Glorious Gatsby Glamour

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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The Guestbook

The Wedding Guestbook has been a stable at weddings since time began ….or thereabouts!!!  They are a wonderful way of preserving the best wishes of your guests on your wedding day.  But if you are anything like me, chances are, post wedding, you will pack up your guestbook in a wedding memory box and there it will stay, only to be revisited once in a blue moon.  I’ll admit this makes me a little sad so today we are going to look at the lovely alternatives to the traditional guestbook which can be put to use or proudly displayed in your home.

First up are the ones that you can hang up!

Create a pretty work of art for your home together by getting your guests to write their messages on a canvas instead of in a book on your wedding day.  This is a super simple idea which is so easy to customise – in place of the ‘LOVE’ on the image below, you could add a heart, your initials, your wedding date, a picture…the list is as endless as your creativity.

The Fingerprint Guestbook, a popular feature on American Bridal blogs, is another great alternative to the traditional guestbook which can also be displayed as a beautiful piece of art.  Get your guests to stamp a colourful thumb print on a customised poster (or canvas) which you can frame afterwards.  If you aren’t blessed with talents in art, this offering is increasingly becoming available from wedding stationary vendors.  Just remember to provide some damp cloths nearby for your guests to wipe their painted paws.

My favourite of this selection is the gorgeous guestbook plate option … lovely vintage china plates adorned with heartfelt wishes from your nearest and dearest…. what could be more beautiful!!!


If you and your husband-to-be are old school games night kind of folk, why not have your guests sign puzzles or games.  There is a huge variety of personalised wooden wedding puzzles available online from ‘Etsy’ and ‘Not on the high street’ however as a huge Jenga fan, my big time love is saved for the Jenga ‘guestbook’.  Personalise a standard Jenga block by asking guests to write their well wishes or advice on the pieces and you can have fun and reminisce every time you play.  LOVE!!


Of course the guestbook need not just be about recording well wishes!  Why not ask your guest to provide tips and advice which you can use as a practical reference in your married life; maybe they can provide some unique ideas for date night or tips for a successful marriage or share their favourite recipes or travel destinations.  You can have your guests record these on coasters, maps, recipe cards or on just about anything that you can write on!  A beautiful point of reference created especially for you.  X



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Baby it’s cold outside…

Beautiful dresses usually don’t come with a thermal lining and a shivering bride is not a good look so today we are focusing on keeping Winter Brides warm and cosy during these cold and frosty months.

While the white or ivory fur stole or shrug continue to be the most popular choice for winter brides to keep the cold at bay, there are endless options out there to wrap up with.

The fur (faux of course!) coat instantly adds glamour and sophistication as well as being super snuggly.  White or cream are the obvious choice here also but more and more brides are choosing colours such as black, brown or blush to add beautiful contrast and texture to their overall look.



If fur is not your thing, why not consider an elegant cardigan in luxurious cashmere to keep you toasty.  For that added wow factor go for a bright pop of colour.  I love love love the red cardigan chosen by the winter bride below.


For something a little more edgy choose a sequinned jacket in gold or silver or go all ladylike with a tweed box jacket in white, cream or gold.


Whichever you chose, the result will be a super stylish, warm and toasty bride.


Mittens are optional!  X


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