Bride’s outfit: opt for a slinky satin dress with full length gloves and a Great Gatsby-esque hat or birdcage veil. Opt for details such as fringe, feathers, and old Hollywood vintage glamour.
Groom’s outfit: think tailored pin striped suits and tweed fabrics, they were all the rage back in the roaring 20’s and they’ve enjoyed a recent return to the fashion spotlight. Vests, bowler hats and loafers or brogues will suit the theme perfectly.
Bridesmaid outfits: flapper style knee length glitzy dresses with tassles and fringe detailing.
Accessories: source art deco inspired jewellery from eBay or vintage markets. Buy parasols for your bridesmaids to carry and vintage fur stoles to wrap around their shoulders if it’s a winter wedding.
Invitations: feature images of big band instruments such as saxophone, trombone, tuba, trumpet. Champagne was a big trend during the 1920s so these could be used as a graphic on the RSVP card, and perhaps a string of pearls.
Photography: Ask the photographer to use a sepia photo (gives an aged, vintage look) for some of your bridal party shots for an authentic 1920s look.
Hair: think short cropped do's with finger waves or curls.
Photobooth: Hire a photobooth for the reception, or if this is out of your budget DIY it with a velvet curtain backdrop, Polaroid camera and box full of fun props such as moustaches, hats to amuse your guests and create unique momentos of your day.
Decorations: champagne cocktail glasses (round shallow ones) were all the rage, so you could create a tower of glasses with champagne flowing down from the top glass to the bottom levels. Black and white colour schemes work well with jazz age themed weddings.
Music: A live jazz band is a great way to enforce the theme, and you should request that they wear 1920s inspired attire to fit in with the overall concept of your wedding.
Hire car: Hire a vintage Rolls Royce or similar car from the era.
First Dance: Do a swing dancing lessons with your fiancé before the wedding so you can surprise all your guests with a fun flapper-inspired dance.
Wedding Favours: DIY with homemade CDs containing 1920s jazz music.
Felicity is the publicist for Jazz Fever and launched this daily wedding blog in 2010 as a way of gathering inspiration for her own wedding, which has since been featured on wedding websites including Polka Dot Bride. She has taken that experience to help couples plan their wedding day and enjoys sharing her knowledge on live wedding music, photography, wedding gowns, vintage finds and DIY wedding projects.