33 Groovy Wedding Must-Haves: Your Ultimate Checklist

Ready to throw the ultimate groovy wedding that transports your guests straight back to the 60s and 70s?

Here are 33 groovy wedding must-haves to ensure your big day is an unforgettable celebration of love and retro flair! Get ready to groove down the aisle in style!

Whether you’re a fan of flower power, peace signs, or disco balls, we’ve got the perfect list to help you plan a nostalgic and fabulous wedding. From tie-dye invitations to a VW bus photo booth, these must-haves will ensure your wedding is not just an event but an unforgettable experience.

1) Set the Scene with Groovy Custom Invitations

Groovy Wedding Must-Haves Invitation with a blue and orange design
Groovy Invitation with a blue and orange design

Transport your guests back to the vibrant ’70s era with custom invitations that set the perfect vibe for your wedding day. These invitations are more than just a piece of paper—they’re a sneak peek into the unforgettable celebration you plan.

Embrace the ’70s Aesthetic

Infuse your invites with bright colors, bold fonts, and playful patterns that scream “70s chic.” Think tie-dye backgrounds and psychedelic designs that will make your invitations pop and stand out.

Playful Wording

Keep the tone light and fun with funky phrases like “Can you dig it?” or “Peace, love, and wedding bells.” The playful wording will inform and delight your guests, giving them a taste of the joyous event to come. 

Keep the wording playful and light.

Retro Imagery

Incorporate iconic ’70s images like vinyl records, peace signs, and disco balls to enhance the nostalgic feel. These elements will seamlessly tie into your wedding’s theme, ensuring your invitations are a cohesive part of your vision.

Coordinated RSVP Cards

Don’t overlook the importance of RSVP cards. They should mirror the style of your main invitation to create a polished and cohesive look. Coordinated details make the entire invitation suite feel well-thought-out and elegant.

Groovy Tunes

For an extra special touch, include a playlist of groovy tunes. This delightful addition will get your guests in the spirit of your ’70s-themed celebration even before they arrive.

With these tips, your wedding invitations will capture the essence of the ’70s and set the stage for a memorable and stylish event.

2) Retro Wedding Dress

Retro Wedding Dress
Retro Wedding Dress

A retro wedding dress brings a fun, nostalgic touch to your special day! Think of the classic styles from the fabulous 60s and 70s—puffy sleeves, lace details, and tea-length skirts for that perfect vintage vibe.

Sheer fabrics and polka dots will make you look like you’ve stepped out of a different era. Iconic styles like A-line and empire-waist dresses perfectly fit a retro theme.

Complete your look with vintage accessories like a birdcage veil or pearls. Whether you go for an authentic vintage dress or a modern one with retro flair, you’ll make your day unique and honor timeless styles.

3) Vintage Tuxedo

A vintage tuxedo displayed with 33 essential items for a stylish wedding

A vintage tuxedo can add a classic touch to any wedding. It brings a sense of style that never goes out of fashion.

The groom and groomsmen can look sharp and timeless in these suits.

Vintage tuxedos can be found at thrift stores or specialty boutiques. They often have unique fabrics and patterns that are hard to find in modern suits, making them stand out in photos.

Pair a vintage tuxedo with classic accessories like bow ties and pocket squares to keep the look elegant and cohesive. Vintage cufflinks can also add a nice touch.

Consider the era when choosing a vintage tuxedo. Styles from the 1960s and 1970s each have their own distinct charm. Each era offers different cuts and details, and the choice can reflect your personal taste.

4) Disco Ball

A sparkling disco ball hangs above a dance floor, reflecting colorful lights and casting a groovy atmosphere for a wedding celebration

A disco ball is a must-have for a 60s or 70s-style wedding. It brings dazzling energy to the dance floor!

Imagine your guests dancing the night away under a cascade of sparkling lights, creating a lively and unforgettable atmosphere.

