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You can go with "diamond" or champagne themed
favours or have gourmet popcorn as edible favours.
Music favours can be CDs from singers from the era
such as Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire.
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When we think of Hollywood icons such
as: Grace Kelly, Marilyn Munroe, Lauren
Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hep-
burn and Elizabeth Taylor, we can t help
but conjure up images of starlets on the
red carpet, swishing by in glamorous
gowns and dripping with luxe jewelry.
No doubt, it takes us back to the "Golden
Age," of Hollywood, which was roughly from
1927 to 1963---an era that s often envisaged
as timeless, classic and sophisticated.
Here are some glam details to keep in
mind if you would like to try having an old
Hollywood themed wedding:
Hair and makeup
The classic "old Hollywood" look is per-
fect skin accented with red lips, well-shaped
eyebrows, cat-eye styled eye-liner and dra-
matic eyelashes. During the old Hollywood
era, hair was worn wavy and long, and was
often styled or parted to the side. Finger
wave curls and updos were also popular.
The 1920s were all about creating a long
and lean silhouette on women, so dropped
waist dresses were in style. You can also
opt for dresses with illusion (sheer) necklines,
many layers of fringe, tiers, pleats or heavy
beading. Accessories can include: jeweled
sashes, beaded clutches, Mary-Jane and T-
strapped styled shoes, layers of pearls, bridal
headbands or fascinators, bands worn across
the forehead, cloche (close-fitting) hats and
any accessories featuring: ostrich feathers,
glitter, sequins and crystals.
Backless gowns in satin and velvet were
fashionable during the 1930s and they often
featured flutter sleeves. Peplums were intro-
duced towards the end of this decade.
Strapless gowns were trendy in the 1940s,
along with matching suits, bolero jackets,
A-line and pencil skirts. This type of apparel
was often paired with slingback shoes, d Or-
say (closed heel and toe, with open sides)
pumps and peep toe pumps. Taffeta was
largely used as evening gown fabric, and
sequins on gowns were also at their height
of popularity, to date.
During the 1950s, halter styled gowns
were worn, as well as tea-length and swing
dresses. Gowns during this time were heavily
influenced by haute couture designers. Fol-
lowing from the fashion at the time, the
emphasis was on form-fitting dresses,
sweetheart necklines, cinched waistlines,
and pearls and gloves to accessorise.
Whether your bridal gown will be inspired
by the flapper era of the 1920s or the fem-
ininity of the 1950s, one thing to bear in
mind with your bridal fashion is to pay
attention to a tailored fit and emphasis on
During the 1930s, there was the intro-
duction of simple veils, accompanied by
form-fitting bridal gowns. After the World
War, in the 1940s, "bird cage" veils and
half-crown headpieces, decorated with
rhinestones and wax flowers, became pop-
ular. Snug skullcaps, featuring circular veils,
dominated the 1950s.
For the groom
A classic white tuxedo will certainly evoke
old Hollywood glamour, as would trousers
paired with a peaked collar shirt, waistcoat
If you favour the dress code earlier in the
era, perhaps from 1920s and 1930s, the
groom can wear a top hat or tailcoat. Bow
ties, fedora hats, waistcoats, spectator shoes
and pin-striped suits were also popular for
men during the 1920s.
This era was all about romance and lux-
urious details. Think about adding drama
with draping, chandeliers, candelabras, mir-
rors, crystals, plumes, white roses, red roses
and silver or gold chargers.
Colours which would work well with this
theme are: black, white, ivory, gold, silver,
blush pink, red, powder blue and royal blue.
Photo opportunities for your guests can
be had if you decide to do a traditional red
carpet (complete with red rope) and use a
For more old Hollywood wedding theme photos
and inspiration, visit the TrinidadWeddings
Pinterest board at this link: ow.ly/xWIt2
Old Hollywood glam weddings
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