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Kitsch Nineties Inspired Brewery Wedding

Amy and Ben, who met in Brighton and still live in England, wanted their January wedding to reflect their colourful, creative personalities so they went all out on the kitsch meets 90s inspired dĂ©cor. Disco balls, colourful tassels and streamers, painted flowers and kid’s toys were used throughout their brewery venue.

As Ben loves home brewing, a brewery in Myalup, Western Australia was an ideal location. They were even able to make their own and created a watermelon and strawberry flavoured pale ale for their guests to enjoy. They designed a logo for the beer that was printed on beer mats and beer runners, too.

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Intimate & Kitsch Madonna Inn Wedding

The Madonna Inn, located in San Luis Obispo, California, might just be our dream wedding venue. Perfectly pink, kitsch and retro, it was also the ideal location for Chelsea and Tim’s whimsical wedding too. They were married in July 2019.

“We embraced the craziness of The Madonna Inn and had a full on Madonna Inn wedding theme”, Chelsea began. “Since we knew that all of our guests would be travelling, we wanted to create a weekend space where everyone could stay, hang out by the pool, dine at the restaurants and mingle with each other and get to share in the bizarre experience of staying in one of the 110 unique rooms. Guests who had never met would invite each other to check out the crazy rock shower, their shag-carpeted spiral staircase or the glitter wallpaper in their room; instant ice breaker.”

The bride wore a dress made from vintage lace by Saldana Vintage with vintage hair pins and rings. They opted not to have a bridal party. “Tim and I really looked at all of what goes into a traditional wedding and boiled it down to what actually felt meaningful/memorable to us, what was an old trapping of superstition and what was done only for the sake of tradition,” she continued. “In this process we eschewed the bridal party, bachelor/bachelorette parties (we took a trip to New Orleans together instead), a wedding registry, being walked down the aisle and a ton of other things we felt didn’t suit us.”

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Retro Kitsch ‘Date Night at Disneyland’ Wedding

With its late 50s/ early 60s fashion and and a sugary pastel palette, Megan and Matthew’s super cute Disney-infused wedding day is a retro-lover’s dream. If you are Disney-obsessed, you’re going to be in heaven over this one!

Their theme was ‘Date Night at Disneyland,’ based on the weekend dance parties held at Disneyland in the 1950s. The bride said, “We grew up at Disney parks, got engaged at Epcot, and travelled to many Disney parks together. It would feel wrong for our wedding to be about anything else. Visually, we were really inspired by the late 1950s/ early 1960s, which was the golden age of Disneyland. Our single biggest inspiration was the artist Mary Blair and her seminal creation It’s a Small World. The dedication to our theme is what set our wedding apart. We made almost everything ourselves – the stationery, the centrepieces, all the dĂ©cor. My parents were really worried with how outrageous everything was going to be because when you tell people, ‘We’re having a Disney wedding’, they expect a big Cinderella dress and everything with Mickey on it.”

The bride said the ceremony was supposed to be outside on a deck at their venue, the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth, but the weather had other plans, “I had made pink and yellow tulle curtains to hang over us, and we purchased large balloons to guide the way. Unfortunately, it rained. A lot. We had to make the call to have the wedding inside, which ended up being OK. We kept the ceremony short and sweet. We wrote our own vows and sobbed the whole time. My bottom false eyelashes were all the way down my cheek by the end. Matthew’s vows were really thoughtful and sweet, and mine were goofy, which is classic us! We were able to livestream the whole thing on Facebook for our friends and family that couldn’t make it, which was really nice.”

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Married by Batman in a Kitschy, 1950s, Comics & Collectables Wedding!

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Wil and Sah’s Chippenham wedding was in two parts. They had their legal ceremony at the register office, followed by another ceremony for all their friends and family at their reception venue, The Old Road Tavern, their local pub…. Oh and their officiant was Batman!

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“We both love everything vintage and retro, particularly 1950s Americana and tiki, so that was a big inspiration”, said Sah. “Our flat is crammed full of retro toys, comics and collectables. It also goes without saying that Rock n Roll Bride Magazine was an endless source of inspiration! Particularly when it came to dĂ©cor and anything visual. We had a mish mash of pink, glitter, leopard print, My Little Ponies, Americana and the 1950s. Right from the beginning I wanted all the colours, lots of pink but also all the other colours, bright and kitschy and clashy.”

