Almost 100 years later, the 1920s still fascinates us. During that decade, some of the greatest literary work was produced, fashion changed dramatically (including wedding fashion) and there was a general air of rebellion, thanks to the prohibition era.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the most famous novels of the era. The movie has reinforced interest in the ’20s, and so Today’s Bride talked to Jason Mercier, the general manager at the Glenerin Inn, for insight on planning a ’20s, Great Gatbsy-themed wedding.
Choosing your venue
Choose a location with an historic feel, says Jason. To celebrate the movie, the Glenerin Inn in Mississauga, Ont., recently hosted a Great Gatsby party. The Inn, built in 1927, has a classic look thanks to its exposed brick walls and high ceilings. In the novel, Gatsby throws many parties on his lawn and brides can mimic that when they choose their venue.
For a tongue-in-cheek site that reinforces the prohibition era, host your wedding in a speakeasy club or an older bar.
Giving your wedding that 1920s feel is all about the details. To really emphasize a speakeasy atmosphere, Jason suggests using props such as barrels for make-shift gin stills and a claw-foot bathtub to make bathtub gin. At the Great Gatsby party they served champagne in wide-bottom glasses, which he says is a simple prop that adds the perfect vintage touch.
What to wear
Focus on accessories. Women can wear gloves, pearls or fasteners, and incorporate lace, feathers and beading in their outfits — for example, a beaded clutch or lace gloves. For the gentlemen, wear suspenders, bowler hats or bow-ties, and look for a suit that fits slightly broader in the shoulders.
Give your entertainment a 1920s vibe too. If your venue has an outdoor space, set up croquet on the lawn or have a dance instructor teach Charleston dance lessons, a popular 1920s fast-paced dance style set to jazz music.
Commemorate your special day with a 1920s photo booth for guests. Stock the photo booth with ’20s fashion staples such as boas, bowler hats, gloves, pearl necklaces and fasteners.