Planning a Great Gatsby Vintage Wedding

Throwing a Gatsby-inspired wedding offers many possibilities in fashion, design, food and music to create an evening that even Daisy Buchanan would swoon over. Here are some top tips for planning the perfect vintage event.

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The Prep

When planning a vintage wedding theme, it’s great to let your guests know in advance so they can dress to match Vintage-style invitation cards are the perfect way to introduce the theme for your wedding. Try using a motif or monogram that can be used throughout the event.

The Entrance

Ladies of class really knew how to make an entrance in the 1930s, so channel them on your wedding day. A nippy little drop-top sports car or a luxury Rolls will deliver you to your wedding venue in style and create that effortless elegance that the period is known for.

The Outfits

The 1930s are famed for their stunning style, sharp-suited gents and lavishly dressed ladies. To create that authentic vintage theme, think waistcoat and tails or even a white dinner jacket for the groom and pearls, drop-waists and glittering embellishment for the bride. Check out Style and the Bride for inspiration.

The Music

For a classic vintage event, find a jazz group to serenade you with some big band numbers and get you in the mood. A live brass section will be sure to get your party swinging. Alternatively, you can try mixing it up with some inspiration from Baz Luhrmann’s movie soundtrack, with jazzy versions of modern classics that will get everyone on their feet dancing the night away.

The Food

Champagne, oysters, canapés and cocktails are all trademarks of the period. When planning your wedding menu, consider the food and drink of the era that you are trying to recreate. For some authentic 1930s cocktail recipes, take a look at The Savoy Cocktail Book, first published in 1930 and still a favourite among bartenders today.

The Decoration

As you almost certainly know, a colour scheme is one of the most important details in a wedding. A simple but beautiful scheme can tie together every detail of the event, while a badly thought through or over-complicated scheme will make your wedding feel patched together and random. For a vintage wedding, consider the luxurious, elegant and classy combination of white, black and gold.