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1950s Retro, Tropical & Kitsch Wedding

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Eva and Jay’s cute ‘n colourful wedding was inspired by the 1950s, tropical motifs and a huge dollop of kitsch! “Jay and I both love vintage decor, vehicles and clothing”, said the bride. “We have a 1949 Chrysler, a 1970s boat and our house is all decorated like the 1950s!”

They got married at the State Fairground in Minnesota. “We have a lot of pride in our state fair so it was a fun spot. We did our first look in an alleyway by a bar and for ambience we got to hear two guys cussing each other out at the near by transit station! We encouraged everyone to dress up inn 1950s outfits and our cake topper was from Jay’s parents wedding.”

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The ceremony was super sweet and the couple sat on a swing that they’d added to their homemade arch. “My dad and I pulled up to the ceremony in an old car, 1955 Bel Air”, she continued. “It made for more of a dramatic entrance. Also I had my veil covering my face. My uncle was the pastor since that is his actual job in life. It was nice to have someone that knew us speak on our behalf. We also had an uncle, aunt and great uncle perform a song, My Romance by James Taylor. A family friend made a wedding arch with our names on it and he added a swinging bench to the structure so we got to sit and swing during the music. Our ceremony was more focused on laughter and love than the bible.”

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Kitsch & Colourful Wedding with Scottish Influences

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Kirsty and Michael’s wedding had lots of lovely kitsch details with a strong helping of Scottish heritage. “We wanted the day to be a big love affair of tartan and colour”, said the bride. “We started with the tartan and worked from there. Our house is full of retro finds and bits and bobs and we wanted our wedding to be the same. Our main aim was for our guests to have a brilliant fun day.”

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“I wanted to do as much DIY as I could, to save money and make it personal. I purchased each bridesmaid two necklaces. One to wear in its original state and one to dissect for parts. I used the bits to add to the shoes and hat bases. Using my trusty glue gun, obviously. I also made them each a hanger with their name on and I painted the invitations and programmes using watercolours.”

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Kitschy Byron Bay Wedding

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Shannon and Mark’s Byron Bay wedding had a 60s influence with just a touch of kitsch. The bride wore a custom made dress with a full blue skirt and a polka dot veil.

“The night Mark and I met we danced, drank a lot, ran amok and had thumb war battles”, she said. “We wanted the wedding to feel the same! We had giant lawn games and hired a double decker hippy bus to take the guests on a Byron Bay adventure on the way to the wedding. We chose a band that were so fantastic it felt like we were at a live venue, and everything from the ceremony to the pool at the end of the night were all about having fun.”

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“The styling was all done by me with a kitschy, sixties and pin up twist. There was astroturf table runners on the one long table and bright red perspex scroll signs. I made the favours which were pink vending machine capsules that I filled with salted caramels, a magnet, a toy animal figurine and an illustration of Mark and I drawn by my very talented sister. By the end of the night people were trading and stealing them like kids in a playground.”

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Retro Kitsch Summer Wedding

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Ben and Rosie’s fun-filled July wedding has a summer festival and retro kitsch vibe. “Above everything, we wanted our day to be fun,” said the bride. “It hard to pick one theme because it just turned out being everything that was rattling around in my brain! However we were inspired by the 1950s and 60s and anything cute and handmade.”

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“I upcycled plenty of things including the celebrity coconut shy, and the table decorations. My mum and I also spent 18 months collecting vintage bits and pieces like embroidered hankies and tablecloths from car boot sales. We also collected vintage plates from which I made the cake stands. During the planning I learnt that people are only too willing to help if you ask.”

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Retro & Kitsch Wedding at the Madonna Inn

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The iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, was the perfect setting for Jasmine and Kyle’s retro wedding in August. They wanted their wedding to reflect the 50s and 60s – an era that they both love – as well as to be colourful, pastel, kitschy and easy-going.

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“The main source of inspiration was the venue, The Madonna Inn”, said the bride. “The place is extremely colourful and playful in its design, and for the most part they’ve retained the charm that drew people to it in the 50s and 60s. My mom took us kids to the hotel a lot on our way to Disneyland and southern California, so there was a comforting feeling about being in a place that felt like from before I was born. I’m also German and there is something Bavarian and classic like a retro children’s fairytale book that I loved. I was inspired to incorporate marbled paper because of the dramatic rocks and minerals and gold rush theme of the hotel as well.”

