The Bride: The bride is the center piece to the wedding. What the bride wears will set the tone for the entire wedding. When going for a vintage look, three items come to mind: 1. Lace dress 2. Bold jewelry 3. Birdcage veil. For anyone looking to give off a vintage vibe, wearing a gorgeous, lace dress will do the trick.
You can still find a dress that will fit your body type; fit and flare, mermaid, silhouette, even a beautiful A-line dress will create a retro look. Consider doing an ivory or blush dress instead of the standard bridal white which tends to look more modern. Once you find the perfect gown, finding bold accessories will be key. Now is not the time to be conservative when it comes to bling; the gaudier the better ladies! Layers of long, pearl necklaces or dramatic chandelier earrings with bright gems will create the look of extravagance and excess much like the roaring '20s.
The vintage wedding is not complete without the bride wearing the perfect veil. When it comes to picking the perfect vintage wedding headpieces, or a veil, the only truly vintage option is to pick the trendy birdcage veil. Birdcage veils are all the rage and the latest trend in the bridal world. Add a vintage style hair comb or feathery accent piece to finish off your up-do hairstyle. Complete your bridal day look by adding red lipstick or elbow length gloves.
The Bouquet: You can create a vintage bouquet by using some of your muted theme colors in your favorite flowers or by creating a trendy broach bouquet with authentic vintage antiques.
The Reception: For your reception, your center pieces are what pull the theme together. Make sure to add lots of bling with sparkling jewels and gems everywhere. Pull of that vintage look with lots of feathers. Use a muted color of your favorite flower to make a vintage statement at your wedding reception. Don't forget the jazz music! You can have a jazz quartet for your intro music as you are walking down the aisle or have a full swing band so your wedding guests can groove the night away to music from the 1920s.
The Finishing Touches: Let your guests know ahead of time that you are planning a Great Gatsby themed wedding and ask that they wear their vintage suites and dresses. Your bridesmaids can wear short dresses with lots of intricate detail and beaded jewelry with vintage headbands that finish off the '20s look.