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Glitzy, glamorous – a Great Gatsby wedding theme has it all.

It’s classic, timeless, elegant and classy. And also very adaptable.

The recent “Gatsby” film starring Leonardo Di Caprio was a visual feast – and that’s just how your wedding could look if you choose this theme.

Set in the 1920’s, you can be inspired by the colours of the era. Think bronze, gold, silver, black and white as accents.

Let’s start with invitations

Consider your wedding stationery. This should follow an Art Deco theme from the go.  Theme your Save The Dates, Invitations, Menu Cards, Place Cards and Seating Plans along the same lines. Monochrome is a classic, easy to put together (read on and we’ll tell you more).

If you’re having an Art Deco wedding theme, you might like to also put a dress code on the invitations to get guests in the Gatsby mood. A 1920’s dress code isn’t difficult to put together. Men can wear black tie and women could opt for 1920’s style flapper dresses. Think of dropped waistlines, strings of beads, feather boas, jewelled headbands.

It could also be a fun way to dress your bridesmaids.

As for your wedding dress, there are plenty of vintage style frocks about that would fit the bill. You could opt for a long traditional gown but tea-length is pure 1920’s style and can be very flattering, particularly if you have neat ankles.

1920s style wedding gown

1920’s style wedding gown. Via Carolina Herrera.

Giving your reception the ‘Wow’ factor

This is where 1920’s Gatsby Style really can come into its own.

Think about having the ceiling of your reception room tented and hung with lights to give that atmosphere of decadence and luxury so evocative of the era.

Our stylists will be able to visit your venue with you beforehand and discuss your theme ideas – and come up with some thoughts you probably haven’t even considered. Better yet, they’ll also already have many of the props you’ll need to hand, so you can just leave them to handle everything and concentrate on the other aspects of your wedding. If you’re wondering who your nearest wedding stylist is, you’ll find one here.

Colours

As we’ve already said, black and white – monochrome – is a classic Art Deco look and the beauty of it is that it’s relatively easy to put together.

Our stylists could drape your room in white with black accents – or the other way around if you prefer. Maybe have the top table dressed in white – with black chair covers embellished with white ribbon for the guests.  Have tall black and white ostrich feathers adorning the tables.

White orchids would also look fabulous – maybe a spray of orchids for your wedding bouquet?

Glimmering pearls holding table sashes and chair sashes together – adding sparkle.

Black napkins – with white place holders on top.

The use of mirrors is also very Deco – and the trick of placing mirrors under your table centrepieces and candles is key here to bounce light back into the room and add depth to a display.

What you can be sure of is that our stylists will get the very most out of your venue and transform it into a 1920’s style set.

Entertaining Your Guests

For reception drinks, you could serve 1920’s style cocktails. Maybe ask your caterer to theme canapes along black and white themes (not so difficult – mini blinis with sour cream and black caviar are perfectly monochrome).

As for music, if you have a band perhaps they could play tunes from the 1920’s as the guests enter to get everybody in the right mood. Or the soundtrack to “Gatsby” which has some great music from Lana Del Ray and the Black Eyed Peas.

For your first dance, if you really wanted to set the mood, you could dance the Tango or Charleston with your new husband and enjoy your Strictly moment!

You might also like to have some Casino tables set up at the reception to entertain guests who are not so keen on dancing. Playing BlackJack and Roulette is very in the 1920’s Speakeasy vibe. Again this is something our stylists could help you with.

If you’re the sort of bride who’d like a theme for her wedding day that’s classic, adaptable and relatively easy to put together, then a Gatsby wedding theme really does tick all the boxes. 

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