When the light hits the disco ball, it scatters magical beams all over the room, adding a funky and cool vintage vibe. Whether in a rustic barn or a grand ballroom, a disco ball fits effortlessly into any venue, transforming the space into a dance party wonderland.

From the romantic first dance to the late-night celebration, a disco ball ensures every moment is filled with excitement and glamour. It’s a simple addition that makes a powerful impact, leaving everyone with memories of an enchanting night.

5) Funky Dance Floor

A colorful, pulsating dance floor with vibrant lights and swirling patterns, creating an energetic and lively atmosphere for a groovy wedding celebration

Every 70s-style wedding needs a funky dance floor. Imagine bright, colorful lights flashing in sync with the music.

It’s the perfect place for guests to let loose and show off their moves.

The floor itself can have a cool, retro design. Think bold patterns or even a lit-up floor like a 70s disco. A funky dance floor adds energy and excitement to the party.

Hiring a great DJ or band helps keep the dance floor packed.

They know how to read the room and play tracks that get everyone dancing. This makes the night memorable for all ages.

Setting up a few seating areas around the dance floor gives guests a place to rest between songs. Beanbag chairs are a fun and casual option.

Adding props, like funky hats or colorful glasses, can encourage even shy dancers to join in. These little touches make the experience more playful and fun for everyone.

6) Flower Power Bouquets

A table adorned with colorful peace sign centerpieces, adding a groovy touch to the wedding reception

Flower Power Bouquets bring a vibrant, colorful touch that screams joy and happiness!

Think bright daisies, sunflowers, and tulips all mixed together. This bouquet style connects with the earth and nature, perfect for outdoor or garden weddings.

The bold colors and mixed arrangements create a stunning visual impact and a fun, lively atmosphere.

Flower Power Bouquets can be customized to match any wedding theme but are especially great for the 60s and 70s. Choose flowers that pop and represent love and celebration.

7) Peace Sign Centerpieces

A colorful bouquet of vibrant flowers arranged in a retro-inspired vase, with peace sign accents and tie-dye ribbons

Peace sign centerpieces bring a great vibe to any 60s and 70s-style wedding. They can be made from flowers, wood, or even metal. Each material offers a unique look while keeping with the retro theme.

Placing these centerpieces on tables is a fun way to add color. Flowers can highlight the peace sign, making it stand out. This helps to keep the mood lively and festive.

Use fairy lights to add a magical touch to your centerpieces.

This adds a soft glow and makes the peace signs look magical, especially in the evening. Guests will love the gentle light and warm atmosphere.

8) Bohemian Bridesmaid Dresses

A group of colorful bohemian bridesmaid dresses hanging on a rustic wooden rack, surrounded by flowers and vintage decor

Bohemian bridesmaid dresses are perfect for a laid-back, stylish wedding.

They usually feature flowing fabrics and earthy tones. Many dresses have lace details, which add a touch of vintage charm.

These dresses come in various styles, like off-the-shoulder, spaghetti straps, or long sleeves. Soft pastels, earthy greens, and deep reds are popular colors.

Boho bridesmaid dresses often include floral patterns and simple yet elegant designs. They can be long and flowing or short and playful.

Comfort is key with bohemian dresses. The loose fits and light fabrics make it easy for bridesmaids to move and dance.

Accessories such as flower crowns and boho jewelry complete the look.

Mixing and matching different styles within the boho theme can add a unique touch. This allows each bridesmaid to show off her own style while keeping with the wedding’s vibe.

9) Tie-Dye Tablecloths

A colorful array of tie-dye tablecloths spread across a wedding reception, creating a groovy and vibrant atmosphere

Tie-dye tablecloths bring a burst of color. With their vibrant swirls and patterns, they can make your reception tables stand out.

These tablecloths are perfect for couples who want a bohemian or hippie vibe. They add a playful touch and are sure to catch everyone’s eye.

Tie-dye tablecloths also work well with simple decor. Pair them with white dishes and simple centerpieces to let the colors pop without overwhelming the space.

