How to Style a Great Gatsby and Art Deco Themed Wedding Words and fashion styling by Fabulous Miss K. Venue Styling by One Curious Dream. . Photo by Karen Sage. Norfolk Brides
I love days when you get to know an amazing wedding stylist on Instagram and you arrange to meet up to plan a shoot. You know instantly you are on the same wave length when you say “I am thinking Great Gatsby meets the Kardashians” and she knows exactly what you mean! This how I concept of this themed shoot was born. I am delighted to have had an opportunity to work with Jo from One Curious Dream.
How to style a Gatsby themed wedding
So how do you go about setting the scene and get the right vibe if you want to re-create the Gatsby style for your wedding? Since the remake of the film, the 1920s style has been a popular theme for weddings with the glamour and decadence of the roaring twenties . Here are a few of my tips for getting the look for your wedding day:
Start with the invite – think gold and black with Art Deco lettering, clean lines and just a touch of glitter.
Your dress – one of the most important things of course – you can buy the most stunning original 20s dresses in vintage shops so give yourself time if you want an original. The key elements to look for in a 20’s style are drop waistlines, ¾ length, lots of lace and layers of fabric. Bear in mind that vintage is much smaller than today’s sizes and a 20’s dress will be very fragile so maybe look at a 70’s or 80’s dress that has the same kind of look to it. Many designers are now doing reproductions of this kind of style too so if you are not able to find an original, there are many alternative designer options.
Pearls and diamonds will add to the sparkle and evoke the look of the era so pile on the pearls – around you neck, in your hair or on your wrist, add a few ostrich feathers in a headdress or a feather boa. There will never be too many pearls for this look!
When it comes to your bridesmaids, think flappers and frills. You could dress them all in the same 20s style dropped waist dresses similar to your wedding gown. They can found from repro dress stores – there are various companies online and you can very often pick up similar styles on the high street too. Or, if you are after an original vintage versions – again look at 70’s or 80’s dresses that have the 20’s look that are easier to find/ wear and don’t cost quite as much.
Hair and make up – go for modern version of the heavy eye 20s look with a faux bob or pin curls to give you the glam of the era.
Get your groom and ushers into the spirit too – think bold colours, boating stripes, white tuxedo and bow ties and maybe throw in a straw boater for a cool look. Many hire shops now do separates rather than suits, alternatively try hitting the vintage or charity shops for an original or 20’s lookalike blazer or boating jacket. You can find narrow stripe ties or bow ties very easily and put it with a plain white shirt for a very dapper 20’s gent!
When it comes too styling the venue think crystal wear, golds and blacks to keep in with the theme. Feathers instead of flowers as the table arrangements or keep flowers simple and elegant with long stems in a tall vase. We used quotes in Deco style lettering around the venue taking inspiration from Scott Fitzgerald himself. Maybe, if you can find a few white feather dip then in gold paint, attach a place setting to each one?
Hunt around vintage shops and charity shops for vintage glass wear, decanters, old mirrors and other sparkly pieces you can find. We created a little area that guests could sit a chill with a cocktail or two – find some vintage chairs, add a few palms – real or fake to give a feeling of decadence.
Hire a jazz band or a gramophone with some 78’s and let everyone Charleston the night away.
Lydia Cooper. Loki London, Cathy Wilson and Barry Holme
St Giles House Hotel
Cambridge Vintage Bridal. The Vintage Shed, Big C Bridal and Fabulous Miss K Store
Little Pea Designs
Hair Design By Lisa
about the author
Karen James Welton
Karen James Welton aka Fabulous Miss K is a fashion stylist with over 25 years in the industry. Karen has a passion for vintage and actively encourages wearing vintage, as part of your everyday wardrobe and therefore, with her wedding services she loves to dress her brides in one of a kind vintage dresses.