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The roaring 20s were a pretty special period of time. From Art Deco style to ultra-glamorous fashion, it was a super OTT era that we wish we were there to experience ourselves. While most people tying the knot these days weren’t even thought about in the 1920s, it’s still a time we can all get around and appreciate.
Thanks to the Hollywood blockbuster of The Great Gatsby, we’ve all fallen in love with the style and traditions of this time. Many classic literature buffs and Leonardo DiCaprio fans might envision a lavishly glam wedding to rival the likes of a Jay Gatsby extravagant soiree.
If this sounds like your or one of your buddies, we’re here to help you channel the glitz and elegance of the flapper era for the special day. To help bring you all the knowledge, ideas and tips you need to make this dream a reality, we caught up with our friends at Wicked Bucks. These expert party planners have put together thousands of events across the globe – including their fair share of Gatsby-themed weddings.
From jewelled headpieces and champagne towers to gold accents and venue choice, there are so many ways to throw a modern event that tastefully showcases a Gatsby theme. With the help of our professional party planners, we’ve put together our top five Great Gatsby wedding ideas for you.
Top 5 Great Gatsby Wedding Ideas
1. Opulent wedding venue
The setting of your wedding will be one of the biggest influences of your theme. While you can introduce the Great Gatsby style through decoration, event design and music, nothing will transport your guests to the 1920s like finding a super opulent weddings venue to host the big day.
It’s important to remember just how decadent this period of time was, and to find a venue that showcases the same sense of prestige. A glamorous ballroom or outdoor tent would do a great job of emulating the Gatsby theme. However, you can achieve a 1920s style in most venues – it’s just about how you design the space and showcase the elegance of the era in your own unique way. The party planning team also suggested looking into historical venues in your chosen location to really give a sense of authenticity.
2. Art deco invitations
Before the ceremony, the dress or even the venue, one of the first glimpses your guests get of your big day is through the invitations. Formal invites serve as the introduction to your big day, and offer the perfect opportunity to announce the Great Gatsby theme to everyone and give a glimpse of what’s to come.
Wicked Bucks suggests looking for designs with Art Deco-inspired angular lines, gold accents and an elegant type of font. It’s also important to consider the colour-scheme of these invites as this is not only a chance to deepen the Gatsby connection but can also set the tone for the styling and design of the big day. Consider using shades of white and cream, soft blush and gold or pearl accents to truly embrace the flapper decade.
3. Lavish fashion
It goes without saying that Great Gatsby soirees were a place to showcase high fashion, for women and men alike. In keeping with the maximal style, the groom could consider swapping a traditional black tux for a colourful suit in a luxe fabric, such as velvet. In this time, men often opted for deep green or blue suits – which can be an iconic statement today. Complete the Gatsby look by pairing this suit with a sleek bowtie and a pair of classy leather loafers to turn heads on your big day.
For the ladies, the possibilities here are really endless. When looking back on the era, women wore lots of lace, intricate hairstyles and full-length dresses. You’ll also find plenty of happy snaps of women in glam headbands, which is a tasteful and distinct 1920s vibe. Long-sleeve, beaded dresses are another crowd-favourite, especially those with detailed embellishments or sequins.
Believe it or not, even your tableware can serve as a decoration. To give your wedding day a true splash of Gatsby style, you’ll want to consider the glasses used to serve drinks. There are plenty of antique champagne, wine and spirit glasses that feel inherently unique to the 1920, particularly any that boast a rich emerald-green ombre colour pattern.
To take things a step further, you can also pair your tableware with the chairs used around your table. Keep an eye out for chairs that have geometric back shapes and classic gold hue for a truly luxe seating arrangement.
5. Champagne towers
Nothing says ‘Jay Gatsby soiree’ quite like a champagne tower. The tower of flutes filled to the brim with the bubbles of your choice are a simple way to ensure everyone can find a drink when it comes time to make a toast to the happy couple. The set-up also serves as a great decorative piece for Gatsby-themed weddings and can be further dressed-up with other styling pieces such as flowers and glitter.
The beauty of a champagne tower is that you can make it as big or as small as you like to suit the number of guests you have attending your reception. To kick-start the evening and set the tone for an epic night to follow, the happy couple may even christen the tower by pouring the bubbles from the top-down.
When it comes to planning a Great Gatsby themed wedding, the options are seriously endless. There are plenty of super simple and affordable options that will go a long way towards creating an authentic experience for everyone, without breaking your budget. To hear more about how you can make your dream day a reality, reach out to the Wicked Bucks team.