1920’s (The Great Gatsby) wedding theme
The 1920s was a time of great social change and wild financial speculation. It was the decade in which women first abandoned the more restricting fashions of past years. Skirts stopped at the knee, waistlines dropped below the hips and fabrics shimmered and swayed. Men abandoned highly formal daily attire and even began to wear athletic clothing for the first time. The 1920’s also saw the birth of Coco Chanel, great Jazz and spectacular architecture so it’s no wonder that this era is inspiring many young couples as they plan their upcoming wedding!
Here’s how to incorporate the 1920’s into your wedding…
Keep the invitations looking sophisticated and fun, but with an old time feel. Invites in gold, champagne, black and white, or silver with vintage block fonts work best. Extra points for ’20s images or you could use the book’s original cover and make your own invites instead.
It was all about elegance and you had to be able to move and twirl in it. Popular fabrics were chiffon, taffeta, satin, velvet and brocade topped with lace, flowers, beading, gems, tassles, sequins, ribbon, or other flashy embellishments.
When it comes to looking the part, accessories are key to pulling off this era. For guys, it’s all about cufflinks, a pocket watch, and a handkerchief for your coat pocket. For the ladies, be sure to don a headpiece underneath that veil and layer with pearls, velvet, rhinestones, jewels, and feathers!
Decorate using rich colours, bold lights, and shimmery decor. Think lavish extravagance meets sleek, retro sophistication. For the tablescape, choose items in black, white, gold, silver, and jewel tones — and don’t forget the luxe contrast of white candles and flowers.
The beverage area should be the centre of attention in a 1920s themed wedding, so deck out a bar cart or side table in vintage-looking barware, swanky bottles, and chic touches like a cocktail menu, festive streamers, and retro straws. We love the idea of using vintage gold frames and painting the inside with chalkboard paint — the perfect ambiance-setting signage for your place.
The 1920’s were all about overindulging, especially when it came to food and drink. Let’s start with the drinks, because even though the story took place during the Prohibition era, that didn’t stop Gatsby’s free-flow of booze for his guests. Gin was a staple in the speakeasy era, but try to make a few authentic cocktails, too, like a Mint Julep, Southside, Sidecar, Highball, and French 75.
If you’re serving a few apps, try your hand at tea sandwiches, crab-stuffed mushrooms, pancetta-wrapped figs, baked brie with pecans, triple deviled eggs, and shrimp cocktail. Serve savory chocolate dipped brownie cookies, triple chocolate truffles, creme brulee donuts, or a simple angel food cake for dessert.
To top off your 1920’s bash, switch out your top hits for swing music. Bust out that old fashioned record player and play some vinyls, or load your phone with all sorts of Swing-era tunes. Early jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter, Ben Pollack, Don Redman, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Red Allen, Roy Eldridge, Benny Carter, and John Kirby are staples for your Spotify playlists. Guests will surely get into the swing of things.
By Angela Fragiacomo