One of the coolest things about people is that we have an ability to bounce back from hard times. So while the depression was raging in the 1920s, people were still having fun dancing to jazz and wearing outrageous fashion. It was a wild time for women and it is a fun atmosphere to recreate at your wedding. So if you’re a big fan of 1920s fashion or simply love jazz, you create an incredible Jazz Age wedding experience that you will never forget.
Dressing The Part
A Jazz Age wedding isn’t going to have very traditional dresses. And that’s just fine! It’s your wedding and you can do what you want. Try to find some loose-fitting dresses that still look great on you. Look for some white dresses made out of inexpensive silk, as these will fit nicely and will give your body some breathing room. You’re going to need a flapper hat to finish the look. These large hats are rather fun to wear and typically easy to find. Most high-quality wedding shops will have a themed dress and hat for a flapper wedding. The groom and his party can also get finely tailored zoot suits that recreate the feel of the era perfectly.
Here’s the fun part! Decorating your Jazz Age wedding experience will be a fun experience that gives you the chance to show off a little fun. Purchase some vintage signs, such as Sears and Prohibition banners, and hang them around the reception hall. It is particularly fun to place anti-drinking signs near your full bar. The contrast will make just about everybody laugh. You can also use streamers and other decorative items that recreate the look of the period. Your wedding planner should have a pretty good idea of where to find items like these near you. Don’t hesitate to spend a little money finding some pictures from the time period. Place these up and around the reception hall to create an unforgettable look.
Spend Time On The Design Elements
A good wedding deserves gorgeous stationery so work with a designer to incorporate the period into everything from your invitations to any day-of stationery. Spend time finding some gorgeous flowers to go with your tables. Consider getting some stunning napkins custom printed. Try to integrate the faded and somewhat silky look that was so popular during the period.
Having Fun With Music And Games
During the reception, you should try to play some music that is appropriate to the era. A little Duke Ellington, while perhaps a little too late, should satisfy most guests. There are also plenty of swing-era musicians, like Benny Goodman, who you can play. Revival artists are also fun, such as the Cherry Popping Daddies or Brian Seltzer. For games, you can have hilarious dance contests where everyone tries to emulate the dance styles of the time. Properly doing the Charleston will take a lot of skill but even the failures should be funny to watch. There should also be some movie clips playing on a projector to emulate the old-school feel that film theaters had at the time.