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Recapturing the Glory of Art Deco as a Wedding Theme


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What better theme for a wedding than one inspired by the fabulous roaring twenties? It was time when luxurious parties were thrown and the enduring Art Deco style was born. We take a look at how to do the Art Deco style justice at your own vintage-themed wedding.

What Is Art Deco?

Art Deco is visual arts style that began in France in the 1920s. Art Deco was born out of a reaction to horrors of the First World War and was the first truly modernist style. Deco styles combine craft motifs with industrial images and patterns. Monochrome or rich colours are popular in Art Deco, as is the application of gold and silver. Basically, think flapper girls, travel poster ads for cruise liners and The Great Gatsby. With all this elegance and glamour, it’s no wonder it tops most lists for vintage wedding ideas.

Art Deco Venues

With a huge amount of building work occurring during the Art Deco period, it’s actually possible to find a wedding venue built or decorated in the style. In-demand venues in the UK include Eltham Palace, one of the most famous Art Deco buildings in London. The palace was built for wealthy Americans in 1933 and oozes the glitz and glamour of the period. Despite being built in the 1800s and thanks to a 1920s interior makeover, Claridges in Mayfair is one of the best Art Deco spaces for a wedding.

Art Deco Dress

Art Deco dresses are a favourite at Style and the Bride. They tend to feature straight lines and are often simpler in design than traditional wedding dresses. Frequently off-white rather than white and nearly always embellished with beads or jewels, Art Deco dresses are fabulously flattering and gorgeously glamorous. Whilst it’s possible to try to find a vintage Deco dress, many contemporary wedding dress designers have been influenced by the styles, and you should always be able to find one that blends contemporary styling with Art Deco influences.

Art Deco Party

A frivolously fab party is what the essence of Art Deco is all about. The most important thing is that your guests have a terrific time. Make sure your wedding is suitably grand by serving champagne cocktails and 1920s-inspired food. You could also book a jazz or swing band.