After last week’s blog about a Mod Sixties wedding theme, we got to thinking and decided that this theme deserves a Part II on the blog! Last week we covered fashion, music, and some cocktails. Be sure to revisit last week’s blog because we’ve added some great Mod Vintage dresses that were featured in January’s Seattle Bride. This week we’re going to focus on tips for decorating your Mod Sixties wedding, great food to serve, and activities to hold during the reception.
Mod Decor: The important thing to remember when you are choosing decoration for your wedding is to NOT choose the styles from the latter part of the 60s. If you are going for a Mod theme, there shall be no peace signs and no daisies. Art fads that should inspire you are Pop Art and Minimalism. Which means there are several great choices when you are selecting decor. A big piece like we posted above, would be a great backdrop for your top table, or the food table. Just make sure you don’t look at it to long, or you’ll get dizzy.
Pop Art, which actually began in the mid-50s in Britain, but really emerged in the 60s with artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Jones making it extremely popular in advertising and art culture. You could do a play off of Lichtenstein’s, “Ohhh…Alright…” piece and speak with your planner (us!) about putting your face in the picture to make it your sarcastic way to say, “Yes, alright, let’s get married today.” We love a little dark humor at a wedding. Use this image for your invitations, on your tables as placemats for your centerpieces, or hung from the ceilings and walls. Click on the photo source link underneath the POP! photo to get to a website that sells all sorts of Pop Art prints.
We love this beautiful dessert table that incorporates Lichtenstein-style art!
Food: Do yourself a favor and get a copy of the book Hors d’Oeuvre and Canapés by James Beard. This guy has a chef award named for him, so you can be sure to trust him. Throughout the 40s, 50s, and 60s, Mr. Beard was the consummate expert on food – his nickname is The Dean of American Cuisine, though he was one of the responsible persons to bring French cuisine to the USA. We love him for that! Though we can’t get Mr. Dean himself to cater your wedding (he died in 1985), we can suggest these amazing dishes from the 60s to impress you guests. Start with some elegant hors d’oeuvres. Fois gras, caviar, and paté are great staples. Just pair these with great toast and cracker options, vegetables, pickles, and a cheese board. Popular main courses from the 60s are Steak Diane, any version of Surf n’ Turf, Beef Burgundy, or Chicken Kiev. Jello molds were also popular, as were all these weird dishes, but we’re only linking 21 Truly Upsetting Vintage Recipes for entertainment purposes, not so you can resurrect these abominations. However, you SHOULD also visit THIS great website to view more ideas from Mr. Beard.
Activities: Thank goodness for the myriad of games and toys that came out of the 1960s. We’ve noticed a lot of couples actively coming up with great ideas for keeping their guests entertained at the reception. We love this trend! There is always a lull after the ceremony before the food is served and the dancing really gets started, so use these games to keep your guests happy!
There are plenty of options of toys and games from the 60s. Like Play-Doh, the Super Ball, and Pop Beads (the plastic ones that just pop onto one another!). The Sketch-O-Matic (or the modern version Etch-a-Sketch) would be great addition to your reception tables and would give your guests and opportunity to show off their artistic side and maybe leave you a great message in the process.
The gentlemen (or shall we say, boys, in this case?) will be incredibly ecstatic to see one of our favorite games of the 60s: Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Robots. These are loud though, so keep that in mind if you are not throwing “that kind of party.” Set up Twister in a couple corners of your venue and perhaps incorporate it into your Photo Booth! Your guests in twisty positions AND wearing crazy hats and carrying crazy props = PRICELESS photos for years to come.
At the end of your big day, after you’ve danced ’til you dropped and stuffed your face with delicious cake, then make your getaway on a classic motorbike. Be sure to get a picture like this before you speed off!