Last Sunday millions of viewers tuned in to say goodbye to the award winning drama, Mad Men. Through seven tumultuous seasons on the air audiences watched as characters maneuvered through the pitfalls of the advertising and homemaking world of the 1960’s always in fabulous and impeccable style. In fact, it was the painstaking authenticity of the show’s style that first drew in many viewers like myself. The dresses, the suits, the hats and gloves all harken back to a time that is hard for most of us to imagine and mesmerizing to see on the screen. We run to the grocery store in yoga pants, not our Sunday best. We have a different sense of occasion and we almost never wear hats unless they’re wool with a pompon on top and probably emblazoned with a sports team. Of course the acting was also superb and the drama intense, but the show owes more than a bit of its success to the sets and the costumes and so in homage to the show’s backbone I have created a Mad Men inspired wedding that I would love to be invited to.
A Swanky Mid Century Cocktail Lounge
This gorgeous couch courtesy of Joybrid would look perfect in the cocktail lounge portion of your wedding reception because let’s face it, if you’re having a Mad Men style wedding there has to be a cocktail lounge and strong cocktails to match. The mustard color is so evocative of the 60’s era, and the sleek design is just begging for the happy couple to pose for a retro pic on it.
Geometric & Abstract Patterns
Mid Century patterns are all the rage and available everywhere. You can buy a roll of wallpaper or a few yards of fabric and create a great backdrop for your ceremony. You can stencil a quick geometric pattern onto your cocktail napkins, your invitations or your placards. Not to mention the fact that Ikea, the mecca for all things chic and inexpensive has an extensive selection of retro inspired items like this serving tray. Totally mod, and bright and fun and perfect to carry those old-fashionends.
The Right Dresses
You and your guests can have so much fun coming up with what to wear. There are so many options for vintage inspired outfits and they are easier to find than you think although sadly not for $30. You can go the super sophisticated route with a great full-skirted tea length dress, white gloves, and a little hat. Or you can go funky and modern with a sleeveless shift dress in a bright color and pattern.