To celebrate the imminent release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby on the 20th May this year I have created an inspirational board for all of those wanting a Gatsby themed wedding.
The 1920s is one of the most influential eras in history and encompassed everything from architecture and art to fashion and music. The rise of the popular flapper style came about as hair got a lot shorter and so did ladies hemlines. In the wake of the First World War and the Suffragette movement came a new liberalism and it took over society with a grittier edge. Women were beginning to move up the pecking order and the move towards equality was begun, homosexuality was recognised in a widespread social understanding and the public’s general attitudes were changing. The politics of the 1920s was by no means perfect with mass corruption and a rise in crime and immigration issues but there also came a carefree party vibe which was fueled by the underground supply of alcohol during Prohibition.
The general view of the 20s is one of a non-stop, glamorous celebration, a one dimensional look at such a diverse era, which I’m sure will be the general feel of the new movie. I’m going to be hypocritical and touch on that aspect today but with a softer demure vibe. A wedding I think should embrace the glamour and the celebration but shouldn’t be too gaudy, remember that the day is a celebration of the two of you getting wed rather than an excuse for one massive fancy dress party (although that does sound like an amazing idea!) just step back and remember if you want a theme like this you don’t want it to look cheap. Its all too easy for your ideas to get lost in translation, especially if you would like the whole wedding party to actively participate, so to play it safe add some beautiful 1920s accents and give your wedding that sophisticated deco look!
Can’t wait for the movie to come out, fingers crossed it lives up to the hype, in the meantime, enjoy!
Credits from top: The Great Gatsby film poster; Leluxe Clothing; as before; KNM Photo Wedding Photography; The Vintage Wedding Dress Company; as before; as before; Her Curious Nature; as before; Ruche via Green Wedding Shoes Blog; Lipstick & Curls; Yolan Cris @White Gallery; as before; ArCar; Quite So, Downton Abbey; The Gifts of Life; Royal Steamline