wedding trend ~ the great gatsby

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Although Baz Luhrmann’s remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby doesn’t hit the theaters until the spring, I expect some of you will be inspired by the fabulous atmosphere of the roaring 20’s. I know I am! And we are excited to bring you our version of this 2013 wedding trend at the Ancaster Wedding Show in March.

If you just love old Hollywood glamor, then you just might want to steal a few of these Great Gatsby inspired ideas! This trend draws heavily from the glamorous 1920’s, a decade of over the top parties. Everything from classic garden party receptions, art deco atmosphere, and decadent black and gold dinner parties…there is much to be inspired by. It will be hard for us to decide on which variation of the theme to create for our booth at the Ancaster Wedding Show.

The decadent set designs from all of this years up coming films and shows are sure to inspire bridal fashions, flowers, music and of course food and cocktails.


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There will be rich fabrics that really move with the body, like silks and chiffons for gowns. Art Deco jewelry embellishments placed in just the right places won’t be flashy, but add elegance and glitz for that perfect 20’s gown. Oh, and how can we forget about those lavish feathers! For your maids choose something tea length or a long fitted design. Be sure to include “garden attire” or “black tie’ on your invitations so your guests can dress the part as well.

For your colors, you can’t go wrong with metallic: golds, silvers, champagne, and of course elegant black or a mix of all. Emerald {which just happens to be the 2013 Pantone color of the year} is a fabulous accenting color that will anchor the rich lavish feel of the 20’s and 30’s.

Look towards the garden for bouquet flowers.  The always stunning and romantic garden rose with delicate ranunculus, full blossomed peony and sweet anemone with accents of trailing vines or maiden hair fern will be the perfect modernized look to the 1920’s bouquet.

The Art Deco era was lavish, but there was minimum floral decor designed within the tablescapes. Choose lavishly styled vases with over flowing feathers or big and bold hydrangea blossoms with tall dramatic fern fronds. Elegant crystal or silver candelabras draped in crystals and pearls with finishing touches of votive or candle sticks add ambiance and romance to the dining tables.

If you are wishing a more relaxed summer garden party atmosphere, there are many elements that you can incorporate into your wedding and reception that will have your guests feeling like they’ve just stepped onto the grounds of Daisy and Toms’  quaint georgian colonial or Gatsby grand mansion.

Plan for causal lounge seating on vintage furniture, lawn games such as croquet and lawn tennis, lemonade and other refreshing summer time drinks served in cut crystal glasses.  Serve a menu from a bygone era of pigs in a blanket, deviled eggs, tea sandwiches, and oysters on the half shell with champagne cocktails. Hire a videographer who can shoot in Super 8 for the vintage feel to bring this theme to life. To top it off, thinking about having Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in attendance with a private screening of The Great Gatsby playing somewhere on a large canvas screen in the back ground. To finish off the evening, hire a fabulous vintage car to drive you off into the night as newlyweds.

As always, happy planning!

P.S. Don’t forget to visit our booth at the Ancaster Wedding Show on Friday March 22nd, 2013. Can’t wait to inspire you all with our Great Gatsby themed wedding. See you all there!






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