Planning a Themed Wedding
Today marks the day my high school sweetheart and I tied the knot and while I’ll spare you the sappy love story, I will share how I planned the big day to be both beautiful and a fun experience for everyone.
We’re not an especially sentimental or ruffly type of couple so when we first started planning the wedding we knew the “theme” needed to fit our personality and still make sense to our guests. I didn’t want to make my friends and family experience the dejavu of another white wedding in a little chapel that would later graduate to a ballroom where they would eat airline chicken and dry wedding cake. We wanted it to be just as much of a meaningful experience for us as it was for our guests- they did after all make the effort to travel, buy a gift and sit through a routine ceremony for us!
Move Over Gatsby
We decided a roaring 20’s themed wedding, while not totally unique but definitely unusual, would be elegant, sophisticated and formal in attire but still allow our guests to engage and play an active role in the wedding. We booked our reception at the Sunset Station in San Antonio, Texas which was built in 1904. The venue’s architecture and decor was perfect for the theme and made decorating a cinch.
Details, Details, Details
Like most brides-to-be I leaned heavily on Pinterest to get inspired but the art director in me pushed to make sure every detail made sense and told a full story. Peacock feathers, gold and black invitations (designed by yours-truly), pearls and an Art Deco cake topped the list of must-haves. I even enlisted the help of some young paper boys and flapper girls to help pass out newspaper-themed programs as guests arrived.
For our stationery design, I was heavily influenced by the art deco style of architecture and design from the era. I incorporated fine line work, geometric shapes, and symmetry into the layout but let the typography be the central focus of the design. By keeping the palette limited to just 3 colors (gold, charcoal and white) and incorporating delicate line work in strategic places, the stationery and signage throughout the wedding took on a more classic, vintage feel without feeling too hokey or overworked.
Glitz and Glam
While the groom and his posse wore classic tuxedos, I chose a white Art Deco style beaded gown for myself and let the bridesmaids choose gilded gold dresses that they each felt comfortable in. Guests were encouraged to dress to the theme (and they did!). There were flappers, high rollers… and I think even a gangster? Seriously, they embraced their inner Gatsby.
If I could, I’d do it again! Afterall, who doesn’t like to cut-a-rug and feel a glamorous for an evening with friends and family? I am so grateful for the help and support we received that day and I send a thousand thank you’s to my talented friend and wedding photographer, Callie Beth, for capturing photos from the big day.