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1930s – Eras of inspiration

by | 15 April 2017 | Inspiration

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Eras of inspiration

Bidding farewell to the flapper dress, the 1930s hit with a Hollywood-infused touch of power dressing. But how does that translate to a wedding? We’re exploring all things 30s in the latest of our Eras of Inspiration series.

The refined 1930s wedding dress

The 30s were all about sophistication. Floaty flapper dresses were out, replaced by glamorous, sultry power gowns that had a touch of refinement and plenty of wow factor. Channel the era’s red carpet vibes in silk sheath dresses – think draped long sleeves, cowl necks and low backs; it’s all about striking simplicity. Look to Bette Davis and Vivien Leigh for inspiration.

Thirties feet

Continuing from the 1920s, 30s shoes were all about dancing. Elegant Mary Janes with ribbon ties will see you up on the dance floor, and their block heel design will set you up for a long day on your feet. Look to little touches of art deco sparkle for something extra special, or pick a pair of simple, chic courts to channel the era’s effortless aesthetic.

Statement accessories

This period of subtle sophistication calls for clever accessorising. Choose one extra-special element over lots of jewels. A pair of precious stone drop earrings will sit strikingly with no other jewellery, while some Coco Chanel-esque pearls will offset a high neck wedding gown. Add a slight touch of old Hollywood glamour to your hair with a diamond clip, or go true 1930s with a pair of gloves.

Bride wearing silver jewellery

Graceful bridesmaids

The 1930s is the perfect excuse to channel some tasteful sophistication for your bridesmaids. Echo some of the features of your bridal gown in their dresses – from draped bodices and open backs to high waists and floaty sleeves. Look to rich solid silk colours or metallics for your vintage colour scheme.

Metallic bridesmaids dresses

The groomed groom

The 30s groom is all about the dapper details, channelling some old Hollywood musical style. Silhouettes are wider than your standard skinny suit; classically cut jackets with shoulder pads will give you a broad form, while pleated front trousers complete the look. Plaids, windowpane patterns and tweeds all echo the era; go for a three piece matching check suit for a really debonair look.

Step back in time

Set the perfect backdrop for your theme with a befitting venue. Look to classic Hollywood with vintage ballrooms, art deco function rooms and countryside manors. Awards night glamour is the ideal setting inspiration, think of lavish dinners, elegant balls and plenty of cocktails. You can complete the 30s vibe with our Gatsby wedding website theme.

Opulent decor

Channel the 1930s refined sophistication with vintage style finishing touches, from classic film poster table plans to typewriter and telegram guest book comment cards. Look to the art deco movement for inspiration, whether it’s in patterned wedding cakes, metallic tableware or cut crystal glasses. Keep your colour palette simple to stay chic – creams and metallics are easy go-to glamour shades.

Fabulous Wedding Reception Table Setting

Are you captivated by the 1930s? Perhaps you’re planning your own vintage theme wedding? Give us your tips and thoughts in the comments box below.

About the author

Laura Feasey

Having studied journalism at the London College of Fashion, Laura trained in crafting features and articles, not only in the subject of fashion, but in lifestyle, art, travel and culture. For the last few years she has been writing for a number of clients, from holiday companies such as and lowcostholidays, to design retailers such as and Debenhams.


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