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Marry history and love as you take your guests down memory lane to the 1920s on your wedding day.
1921 Britain was a rising tiger re-emerging in full swing from the fatal 1918 flu pandemic.
Shocking styles, live music, and over-the-top parties filled the streets as a way to celebrate their victorious win against the deadly outbreak.
See how fitting this era is as your wedding inspiration, especially now that the entire world is trying its best to create new normalcy?
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The Great Gatsby: The Roaring 20s Wedding Theme
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You can't miss out on reading the words "The Great Gatsby" when you search for 1920s wedding ideas.
The bookworms recognized the term from the 1925 novel by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. But today, it's known to many as the 2013 historical romantic film co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann and top-billed by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Expect an old Hollywood aesthetic that makes anyone feel like an instant actor in a film with a Great Gatsby-themed wedding.
Eye-catching black and gold wedding details, such as a dazzling chandelier, neatly-folded table napkins, and creative menu cards, fill the grand ballroom. Over-the-top centrepieces with luscious feathers adorn the tablescape filled with food and drinks beautifully prepared.
The ceremonial backdrop has geometrical art deco details.
Wedding guests look regal and confident with suits and flapper dresses.
Jazz music makes everyone dance.
The 1920s Wedding Theme: Guest Attire
With your guests' fashion alone, you can achieve 1920s wedding feels.
Gentlemen can sport the 1920s look by creating a whole fashion ensemble mixing and matching any of these: silk or black leather shirts, suspenders, bow ties, and well-tailored suits or tuxedos.
Complete the Great Gatsby look with a vintage-style hat, a handkerchief, and a walking stick.
The ladies can look fabulous on your big day by showing off bold confidence on sleeveless sequined cocktail dresses and accessories such as layered pearl necklaces.
Even with a simple 1920s-inspired dress, any female guest can achieve the glamour of the 1920s. A touch of either a turban, a brooch, a cloche hat, a pair of gloves, or stockings can elevate any piece of dress.
But remember, no guest should upstage the bride and groom! So, make sure the 1920s wedding theme guest attire is a perfect balance of glamour and subtlety.
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How to Plan a Great Gatsby 1920s Wedding Theme
Take inspiration from the list below for your roaring twenties wedding.
Black and Gold Elegance
Let your guests taste the sweetness of that victorious win from the 1918 pandemic by serving a three-tiered 1920s wedding cake designed with black and gold details, such as geometric patterns and beads, and white feathers.
Fill each guest table with a festive table arrangement of shining and glistening cutleries, glasses with gold-lined rims and gold plate chargers. Create a statement with tall centrepieces made with greenery and white flora inside gold vases.
Let your guests know they are in for a spectacular and luxurious night with highly detailed wedding invitations. Use script and movie-poster-like fonts to write the details to make the invitations even more special.
Art Deco Wedding Styling
You can never go wrong with a gold and shining rock-crystal chandelier over the presidential table. With this alone, you can create a fancy vibe for your 1920s wedding theme.
Balance the black and gold wedding details by using white feathers as centrepieces. Combine these feathers with white or cream-coloured flowers for that sophisticated look.
If you are not a fan of chandeliers, try out using candelabras. They instantly give that vintage vibe.
The Sizzling 1920s Bride
1920s-inspired wedding dress
Embody drama and luxury as you walk the wedding aisle with your 1920s-inspired wedding dress. This piece from Galia Lahav features a triple silk crepe, sheer net back, lace details and cascading chains entirely embroidered with pearls and sequin fringes.
Bridal Hairstyle with Headband
The fun of recreating the 1920s wedding theme look doesn’t stop with your 1920s-style wedding dress. Accentuate your bridal hairstyle with a gatsby-inspired shimmering headband.
Make a daring statement with Adria Statement Earrings from Dareth Colburn. This pair of bold, beautiful and fabulous earrings are handcrafted with sparkling crystal gemstones and accented with delicate oblong pearls.
Partner your 1920s-style wedding dress and complete your 1920s wedding theme bridal look with this wedding veil from Veiledit. Be a head turner with this Great Gatsby, Art Deco, Vintage-themed wedding headpiece with cascading soft and flowy tulle side veil in white adorned with over 100 Swarovski crystals.
Spread the fun and outgoing vibe of the 1920s to your wedding party. Make them walk the wedding aisle and dance their hearts out in their sequins bridesmaid dresses.
Vintage Wedding Car Ideas
Take your wedding photos up a notch while riding any of these vintage cars. Imagine yourself as a newly married couple from the 1920s and snap 1920s wedding pictures.
1935 Ford V-8 Touring Sedan
The 1935 Ford V-8 Touring Sedan from Henry Ford features a lower and more streamlined appearance enhanced by a more sloped windshield. It also has an integrated trunk and a roomier interior.
Old Model T
Ride on the Old Model T and recreate the 1920s wedding vibe. Let everyone know you are in love while riding this open-hood vintage car.
Jazz it Up
How about mixing bits of old jazz and contemporary tunes from The Great Gatsby movie? We have a short list of songs you can include. See how your old and young wedding guests dance outrageously (but fun) to these hits.
* Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend by Carol Channing
* Young and Beautiful by Lana del Ray
* Let's Misbehave by Irving Aaronson & His Commanders
* Love Is the Drug by Bryan Ferry & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
* Bang Bang by will.i.am
* A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) by Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock
* Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin
* Over the Love by Florence + the Machine
Champion The Night with A Bottle of Champagne
Complete the overall vibe of your 1920s wedding theme by creating a champagne tower and taking a celebratory sip of champagne. Make a wish for you and your partner a lifetime of happiness and love.
Spending a night of extravagance and abundance can be daunting on the financial side of wedding planning.
Despite these two requirements for a perfect 1920s wedding theme, you need not go broke to achieve it.
Planning early and sending invitations ahead can help you, your guests and vendors achieve the glitz and glamour of a 1920s wedding theme without breaking the bank.
Above all else, your wedding alone, which is your new beginning, is already a close reminiscent of the 1920s, the decade of change and first times to life.
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