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How to have amazing Art Deco wedding style

Art Deco has been a long-running wedding trend over the last few years and with the release of Murder on the Orient Express it’s not going anywhere, and we old romantics here at WedVen say, “long may it last!”

Whether you’re going all-out flapper fabulous, or just dropping a few decadent hints of twenties glamour into your wedding day, have a peek at our blog for some Art Deco inspo! Having just got back from a Speakeasy Hen weekend I seriously can’t get enough of this theme…

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Invitations

Your roaring twenties wedding stationery ought to have just the right amount of decadence! And there is plenty of style choice available online. We absolutely love this design by BrownFoxCreative – especially the fan pattern on the envelope, the ultra tall invite format, and the art deco font.

Brown Fox Creative art deco wedding stationery

Adorn Invitations have some spectacular 1920s inspired wedding stationery, with the perfect font and style to give that special feel to your Save the Dates, invitations and even the menus on the big day itself.

Adorn invitations 20s style

Dresses that Daisy could wear…

Go for a dress that wouldn’t look out of place at a Gatsby party, or on the Orient Express. This beauty is Maggie Sottero’s “Ettia“, covered with intricate embellishments and with straight lines that embody the trademark sleek 1920s silhouette, is ultra-feminine and glamorous.

Maggie Sotterro twenties inspired dress

This stunning dropped-waist flowing gown is “Ava” by Ivory & Co. It has a soft cowl back and is entirely made from Silk Charmeuse satin (100% silk) with exquisite eyelash lace on the hips and base of the skirt, and real freshwater pearls, Swarovski rhinestones and beads hand-stitched on top.

Gatsby Guys

Take a leaf out of vintage-loving couple, Chris and Ben’s book! They shared their big day with friends and family in a setting that oozes class and old-school glamour. And boy – did they rock the whole look! They wore dinner suits with a touch of navy velvet, patent leather and classic twenties evening-dress bow-ties.

great gatsby inspired wedding

Artful Accessories

When it comes to accessories on your big day, go for a statement piece. This glitzy number is a hair clip that will look ace on short flapper-style waves, or long rolled tresses!

This amazing bridal head piece by Melancholy Magpie was worn at a prohibition inspired wedding featured on Chic Vintage Brides. We also love the groom’s pork-pie hat, which totally fits the theme!

Art Deco Inspired Bride Groom

Art Deco Cakes

The roaring 20s were renowned for bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation, so when it comes to Art Deco inspired wedding cakes think metallics and jewel colours, feathers, fans and frames. Don’t shy away from sunbursts, chevrons, zigzags, or even ziggurats. To give your wedding cake some wow, opt for the Jazz Age classics of architecture, fashion and art!

art deco wedding cake

This glorious creation is we found on I Take You is a beautiful nod to the Gatsby style. Rich green fondant icing, with gold foil art deco detailing and a chic feather and embellishment to top it off!

Art deco inspired wedding cake

We love this black and gold statement cake, found on Today.com, which echoes the details seen in the cabins of the Orient Express! Who could resist such a decadence slice as this, especially if served with champagne?!

Too much champagne is just right…

Talking of the bubbly stuff… Cocktails and champagne are a MUST! That speakeasy feel is definitely a key element of a Twenties theme wedding.

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Play jazz from gramophones or have a live band playing, and pour cocktails from crystal Art Deco decanters to help your wedding guests get into the vintage mood! This couple are enjoying the twenties vibe at The Discovery Museum, Newcastle.

1920s wedding style at Discovery Museum Newcastle Upon Tyne

Literary legends

The Twenties also heralded the start of a new kind of literature and The Great Gatsby had become the iconic title from this period and as a total bookworm, I absolutely love a literary quote at a wedding! Theme your tables with characters from 1920s books, names of films, or even songs!

champagne quote

Taking your fave lines from novels of the period is a beautiful idea and with F. Scott Fitzgerald at your side, you can certainly recreate that decadent 1920s vibe!

All that glitters…

The metallic trend is not going anywhere, is oozes class and Gatsby style, adding instant glamour to your celebrations – and needn’t be costly! Have a look at Lili and Michael’s Golden Love Story for more inspiration!

Lili and Michael Golden wedding

Flapper-tastic florals

With a theme like Art Deco, you can put a glamorous twist on the traditional bouquet…

Turquoise Brooch Bouquet

Use your DIY know-how to create a bouquet from brooches and feathers like the one above which we found here.

feathery florals twenties inspired bouquet

Or ask your florist to include ostrich plumes and glittery pieces to add a little extra jazzamattazz into your chic bouquet. For maximum impact, use classic ivory flowers with long stems like they did on this beautiful Jazz Age styled shoot by Sarah Hooker, above, as featured on CVB.

Decadently different entertainment

Instead of a standard DJ or rock ‘n’ roll band playing covers, why not choose to have a twenties dance troupe teach your loved ones the Charleston or hire a jazz trio to serenade your guests.

1920s Wedding Entertainment dancers

You can find listings online for entertainers of all kinds for your twenties wedding – from flappers to all-singing all dancing cabaret performances, to an authentic 1920s tribute jazz band.

As you can probably tell, we flipping love the flappers! The whole twenties theme has made us all want to plan our weddings again…wonder what my husband thinks about vow renewals…?!

If you’re thinking about having a Roaring Twenties wedding, search our blogs for more ideas!

If you’ve got any of your own ideas you’d like to share with fellow brides and grooms, we’d love to hear from you – tweet us @wedven or leave a comment below.

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Siobhan Strode
Siobhan Strode

As a regular wedding attendee Siobhan is our lady on the inside! Married for 10 years to her childhood sweetheart, she's an editor and brings her knowledge and skills to all things wedding related.