When you hear Gone with the Wind wedding, you’re probably picturing over-the-top hoop skirts, character actors and extravagant centerpieces. While finding inspiration in great works of literature can be a fun way to personalize a wedding, it’s easy to go overboard. Here are some low-key ideas inspired by some of my favorite authors:
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald is the celebrity author of the famous piece of American literature The Great Gatsby, and his career was absolutely littered with stories of high society in the American Jazz Age. Though his stories were timely, critical comments on excess and wealth, his worlds still serve as inspiration for weddings.
Cocktails (Mint Juleps, Colorful Martinis, Champagne)
Fashion (Feathers, Low Waists, White Coats)
Edgar Allen Poe
Poe was the author of famous short horror stories such as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” and eerie poems such as “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.” Chilling and romantic, his works have haunted hearts for decades. While few associate his stories with uplifting happy endings, fans of his enchanting language know exactly why he inspires dark weddings.
Cocktails (Cognac, Red Wine)
Fashion (Lace, Red Roses, Silk)
J. R. R. Tolkien
I’ve never met anyone who wouldn’t drop everything for the chance to live in a Hobbit hole. The Shire, the mythical, serene pastoral landscape that serves as part of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, is perfect in every way. Weddings in the Shire employ the gratuitous use of the outdoors, plenty of ale and a plethora of pastels. What’s not to love?
Cocktails (Casks of Beer, More Beer)
Fashion (Bright and Airy Colors, Flowing Fabrics, Flowers)