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1970s – Eras of inspiration

by | 28 October 2017 | Inspiration

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Eras of inspiration

The 1970s finds its way into our hearts and onto the catwalk season after season, so it’s no surprise it’s a popular choice when it comes to channelling some vintage wedding vibes. Individual style reigned queen in this era of hippie florals, floaty silhouettes and romantic fabrics – it’s the perfect combination for your special day.

Bohemian bride

The 70s extended the 60s love for free-flowing shapes, but this time with an injection of mother nature-inspired florals. Lace dresses will give you a soft and dainty feel, but embroidery and flowery accessories will really capture the time. Bell sleeves and Bardot off the shoulder dresses will also bring some dreamy 70s spirit to your look.

Those 1970s shoes

We all know the 70s were famed for their exaggerated platform shoes. But take a more delicate line with subtle platform heels or treat your feet to some comfort in a pair of wedges. Keep the palette soft with whites and creams and traditional rope covered heels, or go all out in the spirit of the era with glossy metallics.

1970s - bridal wedge shoes

Loose locks

The 70s were all about freedom, and this was reflected with tumbling tresses and bohemian inspired beauty. Subtle waves and half-up dos will give you that nonchalant but dreamy look, while big voluminous curls, Farrah Fawcett Flicks and statement headpieces channel the later era’s Studio 54 vibes.

Blooming bridesmaids

Think flower power when it comes to giving your bridesmaids some 70s spirit. Dress them in floral dresses for a romantic feel – you can even mix and match the prints to create a laid-back, festival look. If you’re more glam than flower girl, look to metallic floor-length dresses to recreate that late 70s vibe.

1970s - floral bridesmaids dresses

Statement groom

The 70s men’s silhouette was all about having fun – think bellbottoms, wide lapels and oversized ties. Take inspiration from the look but keep it subtle with double-breasted jackets, loosely tailored trousers and some pops of colour.

Image courtesy of Debenhams

Image courtesy of Debenhams

Retro decor

Prarie chic or disco doyenne, keep your wedding decor full of colour. Centrepieces are all about the flowers, but add to the look with floral tablecloths and vintage china. Keep it disco with mirror ball decorations and make it all about the dance floor, or channel the easy-going vibes with chill out areas and fairy lights.

Are you all about the 70s for your big day? Whether you’re planning now or looking for inspiration, let us know what you think of the theme in the comments box below.

About the author

Laura Feasey

Having studied journalism at the London College of Fashion, Laura trained in crafting features and articles, not only in the subject of fashion, but in lifestyle, art, travel and culture. For the last few years she has been writing for a number of clients, from holiday companies such as and lowcostholidays, to design retailers such as and Debenhams.


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