What was once old is now new again. There is always an insurgence of something vintage in the fashion world. Many styles from the past are time tested and have no expiration date. Every so often we will see a reemergence of the 1920’s flapper style. As for many things in fashion, what becomes vogue makes its way into the wedding realm.
Anytime you choose to utilize a trend or a theme into your wedding, you want to pay special attention to not grab a hold of it too tight. Doing too much can risk your wedding looking like just another party, worse yet, silly and out dated in just a few short years from now. Whenever choosing something off the beaten path, you will want to take just a few elements from the trend or time period. Then take those couple of things and really jazz them up.
Compiled below we have made a list of the top five ways to incorporate the roaring twenties into your wedding day.
1. Headpiece- The recent trend of large floral pieces or feathers could still be worn when deciding on a flapper theme. Hats are also a terrific choice for the bride itching to use the flapper style. A newsboy cap is a rounded snug fitting flat cap that could be adorned with jewels or feathers to really add flair. More popular would be the cloche hat. This hat is the epitome of flapper head ware. It is a snugly fitted bell shaped hat. Hence the word cloche which is French for bell. Made of felt and adorned with lace and beads the hats can be vamped up for an ultra-chic look or played down for a more casual feel.
2. Your dress- A flapper gown would most definitely have what is called a straight waist. This style shows no definition of the waist and is cut straight down without giving the gown itself any real shape. Quite often (but not always) the gown would be cut short near the knee. You will want your dress to hang off of your body in a loose, never tight fashion. The traditional flapper dress would have no sleeves and possible even be strapless. Fabrics would vary from thin breathable cotton to satins and silks. Go all out for a dress with fringe that moves when you move, or take it to the other extreme with very detailed lace and bead work.
3. Tableware- After World War I European influence was heavy in all things American. This includes tableware. Many households owned pieces of China that were crafted in France and Germany. This China typically had elaborate floral patterns. Art Deco also began in France in the 1920’s and its influence came here as well. This style showcased bold colors and geometric designs. Mix and match the too for a fun vintage place setting!
4. His tux- The groom’s tux should be exquisitely tailored to his body. A bow tie and pinstripes would be trends of this period that are acceptable to wear. So if you have a groom who loves the “classic gangster look” he’s in luck. As far as the jackets are concerned two buttons are typical. However, if you have a big and tall sized groom, a three button jacket would look wonderful. For a very formal event tails, gloves and a top hat could be worn. Keep in mind if you choose to have a white tie event this will need to be made known to all guests.
5. Decoration- Oranges and reds were very popular shades at weddings during the roaring twenties. Look for different size and shaped vases and place them clustered together in the center of tables. Use oversized daisies in vibrant colors and accent with baby’s breath whenever possible. Long draping’s of fabric and tulle with beads (to appear like the long necklaces of the day) will look stunning and are very affordable!