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Colourful Kitsch Yurt Wedding

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Caris and Steve were inspired by everything they love for their wedding. So that meant flamingos, kitsch, traditional tattoo designs, Mexican day of the dead, 1950s B movies and octopuses – it was quite an eclectic day!

“We both love colour and knew we wanted it to feature strongly throughout the day, along with a sense of informality, fun and fiesta”, said the bride. “After visiting a few potential venues we realised that we would not be able to do exactly what we wanted at any of them (which were also way over our budget) therefore we would need to start from scratch with a blank canvas.”

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“We fell in love with a large 42ft event yurt made by Yurt Maker so we hunted around for somewhere to put it and eventually approached a local wildlife charity who owned the perfect field just five miles from where we live! They were totally up for the idea of having a wedding reception on their land, despite never having done anything like this previously and charged us a really reasonable hire rate and were just fantastic throughout. We were thrilled that rather than our money going to a corporation it was supporting a local charity.”

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Americana Kitsch in London’s East End: Anna Lee & Paul

Anna Lee & Paul were married in London in September. Their ceremony was held at Saint Etheldreda’s Church, and their reception – in two parts – took place at The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell and All Star Lanes in Brick Lane. “We dined on a mouthwatering fusion menu for dinner, and mini burgers, hot dogs and classic American cocktails at the after-party”, wrote the bride.

Anna Lee looked stunning in her gold gown by by Roland Mouret. Called ‘Wallis’ and inspired by Wallis Simpson, the opulent diamond-embossed design looked amazing on her. Clearly Anna Lee wasn’t going for a traditional bridal look. She wore Beatrix Ong shoes and instead of a veil or any jewellery, she had pearls glued down the nape of her neck. I just LOVE this idea. “I didn’t wear jewellery or a veil”, she explained, “but wanted pearls in my cropped hairstyle. So Angela, my hairdresser, had the idea to fix pearls down the back of my neck using super-strength wig glue! They held fast all, and were a real talking point.”

“Right from the start, doing things differently was really important to us,” she continued. “We wanted to do what felt natural for us, rather than what’s often expected or ‘the norm’. So, Paul met the guests in the pub for a pint beforehand, I chose to wear gold rather than white, we got up and did a speech together, had ten-pin bowling at our after-party and honeymooned in Texas. If we were to have a theme it would have been ‘A dash of cool London, a splash of kitsch Americana
 and a whole lot of fun.’ We met playing five-a-side football in Shoreditch, so – although neither of us is from London – it felt right to have an East End wedding. The city is a part of our history and set the scene and vibe for the day’s celebrations.”

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Backyard, Kewpie Doll Wedding: Sam & Brendan

Being parents to seven children, Sam & Brendan were always going to have a huge family-focused wedding. Their magical day was held in their backyard in Brisbane surrounded by their family and friends. The colourful wedding was laid back and fun and had a theme of kewpie dolls running throughout. They had them as favours, for the flowergirls to carry, nestled into the ceremony backdrop and even on the front of the wedding car!

The groom and his groomsmen had dinosaurs incorporated into their buttonholes and the bride’s bouquet was made out of brooches that she’d collected for years. Most of them also had great significant meaning to her and the family. The family also made the rainbow ceremony backdrop themselves. “We decided to have everything we love without worrying if things matched or were ‘tasteful’”, Sam explained. “Our aim was to have fun! I guess our theme was kitsch, confetti and fun!”

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Quirky & Kitsch Retro Wedding Inspiration

Vintage weddings are still all the rage right now, but sometimes it’s nice to see this trend in a different style. Which is why this shoot sent over by some Dallas based wedding suppliers and Nine Photography got me very excited indeed. They wanted to share the more retro, kitschy and quirky side of the vintage trend… and I love it!

“The shoot was instigated by Rita Rent my Dust and inspired by all of her amazing rental pieces”, photographer Kelli told me. “She has 100s of vintage radios and old record players, and she wanted to do a shoot that was fun and featured her very cool collection. So we took this shoot back to when Rock n Roll was born.”

The thing I love most about this set is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously… and having fun is what weddings should be all about!

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