Bridal Inspiration Boards #8 ~ 1970s Retro Disco Chic…

It's Friday morning, and that means it's time for another Bridal Inspiration Board! Yeeha! 🙂 Regular contributor Michelle Kelly of the 'Pocketful of Dreams' talks to us about her vision of 1970's Disco Chic.

I am totally loving the 70's trends hitting the bridal scene. I first predicted this trend would make a come-back this year back in January, and I witnessed some gorgeous 70's trends on the catwalk at the recent White Gallery {see my report in the next issue of Wedding Magazine}. 

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Everywhere you look right now you will have seen 70's style inspiration making a come back, from the glitz of the disco to the more relaxed boho-retro vibe. I absolutely love the 'disco-fantastic' seventies era as it was all about style, glamour and attitude. If you love the more retro 70's vibe then keep your eyes peeled as I will be featuring another 70's inspired style-guide on Love My Dress very soon.

1970s wedding disco chic inspiration


Style Vibe…

Seventies disco women were chic and sophisticated bombshells wearing masculine-inspired pieces mixed with feminine styling, like huge platform heels and statement jewellery.

The ambience was luxurious, think decadent, hedonistic jet-setter, sipping on cocktails in the finest bars and dancing the night away to Donna Summer.

The look is so totally fabulous and has ruled the runways and high-fashion editorials for a while and is now making it's way into bridal fashion too (if reports from the latest White Gallery event are anything to go by). But how can you translate the seventies-disco vibe to 'real-life' for your wedding and not end up looking like you're 'playing dress up in your mama's clothes?'.

1970s wedding disco chic inspiration

Style Vibe L-R: 1. 1970's Disco 2. Disco album 3. Travolta 4. Lauren Hutton 5 & 10. Harper’s Bazaar Spain May 2011 6. Seventies girl 7. Vogue Germany 8. mirror heels 9. Discoballs 11. Disco 12. Elie Saab Runway Paris 


Look Book…

The trick is all about bringing it up-to-date and taking subtle influence from the trend. Think jumpsuits, long halterneck maxi dresses, classic flares, bell-sleeves, soft structures and vibrant jewel colours. Shoes are all about big, the bigger the better from platforms to wedges. Hair should have luxurious waves and lots of volume.

Halston was THE designer of the 1970's, creating fluid jumpsuits, one-shoulder gowns and flowing jersey for the glitterati. So it's only fitting to choose not one, but two Halston Heritage creations for this bridal look. A gorgeous white Maxi Dress for day and a stunning Metallic silk-plisse gown for the dancefloor action into the night. Teamed with sky-high wedges, a metallic clutch and a statement necklace. This look will ensure you remain 'Queen of the Disco'.

Your maids would look fab in jewel-coloured Jumpsuits, platform wedges and this disco-ball inspired pendant.

I'm feeling a grey suit for the men with sharp tailoring, but ditch the ties, this look works best with open collar shirt, or even just a t-shirt.

1970s wedding disco chic inspiration 

Look Book L-R: 1. Halston Heritage White Maxi Dress £295 – Net-A-Porter 2. Halston Heritage Metallic silk-plissé gown £730 – Net-A-Porter 3. Jumpsuit £80 – Warehouse 4. Crystal Statement Necklace £174 – Martine Wester 5. Metallic Rouched Clutch Handbag, Silver £55 – Coast 6. Discoball bead £56 – Ernest Jones 7. Carvela Glitz Platform Wedges £112 – Asos  8. Miss KG Cairo Wedge Shoe £60 – ASOS 


Decor & Details…

The setting should be focused on glitz and glamour so choose interesting and luxurious surroundings that are a little wild.  Aynhoe Park (featured) is one such venue that combines classic, gothic and modern decor, providing a truly eclectic and spectacular setting for your disco-fever wedding.

Keep your canvas white with a subtle colour palette of metallic silver decor with minimal use of vibrant purple flowers to keep the look chic.  Then use mood lighting and mirror balls to create the funky disco ambience and as the dancefloor is the main focus of the party make sure it's one to remember. A White LED dancefloor like this one featured would look amazing.

For decor think glitter and sparkle, the disco-ball is your friend here so use them to excess, hang them everywhere and create decor items such as vases, signs and candle holders using mirror-ball pieces.

Instead of a wedding cake, why not give your guests a Glitterball cookie each, these ones have a ginger cream filling and look so sparkly and fab.  For the invitations you could take influence from funky disco album covers (like this one by Milky Disco) and send your guests their very own disco album invitation, full of the tracks they can expect to hear at your wedding to really help them get into the vibe.

4 Pocketful of Dreams, Seventies Wedding Inspiration, Disco_Decor and Details

Decor and Details L-R: 1&2. Aynhoe Park Wedding by Allister Freeman 3. Milky Disco Cover 4. 5. Purple Flowers 6. Disco vase 7. White LED dancefloor 8. Glitterball cookies

Now I am so in the mood to get my dancing shoes on, I just need an invitation to a fabulous party and I'm all set.

Michelle x

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Thanks so much Michelle :)  Visit Michelle's 'Pocketful of Dreams blog for more bridal and wedding day inspiration, and view more Bridal Inspiration Boards here on Love My Dress here. 

And I just had to add this super glitter-ball table centrepiece idea that my friend Cat Hepple used on her wedding day back on 08.08.08 – talk about a trend setter! 😉

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Coypright (c) 2011, Damien Lovegrove

glitterball table centrepiece

Much love all,

Annabel xXx


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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.