Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details

Although the overarching theme of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is anything but happy, there’s something about the world of The Great Gatbsy that draws us in.

It’s hard to deny the glamour, style and opulence of the period, and it’s why the theme translates seamlessly into weddings.

Our fascination with the era has only grown over the years, and we, like many others, are anxiously awaiting the 2013 film adaptation of the book (insert Leonardo DiCaprio swoon). In honor of our 1920s fever, we present 10 must-have wedding details for any Great Gatsby wedding.

Art Deco Stationery

This custom stationery set by MaeMae Paperie features Art Deco font and details, including a save-the-date depicting a party in full swing.

Grand Venue

10 Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details: a grand venue such as The Ballroom on Church Street | Photo: Misty Miotto Photography

Photo: Misty Miotto Photography

Florida has many estates, ballrooms and mansions with stunning backdrops. A stand-out venue is The Ballroom at Church Street in Orlando, which has wrap-around iron stairs and floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows.

Vintage Color Palette

10 Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details: a vintage color palette

Most Great Gatsby color palettes consist of neutral colors: creams, pinks, golds and grays. Add an accent color (such as sky blue) to the mix for a personal touch.

Flapper Bride

10 Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details: flapper bridal gown

The bride sets the tone for the style of the wedding, and no one does flapper like Jenny Packham. Look for gowns with intricate beading, shoulder caps and a drop waist.

10 Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details: a flapper headpiece

A flapper-style bride is not complete without a headpiece, and this Twigs & Honey design is the perfect accessory. Finish the look with vintage-style booties, red lips and a fur stole.

Dapper Groom

10 Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details: dapper groom | Photo: Mike Larson

Photo: Mike Larson

For more formal affairs, the groom should sport a tuxedo, complete with vest. A vest and sportcoat (that can be removed at the reception) is a better fit for casual weddings. Accessories such as bow ties, hats and pocket watches will accentuate to his style.

Geometric Cake

10 Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details: geometric cake

Photo: Cakes for Wedding

Many modern Great Gatsby wedding cakes feature bold geometric or Art Deco designs.

1920s-Inspired Cocktails

10 Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details: 1920s-inspired cocktails | Photo: Michelle Heimerman

Photo:  Michelle Heimerman

Serve up 1920s-inspired cocktails, such as the Sidecar, a drink reportedly invented in France during World War I.

Phonograph DJ

10 Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details: phonograph DJ | Photo: Oh, Darling Photography

Photo: Oh, Darling Photography

Give your cocktail hour a unique edge by hiring a phonograph DJ. Phonograph experts like Michael Cumella will fascinate your guests with an engaging musical experience.

Stylish Guests

10 Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details: stylish guests | Photo: Joyeuse Photography

Photos: Joyeuse Photography via Bridesmaid

Encourage a 1920s dress code to create a fun and exciting atmosphere. Additionally, you can provide pearls, hats and/or headbands for guests to accessorize.

Getaway Car

10 Must-Have Great Gatsby Wedding Details: a classic getaway car | Photo: Larry Perez Photography

Photo: Larry Perez Photography

No vintage wedding is complete without a getaway car. Cole’s Classic Cars, located in Orlando, provides luxurious automobiles for local events and occasions.


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