Your guests will love the unique look and may even take pictures to remember it. It’s an easy way to make your wedding special.

10) Vinyl Record Guest Book

vinyl record wedding sign in book
vinyl record wedding sign-in book

A Vinyl Record Guest Book adds a cool, retro vibe to any wedding. Instead of a traditional book, guests sign a vinyl record. It’s a unique keepsake that can be displayed at home.

You can choose a record that has a special meaning to the couple. It could be a favorite album or song.

Guests use metallic or white pens to write their messages, making it stand out.

This idea is great for music lovers. It turns simple well-wishes into a piece of art.

After your wedding, you will not only have beautiful memories but also stylish decorations that make your special day even more unforgettable.

11) VW Bus Photo Booth

A colorful VW bus converted into a photo booth, adorned with flowers and retro decor, parked at a groovy wedding venue

Imagine a classic VW bus at your wedding. It’s fun and always a hit.

Guests love hopping in for pictures.

This vintage touch brings nostalgia. It stands out and offers unique photo opportunities.

It adds a retro vibe to your celebration.

Inside the bus, props and backdrops make it even more exciting.

Guests can choose silly hats, glasses, and more.

This makes the photos creative and memorable.

The photos are instant keepsakes.

Guests can take home a piece of your special day.

Plus, you get digital copies to remember every moment.

The VW bus photo booth is a big conversation starter and adds groovy fun.

12) Bell-bottom pants for Groomsmen

Bell-Bottom Pants for Groomsmen

Bell-bottom pants add that perfect retro touch; they scream the 70s and can make any groomsman stand out.

Plus, they’re super fun to dance in!

Find Bell bottoms in various colors and fabrics. They help set the tone for your wedding theme, from classic denim to bright polyester.

The key to pulling off bell-bottoms is confidence.

Groomsmen who wear them should embrace the vibe.

They should be ready to flaunt those flares on the dance floor.

A well-fitted pair can make anyone look sharp.

It’s all about choosing the right cut and length.

Pairing bell-bottoms with the right shoes is also important.

Think platform shoes or sleek boots.

They complete the retro look and add extra flair to the outfit.

Consider adding funky accessories, like wide collars or bold ties.

These little details can make a big impact.

They help tie the whole look together and keep the theme alive.

13) Macrame Decor

A colorful array of macrame decor, including plant hangers, wall hangings, and table runners, set against a bohemian backdrop of dreamcatchers and woven tapestries

Macrame decor screams “boho-chic” vibe. These intricate, handmade designs are perfect for adding texture and allure.

Hang macrame backdrops behind the altar, at the photo booth, and around the venue. They add visual interest and make great photo ops for guests.

You can also use macrame table runners to add a touch of 70s to your reception tables. They blend well with both rustic and modern styles.

Macrame plant holders can display greenery around the venue. They add natural beauty and are perfect for both indoor and outdoor weddings.

Consider macrame chair decorations for the bride and groom.

These can be customized with initials or patterns to match the wedding theme.

Small macrame details, like napkin rings or bouquet wraps, can boost the decor.

They show attention to detail and add a cohesive look.

14) Love Bead Necklaces

A colorful display of 33 love bead necklaces, arranged in a visually appealing manner for a groovy wedding

Add a fun, vibrant touch to your wedding with love bead necklaces in bright red, blue, and green that match your theme.

Your guests will love wearing them as playful accessories, and they can also take them home as party favors. Imagine the pop of color they’ll bring to your wedding photos!

You can drape them around centerpieces or hang them from trees to create a festive mood.

 They’re affordable and easy to find at party stores or online, making them a budget-friendly way to add flair to your special day.

15) Neon Signage

bride and groom issing in front of a neon sign

Neon signage can add a fun and vibrant touch to your wedding!

With various colors and designs, matching them to your theme is easy. From hearts to custom names, neon signs will light up your venue in a unique way.

