Month: July 2013

Capture the Feeling of The Great Gatsby

2Weren’t you dazzled by the glitz and glamor when you saw “The Great Gatsby”? If you’re wishing to capture the feeling from the film to wow your guests, here are some ideas to get you started.

*For your gown—Forget the Disney Princess look with the billowy skirt. Look instead for a form-fitting, slinky looking number that will show off your curves to the ultimate.

*While suits are the current fashion for the men in the bridal party, Gatsby would have worn a tux with a bow tie.

*Pearls and feathers (especially ostrich feathers) should play a prominent role in the décor as well as your own and your maids’ attire. They might be seen in the centerpieces and your bouquet as well.

*Instead of a traditional veil, why not opt for a headband? Ask your hair stylist to give you a do that will show it off.

*Champagne flutes were not in use when Gatsby’s guests were sipping, so serve your bubbly in wide-mouthed goblets.

*Tables at the reception would have been covered with white tablecloths. No need to rent fancy patterns or overlays.

*Invitations in those days were printed with black ink on white cardstock. Choose an art deco style font to complete the look.

*Consider renting a vintage car for your transportation instead of the customary limo.

*While many couples have a “love story” slide show shown at the reception, I heard of one couple who recently showed their story compiled as a silent film (which is all that they had in the 20’s.)

*Instead of a signature portrait for guests to sign at the reception—think about getting a vintage typewriter for them to write their congratulations. (While this wouldn’t actually have been done in the 20’s, there would have just been a boring guest book for well wishers to sign.)

*A good way to convey the feeling of the day is to bring in some props from the era and have them displayed in your reception area. An old phonograph, an antique camera, an oriental rug—all of these would give guests the feeling that they’ve stepped back in time.

Opulence and glamour were the norm for Gatsby, and you can create the feeling of his great wealth without breaking the bank if you just include some of these elements in your day.

Where To Begin

Start Here

You’ve decided to make it official and permanent. Now the big question is where to begin so that your wedding will be the wonderful day that you’re hoping for.

What you need to do first is to sit down with your fiancé (and perhaps your family if they will be contributing financially) and discuss your ideas.

Think about the general feeling for your special day. Do you want a traditional, formal wedding, or something more casual, perhaps with a theme? Or does a destination ceremony on a tropical island sound like what you have in mind?

Although it may seem unromantic, set down a budget that you feel comfortable with. If relatives are offering to contribute, get a realistic dollar amount of just how much. Does Grandpa Harry’s promise to pay for the drinks at the reception mean hosting an open bar, or is he just thinking of a keg and a few cases of wine? It’s good to know these things up front.

Consider whether or not you will have the time or knowledge to find all of the services necessary to make your dreams come true, or whether it might be prudent to hire a professional wedding planner to help you.

Determine an approximate date (at least the month) for the wedding.

Make a list of the guests to be invited and decide whether or not you wish to include children…

Think about where the ceremony will take place as well as the reception. Finding a venue that will accommodate the number of guests and the date you have chosen can be a challenge, so begin looking as soon as possible.
Another time consuming task (although it can be one of the most fun) is finding the perfect dress.

Bridal salons have sample dresses for you to try on, however the dress for you will probably have to be ordered from the manufacturer and this may take several months.

Selecting music, entertainment and a photographer should happen early in your planning process, since good vendors book early.

Most Important—Enjoy the planning process.

Alice Goetschel is the owner of Memorable Occasions by Alice and the co-author of The Simply Elegant Wedding Planner.