The 1920s returned in style thanks to the screening of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. Such a theme means elegance and extravaganza, all embodied in precious and oversized jewelry, opulent bouquets and feathers adorned with crystals and pearls and, of course, champagne. In short, the perfect wedding for the glam couple!
1. Great Gatsby wedding – a story for your inspiration
The novel Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald, was brought back into the spotlight by the eponymous film starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Tobey Maguire, which was released in 2013. Since then, the alluring atmosphere of the 1920s has become a favorite theme for couples all over the world who wish for a bright and lavish wedding.
The novel (as well as the movie) tells the story of a mysterious and rich young man, Jay Gatsby. The action takes place in 1922, the narrator being Nick Carraway, a young man who has just moved to New York to make his life better and by chance finds himself as being Gatsby’s neighbor. Nick notices that his neighbor throws loud parties every night – a rather rare thing in those days when drinking was illegal.
Under certain circumstances, the narrator joins some of Gatsby’s roaring parties, where he begins to unravel, step by step, the story of this mysterious character. Thus, Nick discovers that Gatsby earned his fortune in ways that were not exactly legal, and that his goal was not popularity, but to attract the attention of the love of his life, Daisy, who is married to another man. A common thing in the literature of those times, the novel ends with a tragic scenario.
Despite the tragic ending, the novel’s detailed descriptions and the enchanting images in Baz Luhrmann’s movie are what inspired brides and grooms from all over the world to choose this special theme for their exquisite wedding.
2. Gatsby themed wedding – How to bring the 20’s back to life
What a wedding inspired by the roaring 20s should look like? A gorgeous art-deco location, special costumes and a truly bohemian vibe. Fine music, champagne, maybe a live orchestra full of charm and a lot of swing dancing. Everything has to be as lavish as possible, so the guests can witness an authentic vintage party.
2.1. The Great Gatsby wedding theme – location and decorations
When it comes to your Great Gatsby wedding venue, you can choose an elegant ballroom or a rented art-deco space. You can even choose a place abroad to destinations such as Cote D’Azur, Spain or Cuba. To get the perfect location, look for the essentials of the era: crystal chandeliers, gold details and architecture. But, no matter the location, your wedding will be amazing!
For a great atmosphere, it would be a good idea to have a few poker tables, as gambling was very popular at the time.
Here are some cool decoration ideas for a perfect 20s party:
- Replace table numbers with names of famous people from that era: Al Capone, Charlie Chaplin, Bonnie and Clyde, Coco Channel, Salvador Dali and many more;
- For a more authentic experience, opt for black and white photos. It will definitely be lovely to look back at these wonderful memories;
- In terms of table decorations, anything that says luxury to you can be a good fit. From a single orchid placed in a cylindrical vase, to a complex centerpiece with feathers and pearls;
- Other decorations to look for – ostrich or peacock feathers, lace, pearls, brooches, golden trinkets, chandeliers, glamorous candles.
2.2. Roaring 20s Great Gatsby wedding – outfits and dress code
Vintage wedding dresses have returned to the spotlight, being a symbol of elegance and femininity. You can opt for a molded long dress, either white, dusty pink or any other color that inspires you. Your focus should be on how it is adorned – look for details such as lace, pearls, beads, sequins and feathers. Combine them with a pair of gloves and an elegant headband as your veil and you’re ready to go. Get your inspiration from the movie, where the “flapper look” is very well illustrated.
The groom can wear a white suit or a tweed with a classic bow tie. To complete a simple yet sophisticated look, a hat, a white vest and a handkerchief in the pocket would bring Gatsby’s style back to life.
For an authentic party, it is necessary to initiate a dress code for your guests. Many details must be taken into account, so you do not want the aesthetics of your wedding to be affected. Let them know before the ceremony, preferably on wedding invitations. As themed parties are loved by everyone, surely your guests will be happy to have the opportunity to do something different from custom weddings.
2.3. Great Gatsby wedding ideas – cake and entertainment
The cake should be black or white, with golden or red accents and decorated with pearls and flowers. Serve the drinks in old, vintage bottles and don’t forget about the champagne. For a dandy look, groomsmen can have their own pocket flasks.
When it comes to entertainment, you can either play the movie’s soundtrack or choose a swing jazz playlist for a more dynamic and danceable vibe. Also, you can get a video projector and run movies and videos from that era.
That being said, a Great Gatsby themed wedding is a great opportunity to bring the fascinating 20s back to life. Lavish decorations, luxurious venues and timeless outfits – such an atmosphere can be anyone’s dream! If you want your ceremony and party to be perfect, ask for an offer now and let our professionals take care of every detail, while you can totally enjoy the best parts of your Great Gatsby wedding journey!
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