1920s Wedding Decorations: Location, location, location

November 18th, 2012

In the 20s, there were a large number of couples marrying outdoors or eloping, where the largest of church weddings with casts of thousands became de rigueur by the 1950s. It does not mean that there were no church weddings, of course.

How did wedding decorations differ in the 1920s? Not by much within a church. The standard religious items present in the mass, with perhaps extra flowers was the order of the day. There were ribbons on the aisles to separate the pews of the honored guests, such as the parents, from the other guests. The ribbon was undone to allow the other guests to exit after the guests of honor leave.

In the 1920s, a large hall was not as impressive to guests as it is today. According to Emily Post, a large hall “lacks the sentiment” of holding an event – large or tiny, in a family home. It “has greater distinction than the most elaborate collation in a public establishment. ”

The only specific etiquette rules as far as decor rather than conduct included creating a separate bride’s table for the happy couple and their party, no matter if the reception is on the patio or in the drawing room.

Lilies, orchids and peacock feathers are popular with brides wanting a 1920s feel for their wedding today – something dramatic and art deco. If a family was not wealthy and you were not a movie star, you most likely didn’t use peacock feathers for your wedding back then, so keep that in mind. Glaidolus were more popular, while brides of today going retro seem to prefer Calla lilies.

For your wedding, did you go traditionally authentic?

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