Weddings we wish we’d been at: Raquel Welch and Patrick Curtis

On Valentine’s day 1967, Raquel Welch married her former manager and press agent, Patrick Curtis in Paris.  This was the year she starred in the remake of One Million Years B.C.; clad in little more than a bikini of strategically placed strips of fur, and at 26 she had become a major sex symbol.

The ceremony was performed by the deputy mayor Maurise Benoit. Afterwards they drive off in a Rolls Royce to a champagne reception for the press and then to London for a brief honeymoon. Film comedian Danny Kaye threw a star studded wedding reception for them, among the guests are Peter O’Toole, Mia Farrow and Christopher Plummer.

Celebrity weddings - Raquel Welch wedding cutting the cake via National Vintage wedding fair blog

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In typical swing sixties style, Welch wore a crochet mini dress teamed with a three-quarter length white fur coat and white shoes.  Curtis looked dapper in a double breasted suit and slim spotted silk tie.  The dress was very controversial at the time with the amount of ‘flesh’ it showed as she wore no underwear.  She was in fact wearing a body stocking underneath.

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As Life magazine published at the time:  Mini-skirt for maxi-publicity – Raquel Welch, 24, the calculating beauty of the movies, made the final needless adjustment to her appearance just before her Paris wedding to her manager, Patrick Curtis. The bridal-mini-skirt, a peek-a-boo crochet, created pandemonium as 100 photographers tried to crash the district town hall where the ceremony was held. Dismayed, the presiding deputy mayor shouted, “Silence, we are not at a fair!”- then charged through the ritual in three minutes flat.”

Celebrity weddings - Raquel Welch crochet wedding dress 1967 via National Vintage wedding fair blog

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Celebrity weddings - Raquel Welch and Patrick Curtis via National Vintage wedding fair blog

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The couple later visited the American Embassy to have the marriages made legal in the US.  Perfect sixties styling…we love it!

Celebrity Weddings Raquel Welch and Patrick Curtis Wed at the American Embassy of Paris National Vintage Wedding Fair

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Do you have any favourite celebrity weddings you’d love to see in this blog? Let us know.

Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Need some vintage wedding ideas? Come visit our vintage wedding fair in Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.

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Save The Date: 1960s

We recently have had our 1960s vintage wedding photos featured in Vintage Life magazine and on Love My Dress blog. Here is the article and photos.

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

 

The 1960s brought about a shift in attitude towards fashion which included wedding dresses. Designers recognised that a bride wanted a dress that was fitting for a church service, yet one that was also youthful and fashionable. Designers such as Mary Quant and Bellville Sassoon created Ready to Wear dresses in the early 60s which were a shorter knee length yet still with the fit and flare shape from the 1950s. However most brides still chose a full length gown with a fitted bodice and A-line column skirt, feeling the need to play it safe.

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

However in the second half of the decade bridal hemlines were short to match the daywear. John Bates designed a mini dress and coat for his Jean Veron label which can be seen in the V&A museum this year.

Despite its short length it was still felt to be appropriate for the occasion. Veils were short and puffy, worn on the back of the head. Another popular choice was a pillbox hat, a decorated skull cap or even a large rimmed floppy hat.

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

Daisies were everywhere – seen within the lace of the dresses, the veils, on caps making them the perfect choice for bouquets. Shoes were pointy, pale tights were often worn and hair was big.

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

1960s vintage wedding by Kate Beavis, National Vintage Wedding Fair and Binky Nixon Photography

 

Photography: Binky Nixon Photography

Model: Dakota Hunt

Hair: Lee Danagher for The Chiswick Salon and Cassie Collings, CeeCee Hair Extensions.

Make-up: Barbara Stepansky

Styling: Kate Beavis

 

Dresses: Glory Days Vintage, Story of My Dress and The Vintage Gown

Short Veil: Petite Lumiere

Long veil and cap: Truly Vintage

Pearl head piece: Cherished

Button Bouquets: I Heart Buttons

Jewellery and handbags: Your Vintage Life

 

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Everything Etsy! Five ‘save the date’ cards you’ll love

If you are currently planning a vintage wedding, or looking for wedding inspiration we suspect you will be quite familiar with handmade and vintage marketplace Etsy. Selling products from around the world it is a wonderful collection of bespoke items you just won’t find anywhere else, the hardest part is making a choice! Todays Etsy selection is five stunning ‘save the date’ card to make sure your wedding date goes into your guests diaries early.

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No one will be able to forget the date of your wedding with this super cute calendar style chalk board ‘save the date’ tag! Featuring a variety of fonts to create a distinctive design, this tag is hand cut after printing and the corners are curved to create a beautifully crafted item. The tags are hang strung with a rustic twine after printing and the corners are rounded for a retro look.

Etsy save the date cards - retro calender diary via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

 

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Do you want to give your future guests a cool ‘save the date’ that won’t clutter their drawers or cupboards? Send them one of these magnets which are a simple and stylish way to announce your wedding day, with the added bonus, that they’ll look awesome on the fridge!

Etsy save the date cards - magnetic magnet cards via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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We love Alice In Wonderland and these Alice inspired ‘save the dates’ are perfect for a vintage tea party style wedding day.  Its little details like the lined envelope that can make all the difference to a vintage wedding.

Etsy save the date cards - Alice in Wonderland watch card via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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How about these gorgeous vintage feel heart tags, hand printed with ‘save the date’ in black.  Each tag is finished with a natural string tie for your guests to tie to a handle or doorknob or to pin to a noticeboard so they dont forget!

Etsy save the date cards - heart tag cards via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

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These beautiful ‘save the date cards’ in the style of an old fashioned postcard could work so well at any vintage themed day.  Choose from lots of pretty styles and perfect for those who love the style of days gone by.

Etsy save the date cards - vintage postcard via National Vintage Wedding Fair blog

 

Our 5 Etsy buying tips –

  • Be clever with your search options. Use specific colour and shape descriptions as keywords. So instead of just searching for ‘pink dress’, search for cerise dress, fuchsia dress, pastel dress, blush dress, coral dress etc. Search every day as people list all the time and you don’t want to miss out on the perfect item because you didn’t find it in time.
  • Consider the location of your seller. You can buy globally on Etsy but factor in timescales, postage costs, customs charges and language differences.
  • Use Paypal. This will protect both you and the seller and provide you with extra protection in case of a problem.
  • Request samples. This one is particularly key if you’re thinking about co-ordinating lots of different products together, as colours can vary widely and photographs aren’t always accurate. Most sellers should be open to sending you small samples, especially if you’re willing to pay postage or a small fee.
  • Read the feedback and askabout the return policy. Check out what other shoppers have said as comments and reviews are a great sources of information. When you’re buying products sight unseen, there should always be an easy return or exchange option. Check out the seller’s return policy, and if it’s not on the site, feel free to ask about it.

Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Need some vintage wedding ideas? Come visit one of our upcoming vintage wedding fairs in Stoke Newington, London on 12th October and Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.

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