Great Gatsby – 1920’s Wedding Color Schemes

Written by on October 17, 2012 in Colors, Decor, Themes, Vintage with 1 Comment

Vintage weddings are still all the rage! A few brides are going back at bit farther in time than the 1940’s Hollywood era to embrace the 1920’s. Flappers and the Great Gatsby is the inspiration for these fun but romantic themes. I’ve had a few questions about color schemes for this era, so I thought I’d put together some ideas to share.

Color is a very personal and important choice when planning your wedding. Certain themes almost dictate certain color schemes but the 1920’s – Great Gatsby themed wedding is a bit different. You can choose from many different colors and still capture the essences of the times.

Each of these schemes is showing 6 colors but remember, we are talking about all colors that show up in a wedding from flowers to centerpieces to attire to stationery to dishes and candle holders. Some of the colors will only show up in a small detail but it will still add to the overall theme.

1920's Great Gatsby Neutral Colors Deco

The above colors scheme is a traditional neutral Art Deco color scheme. It is the one that reminds me most of the Great Gatsby theme. Now, if you are thinking this is a bit to dull, remember, you can always accent with another, more bold color. And, there is always gold to add to the silver.

1920's Great Gatsby metallic colors deco

Speaking of gold, metallics were very prevalent in Art Deco. Gold and silvers symbolized wealth and prosperity. Add to that a strong blue color and you have a striking Art Deco or 1920’s color scheme.

1920's Great Gatsby Bold Colors Deco

Another more bold combination is achieved by adding deep reds and blues. It screams vintage and elegant. Again, you still see the combination of gold and silver adding to the richness.

1920's Great Gatsby Miami Tropical colors Deco

At the other end of the spectrum are the more Tropical or Miami Art Deco inspired colors. Greens, pinks, blues and yellows are reminiscent of the¬†architecture used in Miami in the 1920’s. This is perfect for an afternoon soiree.

Other elements you might want to incorporate with your color scheme that were very popular in those times are feathers, (faux) fur and any other type of wraps, birdcage veils, rhinestones or crystals, fringe and pearls. These can be added to centerpieces, the attire of the wedding party, stationery and anywhere else you can come up with.

This type of Great Gatsby or 1920’s era theme is elegant, rich and sophisticated. What will you come up with?


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  1. Susan says:

    The color schemes are great for a 1920’s wedding theme. Pearls and feathers make such a wonderful combination, too.

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