Art Deco Styling – Anti-Traditional Fun!
Before today I never realised art deco had such exciting and rebellious origins! If you’re having an art deco inspired wedding – or marrying in a venue with an art deco look, you should read this and embrace the spirit of the times – let your hair down and have twice as much fun! Huge thanks to Tina from Crimble Hall for the fabulous inspiration in today’s guest article!
Fun and glamorous Art Deco themes are in perfect keeping with the history and grandeur of many of England’s older former stately home and manor house venues. The ‘bright young things’ from these wealthy families had their entertaining heydays in the 1920’s, so whether you’re using a lavish former ballroom with crystal chandeliers and luscious shimmering fabrics, or a former cocktail bar with geometric wooden inlays, mirrored surfaces and polished chrome, you’ve got the perfect excuse for fun and decadent Art Deco wedding styling.
Art Deco styling is modernistic, bold, fun and self-indulgent with geometric shapes, mirrored and polished surfaces, lavish flowers and decadent decoration incorporating pearl, feathers and diamante. Pastels are out and instead indulge in striking monochrome or rich peacock shades, midnight blue, emerald, jade, topaz and metallic gold and silver colour schemes.
Cake design can effortlessly incorporate the bold geometric shapes of Art Deco. Alternate square and round cake tiers or take inspiration from angular shapes used in iconic Art Deco architecture such as the Chrysler Building. Add extravagant detailing, sunburst patterns, striking feathers and gold for glam fun.
Stationery can utilise the many fabulous Art Deco fonts, geometric borders and ornamental flourishes. Again, use geometric sunburst motifs, zigzags or repeating scallop shell patterns in monochrome, gold or rich colour schemes.
The 1920s brought the modern and relaxed ‘flapper’ style fashion that shocked traditional society. Accordingly, bridalwear with fun styling and short hemlines is a must for the carefree ‘flapper’ style bride.
Or for full on decadence, take inspiration from Ritzy 1020s Hollywood glamour with heavily beaded full-length gowns matched with a faux fur shawls. Either way, add Deco style with a vintage crystal, pearl or feather embellished headband or hair comb in a bob length wavy updo, long strings of beads or pearls and gorgeous t-bar shoes.
1920s inspired makeup is glamorous and fun with pink cheeks, deep red cupids bow lips, elongated brows and dark smoky eyes with exaggerated lashes for a wide-eyed look.
Men’s classic 1920s three piece tailoring also has a playful and decadent side with tweed, striped or plaid fabric, high lapels and pops of colour from geometric art deco patterned shirts and ties as well as fun two tone shoes – Bertie Wooster style!
Finally, go all out and party like the 1920’s pleasure-seeking idle rich! Art Deco decadence is the perfect excuse for foodie couples to have that opulent fine dining wedding menu or to indulge in a champagne tower and fancy hors d’oeuvres. Afterwards, party with a live jazz band and extravagant firework display before heading off in a luxury 1920s vintage car (no doubt to your luxurious ocean liner honeymoon!). Embrace 1920s anti-traditional fun and you’ve got the perfect excuse to have a ball.
This article was submitted on behalf of Tina Galasso, Wedding and Events Co-ordinator for Crimble Hall. Tina has a vast experience styling weddings in Crimble Hall’s opulent Art Deco Peacock Room restaurant. With its stunning interior and two AA Rosettes, the Peacock Room provides the perfect decadent fine dining wedding venue for fun foodie couples.
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