Your guests will love taking photos next to them. They make perfect backdrops for selfies and group pictures, and the bright glow makes everyone look fabulous.

You can use neon signs to highlight specific areas of your wedding, like marking the dance floor, bar, or entrance, making the venue lively and organized. 

They’re easy to set up and can be used indoors or outdoors. To make your sweetheart table extra special, consider hanging a neon sign above it.

16) Hippie Van Cake Topper

A colorful vintage van adorned with flowers and peace signs, perched on top of a wedding cake

A Hippie Van Cake Topper adds a fun and unique twist to your wedding cake. Its bright colors and vintage vibes catch everyone’s eye.

It’s a great way to show your love for adventure and the open road.

It’s small but packs a big punch in terms of style.

Perfect for couples who love the bohemian look, a Hippie Van Cake Topper brings a touch of nostalgia to your special day.

17) Festival-Style Headbands

A colorful display of festival-style headbands arranged on a rustic wooden table, with vibrant flowers and feathers adorning each unique piece

Want to add a cool, laid-back vibe to your wedding? Festival-style headbands are the way to go.

These headbands come in various designs, from boho chic to vintage. They are perfect for both brides and bridesmaids.

Festival headbands are super comfy to wear.

Made with stretchy, soft materials, they stay in place all day long, so you won’t have to worry about fixing your hair every few minutes.

They make great photo ops and add a fun, relaxed feel to the celebration.

Ideal for an outdoor or garden wedding, festival headbands work well with loose waves or braided hairstyles.

18) Lava Lamps

lava lamps

Lava lamps add a cool, retro vibe to any wedding. Their colorful, flowing wax creates a mesmerizing effect that is perfect for a chill atmosphere.

They come in various colors and sizes, so you can match them to your wedding theme.

Small ones can be used as table centerpieces, while larger ones can light up the dance floor area.

Besides looking great, lava lamps also serve as fun conversation starters.

Guests will love watching the wax blobs move and might even be reminded of the past.

Place them around the room to create a relaxed ambiance.

Just plug them in early so they have time to warm up and get the lava moving.

19) Psychedelic Welcome Sign

Psychedelic Welcome Sign for wedding

A psychedelic welcome sign sets the mood right from the start. Bright colors, swirling patterns, and bold fonts make it stand out.

Guests will instantly feel the groovy vibes.

Adding flowers or peace symbols can enhance the look.

It’s a great way to bring a 60s feel to the entrance.

Consider using neon lights or glow-in-the-dark paint.

This makes the sign more eye-catching, especially in the evening.

20) Colored Sunglasses Favors

A table filled with vibrant colored sunglasses in various styles and shapes, arranged neatly as wedding favors

Colored sunglasses favors bring fun and style to your wedding.

Guests can choose their favorite colors and wear them throughout the event.

These sunglasses make for vibrant group photos and keep everyone smiling.

They’re perfect for outdoor ceremonies or receptions.

Sunglasses also help guests stay comfortable on sunny days and add a playful touch.

It’s a gift they can use after the wedding, too.

Set up a display with different colors and styles.

Let guests pick their favorites as they arrive.

This simple touch can make a big impact and will surely be remembered.

21) Retro Candy Bar

retro candy bar at wedding

A retro candy bar will bring a sweet touch of nostalgia to your wedding.

Picture a table filled with treats like Pop Rocks, Pixy Stix, and Ring Pops.

Guests can pick their favorites and feel like kids again.

Use brightly colored jars to hold the candy.

This can add a lively, fun vibe to the space. Labels with the candy names can also be quite charming.

Some candy bars include classics like Tootsie Rolls and gummy bears.

Others might feature vintage finds like candy cigarettes and bubble gum cigars.

It’s all about what makes you and your guests smile.

A retro candy bar isn’t just for kids.

Adults will love diving into treats from their past, too.

It’s an easy way to add personality and fun to your wedding.

