Create a wedding to remember with a 1920s theme


Though the ideas stem from almost a century ago, a 20s style wedding can be perfect for a modern bride and groom. With the popularity of films and TV programmes such as The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey bringing the era back into the limelight, there isn’t a better time to celebrate a wedding with a 20s theme, a style which is elegant, stylish and currently on trend.

When people think of 1920s parties, the smaller details often come to mind – jazz music, lawn parties and champagne coupes. Our beautiful house and gardens acts as a perfect backdrop for this theme with its Tudor history and eyecatching topiary gardens bringing it an utterly timeless appeal. Here’s how else you can create that special 20s vibe on your special day:
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Clothing and accessories

For the bride, a classic 20s look involves a dress with a simple cut, sleeveless with the back low to define a formal silhouette. Vintage-style colours work best, such as ivory or pale pink, with jewelled headpieces perfectly complimenting the dress. For the groom, the look depends on the season. Summer brings about linen or light wool to the forefront, with a classic tuxedo paired with brogues creating the best look for a winter wedding.
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Setting the stage

The 20s touch can start as early as the wedding invitations, using a classic font to give them a vintage look. Ideal decorations for indoor weddings include vintage-style photos, embroidered handkerchiefs, lacy tablecloths and candelabras dripping with pearl strands. A lawn party sets the stage for a perfect 20s-style outdoor wedding, with our topiary gardens providing the perfect base and a beautiful, classic setting for you to enjoy your day.
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The party

To properly emulate the spirit of the 1920s, make sure your playlist is filled with jazz music to get your guests dancing, or even hire a jazz band if it’s within your budget! A champagne fountain will create a Gatsby-esque vibe, while serving your nibbles on vintage silverware is bound to give your food another level of class. An ideal way to produce a memento which properly captures the vibe of the wedding is through a black-and-white photo booth, which could also be provided with props such as feather boas for extra fun. Finally, a typewriter makes for a novel and unique way for guests to leave their mark in your wedding guestbook.

If these features sound like they add up to the wedding of your dreams, why not find out more about Athelhampton House and what we can do for you? We are one of the leading Dorchester venues, accommodating to wedding parties of all kinds, with our very own wedding planner available to help tailor our venue to your dream wedding needs.