DIY Projects and Ideas for Creating Retro-Style Wedding

Find ideas for putting together a 1960s-inspired wedding with a touch of desert flair. Projects include centerpieces, table settings, menus and cocktails.
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March 26, 2015
By: Camille Styles

Photo By: © ©She-n-He Photography

Photo By: © ©She-n-He Photography

Photo By: © ©She-n-He Photography

Photo By: © ©She-n-He Photography

Photo By: © ©She-n-He Photography

Photo By: © ©She-n-He Photography

Photo By: Photo by She-n-He Photography

Photo By: © ©She-n-He Photography

Color Me Retro

Set a midcentury modern table with a bold aqua graphic print and coordinating coral napkins. At each seat, textured white plates with geometric patterns, sleek gold flatware and retro martini glasses make a bright and inviting place setting. The dinnerware is from Wedgwood's Intaglio collection, on NewlyWish.

Succulents To Go

Punch up your dinnerware with a favor that's easy to DIY and brings a natural element to the table. Simply paint a small cardboard box, then fill it with long-lasting mini succulents. You'll create a focal point at each place setting that’s perfect for tucking a place card underneath.

Bright Blooms

Creating modern floral arrangements that don't look overly sparse can be tricky. The Byrd Collective used two rectangular glass vases to create monochromatic bunches of complementary flowers. By grouping together yellow blooms in different varieties, like dahlias, daffodils and billy balls, florals instantly take on a brighter and more contemporary look.

Make a Splash

Bring the table to life with a touch of kitsch. Goldfish bowl centerpieces are a great non-floral alternative. They are economical and easy to assemble and they are sure to keep the atmosphere light and festive.

Savory Starters

For a delightful first course, serve spicy shrimp cocktail with cilantro cocktail sauce in a retro martini glass. Guests will love the novelty of finger foods at a seated meal, not to mention the delicious flavors of this classic favorite.

Shaken, Not Stirred

Cool down in true Palm Springs fashion with thirst-quenching Harvey Wallbangers. Simply mix 2 parts vodka, 1 part Galliano and 5 parts orange juice, and garnish generously with fresh orange slices for a cocktail that’ll keep guests coming back for seconds and thirds.

Eat Your Veggies

The best appetizers are often the easiest to assemble. This arugula pesto with assorted crudité makes a colorful statement at the table and is the perfect way to jump-start guests' appetites. For an unexpected twist on tradition, slice vegetables lengthwise and display vertically in highballs and short glass bowls.

Bottoms Up

For a specialty cocktail that screams summertime, serve a refreshing brew of homemade sweet tea mixed with raspberry vodka. Strain into retro glassware and garnish with fresh mint and raspberries for an irresistible combination.

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