22) Peace and Love Cookies

Peace and Love Cookies

Peace and Love Cookies are a must. They combine tasty sweetness with the message of love.

These cookies have bright, colorful designs. Think heart shapes, peace signs, and swirl patterns.

Guests will love these cookies for their taste and their feel-good vibes. Place them on the dessert table or add them to the welcome bags.

You can even customize them! Add your initials or the wedding date. The designs can easily fit the wedding theme or color scheme.

These cookies are also a hit with kids and adults alike. They offer a playful touch to your wedding day, and if you package them individually, even use them as wedding favors.

23) Woodstock-Inspired Playlist

wedding guests listening to Woodstock-Inspired Playlist

Every groovy wedding needs the perfect soundtrack. A Woodstock-inspired playlist combines classic rock with laid-back vibes.

Start with Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” to set the tone.

Add Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” for some soul.

Include “With a Little Help from My Friends” by Joe Cocker for that sing-along moment.

The Grateful Dead’s “Truckin’” will get everyone dancing.

Don’t forget “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane to keep the 60s feel alive.

For extra fun, throw in “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane.

Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice” can add some high energy.

Finish with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Wooden Ships” for a chill vibe.

Mix these hits with a few more from the era, and you’ve got a playlist that will keep everyone grooving all night.

24) Fringe Jackets

A colorful array of fringe jackets displayed on a rack, with various textures and lengths, creating a vibrant and bohemian atmosphere

Fringe jackets bring additional fun and unique flair. They’re perfect for adding a boho-chic vibe and can make the wearer stand out.

Fringe jackets are also great for outdoor weddings where the weather might be chilly. They provide warmth while keeping the style game strong.

For photos, fringe jackets add a dynamic element. When you move, the fringes dance, creating awesome effects in pictures and videos.

Pair them with simple outfits to let the fringe shine. They look great with jeans, dresses, or dress pants.

25) Boho Tipi Lounge

A cozy bohemian tipi lounge with colorful rugs, floor cushions, and dreamcatchers hanging from the ceiling. A low table adorned with candles and flowers creates a relaxed and inviting atmosphere

A Boho Tipi Lounge adds a cool, laid-back vibe.

Picture a large tipi tent draped with fairy lights and filled with comfy cushions and colorful rugs.

Guests can relax and mingle in this cozy space. The lounge can have low tables with candles, plants, and small decorations. It’s also a great spot to take pictures.

Creating a Boho Tipi Lounge is fairly simple. Look for a nice tipi tent and decorate it with bohemian-style items, such as Moroccan rugs, patterned throws, and poufs. This setting will quickly become a favorite hangout at the wedding.

26) Dreamcatcher Backdrops

A colorful outdoor wedding with dreamcatchers hanging from trees, creating a whimsical and bohemian atmosphere. Bright flowers and vibrant fabrics add to the groovy vibe

Dreamcatcher backdrops add a magical touch.

These beautiful decorations perfectly complement bohemian and rustic themes. They can be hung behind the altar, at the reception, or anywhere else you want a touch of whimsy.

Made with feathers, beads, and woven patterns, dreamcatchers bring positive energy and charm. They catch the light beautifully, creating a dreamy atmosphere. Plus, they make great photo backdrops for guests and the happy couple.

They come in various sizes and colors. You can even DIY them for a personal touch. Handmade dreamcatchers can include elements like lace, ribbons, and dried flowers to match the wedding color palette.

27) Sunflower Arrangements

A vibrant display of sunflowers in various sizes and shades, arranged in rustic vases and mason jars, creating a cheerful and groovy atmosphere

Sunflowers are bright and cheerful, and their big, yellow blooms instantly add a touch of happiness and warmth to the decor.

Heaps of sunflowers can make a charming centerpiece. They can be arranged in simple glass jars or rustic wooden boxes, making them a great fit for modern and country-style weddings.

Sunflowers also work well in bridal bouquets. Combined with greenery and other flowers, they create a stunning and eye-catching bouquet that will stand out in photos.

