I think that many people who have loved The Great Gatsby harbor a secret dream of someday throwing a great glittering rager of a party just our man Gatsby would. (I know I do, old sport.)
And for most of us mere mortals, one of the best excuses to throw a seriously elaborate party is a marriage. The easiest way to achieve Gatsby-like levels of opulence is, of course, to have enormous amounts of money. But I think you can achieve a fabulous Gatsby wedding just by possessing enormous amounts of style. It’s all about the details.
First step: decorate your setting.
Textures are going to be your friend: look into pearls, feathers, and anything metallic (especially gold).
Take note: Fake pearls in martini glasses look particularly amazing. (I actually store my own faux pearls in a martini glass on my dresser.)
Second step: decorate yourself.
I don’t know anything about men’s clothes, so I’ll stick to what I know. There are some amazing Art Deco-inspired gowns around perfect for a Gatsby wedding. Jenny Packham (above) and Johanna Johnson are great bets at a designer point.
For more affordable Deco-feeling dresses, try Adrianna Papell and Sue Wong. Their cocktail attire is wedding-worthy and often Gatsby-like.
Pearls are always associated with the 1920’s, but what I love even more are the geometric patterns made with gemstones in the jewelry of that time period. Lulu Frost, Ben Amun, and Kenneth Jay Lane are some great brands to look at to find that aesthetic in contemporary rhinestones.
It’s not a Gatsby party if you don’t have something fabulous on your head. This particular Etsy store has an amazing selection – the two pieces above are her work.
Third step: commitment to the theme.
I might be biased because of my undying love for this kind of geometric aesthetic, but I think Art Deco wedding cakes are the prettiest wedding cakes.
Black, gold, and geometric designs everywhere.
These luxurious, gold foil-pressed invitations would be perfect.
I found some amazing Gatsby-themed wedding photos across the internet that involved beautiful vintage cars.
But beware the draw of textual accuracy if you do go the vintage getaway car route…
After all, you don’t want to have to send your guests home with one of these.
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