Art deco wedding theme ideas

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Art deco wedding theme ideas
Art Deco originated in the 1920s and makes a unique wedding day theme. (she is a flapper image by David Levinson from

The 1920s were a time of hardship for many Americans, but also an era of fun nights and relaxation. Sometimes referred to as the Art Deco era, it's known for underground clubs and people sneaking away to find alcohol during Prohibition. Art Deco wedding themes rely on the basic ideas of the era, including the popular music during the time and the same clothing, such as flapper dresses and zoot suits.

Jazzy Nights

Host a jazzy-themed Art Deco wedding, complete with a small jazz band. Set the jazz band in a location away from the front of the room, which puts the focus on the bride and groom. Visit your local costume store and find flapper dresses and 20s inspired suits, for the wedding party to wear during the reception. Buy a few accessories, like fake pearl necklaces and fake roses, and let guests decorate themselves before the party starts.

Big Band Sound

Create a wedding theme that relies on the old big bands popular during the Art Deco era. Place the band in the centre of the room, with a dance floor in front. Encourage guests to dance the night away, while enjoying finger foods and classic foods from the era. When mixed with an Art Deco wedding cake and the right decorations, the space will remind guests of a time long past.

Black and White

A black and white wedding mimics the colours of old black and white movies that aired during the Art Deco period. Decorate tables with elegant black satin tablecloths and make centrepieces from clear glass vases filled with white Calla Lilies or white roses. White dishes placed on the tables, preferably dishes with a thin black border, can promote the Art Deco theme. If you're concerned about the colours looking too dull or plain, add a few silver accents around the room.

Speak-easy Lounge

Turn the wedding and the wedding reception into an old-fashioned style speakeasy lounge. Check with local party stores for backdrops that transform the space into a lounge. Decorations of this type hang directly on the walls and make the space look like a real lounge. Create a few classic drinks but give those drinks different names related to the bride and groom, like naming one drink "The Happy Couple." If you have a sense of humour, consider serving drinks from an old-fashioned looking bathtub.

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