Thursday, July 29, 2010

10 Essential Items for a 1920s Wedding

Today I have a guest post from Diane Ferraro, who works for a jewelry company started in the 1920s. She has some different suggestions than mine for planning a 1920s wedding, so I hope my readers will enjoy a fresh look at the same old topic!

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Theme weddings are a popular way to spice up your special day. And what’s spicier than a 1920s theme with its flapper dresses and jazz music? If this sounds perfect to you then there are 10 essential items that you will need:

1) The Proper Attire for a 1920s Wedding
The clothing that you choose to wear for your wedding will be the most important part of creating the theme. This likely means choosing a simple, straight dress and seamed stockings for her and a cool zoot suit for him. Your wedding party should be dressed to the theme, too, with flapper dresses and zoot suits being the most common choices.

2)Just the Right Shoes
It doesn’t make any sense to have vintage attire with modern shoes. That would kill the effect. Take the time to find vintage shoes really worn in the 1920s. Searching online, finding just the right vintage shop in your local city, or even checking out eBay can be successful.

3) Accessories
You can go all out with flapper boas and feather headbands or you may stay classier with vintage pearls and simple veils. Pearls, diamonds, and lace are a great accompaniment as well.

4) Hair and Makeup
The bride is always the one at center stage in a wedding so it’s important that her hair and makeup be suited to the theme. For a 1920s theme this means a bobbed haircut, bright red lipstick shaped into a Cupid’s bow, very rouged cheeks and thick darkened eyebrows. The bridesmaids should be done up this way as well. Look at makeup and hairstyles of the 1920s, and choose the ones you think best fit your theme.

5) Music
Jazz music is an absolute must-have at any wedding themed to the 1920s. Broadway musicals were also popular at this time so a smattering of appropriate songs from musicals would also be suitable. Make sure that the wedding party knows how to dance the Charleston, the Foxtrot and the Waltz! If your wedding guests don’t know how to dance the Charleston or the Foxtrot, think about hiring a dance instructor for your themed wedding.

6) Drinking Accompaniments
The 1920s was the era of Prohibition but that doesn’t mean that people weren’t drinking. Set up the bar area of your reception to look like the beautiful underground speakeasies where drinking was done.

7) Flowers
This was one area where the women of the 1920s really outdid the women of today. They even went so far as to make bouquets out of ostrich feathers. Doing something along those lines would help make your 1920s theme seem more genuine.

8) Period Personalities
The great thing about the 1920s is really the assortment of extravagant characters that come to us from that time. From the mobsters to the movie stars, there were many people who were audacious and interesting. Theme each table around a different individual from that era (such as Al Capone or Louise Brooks). Decorate the centerpiece of each table appropriately to the theme.

9) Dramatic Colors
Think black, white and red. This is a great color scheme for a 1920s wedding. For example, your tables may be decorated in black and white tablecloths with bright red napkins on them.

10) Frivolity and Fun!
The most important thing that you need to have at a 1920s themed wedding is a sense of wild abandon and genuine fun. The 1920s were all about adventure and frivolity and having a really good time. It is this spirit that is going to make your themed wedding a perfect event!

About the Author:
Diane Ferraro is the Advertising Director for Robbins Brothers as well as a writer. Robbins Brothers provides a huge selection of designer engagement rings. You can also find the promise ring that you are looking for. Started back in the 1920s, the core value of the company is still "love the customer."

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