If you've dipped a toe into wedding planning, you know that the wedding industry likes to talk about deciding on a "theme" for your big day. But before you start having flashbacks to your Under-the-Sea high school prom, you should know that wedding themes are a bit more sophisticated. It's about leaning on a few details from a style or era that can set the tone for the entire bash.
To see how it's done, just check out this wedding on Wedding Chicks, shot by photographer Steve Cowell. The couple worked together with event designer Jesi Haack to plan an inspired and authentic retro bash with plenty of mid-century modern details, like literally everything in the incredible ceremony space above. Appropriately, it all went down at the Frank Sinatra house in Palm Springs. You can spot a few details below, but nothing compares to seeing the whole wedding right here.
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That wedding is proof positive that, if you're a fan of mid-century modern at home, you can absolutely take that style and extend it to a few key details in your wedding. Or, all of them, if going over-the-top is more your thing. In that case, we've got the whole day planned out for you:
Send this invitation. (And the Eames stamps!)
Stationery by Pitbulls and Posies, featured on Wedding Chicks and shot by Steve Cowell.
Wear this short dress and this bubble veil.
Dress by Pure Magnolia in a wedding from Smitten Events on 100 Layer Cake, shot by Kirill Bordon.
And stand in front of a cool, geometric wall with your love.
This wall is at The Parker in Palm Springs, photo is by Michael Radford from this Style Me Pretty wedding.
Use these tiny Eames chairs to direct guests to their seats.
Don't sleep on the seating pun signage, either. From the Wedding Chicks bash designed by Jesi Haack and shot by Steve Cowell.
Then have dinner later seated in Bertoia chairs (at least at the head table).
Chairs from Industrial Revolution in a wedding from Smitten Events featured on 100 Layer Cake, with florals by Garden Party Flowers, shot by Kirill Bordon.
Put this hand-painted wood centerpiece on the table.
From Drops of Honey Designs, featured on Green Wedding Shoes and shot by Ellie Koleen.
And a few of these DIY Cathrineholm-inspired votives.
Get instructions on How About Orange.
Print your menus on wood-grain paper.
Calligraphy by Luminous Lines in a wedding shoot on Green Wedding Shoes, styled by Green Apple Events Co. and shot by Sposto Photography.
Sip cocktails from these DIY starburst glasses...
Get a tutorial here on Palm Springs Style from Kelly Mindell.
Don't forget to toss in a sputnik-shaped cocktail pick.
Another detail from the Wedding Chicks bash designed by Jesi Haack and shot by Steve Cowell.
Then invite everyone to take pictures in front of the honeycomb wall.
Party supplies never looked so chic. Another Jesi Haack gem captured by Steve Cowell on Wedding Chicks.
After dinner, serve desserts on a cake table that's actually an MCM-style desk.
It's the Mid-Century Mini Desk ($399) from West Elm topped with a cake by Cloud 9 and flowers from Ever After Floral Design, from a wedding featured on Magnolia Rouge and shot by Gianny Campos.
Might we suggest some mid-century-inspired cookies?
Cookies from The Cake and the Giraffe, shot by Kirill Bordon and featured on 100 Layer Cake.
Later on, invite guests to party in a chic lounge filled with MCM furniture.
Rental furniture from Modi Event Supply, featured in a wedding shoot on Green Wedding Shoes styled by Green Apple Events Co. and shot by Sposto Photography.
And after it's all over, get away with your new husband or wife in this spunky-sweet retro ride.
This is Pink Betsy, on loan for this wedding on 100 Layer Cake, shot by Kirill Bordon.