When it comes to glamorous wedding themes, an Old Hollywood movie inspired day has to be at the top of any list. It’s beautiful, luxurious and ridiculously elegant. If you’ve ever imagined yourself as an old-school Hollywood hero or heroine or if you simply adore classic films then this really is the wedding theme for you. So, let’s cue the lights and the cameras and call ‘action’ on your wedding plans right now…
Looking at your colour palette, you won’t go wrong with black and white with touches of glorious gold. This is a really decadent theme that needs strong, bold colours for maximum impact!
Whilst we’re talking about making a statement, you absolutely have to go for it with your bridal ensemble too. Your gown needs to be totally red-carpet ready and, if you can’t imagine Elizabeth Taylor or Rita Hayworth wearing it to an award ceremony then keep searching! Your accessories need some serious wow factor too so opt for show-stopping crystal jewels such as Glitzy Secrets’ Starlet of the Forties earrings or the stunning Cascades of Crystal necklace. You’ll certainly be ready for your close-up when you’re wearing those!
Images: Top Row Left via Etsy | Top Row Right via Wedding Chicks | Second Row Left - Starlet of the Forties Earrings by Glitzy Secrets | Second Row Right via Love My Dress | Third Row Left via Boho Weddings | Third Row Right - Cascades of Crystal Necklace by Glitzy Secrets | Fourth Row Left via Love My Dress (as before) | Bottom Row via Artfully Wed
For the guys, black tie is a must. Can you imagine Clark Gable arriving for a wedding in an every day suit or tweed two-piece? No you can’t so tell the groom and groomsmen to don their black ties for that King of Hollywood look. A crisp, sharp shirt, polished shoes and a winning smile are also must-haves for this theme!
When it comes to decorations, you’ve got to embrace Hollywood styling. Include a few nods to the stars of the day, perhaps by naming your tables after the Oscar-winner greats of the time or why not send invitations to your guests that look like old-fashioned movie tickets or award ceremony invitations?
You’ll also need lots of sparkle for your Old Hollywood theme wedding. Sequin table linen will bring instant pizzazz to your reception and you don’t need one for every table. You could simply use the sequins on your cake or dessert table or for your sweetheart table. A sweetheart table is a rather lovely idea where you just sit with your husband for your wedding breakfast. It does mean that you get a little time together and, if you circulate between courses, you’ll probably spend more time with your guests than you would on a conventional top table. A sweetheart table also makes it abundantly clear who the stars of the show are!
Images: Top Row Left via Love My Dress (as before) | Top Row Right via The Perfect Palette | Second Row Left via Bridal Musings | Second Row Right via Ruffled | Third Row Right via Mod Wedding | Bottom Row Left via Style Me Pretty | Bottom Row Right via Pinterest
Old Hollywood was all about lighting and, as every movie star wanted to see their name up in lights, you absolutely should on your wedding day too! Hiring in giant light up letters is a fantastic idea – they’re incredibly impactful and actually very cost effective when you compare them to huge floral arrangements or similar installations.
Romance was a big part of Old Hollywood movies so prepare to be swept off your feet at regular intervals throughout the day! Your first dance is the perfect opportunity to channel your inner Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and, if you’re planning to wow your audience on the dance floor, treat yourselves to some private dance lessons before hand to really impress. Old Hollywood stars also knew how to make a real exit so, to leave your guests wanting more, say your goodbyes before the party ends. Gather everyone together with sparklers, cue the music and leave in a blaze of glory.
Oh, and don’t forget to hire the best wedding videographers you can so that your wedding film will be one you’ll want to watch for years to come…
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