We all love a 1920’s vintage wedding shoot here at Wedding Ideas, and this Great Gatsby style wedding is the perfect inspiration for any bride thinking of having a vintage wedding


“The F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is such a dark, hauntingly romantic tale so it was fun to create the happy ending you so wished Jay and Daisy could have had (hope that doesn’t ruin it for anyone!)” says stylist The Bijou Bride.

“When it came to the clothing although the novel is set it the 1920’s the iconic film starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow which David wanted us to use as a style reference is a mixed bag of fantastical flappers and 1970’s soft focus.

“I sourced a variety of original vintage and 1920’s influenced clothing and accessories for the shoot. We wanted the shots to convey a narrative of the love story and showcase different vintage influenced Wedding settings from afternoon tea to Charleston dancefloor toe-tapping. In keeping with the black and white dress code a flapper bridesmaid is a great look – our model is actually wearing a Kate Moss design for Topshop that demonstrates how you can get quality beadwork on the high street.

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“I set off the amazing lace Sophia dress by Circa Brides with an exquisite feather fan by Britten instead of a traditional bouquet. Rainbow Club’s heels were the perfect match to both the short flapper party dresses as well as the longer wedding styles. For the guys there was only one option the traditional tux, elegant and refined no matter the decade.

“When it came to the décor Nonsuch Mansion was a fabulous backdrop, having lots of quirky details that didn’t require a great deal of dressing. Peach and white roses play a key role in the film and I wrapped them around vintage candelabras to create unique floral displays. Leaning on that soft focus romantic vibe, tables were dressed with gold scatter gems, and to guarantee that roaring 1920’s feel I sourced this amazing wedding cake from Ann’s Designer Cakes, a guaranteed show stopper!

“As an accompaniment we used vintage Coupe Champagne glasses as table decorations and Itty Bitty & Bijou designed monogrammed wedding stationery using authentic 1920’s fonts.”

We’ll leave it to makeup artist Gemma Sutton to give some great advice to all brides looking to recreate the Great Gatsby look…



“The 1920’s make up is a very sexy, demure, mysterious and just plain beautiful look, that I think you will agree has stood the test of time. With this look you need to skip the bronzer and opt for some light coloured foundation and powder; skin during this time was pale. Exaggerate your lip lines by outlining a Cupid’s bow shape above the top lip and fill in with a deep red or a red that suits your skin tone. Add a black eye liner with lots of mascara and eyelashers. This classic look will really help your eyes and lips pop.

My top tips in creating that perfect red Great Gatsby lip…

  • Smooth concealer over your lips to lock down the colour.
  • Work in thin layers, starting from the middle of the lip outward.
  • Apply lip liner after the lipstick.
  • Use a lip brush for a smother finish.
  • Add clear gloss after to make lips look even fuller.

My Favourite Red Lipsticks…

  • Colour Fever Lipstick in 151 by Lancome. £17.50
  • Signature hydra lustre lipstick in Rich Red by Estee Lauder. £17
  • Moisture Drench Lipstick in Dare Devil by No7 – £9.50



Pin curls came into fashion in the 1920s, staying in vogue through to the 50’s. This look has lasted the test of time due to it’s sheer glamour, it just shouts beauty, which why it will always remain popular. Simply add a vintage accessory to the hair for a finishing touch and you’re ready to Charleston the night away.

How to get a Great Gatsby style wedding.

  • Prep the hair with shine-enhancing spay- This will cleanse and condition the hair, so it’s ready to be styled – L’Oreal Paris Elvive Nutri-Gloss £2.39.
  • Tong the hair and secure curls in place with clips ensuring no areas are missed. Leave the clips in as long a possible.
  • Take the clips out and pin back the hair in sections pulling away from the face. L’Oreal Elnett Satin Supreme Hold Hairspray £3.50.
  • To ensure your hair doesn’t droop, add kirby grips, keeping them the same colour as your hair to keep them a secret.
  • To add a little more vintage style add some vintage accessories, giving this look romance and sophistication.”