra-elegant and regal, perfect for the bride who wants a timeless look. They are especially flattering for taller women or have broad shoulders.

Bridal Caps

Bridal caps have been worn from the early 1900’s until today. They provide a simple, sweet, and classic style. Bridal caps had a particular spike of popularity in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, and they add a very retro touch to brides’ ensembles today.

Grace Kelly Everything

Widely regarded to be the most elegant bride of all time, Grace Kelly perfected a timeless wedding look. From her bridal cap to her cinched waist to her gorgeous lace sleeves, this is a look that brides have been re-creating for decades—and with good reason. Every element is simply stunning.

Hopefully these vintage bridal style ideas inspire you and help you decide on a look of your very own. Remember, the most important thing when it comes to your wedding day look is to choose something that makes you feel beautiful.

Photo Credits
Blusher veil: Crown and Glory | Vintage wedding cape: Wedding Interest | Modern wedding cape: Lunss | Vintage tea-length dress: Rebel Circus | Modern tea-length dress: Femaline | Vintage pillbox hat: They Roared Vintage | Modern pillbox hat: Wedding Forward | Buster Keaton + Natalie Talmadge: Film Dialogue One | Modern trailing bouquet: Jose Villa Photography | Jackie O: Bisou Weddings | Bridal gloves: June Bridals | Antique high-neck wedding dress: Howard Greenberg Gallery | Modern high-neck wedding dress: Delphine Manivet | Vintage bridal cap: Images Free | Modern bridal cap: Chefs at Work | Grace Kelly: AuFeminin | Modern Grace Kelly gown: TB Dress