A 1930s wedding theme is one filled with glamour, fun and excitement. The 1930s began with the Great Depression and ended with World War II. During the 1930s, Americans searched for distractions from the realities of extreme poverty and uncertain futures. Hollywood stars and musicians provided a fantasy world of lavish living, luxurious clothing and carefree lifestyles. Use the entertainment of that era as inspiration to create a 1930s-themed wedding.
In the 1930s, fashionable men and women wore hats. According to ThePeopleHistory.com, the fedora was a popular hat for men during the 1930s. Women wore a variety of hats, usually at a rakish angle. Add elegant 1930s style to your wedding by having the bride wear a small hat with delicate netting that covers her face. As an alternative, have the bridesmaids wear pillbox hats with feathers and have the groomsmen wear fedoras. For an authentic look, purchase the hats from a vintage clothing store.
According to the University of Houston’s Digital History, the Prohibition era in the United States began in 1920 and ended in 1933. During Prohibition, alcohol creation, sale and consumption were illegal, and underground nightclubs called speakeasies flourished. Speakeasies were establishments that offered alcohol and required special passwords to gain entry. Transform your cocktail hour location or reception venue into a speakeasy by using 1930s-inspired furniture and light fixtures. Contact a party rental company or a theatrical prop company to acquire the desired pieces. Offer cocktails that would have been available in the 1930s such as the sidecar, the whiskey sour and the mint julep. Decorate the walls with 1930s era art.
According to the Kansas City Lindy Hop Society, the golden era of the lindy hop—a type of swing dancing—was 1935 to 1945. This exciting partner dance that features slides, jumps and throws is entertaining to watch. Hire professional lindy hop dancers as the entertainment for your wedding reception. Other popular dances from the 1930s include the foxtrot and the rumba. Take lessons to learn either of those dances and perform it as the first dance. Another option is to invite the wedding guests to join a conga line during the reception. Conga lines were popular in nightclubs in the 1930s.
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