They can also be used to decorate the wedding aisle. Lining the aisle with sunflower arrangements can create a lovely path for the bride to walk down.

Sunflowers are hardy, and last longer than many other flowers, so they look fresh throughout the day. Their bold color is sure to pop in wedding photos.

28) Funky Boutonnieres

Funky Boutonnieres

Funky boutonnieres add a unique touch to the guys’ attire. Typically pinned to the lapel, these small floral arrangements showcase personality and style.

Consider using bright and bold colors. Vibrant hues will pop against any suit or tuxedo. Fresh flowers like sunflowers, daisies, or succulents can be great choices.

Don’t be afraid to mix in non-floral elements. Feathers, buttons, and even small trinkets can create a fun and memorable look. Personalize each boutonniere to match the wearer’s interests or the wedding theme.

Using unique materials like fabric or paper flowers can also be a fun twist. These alternative materials can create lasting keepsakes for the wedding party. Funky boutonnieres are an easy way to inject fun into the wedding day.

29) Henna Artist

A colorful array of henna cones, intricate designs, and floral patterns on a table, with a vibrant wedding backdrop

A henna artist adds a unique touch to the 70s. They create intricate designs on the hands and feet of the bride and her guests.

The art of henna has a long history and is known for its ability to bring good luck. The detailed patterns are often personalized, making each design special.

Henna artists use natural ingredients, ensuring the designs are safe for everyone. The process is relaxing, giving guests a fun and memorable experience. A henna artist can be a great addition to make the day even more special.

30) Rainbow Wedding Arch

A vibrant rainbow wedding arch stands adorned with colorful flowers and ribbons, creating a groovy and joyful atmosphere

A rainbow wedding arch is a fun and colorful touch for any celebration. It brings joy and vibrance to the ceremony, making it memorable. This arch can be made with fresh or paper flowers, fabrics, or even balloons.

It’s perfect for couples who love bold and cheerful decor. Guests will be thrilled to see such a unique and eye-catching feature.

It works well for outdoor weddings, adding a splash of color to the natural scenery. Indoors, it can brighten up any venue, large or small.

31) Vintage Polaroid Cameras

An array of vintage Polaroid cameras displayed on a retro table, surrounded by colorful flowers and bohemian decorations

Vintage Polaroid cameras add fun and nostalgia. They are perfect for capturing instant memories. Guests can take pictures and print them out on the spot, keeping everyone engaged and having fun.

Polaroid cameras fit any wedding theme. Whether it’s boho, retro, or classic, they bring out smiles and laughter. They serve as a great icebreaker and conversation starter.

Couples can create a memorable guest book with these photos. Guests can snap a picture, write a message, and include it in the book, turning a traditional guest book into something truly special.

32) Patchwork Quilt Guest Seating

Patchwork Quilt Guest Seating

Patchwork quilt seating is perfect for creating your groovy wedding theme!

These cozy and unique quilts will add color and warmth to your guest seating areas, instantly enhancing the vibe.

Imagine bright patterns and mixed fabrics draped over benches or laid on the grass, giving your wedding a fun, eclectic feel.

Your guests will love the comfort and style of the patchwork quilts, which will make the seating areas inviting and memorable.

It’s a simple way to turn ordinary seating into a standout part of your celebration, perfectly matching your groovy theme!

33) Retro Arcade Corner

pinball machine

Set up a retro arcade corner with classic games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and pinball machines.

This fun addition will keep guests entertained and add a nostalgic touch to your wedding. Imagine the excitement as guests of all ages compete for high scores, rekindling fond memories of their childhoods.

To enhance the theme, decorate the arcade area with neon lights, colorful posters, and bean bag chairs, creating a vibrant, retro atmosphere. Provide small prizes for game winners to add an extra layer of fun and engagement.

This nostalgic arcade corner will entertain your guests and create lasting memories of your special day.

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