Awesome Wedding Ideas Inspired by the '80s & '90s

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film hits movie theaters today and these crime-fighting, pizza-obsessed heroes are making us nostalgic for the '80s and '90s! In honor of the TMNT release, we've rounded up our favorite trends from these decades. Cowabunga dude!

Neon
The '80s and early '90s were a time when eye-popping designs and fluorescent neon shades reigned supreme. Electrify your special day by adding a few pops of color to your wedding décor — the brighter the better! From vibrant invitations to multicolor floral arrangements and even a Lisa Frank-inspired wedding dress, these ideas pack a punch. 

neon invitations
Photo Credit:A Girl and a Camera on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly

rainbow lisa frank inspired wedding dress
Photo Credit: Sparklefide on Etsy

neon wedding accessoriesneon acke
Photo Credit: Gabriel Ryan Photography (left); Natasja Kremers Photography (right)

guest book
Photo Credit: Gabriel Ryan Photography

neon tablesacpe

neon bride and groom
Photo Credits: Natasja Kremers Photography on Polka Dot Bride via Lover.lyneon love sign
Photo Credit: Sweet Tea Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly

Suspenders
Steve Urkel may have been teased for his oversized glasses and suspenders back in the '80s and '90s, but now his geeky style is perfectly on-trend. Today, grooms and groomsmen alike are ditching traditional tuxedos or suits in favor of more laidback button-downs with suspenders. "Did I do that?" Yes, you did, Steve!

suspenders
Photo Credit: Farrah Allan Photography on via Polka Dot Bride Lover.ly
suspenders

Photo Credit: Kristin Rogers Photography on Inspired by This via Lover.ly

suspenders
Photo Credit: Adonye Jaja on Munaluchi Bride via Lover.ly

Crop Tops
Once the go-to style of '90s pop stars, crop tops are back and hotter than ever. If you're a bold bride that isn't afraid to show some skin, consider saying "I do" to one of these chic and sexy gowns. 

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Photo Credit Theia (left); Houghton (right)

Check out more daring crop tops and cutouts here

Plaid
Those that prescribed to the grunge trend that evolved in the late '80s were unapologetic about their carefree, comfortable style. For a fun throwback, incorporate a patterned bow tie or boutonnière. If you want to take it to the next level, plaid shirts paired with suspenders or a vest are perfect for a country wedding. Brides can try a more subtle look with the grunge-meets-glam dress pictured below. 

plaid invitations
Photo Credit: Michelle March on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

plaid bowtiehayley page plaid ballgown
Photo Credit: Michelle March via Lover.ly (left); Hayley Paige (right)

plaid groom and groomsmen
Photo Credit: Samuel Potter on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly

Denim
Who could forget Brooke Shields' infamous "nothing gets between me and my Calvins" jeans campaign? Denim is still a fashion staple today and believe it or not, you can easily incorporate it into your wedding details. A jean jacket is a fun way to top off your wedding gown and keep you warm on a brisk fall day. Or try DIY denim-accented centerpieces for your bridal shower. 

bride and groom wearing denim

bride with denim jacket
Photo Credit: Amy Nicole Photography on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly (left) Sarah Beth Photography on Glamour and Grace via Lover.ly (right)

denim decor
Photo Credit: JL Designs via Lover.ly

denim pillowdenim boutonniere
Photo Credits: Sparkle and Posy via Lover.ly 

Butterfly Hair Clips
Butterfly clips were a staple of every '90s girl's wardrobe and we think they're a perfect fit for boho weddings. The clips are made in every color you can imagine, so there is something to fit every bride or bridesmaid's ensemble. 

butterfly clips
Photo Credit: Spotlight Jewelry on Etsy 

butterfly clips
Photo Credit: StephanieEverAfter on Etsy

Food
Many new snack foods made their debut in the '80s and '90s. Remember the hassle of pulling off those tiny Candy Buttons without eating any of the paper, but always going back for more? From superhero pez dispensers to oreo pops with Madona-inspired lace, these deliciously fun ideas will satisfy any sweet tooth. 

80s dessert table
Photo Credit: J at Your Service 

twinkies and 80s moviesmadona oreos

Photo Credits: J at your Service 

candy
Photo Credit: Aaron Shintaku Photography on Inspired by This via Lover.ly

lolipops
Photo Credit: Keepsake Memories Photography

wedding pez
Photo Credit: Heather Kincaid Photography 

mario cake

mtv cake
Photo Credit: Coastal Cake Company (left); Whimsy Cakes via Flickr (right)

Fun and Games
On your wedding day, be sure to take the time to enjoy the company of your family and friends. More couples are incorporating fun vintage games at their reception. Guests will love reminiscing about playing them as kids!

wedding game
Photo Credit: Wilton Photography

i spy gamejenga
Photo Credit: Blue Moon Designs on Etsy (left); Young Hearts Photography (right)

TV and Movies
In our opinion, some of the best films and television shows were born during this era. Whether you loved Star Wars, Back to the Future, or Risky Business, there are lots of creative ways to pay homage to your favorite '80s or '90s movie or television show. 

star wars aisle runner
Photo Credit: "I Do" Aisle Runners

light saber entrancer2d2 groomsmen cake
Photo Credit: Juice Box Media (left); The Uncommon Cakery (right)

back to the future
Photo Credit: Delorean Hireback to the future
Photo Credit: Imgurindiana jones enagagement photos
Photo Credit: Diana Rush

groomsmen wearing sun glasses
Photo Credit: Craig Paulson Photography
say anything inspired wedding photo
Photo Credit: Christina G. Photography
friends cake
Photo Credit: Keyks Bakery 
fresh princefresh prince quote
Photo Credits: Lauren Nicole Studios

Tell us: Which of these trends was your favorite? 

— Mary Gillen


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