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!



At 10:39 AM, Blogger Kathy@TheFlawlessWord said...

Remarried to the same man, I hope! LOL I really like this whole theme idea too.

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

LOL -- of course! :o)

It is definitely a great theme, but our wedding was great too. No super-cool speakeasy setup, but most of the ladies (and a couple of the guys) came dressed in '20s garb. It was a lot of fun!


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