Vintage Wedding Ideas - Back Veil With Bow

When it comes to fashion, classic chic vintage styles are beloved—especially regarding wedding attire. The 1930s through the 1960s gave us some truly stunning bridal looks. From hats to veils to gloves to unique gowns, sometimes the past can inspire just the right wedding look for today. If you’re currently dreaming about or planning your wedding day look, here are some incredible vintage wedding ideas to borrow from for your own big day.

Vintage Wedding Ideas - Wedding Cape

Wedding Capes

Definitely due for a comeback, wedding capes are unique and bring a fairy-tale like element to the wedding day. Most often made of tulle or velvet, wedding capes in the 1950s and 1960s could be removed easily, but were a big part of the bride’s ensemble. This is a great vintage wedding idea for fashion-forward brides.

Vintage Wedding Ideas - Short Wedding Dress

Short Wedding Dresses

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

Vintage Wedding Ideas - Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hats

Perhaps the most chic item on this list, pillbox hats are timelessly elegant. 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.

Vintage Wedding Ideas - Trailing Bouquet

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, and makes for a great vintage wedding idea. Long ribbons can add a sweet difference that makes your bouquet stand out.

Vintage Wedding Ideas - Gloves

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, often they are long and can be “too much”. With small, pretty vintage-style gloves, you’ll be adding an element of sophistication.

Vintage Wedding Ideas - High Neck Wedding Dress

High-Necked Wedding Dresses

Some of the most beautiful wedding dresses have high necks. Common in the 1800s, high-necked wedding gowns made somewhat of a comeback in the 1970s. This style isn’t seen as much these days, and that’s a shame, since it can be extraordinarily fashionable.

Vintage Wedding Ideas - Bridal Caps

Bridal Caps

Bridal caps have been seen from the early 1900s until today. When it comes to vintage wedding ideas, these caps are some of the most simple, sweet, and classic. Bridal caps had a spike of popularity particularly in the 1950s and early 1960s, and they add a very retro touch to brides’ ensembles today.

Vintage Wedding Ideas - Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly Everything

Widely regarded to be the most elegant and stylish 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: it’s simply stunning.


Hopefully these vintage wedding ideas inspire you and help you decide on a bridal look of your own. Remember, the most important thing when it comes to your wedding day look is to choose something that makes you feel beautiful. If you’re currently planning your wedding and you’re searching for a beautiful Los Angeles wedding venue, take a look at our space at Signature Banquet Hall—and contact us with any questions you may have! We’re excited to hear from you.