Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A great flapper wedding dress

The other day, I ran across this great flapper wedding dress.

The dress is an authentic style that looks very much like the flapper wedding dresses worn in the 1920s. They usually had fairly simple dresses, with long, elaborate veils to make up for it. Personally, I like the simple gown paired with a simple veil, but you could go either way with this dress.

Even better ‐ it's very affordable!

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Spring wedding season is starting

Today it was about 75 degrees in Denver, which reminds me that wedding season is starting. April is a great month for spring weddings, although the weather can be a bit unpredictable this time of the year, depending on where you live.

Of course, I'm a big fan of April weddings: My hubby and I got married in a 1920s-themed wedding in April of last year. We even had the ceremony outside, and — despite my deepest fears — the weather was perfect for it.

I still have a lot of posts to catch up on, both about my wedding and about 1920s weddings in general. Stay tuned for pictures of our spring wedding ceremony and other fun little tidbits!

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Friday, April 04, 2008

My 1920s hairstyle for my wedding

Back when I first cut my hair for my wedding, I posted pictures and a description of "my flapper haircut". Although some people like the cut and have thanked me for the pictures, others complained that it's not 1920s-enough.

I actually agree now (though I still don't appreciate some of the meaner comments); I had my hair cut several more times before the wedding, and the final cut was a much better representative of a 1920s hairstyle. Actually, that was the beauty of cutting my hair so long before the wedding — I had plenty of time to perfect the look.

Below are pictures of my 1920s hairstyle on the day of my wedding. I think you'll agree that this cut made a much better flapper hairstyle:

1920s hairstyle

The cut was a blunt cut, with some texturing to cut down on the bulk in my thick, naturally curly hair. The sides and front were a little shorter than the back, which was a mistake on the part of my hairdresser, but actually worked out quite well.

1920s hairstyle

The next picture shows a side view of my 1920s haircut. Although it looks like I did loose 1920s finger waves in my hair, my hair — which is naturally curly — actually did this on its own.

1920s finger waves

The haircut looked really flapper-esque with my 1920s cloche, too. I love the little bunch of curls visible on each side:

My wedding cloche and flapper haircut

The lighting in this picture is fantastic, and with the 1920s hairstyle and the 1920s wedding dress, the scene has a very antique feel to it:

My 1920s hairstyle

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Speakeasy invitations and wedding theme

I recently ran across a blog with a great post on 1920s wedding theme ideas. One of my favorite ideas on the list was making your 1920s wedding invitations out to be passes to a speakeasy.

A speakeasy was where people could get together to drink and party during the 1920s, when Prohibition was in full swing. You could easily copy this exciting aspect of the Roaring Twenties by designing your invitations as passes to your speakeasy wedding, and even including a secret password that they would need in order to gain entrance.  Or you could include printed tickets with each invitation, which they will have to present in order to get into your wedding or the reception.

If you do this, I recommend you maintain the speakeasy theme at the wedding, too. Have bouncers instead of ushers, and make them demand the passwords or tickets from your guests before admitting them. Decorate the venue to make it feel exciting and perhaps a little illegal — have the reception in the basement of the venue, board up the windows, etc.

Another way to continue the speakeasy theme at the wedding would be to play on the "bathtub whiskey" idea. During Prohibition, a lot of people made their own alcohol in their bathtubs. Get huge buckets or — if you can — old-fashioned copper bathtubs, fill them with ice, and put bottles of beer, wine, and liquor in them. If you can find Coca-Cola or another kind of cola in retro glass bottles, you can also put them in there — Coca-Cola was big in the 1920s, too.

A speakeasy theme would definitely make your 1920s wedding memorable, to you and your husband as well as to all your guests. Just thinking about it makes me want to get married all over again!

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