Old Hollywood Themed Wedding Ideas

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Old Hollywood Themed Wedding Ideas
Capture the beauty of the era during your Old Hollywood themed wedding. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Old Hollywood beauty consisted of sensual yet simple fashion, whereas home decor was over-the-top and glitzy. For a Old Hollywood themed wedding, achieve the timeless elegance of the era by choosing subtlety in your dress but extravagance in your decorating. When you hit the red carpet as you enter the reception venue, you'll feel like a classic Hollywood star.

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Decorating the Reception Venue

Old Hollywood, or Hollywood Regency, style is about even the smallest of detail in decorating. Rich decor pieces such as silk or satin lampshades, sculpted carpets and classic flowers may be placed throughout the venue. Frame black and white photographs of famous celebrities of the era, including Bettie Page, Joan Crawford or Marilyn Monroe. Hang silver and gold stars from the ceiling and if possible, rent a marquee sign to place outside of the venue. A red carpet lined with white lights is a must to complete the Old Hollywood look.

Table Decor

Cover tables with silver tablecloths or red satin-like material. Votive candles and flowers will add an elegant touch to the guests seating arrangements. Classic clapboards may also be used at tables to designate seating for guests. For added Hollywood shimmer and glitz, use gold ribbon as napkin rings or find a glittery ribbon that coordinates with the main colour scheme of your wedding. Complete the glamorous tables by using Hollywood Regency inspired brass centrepieces.

Timeless Beauty and Fashion

The wedding dress is perhaps the most important part of wedding planning. When choosing a dress for an Old Hollywood theme, focus on simplicity. A white flowing dress in a smooth and shiny fabric, such as satin, will dazzle onlookers. Avoid skin-hugging fits and instead opt for a dress that drapes over your curves. Vintage white pumps, a French net veil, white boa, pearl necklace and chandelier earrings will bring the Old Hollywood fashion together. Complete the look with a brushed-out wave hairstyle, light blush, ruby red lips, mascara and a bit of eyeliner.

A groom may opt for a top hat and cane with a long, form-fitting black tuxedo, complete with the bow tie.

Request that guests dress in Hollywood style that is elegant and classy.

Wedding Photography

Before hiring a photographer, research several to see "vintage" photograph styles each may have done. These vintage styles are either achieved through lighting techniques or through digital editing. Hollywood glamour photographs should be timeless, classic, tasteful and elegant. If possible, request that he bring his own props, such as a chaise longue or feathered boas to complete the Hollywood look. Black and white images look best with the Old Hollywood theme.

Food and Beverages

Champagne, wine and martinis are classic drinks that are modern enough to serve at your wedding. No matter what type of food you're serving, whether it's a 5-star meal or fancy finger foods, it will look grand on metallic serving trays or silver platters. Upscale foods such as caviar and escargot may be served if your budget allows. Inexpensive, yet elegant foods consist of shrimp cocktail, custards, lamb or chocolate truffles. Blocks of various types of cheese along with whole-grain thin wheat crisps are also likely to go over well with your guests. If your food is catered, require that caterers are clean-cut with sleek suits and white gloves.

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