The 70’s …Wow! Let face it there not a lot we can say about the 70’s, it was a pretty chaotic decade in terms of fashion… We can thank it though, for our love of Boho Chick… The 70s was the original Boho decade with Bell bottoms, beards and platforms. Mark Bolan inspired trouser suits, The Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever, the Village People and YMCA are all blasts from the past that make us smile! Last but not least the 70‘s wouldn’t be complete, without mentioning Abba and their fashion. Weddings of the 70’s were a mixed bag of trouser suits, Hippie Chicks, and towards the end of the decade saw the arrival of Punk! The 70‘s did see traditional white weddings but, dresses were more structured with simpler fabrics shorter veils and let’s not forget those platform shoes.
Nostalgic Nuptials continued…
70’s wedding flowers were less structured than a traditional wired bouquet, they typically were like a handpicked bunch of meadow flowers, and where do you think the flower crowns craze has come from? None other than the 70’s a decade of fashion do’s and don’ts… Now we think thats Groovy! The New Romantic 80’s was the decade we all loved. Bands like Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and Depeche Mode, were the original new romantic heroes with their stylish lace shirts, eye liner and popular music. The eighties was here, with the wedding of The Prince Of Wales to the then Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 and 10 years’ worth full skirts and frilly sleeves had arrived. Long lace trains, frills flounces and full skirts were the new look. Every bride from celebrities like Jane Seymour, to the high street chains all championed the look of Lady Diana, every bride wanted to be like the new princess. Her dress was the creation of David and Elizabeth Emmanuelle, a husband and wife team who had created the Royal gown. And their creation took the fashion world literally by storm, everything from wedding dresses to evening gowns was an Emmanuelle look alike. Flowers in the 80’s were teardrop wired affairs featuring stephanotis, lily of the valley, roses, carnations, gyp and variegated ivy. Princess Diana’s flower bouquet was a replica of the one made for Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840, the flowers were hand made by David Longman of the Worshipful Company of Gardner’s (now that’s quite a title!) Flower crowns and flower hoops for the flower girls, and 4 tiered wedding cakes featuring elaborate pillars completed the new romantic wedding look of the decade.
Hollywood played a part in fashioning weddings of the 90‘s with movies like Father of the Bride, Four Weddings and a Funeral starring Andy McDowell and Hugh Grant. Wedding flowers were routinely sheaf style featuring roses, gyp and ivy foliage’s. One trend that became popular in the later 90’s was the overseas wedding. Which saw Brides and Grooms eloping to warmer climates for their nuptials.