Meaningful weddings that express a couple’s tastes, hobbies and personality will be one of 2022’s biggest wedding trends, reports Wed Inspire, so if you live, breathe, and exist for the 1980s then it’s time to be yourself and throw a 1980s wedding that will go down in history. Choosing this theme is tantamount to a good time, since the colourful fashion, lively music, and unique hairdos of the 1980s are the stuff that legends are made of. To ensure your guests are “dancing on the ceiling” “all night long”, make sure you tick the following boxes.
1980s Inspired Music
Arguably the “make or break” aspect of any great 1980s inspired event is the music so make sure to create a playlist that will keep guests on the dancefloor. Classics like ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘Bust A Move’, ‘Push It!’, ‘Beat It’, ‘Walking on Sunshine’, and ‘It’s Raining Men’ cannot be absent from this list. If your budget permits it, hire a band that will play a select list of classics, and supplement their playlist with a list for the DJ or playlist creator to work from. Consider hiring a tribute band that will concentrate on music by your favourite artist—be it Queen, Madonna, or Salt-N-Pepa.
The 1980s were all about bold, vivid colour. Colour blocking in attire was huge and jewellery also became a little more experimental. Engagement rings tend to be classical so they can stand the test of time. That is, styles such as eternity-style bands, princess-cut solitaires, and halos are always popular. However, you can pay homage to the 1980s by choosing gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, tsavorites, or tanzanites. Men’s wedding bands don’t have to be boring, either. You can choose black and blue engraved bands, bands with colourful sapphires set deep into the centre of their ring, or bands with stunning rose gold inlays for something a little more creative.
Setting the Dress Code
When guests are invited to a wedding, many panic about what to wear. Dress codes can stipulate items that they may not have in their wardrobes—for instance, neutral-hued dresses and/or suits, all-black or all-white gear, or sophisticated hats. If your friends and family are as much into the 1980s as you, then asking them to wear something they would to a 1980s disco will up the factor and reduce worry and expense. Even younger guests from the millennial and Gen-Z generations will have no problem finding a few flashy 1980s style clothes (think big shoulder pads, double belts, studs, black and white chequered patterns, and bright colours like aqua, fuchsia, and canary yellow) at the nearest thrift shop. Make it all about fun instead of formality so that your guests look forward to the Big Day as soon as they receive your invitation.
Serving 1980s Fare
Food is one of the most important components of setting the mood in a wedding so make sure to include plenty of classic food from the 1980s. Couples celebrating evening weddings with plenty of dancing often offer guests an after-dinner snack buffet. This is the perfect place to include 1980s snacks like vol au vents, Sloppy Joes, seven-layer dip, barbecue chicken pizza, Planters Cheez Balls, and fruit roll-ups.
Themed weddings are all the rage, as modern couples seek to host events that express their hobbies and tastes. To throw a 1980s-inspired wedding, ensure your wedding DJ hire, attire, and jewellery are on point. Finally, offer your guests foods that hark back to the decade that gave us big hair, films like E.T., and of course, Lionel Richie.