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Retro Bridal Shower Ideas

 If you are looking to throw a bridal shower, consider giving it a retro spin to take all the guests back to another decade for a fun way to enjoy this special time for the bride.

Something that never goes out of style is anything retro. From decor to fashion to music, old is new again! And a retro inspired bridal shower is no exception.

When planning a bridal shower, one needs to figure out all of the elements: the decor, the food, and the overall look and feel of the event. When planning a retro event, past decades provides whimsical ideas that you can incorporate into your bridal shower.

Check out these fun ideas from real retro bridal showers that you can use as inspiration.


DIY Pin Up Centerpieces

Offbeat Bride featured this adorable bridal shower shot by photographer Susan Sabo. This '50s housewife inspired bridal shower has plenty of fun ideas including this easy DIY pin up centerpiece. 



Image via offbeatbride.com


To easily create this for your shower, print out old pin up photos online and insert them into cute vintage frames. This table also featured a pretty glass vase with roses for an understated centerpiece idea. 


Glass With Some Class

One way to realize how times have changed is by checking out how dinnerware has evolved over the years. Glassware in particular has changed quite a bit and because our eyes are not used to seeing these glasses, they certainly will give your bridal shower tablescape a vintage feel. 




Emily Steffen captured this retro bridal shower that featured old school glasses in the tablescape but also in how guests sipped their beverage of choice. 


Go Vintage Crazy!

Other ways to get your event to be more retro is adding little touches throughout the party space inspired by decades past. Something Pretty featured this vintage pin up shoot that has lots of little gems for you to add to your bridal shower. 




We love all of the images that are retro elements including:

a strand of pearls displayed on a table

a mini clutch from a past era

flowers with placecards

old wire jewelry stand

vintage mirror

retro hair style


Encourage guests attending to jazz up their hair and wear dresses that are from the decade you are centering your shower around.


Drink Up A Little Nostalgia

One easy way to capture the good old days is by serving guests an old fashioned drink. This Italian peach soda recipe serves up a charming flavor that'll make you feel like you've experienced it before.




Incorporate some of these old fashioned yet still trendy ideas to plan a fun retro inspired bridal shower. 

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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