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« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2005 07:40:09 PM »

You all are forgetting the all important GREEN LIGHT! Maybe you could have it behind the official or over you or even as the grooms cake. The possibilities are endless...
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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2005 05:51:25 PM »

In looking around for my own wedding, I saw this article and remembered your post.  I hope it helps!


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« Reply #23 on: July 20, 2005 02:01:42 PM »

Big band music is too late for The Great Gatsby.  It wasn't until the mid 1930's.  Most of the Great Gatsby takes place during 1922, in the summer.  The music would have been almost jazzish, yet with still an orchestra feel, and harkening back even to the rags of the last decade.  Look up "parlor songs" from the 1920's and you'll get an idea of the ambience the music can create

Also, the early 20's saw the cusp of both art nouveau, going out, and art deco, coming in.  The characters would have grown up steeped in art nouveau, while the new brilliance of Gatsby's home would have had mostly art deco influences, though any modern but not NEW pieces of artwork would likely have been art nouveau.  And there were those years where the two mingled in a strange way, opposed to each other yet blending.  That's what I see. 

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« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2005 04:03:07 PM »

Oooo, how about jasper wedgewood china for the reception?  Of course if you don't have this already it would be ridiculously expensive to buy, but maybe you could rent it...?  And what about little white italian lights?
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« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2005 05:01:24 PM »

Don't forget the champagne! In the 20's they used the round champagne glasses instead of flutes- there was a saying that the perfect breast would fill a champagne glass (kinda funny if you don't know this and are imagining a long flute!)

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« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2005 11:26:13 PM »

I bought my circa 1920's wedding gown on ebay for only $60.  If you don't mind used dresses there are often lovely "flapper" dresses for sale there.  I also made my invitations with a 20's image I got off of old sheet music.  I'd post the pictures, but I'm not sure how to. 
For your hair, finger waves will look very lovely and authentic for the Gatsby period if you choose.  I second the idea that your wedding be classy and accurate as opposed to "Halloween Costume Flapper".
Old Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbeck, Fats Waller are some music choices too.
I got a lot of ideas for my wedding in books from the library like 20's fashion and so forth.  You can have a lot of fun with your make up and it might be neat if you had Charleston lessons at your wedding for the guests.
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« Reply #27 on: September 13, 2005 10:48:49 AM »

There have been lots of mentions of cigarette holders but I suggest candy cigarettes to go along.  They're a fun favor for guests to take home and relatively cheap.
Try using http://www.archive.org/audio/audiolisting-browse.php?cat=247 to get an idea of the type of music that was popular.
Also for the reception, try teaching a simple dance step from the era, like the Charleston.  There are plenty of instructions to be found online if you don't already know it or know someone who does (You'd be surprised how many of your older relatives will know it and might be happy to teach it for you).  If not, there are probably dance teachers in the area that would come in for a fee and teach it to your guests.
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« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2005 11:04:17 AM »

not to be a party pooper, but the great gatsby is not a happy book.  gatsby objectifies daisy to no end (remember the shirt orgy, anyone?) things are yellow because they are tainted, tom is cheating on daisy with mertyl (sp?), everyone is basically hollow, no one comes to gatsby's funeral except owl-eyes, etc.  i could write an essay, but in general, it's a social criticism of the time.

that said, i think the 20's theme is a great idea.  in the general consciousness it's pictured as a great care-free time with tons of cool parties.  and i second all the spiffy accessories.
« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2005 02:06:50 PM »

I just started planning a wedding with a 1920s style theme & am SOOOOOO happy I found this thread. Glad to see some of my ideas were on the money with the suggestions here! (and found some new ones too!)

I've been looking a little into food/beverages of the era to use at the reception (cocktail/dessert buffet, no dinner) and found some good ideas. Apparently b/c of prohibition, soda pop came into its own in the 1920s, so I'm thinking of having cola, ginger ale or whatever we can find in those smaller, old-style glass bottles. There is at least one place online where you can order ones with custom-labels (or just paste over a crafted vintage-look label over, say, IBC root beer).

Also, just found this for some general era ideas:

Good luck and have fun!
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