Wedding Reception Decor: Styling a Vintage Hollywood Wedding

Posted by Azure on February 2nd, 2011
Special to OneWed by Billy of Luxe Life Events How to Style an Old Hollywood Glam, Vintage-Inspired Wedding

When styling any wedding with a theme it's important to remember to stay within reason. Style your overall décor with influences from your theme or era, rather than actually having a “themed wedding.” It is much more tasteful to plan your wedding décor with influences from things you love rather than making the focus of your day the “theme” and not you!

This week we'll cover how to create a tasteful Old Hollywood, Vintage Glam wedding. Think black and white movies, sultry glamour, “true celebrities,” and of course the famous sign that says it all. Other vintage glam details- fanciful feathers, dazzling crystals and over-the-top jewels, sultry silhouettes, peep-toe heels.

When Luxe Life planned a vintage Hollywood wedding, we learned that this theme can quickly take a turn for the worst if overdone. However, with some inspiration and restraint, any couple can achieve an elegant & glam 1930's, 40's or 50's-inspired wedding.

Focus on color, texture and lighting when styling your Old Hollywood Glam wedding, and incorporate small bits of treasures from that time. The overall vibe could be influenced by an old jazz club or your favorite Gretta Garbo flick, and a dimly lit room without colored lighting will make a big impact. Try placing a high topiary with monochromatic wedding flowers on the center of each table, and use pure white pin spot lights on each to make the color really pop. To stay true to the vintage Hollywood time, use all red roses in differing shades, for the centerpieces.

Next, add a texture-rich table linen, such as button taffeta, in a black or silver hue. Instead of standard reception table numbers, up the vintage Hollywood flair with black and white head shots of celebrities like Bette Davis, Gretta Garbo, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe. Frame the pictures in brushed nickel or stainless steel frames (in differing shapes and sizes, ideally) so they stand out on the table.

For your bridal style, try using a single fresh flower to adorn your wedding hairstyle instead of a veil. If you're dead set on donning a bridal veil, go for the birdcage, as it's elegant and vintage-inspired! Red lipstick is a must, and a brushed out wave all-down 'do (like January Jones' hairstyle at the 2011 Golden Globes) is perfection. If you're slender or petite, show off your frame with a slinky sheath wedding dress in a silk or satin. This dress style screams old Hollywood glam, but only go this route if you feel 110% comfortable with your curves. Will you bring a little vintage glam to your wedding day? If so, how will you incorporate the vibe without taking it over the top?

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