1940s or WW2 Wedding Theme

Rustic ration chic is the word!

1940s ww2 wedding theme ideas moodboardA 1940’s wedding for many British , European and American citizens generally meant a low key affair with a practical theme. Costs were kept down due to rationing and low incomes with home cooking, handmade decorations and treats.

Weddings were also often arranged in haste at short notice as many men and women were being sent off to war.

Inspite of all that and rationing 1940’s WW2 weddings exuded an elegant chic ambience. This is the essence we aim to achieve with our 1940’s wedding planning ideas, invitations, supplies and moodboards. Please do contribute with your own ideas.

1940’s Wedding Invitations

1940s ww2 wedding invitation idea telegram vintage

ww2 1940s wedding theme invitations save datesBack in the day wedding invitations for a frugal wedding would have been handwritten in a feminine calligraphy style script, or printed using crude printing equipment and stamps. 1940s ww2 wedding save date invitations ink stampsFor todays ww2 wedding theme there are many options to choose from including vintage styled telegram themed wedding invites (as shown above, antique tickets, boarding pass style invitations and various photo invitations.    You can also purchase ink stamps with distressed style vintage fonts to create your own handmade save the dates and invites.

  • Vintage Wedding Invitations Elegant Flourish
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Vintage Wedding Invitations Elegant Flourish is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like rustic, wedding, vintage, elegant, swirl, scroll, and flourish stuff.
  • Price: $2.26
  • Vintage Wedding Ticket Invitation with RSVP 3.0
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Vintage Wedding Ticket Invitation with RSVP 3.0 is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like wedding, invites, vintage, ticket, invitation, custom, and wed stuff.
  • Price: $2.57
  • vintage wedding tickets with elegant flourishes Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable vintage wedding tickets with elegant flourishes card is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like vintage wedding tickets, ticket, wedding ticket, vintage wedding, rustic wedding, old, and wedding with rsvp stuff.
  • Price: $2.57
  • Vintage Wedding RSVP Cards Elegant Flourish
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Vintage Wedding RSVP Cards Elegant Flourish is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like rustic, rsvp, response, reply, wedding, vintage, and elegant stuff.
  • Price: $1.75
  • Vintage Wedding RSVP Postcards Elegant Flourish
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Vintage Wedding RSVP Postcards Elegant Flourish is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like rsvp, response, reply, wedding, vintage, elegant, and swirl stuff.
  • Price: $1.75
  • Glam faux gold glitter calligraphy vintage wedding Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Glam faux gold glitter calligraphy vintage wedding card is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like vintage, elegant, wedding, modern, gold, typography, and glitter stuff.
  • Price: $2.16
  • Elegant modern classic vintage wedding RSVP Postcard
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Elegant modern classic vintage wedding RSVP Postcard is designed on the postcard and would interest those who like elegant, vintage, wedding, monogram, modern, classic, and gold stuff.
  • Price: $1.10
  • Gold elegant modern classic vintage wedding Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Gold elegant modern classic vintage wedding card is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like elegant, vintage, wedding, monogram, modern, classic, and gold stuff.
  • Price: $2.16
  • The Ornate Flourish Vintage Wedding Collection Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable The Ornate Flourish Vintage Wedding Collection Card is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like wedding detail cards, wedding information cards, wedding insert cards, wedding accommodation cards, wedding direction...
  • Price: $1.96
  • Vintage Wedding RSVP Stamps Elegant Flourish
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Vintage Wedding RSVP Stamps Elegant Flourish is designed on the postage and would interest those who like rustic, wedding, rsvp, response, reply, vintage, and antique stuff.
  • Price: $22.85
  • The Ornate Flourish Vintage Wedding Collection Square Sticker
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable The Ornate Flourish Vintage Wedding Collection Square Sticker is designed on the sticker and would interest those who like script wedding stickers, romantic wedding stickers, elegant wedding stickers, wedding invitation seals, vintage...
  • Price: $5.00
  • Floral Gold and White Vintage Wedding Welcome Sign
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Floral Gold and White Vintage Wedding Welcome Sign is designed on the poster and would interest those who like wedding welcome sign, vintage, wedding, sign, floral, welcome, and gold stuff.
  • Price: $22.90
  • vintage WEDDING telegrams Card
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable vintage WEDDING telegrams Card is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like ticket, vintage, antique, telegram, old letter, sepia, and old paper stuff.
  • Price: $2.01
  • Vintage Wedding Save the Date Swirl and Flourish Postcard
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Vintage Wedding Save the Date Swirl and Flourish Postcard is designed on the postcard and would interest those who like wedding, antique, save the dates, elegant, rustic, scroll, and save the date stuff.
  • Price: $1.00
  • Glam silver glitter deco vintage return address Label
  • Merchant:Zazzle
  • Description:This customizable Glam silver glitter deco vintage return address label is designed on the label and would interest those who like elegant, vintage, wedding, monogram, return address, art deco, and glitter stuff.
  • Price: $3.20
  • Teapot Favor Box
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:When it comes to favors, the packaging is half the fun
  • Price: $18.95
  • Stacked Teacup Ceramic Bud Vase
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:Add whimsical charm to your tea party bridal shower with these stacked teacup bud vases.
  • Price: $17.00
  • Tea Time Frame
  • Merchant:Beau-coup.com
  • Description:These beautiful tea time frames are a beautiful addition to any vintage themed wedding or bridal shower.
  • Price: $17.70

1940's wedding dress

In order to save fabric and keep costs down, 1940's wedding dresses were fairly conservative and thin on embellishments preferring a family brooch for adornment to fussy sewn on lace and beads. Skirts were straight and sleeves were the fashion adding to a sense of formality as oppose to occasion. Here are some modern day wedding dress styles which may suit that theme.


1940's love songs and music

Amazon has a range of 1940's music compilations, ideal for a ww2 themed wedding. Swing tracks, Blues and lots of crooning! Also featured below are 1940's style decorations you may find fun to add to your special day!