A stylish era, featuring more feminine curves and softness than the bold Art Deco of the twenties, a 1930s wedding is distinctive from the fashions to the table decor. And your wedding theme starts with the invitations or Save the Date cards so this is where you set the scene for your big day ahead.
Vintage Style 1930s Wedding Invitations
Thirties style wedding invitations and stationery often feature decorative boarders and flourishes, floral and monogram designs. Decide early on if you are going for a decadently glamorous or less formal shabby chic wedding look and plan your theme around it.
Send contemporary vintage-inspired invitations or create your own unique stationery using original postcards or even artwork taken from old books of the time. The famous iconic stylised sun rays, an image symbolic with optimism for the future is an ideal theme for your wedding.
1930s style was characterised by long, slinky gowns of floaty silks and chiffons; a more curvaceously feminine look than the shorter hemmed boyish 1920s ‘flapper girl’ dresses. Bridal gowns were streamlined and yet still demure and bridesmaids often wore hats, with the groom in morning suit or dapper vintage 3-piece suit and topper.
Floral details were the order of the day with flower-inspired headdresses like the floral hair accessory seen above and a distinctively vintage veil secured at each side of the head with decorative hair combs as seen here in Lucy and Adam’s Real Wedding.
Vintage Style 1930s Table Decorations
This era was one of sophistication and elegance. For Hollywood glamour, plan your big day at a wedding venue with an original ballroom or stylish lounge bar with glorious Art Deco design. For the more relaxed Shabby Chic look, style your venue with vintage ‘objects d’art’ such as an old gramophone or something more practical like a typewriter which your guests could have fun using to type their well wishes to you.
To throw a thirties style wedding with real style your reception should be swaying to the sounds of jazz and swing. Hire a band with all the songs and thirties style dress for some truly memorable wedding entertainment that all your guests will appreciate, particularly your grandparents. If you like dressing up, add a vintage photo booth and props or consider having a 1930s dress code for all your guests.
Lucy and Adam’s Real Wedding
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.