With the highly anticipated release of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’ merely weeks away now we are working ourselves into a frenzy of excitement about the gorgeous visual feast of Roaring Twenties glamour that no doubt awaits us. There has been an explosion of so called ‘Speakeasies’ popping up everywhere from D.C. to Dublin and Art Deco style has being rising up the trend barometer with both designers and the high street a like taking influence from the opulence of yesteryear in fashion, interiors and weddings so it’s the perfect time to incorporate some glorious Gatsby glamour into your big day!!
A Gatsby themed wedding is a very glamorous affair! And a very glamorous affair calls for a very beautiful dress! Big skirts were not high fashion during the 1920’s so chose a silky slinky number with some beautiful art deco beading if you want to stay on theme. Most bridal designers have included dresses with a nod to this era in their 2012 and 2013 collections but our darling of the bunch has to be Jenny Packham for the beautiful detail and beading on her collection that is so reminiscent of the era. A faux bob with finger waves and a beautiful headband will complete the look to perfection.
Bridal and bridesmaid bouquets of the 1920’s were traditionally very large sprays with a generous trail of leaves and ribbon generally carried overarm rather than in a posie, making modern day bouquets look rather small in comparison. Such a floral extravagance nowadays could be quite costly so a smaller posie of white or palest peach or pink flowers and greenery would work beautifully. If you want to add an extra touch of Gatsby to your bouquet add some feather or pearl details to the posie. For the men folk boutonnières were also kept relatively simple and in light colours.
Use paler floral hues also when carrying through the theme to your table and room décor. Accessorising tall candelabras with white flowers and dripping pearls creates a stunning centrepiece. Alternatively add some feathers to low flower arrangements and use strands of faux pearls as napkin rings.
Using the old school coupe champagne glass, create a champagne tower to greet your guests as they arrive; add a Jazz band; turn the lights down low or use candlelight to accentuate the ambiance and glamour and you and your guests will feel like you have traveled back in time. For the ultimate in 20’s styling add a fringe chandelier and gramophone to the mix.
Wedding Stationary; art deco style of course. And for the first dance….what else but a Charleston! x
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