We were flattered to read earlier this month Vogue magazine recognising that Love Made Me Weddings are bang on trend for 2020 weddings (stop it, we’re blushing!).
To quote our no.1 fans:
“…why should anyone have to follow the rules when it comes to celebrating their personal love story?
Helpfully, the biggest wedding trend for 2020 is individuality. The industry is evolving, which thankfully means brides are no longer pigeon-holed in either the 'traditional' or 'boho' category. Plus, guests no longer endure a summer of déjà vu at a series of identikit weddings (are we really still tossing bouquets?)”
The article continues to list the 2020 wedding trends to look out for - a little contradictory we thought (without disrespecting the beautiful publication).
So, instead of preaching about what you should plan to plan to stay ahead of everyone else, we are hopping into the DeLorean and dragging you with us. How better than to welcome the return of the 20’s than with some ‘roaring’ inspiration from a decade that taught us the meaning of having a good time.
Here are some 1920s inspirations that you might like to bring back with you (only if you like them!)
The 3rd April 1920 saw perhaps one of the most love-filled weddings of the century - F. Scott Fitzgerald married ‘The First American Flapper’ Zelda Sayre. (If this article’s only inspiration for you is to bring back the name Zelda - we are fine with that.) The author spent the years after first meeting this beauty writing his novel This Side of Paradise to earn enough money to marry the dancer he’d fallen so in love with.
This is the kind of romance we like to see - take inspiration boys and girls - propose like you mean it and don’t let the process of planning the wedding let any of that feeling fade.
VINTAGE WEDDING GOWNS
The dresses from the 1920s were beautiful and well-tailored. There is the famous straight flapper style that is so iconic to the era and there are gowns out there to buy from the time itself - a genuine 1920s gown would be something very special to wear on your wedding day.
We know that all styles don’t suit all bodies though so, if the flapper dress isn’t the one for you, another option is to look for ideas from the fashions and make them into a flattering design for you. Think pearls, embroidered belts, beading, feathers, stylish sparkle and soft draping fabrics - combine these elements with the more contemporary and fresh produce of today’s cool designers and it could be a beautiful marriage of eras.
COCKTAILS AND TOO MUCH CHAMPAGNE
We respect that not all weddings will involve alcohol but when talking about this frivolous era, the drinking culture is not a point to leave in the past.
Champagne and cocktails flowed freely in the 20s despite the prohibition and fuelled many fabulous jazz music creations, lively dances and giddy parties.
Have the crowd feeling ritzy with a nice Sidecar (cognac, orange liqueur, lemon juice) , a Mary Pickford ((rum, pineapple juice, maraschino liqueur, grenadine) or even a Mimosa the next morning (yes, you have the 1920s to thank for your bottomless brunches).
In 1918, women won voting rights and by the end of the 1920s women were allowed to vote on equal terms as men.
Sometimes, the wedding world works in reverse and the bride will hold all power in the decision-making process. Grooms - take a little suffragette action and make sure you make choices together if that’s what you’d like to do! Seeing a day unfold which you’ve created as a team can be a nice moment.
(Same sex couples - we realise this point is worded a little dangerously but the same rules apply obviously!)
EMBRACING THE JOYS OF LIFE
One things that we highly advise you bring back with you from the Golden Era is their sense of party, enthusiasm and really going for it on the night.
Make sure that you don’t stress over the little things (your wedding planner will take care of it all - trust them!) and enjoy yourselves from start to end of the day. Remember this day will hopefully only happen once so, say your vows (if you have them) with meaning, listen carefully to the speeches (if you have them), savour the taste of the food, have that next drink (if you are drinking), absorb the beauty of the music ( if you have it), dance with your Uncle Fred when he offers his clammy hand and don’t worry about the weather.
If you are having a good time, your guests will feel at ease and will have a good time with you and your partner.
Vending machines first came about in the 1920’s. First of all for sweet fizzy drinks and then later on for cigarettes and tobacco.
It may be entertaining to have a few vending machines around the dancefloor or in the evening area. Fill them with wedding favours, late night snacks, re-hydrating water, disposable cameras, cigarettes, alcoholic drinks or dancing aids like plasters, facewipes and mints.
TRADITIONAL WEDDING CAKES
We are getting a little bored of donut walls, piles of cupcakes, macaroon towers and cakes with no icing. Why not bring it back to basics and proudly cut into that white royal iced fruit cake. Classic, filling dancing fuel, and can be easily washed down with glasses of champagne.
The final trend that we insist to force upon you and it’s close to our hearts here as London-lovers - GETTING HOME SAFELY. 1920 saw the first ever London night bus run so Love Made Me Weddings will stay with you until the last guest has stumbled home (unless you go completely Gatsby and then we’ll leave it to you).
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to start planning your day with Love Made Me Weddings. Come and follow as few or as many of the trends that you like - Vogue says so!
Let us use our invaluable knowledge, trusted suppliers and best rates to give you the finest of what London has to offer.
We will assist you from start to finish to create a day where you can celebrate the love you have with your partner, family and friends, the way you would like to celebrate it!
Quote source: Vogue online, 9th July, 2019 - https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/2020-wedding-trends