January 21, 2010

"An Old Hollywood Romance"

What bride doesn't want to feel like a movie star? An "Old Hollywood Romance" wedding theme is just the ticket to make you feel like an old Hollywood couple that will soak up every moment of being in the spotlight on your big day! This grandiose theme will give an elegant and fun style to your wedding and will create an atmosphere or glamour and romance for all of your guests... Think about old-fashioned Hollywood, and the excitement of the red carpet. After all, if there's any day you should act like a star, it's your wedding day!

For the attire, a bride should look for bias-cut dress with a v-neck and a fish-tail hem. Designers to look at include Jenny Packham, Badgley Mischka, Amy Michaelson, and Monique Lhuillier. Satin is a classic fabric, and chandelier earrings are a must. The Groom and Groomsemen should lean towards Black tie or white tie – go for the classic Fred Aistaire look, complete with sharp, pressed clothes and neat haircut.

The wedding colors should consist of silver, white, black, red and/or blush pink.
You'll want to look for classic flowers, such as roses, peonies, carnations and lilies. Try arrangements composed of just one flower, such as all rose bridesmaids' bouquets, or an elegant bunch of calla lilies for the bride. Consider wearing a flower in your hair!

A swing band is perfect for this type of wedding. You could also hire a dance instructor to teach your guests how to do the lindy hop and the Charleston – perhaps at the rehearsal dinner.

For your invitations, look for ones that echo your theme! Remember, the invitation sets the tone for your ENTIRE event! It should be a catalyst to all the fun your guests should expect on your special day!

An old art deco movie theater, particularly if it has a large lobby would be the perfect setting. If you don’t have one of these in your town, look for an old-fashioned formal restaurant or supper club, like the 21 Club, or a grand ballroom at a hotel.

In true movie star fashion, you and your new husband should be whisked away in a vintage Rolls Royce Phantom convertible. Or, just enjoy being chauffeured in a limousine.

Try and incorporate some special touches for this glamorous occasion. For example, name your tables after classic Hollywood stars, or romantic movies. Give your bridesmaids high quality feather boas. Consider wearing a feather and rhinestone hair accessory, a la Josephine Baker. If you're renting your dance floor, ask for black and white checkered. Arrange to have a fireworks display during your wedding. In true Hollywood fashion, have your wedding ceremony outside and time the fireworks display to explode at the moment you and your groom seal your wedding vows with a kiss! Talk about a show-stopper!!!

This is the perfect example of an "Old Hollywood Romance!" A vintage automobile, a gorgeous gown... I love that the invitation looks like an old movie poster with a vintage movie ticket. How adorable are the silk gloves with the bow at the wrist... The champagne tower is spectacular! I just love how classic and timeless it is...

If you want modernize the "old Hollywood romance" this would be a great option... I love this too! I like that it has modern touches but still remains timeless and classic. I love the clean elegance of the invitation. I love the damask and ribbon on the cake! LOVE LOVE LOVE the white carnation bouquet wrapped in black satin ribbon. I love that they used a swag of fabric on the ceiling to create a tent-like feel but much more dramatic. I love the black lamps with the gorgeous bunch of flowers at the base.... So ultra MOD! I also love that the venue pictured has a black and white checkered floor. What a great touch!

I think you will agree that this is really quite fun! It's over the top but not really OVER THE TOP! It is just ultra classy and timeless. It takes you back to another time. Who among us hasn’t wished we had the gamine appeal of Audry Hepburn, the regal refinement of Grace Kelly, or the siren magnetism of Veronica Lake? Many modern brides are drawing wedding inspiration from “Old Hollywood”, adopting the hair and makeup techniques of glamorous starlets like Sophia Loren, Katherine Hepburn, and Ingrid Bergman. These famous icons inspire recreations of the 1950s diva style that has been so prevalent on the red carpet lately. Today’s brides are eagerly following the trend, wanting to reflect a woman who is gorgeous and feminine, yet strong and independent. So, embrace the glamour and the beauty and consider it! Until next time... In the words of the great Norma Desmond, "I am ready for my close-up!"

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