Thursday, July 05, 2007

Throwing a 1920s-themed party or wedding reception

Planning the reception is possible the most stressful -- but most fun -- part of planning a 1920s-themed wedding. You want your reception or party to be Roaring Twenties enough to impress your guests, but you don't want it to be overkill.

Probably one of my personal favorite ways to make the reception really 1920s was to play music from the era in the background. It permeates the entire mood of the event, and is a perfect reminder of the night's theme.

Another tactic I used was to say on the invitations, "1920s costumes encouraged." I was afraid it wouldn't work, but guess what? Almost everyone dressed up!

Host a Roaring 1920s Twenties Theme Party: Resources and Ideas: This page gives advice for how to properly throw a Roaring Twenties party -- from everything to themes and costuming, to food and music. Many of the ideas will adapt perfectly to a wedding ceremony and reception.

What to Wear to 1920s and 1930s Dance Events: This page is a great resource for anyone who is having problems deciding what to wear. It may give you ideas for your dress or the wedding party's outfits; or you could send your guests the link to give them some help on deciding what to wear.

Other ideas:

Set up a speakeasy: This would be a fantastic, creative way to serve your guests drinks. Research the lingo and leave a "translation" card on every table to help your guests know how to order.

Serve soda in vintage-looking bottles: Drinks such as Coca-Cola were immensely popular in the 1920s, so selling retro glass bottles of soda stuffed in big buckets of ice will help to set the mood. Although I couldn't find Coke in retro glass bottles, you can easily find that in other brands. Try natural sodas, sold at newfangled stores such as Cost Plus World Market. IBC also sells their root beer and cream soda in authentic-looking bottles.

Teach the Charleston: Although I decided not to teach the Charleston at our wedding, if your guests are all younger and fairly athletic you might be able to pull this off. The idea is to hire a dance teacher to come and teach everyone the steps. Perhaps you can ask the dance teacher to tone it down a little so that no one hurts themselves. (Also make sure the venue is prepared for lots of people hopping around.)

Decorate with fans and feathers: Fans and feathers were popular with the flappers in the 1920s. Fans can be acquired pretty cheaply from wedding favors websites. Feathered boas, feather bouquets, and similar decorations can also be used to set that 1920s mood.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

1920s hat styles and sales

The cloche is one of the icons of the 1920s flappers, so many people who have Roaring Twenties-themed weddings consider wearing a cloche. You can do it like I did -- wear a veil for the ceremony, and a cloche for the reception -- or just wear the cloche the entire night.

Although I had planned this post to simply provide some links to help my readers research 1920s hat styles, there are so many good sales pages that I simply have to post some of both. I'll list the resource pages first, and the sales pages second.


Cloche Hat: Gotta love Wikipedia! Did you know "cloche" means "bell" in French? The name refers to the unique bell shape of these hats.

Hats and Hair Fashion History 1920-1930: This page offers a detailed history of the cloche or flapper hat. Event though the style is associated with the Roaring Twenties, the cloche apparently was popular between 1908 and 1933. The same site also offers pictures of cloche hats throughout the years.

Vintage Hats 1920-1930: This page offers a brief description of 1920s-style hats, as well as a small picture of a real vintage hat.


Cloche Couture/Berti Borrell on eBay: Of all the 1920s reproduction flapper hats that I have seen, this designer has the best. They are SO flapper-like, but the styles are also ones that you could easily wear to make a modern statement. To see the hats Berti has listed on ebay currently, click here.

Darna's East Angel Harbor Hat Shop - Flapper Hats: This page is a lot of fun. The designer has some truly beautiful flapper-inspired hats, and the music that plays for the first minute or so makes me want to get up and dance.

Davenport & Co. - 1920s and 1930s hats: While a little plain Jane, this page has some really great authentic vintage 1920s and 1930s hats!


Monday, July 02, 2007

Are you having a Titanic-themed wedding?

Ten months ago -- long before my April wedding -- I posted pictures of my 1920s wedding dress and the fab flapper dress I had also found. I also mentioned that I found both of these beautiful garments at La Belle Vintage, an eBay store run by a truly terrific seller.

Well, I paid another visit to La Belle Vintage, and found that the seller has another vintage wedding dress for sale. Instead of being from the 1920s, this one is from the Titanic era in the early teens. This dress is amazing! Not only is it in beautiful condition, but it also comes as part of an ensemble: the shoes, parasol, and four pieces of original jewelry are all included. You have to check out the dress's train, too -- it is really fantastic!

I know a Titanic-era wedding dress is a little off-topic for my 1920s wedding blog, but it still is an authentic vintage gown, for those who are looking for that kind of thing. At any rate, I thought I would pass it on, in case any of my blog's visitors are interested in doing a Titanic-themed wedding, instead.

For more information about the seller or to see La Belle Vintage's other vintage clothes and jewelry, you can visit the eBay store or the La Belle Vintage MySpace page.