Hello Hello, is everyone having a good week? I can’t believe I’m on my 4th blog post for Darby & Joan, I hope you’re enjoying reading them as much as I’m loving putting them together. This weeks blog post is taking us back to one of the most decadent eras, and possible my favourite. We’re going to whisk off to the 1920s and indulge in the glitz and glam that the Jazz Age was so well known for. This weeks Vinspiration – that word again! Comes in the form of 4 moodboards covering all the details of 1920s wedding, from the Hen Party right the way through to the oh so glamourous Honeymoon. So, stop what you’re doing pop on some pearls and sip a little champagne. After all ‘A Little Party Never Killed Nobody!’
Also known as the 1920s Hen Party! and the perfect place to start your journey through the roaring 20s. Get your girls together and prepare yourselves for a evening full of glitz, glamour and plenty of fizz. Start the evening off with a fabulous Vintage Tea Party and serve your cocktails alongside sweet treats like golden macaroons and glittery cake pops. The distinctive sounds of 1920s Jazz is the soundtrack to your evening and perfect for you to pull out those Charleston dance moves. The outfit? An embellished dress with plenty of fringing and a neck draped in pearls. Think sleek finger waves with feather headpieces, the smokiest of eyes and bold red or dark lips. Perfect!
On to the clothing. The 1920s were a time of grandeur and luxury and no doubt this was echoed through the fashion. It’s so fascinating how 1920s fashion was so overloaded with glitz and glamour but can look so simple and striking. Imagine silk, lace, dropped waistlines and hints of art deco patterns. A winter wedding? A dramatic feather cape or a (faux) fur coat will put the chills at bay and ooze sophistication. Accessorise with beautifully adorned shoes and delicate headpieces. Sheena Holland in Derby have the most amazing range of vintage headwear and accessories. For something inspired by the 1920s take a peek at the Great Gatsby range. Beautiful headbands, combs and tiaras that are guaranteed to set your heart a flutter.
The 1920s was all about the details, less is more? Not in this era. Striking black and white mixed with metallic tones mimic the opulent nature of this period. Create dramatic centrepieces with ostrich feathers and pearls and incorporate subtle art deco shapes and patterns into the stationery. The wedding venue? Imagine a grand ballroom, the ceiling adorned with crystal chandeliers. The sound of a live jazz band transporting you to a celebration that Jay Gatsby would be proud of. Subtle hues of blush pinks and mint greens compliment the decor. The champagne is flowing in the form of a champagne waterfall no doubt and the cake, well, this is the 1920s, embellish that too!
The Great Getaway
It would be rude not to carry on the glamour of the 1920s through to the Honeymoon. Boat, plane, car or train do it in style and pack those vintage suitcases and transport yourself somewhere fabulous! Relax in the glorious sunshine, let the champagne can flow and do it all in a most gorgeous high-waisted swimsuit and sun hat – Hello sophistication! If you fancy a honeymoon in true decadent Gatsby style jet off New York City. Stay at the New York Plaza, who have recently designed the new Fitzgerald Suite to celebrate the release of the The Great Gatsby. Glitz, glamour and grandeur, I do think so!
Oh the 1920s! So beautiful and captivating, are you loving the glamour? We hope this post has given you plenty of ideas if you’re planning a 1920s themed wedding. Which elements would you incorporate into your big day? We’d love to hear from you! Also, if you fancy staying in the 1920s for a little while longer why not pop over to our 1920s Wedding Style Pinterest board.
*P.S Did anyone noticed Darby & Joan’s Karen on the ‘Glamourous Garments’ board? Pretty fab eh? Those photos were from a 1920s themed photo shoot a while ago that Darby & Joan styled. Set in the stunning Botanical Gardens in Birmingham and captured by Liezl Croft. Many thanks to Luxe Bridal for the beautiful dresses and Vintage Chic Wedding Fair for organising it.
Here’s a few more snaps from the shoot.
A little round-up of the craft ideas we worked on with Chloe from Adore Chloe and Becky from Butterworth Photography.
We spent a couple of afternoons with a glue gun, vintage china, glittery bits and bobs, with a lot of tea and laughs along the way.
Next, we have a guide to making your own teacup clock – bear with me on this as it was so much fun that Rock n Roll Bride featured it too – click here Adore Chloe or here Rock N Roll Bride to see the cocktail version…
Finally glittery cake toppers – don’t say I don’t look treat you! click right here Adore Chloe .
Good morning all. It was a good old week for Darby & Joan last week, a pretty amazing start to the year with lots of exciting project to be involved with.
I had a meeting with the lovely Deb from Fabulous Places to discuss the next event she is organising – a date for your diary – Saturday 7th July at The Roundhouse in Derby. Just the most perfect venue for a shopping event, I am sure a lot of you reading this know exactly what I am talking about!
Since January 2009 Fabulous Places has been holding food & gift events around Derbyshire. The aim behind the events is to offer you a unique opportunity to visit an event that has been carefully put together. Deb organises events that she would choose to attend…there is always an attention detail, the venue is always stunning and there’s absolutely no compromise with the stall quality as each and every stall is handpicked by her.
Darby & Joan have been involved with Fabulous Places for some time now and have exhibited at several of their events. They are always the highlight of our year, and, whilst the preparation leading up to the event is pretty hectic, the excitement and anticipation far outweighs the inevitable string of evenings when we are working until 2am!! You can just see our stand in the midst of all the people in the photo which was taken at the Christmas Fair 2011.
Deb was looking for something a little different to add to her catering for this summer’s event, and that’s where Darby & Joan come in. We are going to have a Vintage Tea Rooms so that you can all sample a selection of our Afternoon Tea menu and enjoy tea and cakes served on our vintage china.
Our staff has been picked, our menu is being tweaked and added to and I am bursting with ideas – some probably far too OTT, but I can dream!
It is early days I know, but I am so so excited about it I wanted to share it and pop it on the blog.
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