Ok, so no one tells you when you get engaged that it will completely consume you (especially if you haven’t hired a full-time wedding coordinator). I’m talking, can’t-sleep, wake-up-at-6am, obsessed-with-Pinterest, full-time-job type of craziness. It’s fun, but it’s a lot of work! Anyway, I finally have a moment to myself and I’m going to share some fun ideas and products or deals I’ve discovered along the way that may help you plan a Great Gatsby-inspired wedding without losing your mind 😉 Also, most of these ideas are really affordable and will help make you glamorous wedding look like you spent a whole lot more more money on it than you actually did – that’s always a plus. Weddings are expensive!
Once you get engaged, then you have the opportunity to do an engagement shoot (photography by Sammie B.). We chose to have different looks, but we decided to get our Gatsby theme going by choosing one of our looks to have a 1920s feel. I wore a drop-waist green Sue Wong beaded dress and pulled out a mink stole I had purchased from a thrift store years ago – so much fun!
Then I tried to “set” the theme with my decor. I was stoked to find some great retro tin Great Gatsby signs on Etsy. The seller was prompt and let me get my 3rd one free if I purchased 2.
The space I’m getting I’m having my wedding at is called The Oviatt Penthouse, and it’s a fantastic venue because it was built in the 1920’s and it has a ton of art deco details, including co-designed details by Lalique, the famous French glass designer.
Chargers. Yes, chargers give that extra glamorous touch, but they can also be expensive! Luckily, I was able to score a crazy good deal and get gold bead trim chargers for my tables for only $1 each at The Dollar Store. I picked them up nearby to save on shipping, but I’m telling you, these chargers were the most affordable deal I could find anywhere and the quality was good for the price.
Let’s move on to the tablescape. The tablescape is very important to me. Since I’m not having a my wedding at some sprawling forest estate or on a ranch (mine will be rooftop overlooking the Downtown Los Angeles cityscape), I need the tables to pop against the industrial/deco feel of the building. White on white linens, vintage Fenton vases set upon cake stands dripping with pearls and crystals is how we’re gonna roll on our big night! Look, most people do Gatsby the same way; black and gold art deco details with huge feathers and tall centerpieces, flapper outfits and photo boots with mustache and red lip props…which is completely fine. I just wanted to make sure my vision was classy Gatsby with a Maren touch! Instead of the typical black and gold, I chose pink and gold (which would really stand out against white linens), pops of vibrant and pastel spring colors and mixed metallics. I also wanted to have a very romantic feeling, almost like that scene from the Baz Luhrmann version of The Great Gatsby, with flowing white chiffon and beautiful pink and white flowers. My florist and I plan on filling vintage mixed Fenton vases with peonies, roses and green accents. Tip: have your florist add some white ostrich feathers to your bouquet to make it more “Gatsby”.
I designed an image to better help guide my florist with my flower choices.
Here is one of the actual Fenton-filled vases on my wedding day:
Since I’m a cocktail girl (check out my company LoveHappyHour.com), I definitely want to have Gatsby-themed cocktails, so I’m working on a few right now: The Grape Gatsby (already created), The Green Light (an amaretto gimlet) and The Old Sport (basically an Old Fashioned), The Millionaire Mule (a Skinny Moscow Mule) and a Tom “Buchanan” Collins (a traditional Tom Collins cocktail). I will post the recipes up as soon as they are ready! Zazzle.com is a great resource for customizing fun Gatsby style prints, like the one below, FYI.
Want a cue that will really let your guests know they are at a Great Gatsby-inspired wedding? Have a Champagne tower! My mom and I created a Champagne tower comprised of vintage coupe glass and then my husband and I topped them off with Rosé Champagne for some bubbles and color!
Wedding cake is still “in”! I had the opportunity to opt for cupcakes, but I love the cake cutting tradition. I didn’t want to break the bank with our cake budget, but I still wanted our cake to make a statement and taste great, so we ended up getting a buttercream vanilla cake with 3 tiers and gold chevron details (to feed 80 guests) for under $700. Since I saved a little on the cake by opting for buttercream, I did decide to splurge on one of the most amazing vintage looking cake toppers I have ever seen! I found this Great Gastby-looking cake topper on Esty, too, and you can add you names to it, which I love. To save some money on the cake detail, too, we opted to use matching flowers from the ones in our vases, to place on the cake. Swoon.
Should we move on to bridesmaid dresses? If you’ve already been searching for glam type, vintage and stylish dresses for your bridesmaids, then you’ve probably already come across names like Adrianna Papell, Sue Wong or Aidan Mattox. I found a lot of dresses I like but realized that many sizes had sold out, so before you lock in your favorite dress, make sure it’s available in different sizes and not sold out everywhere! And when an amazing sale comes along, text and email all of your bridesmaids, otherwise most of them will miss out and kick themselves for not purchasing it in time. Trust me, this will happen because it happened to a lot of my ladies. After much deliberation I chose a beautiful Adrianna Papell dress that I hoped every woman would feel beautiful in and hopefully be able to where again, and fit with our Gatsby theme. Once I sent out the image of this dress, my email inbox blew up with comments from all bridesmaids about how much they loved the dress…mission accomplished.
Here are links to all the stores I found this dress at:
Are you starting to feel the 1920’s love yet?! For invitations, I ordered with Wedding Paper Divas and incorporated an Art Deco feel with some pink and gold accents – very classy. And now, WPD let’s you add a place for your wedding website, which is very useful. I opted not to spend the money on RSVP cards, and instead created a business card with our save the date images and a scan code to our wedding website URL. We were so excited to find out that LYFT and UBER now pick up form LAX airport in Los Angeles, so we also made sure to include that information, along with where to find a great happy hour nearby in Downtown Los Angeles on our website!
Another fancy and fun touch for the tables, fountain and staircase are these fantastic art deco style and rhinestone covered votive candle holders. You can find these at Koyal Wholesale and Save-on-Crafts.
I have a few more tricks up my sleeve, but they won’t be finished until this weekend when my mom comes out to help me with some more of the “crafty” details. I’ll give you a hint: feathers and crystals. I’m so excited to make this wedding completely special and unique, and I hope I’ve helped any of you brides-to-be out there that are looking for some ideas to inspire their very own Great Gatsby-themed wedding! Oh, and wait, just wait until I can finally post the picture of our wedding with the dress – that is a whole other post. I never knew I could witness something so beautiful in my life. There’s something so special about the perfect wedding dress that makes you fall even more in love with getting married and makes you feel like the most gorgeous woman in the world…
Okay, all that writing is making me crave a glass of wine. If only wine had no calories…oh well, you can’t have everything! Happy wedding planning
I just got married and had a chance to finish my beautiful shadowbox (from Anthropologie) with all of my vintage wedding trinkets!
Want to know some of guest’s favorite moment at the wedding? My special performance! Here a quick peek of my “Great Gatsby” inspired dance to the song A Little Party Never Killed Nobody by Fergie:
Also, here’s a sneak peek of some of our fabulous wedding photos by the talented Sammie B!
For bridesmaid gifts, I handed out some sparkly rhinestone “Gatsby” looking bracelets. The ladies LOVED them!