The 1940s were a time of change, and this reflected heavily in weddings. Quick wartime weddings meant brides and bridesmaids wore their best daytime dresses in A-line or pencil shapes with modest necklines. As prosperity returned, so did big weddings with their sophisticated formal dresses and large ballgowns for both bride and bridesmaid.
Today’s vintage themed wedding has many choices for the 1940s bridesmaid. While many brides choose to wear vintage style lace wedding gowns, bridesmaids can add a splash of fun to the party in classy pinup dresses. Mothers of the bride and groom typically avoid the pinup look and instead can opt for a traditional formal dress.
Here are hundreds of classy pinup and vintage inspired formal gowns for a 1940s themed wedding party. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view our gallery of bridesmaid and mothers of the bride dresses.
1940s Bridesmaid Dresses
Vintage 1940s Bridesmaid Dresses & Mother of the Bride Groom Dresses