From movies and television, to fashion, music, and more, The Great Gatsby continues to influence countless aspects of modern-day culture, even almost 100 years after it was published. Weddings are some of the biggest moments that are often inspired by The Great Gatsby, since the book is famous for its romance and its glamorous, unforgettable parties—things we all want on our special day, right? As we head into the next round of the '20s, we don't expect the Great Gatsby wedding theme to go away anytime soon. If anything, couples in the process of wedding planning are more ready than ever to party and let loose, as soon as it's safe to do so again! So if you're thinking of hosting a Great Gatsby-inspired wedding, don't miss these ideas that will pile on the glitz and the glam.
What is a Great Gatsby wedding theme?
Inspired by the 1925 book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a Great Gatsby-themed wedding is typically very glamorous and luxurious, but not in a stuffy way (remember, you're there to party and have fun!). The idea is to capture the essence of the Roaring Twenties, a time best known for flappers, prohibition, endless dancing, the rise of jazz music, and the start of Hollywood's Golden Age. Some of the most common wedding decor elements of Gatsby style include ostrich feathers, pearl strands, sequins, chandeliers, Art Deco details, and, of course, lots of booze. Gatsby wedding color schemes most often include metallic gold and/or silver with black and white, but you can also add a pop of color by using glamorous jewel tones, such as red, purple, or dark teal.
Great Gatsby Wedding Theme Ideas
Ready to get started? Add these Great Gatsby style ideas to your wedding inspiration folder.
Great Gatsby wedding invitations
These Art Deco-inspired wedding invitations will instantly let your guests know that your Gatsby wedding is not one to be missed. Geometric borders, metallic gold foil, and an attention-grabbing black envelope are the basics of this stationery suite.
Personalized wedding champagne glass
Start the celebration early by sipping champagne out of a customized flute while you're getting ready on the big day.
Birdcage wedding veil
A birdcage wedding veil is classy and elegant. This short veil is typically worn to the side, slightly covering one eye to achieve that iconic vintage look.
T-Strap wedding wedges
There's no such thing as too much sparkle. Finish your 1920s attire with a pair of statement wedding high heels decorated with rhinestones or beaded embellishments. One word for these: obsessed.
White orchid wedding bouquet
For your Great Gatsby wedding theme bouquet, it's best to stay away from flowers that are too colorful or trendy. Instead, work with your wedding florist to create a timeless arrangement, like this presentation wedding bouquet featuring long-stem phalaenopsis orchids, spiral eucalyptus, plumosa, and a touch of curly willow for drama.
Sequin and beaded bridesmaid dresses
When it comes to your Gatsby-style wedding attire, it's important to look the part—and that includes your wedding party. Bridesmaids can wear floor-length gowns in beaded or sequined fabrics for a Hollywood-worthy look.
Ballroom wedding venue
The setting of your Great Gatsby wedding is just as important as the decor. Host your big day at a swanky spot, such as a historic ballroom or mansion (even better if the venue has details like chandeliers, ornate tiles, and a grand staircase).
White tuxedo jacket
Black tuxedos are formal, but a white tuxedo jacket is as fancy as you can get. We love the look of this white tuxedo jacket featuring a black shaw lapel paired with a matching black bow tie.
Fur bridal wrap
If your wedding is taking place during the fall or winter, use a fur wrap to stay warm (and look like a movie star in the process). You can source vintage fur wraps at most thrift stores or shop faux fur wedding wraps online.
Rhinestone bridal headpiece
Take a cue from Daisy Buchanan's stylebook and accessorize a short 'do (or fake a bob) with a sparkly hair accessory that's perfect for a Gatsby-inspired wedding.
Art Deco-inspired wedding seating chart
Design a vintage-style seating chart to tell your guests where they're sitting in style.
Champagne flute wedding escort cards
If you don't want a seating chart, we love the look of these paper scroll wedding escort cards displayed in black champagne flutes, which can double as wedding favors.
Gold wedding tablescape details
Glitz up your wedding tablescapes by using things like gold charger plates, gold flatware, and individual menu cards to make your guests feel like total VIPs.
Candelabra wedding centerpieces
For a long banquet table (like your head table), add dramatic crystal candelabras and tall black tapers with matching glassware.
Feather and pearl wedding centerpieces
White feathers and faux pearl strands will quickly give your wedding centerpieces a '20s vibe.
Etched mirror wedding table numbers
Etched wedding table numbers are understated and beautiful for a Great Gatsby wedding theme. They're a twist on classic paper styles and will instantly amp up any centerpiece.
Any good party needs a memorable cocktail selection to go along with it. For your Great Gatsby-inspired wedding, serve cocktails that were popular in the 1920s, like the French 75, Sidecar, and Screwdriver. *Cue Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby raising a glass*
Wedding cocktail napkins
Cheeky cocktail napkins that read "trust me, you can dance" will add personality to your bar while also serving a purpose.
Vintage wedding getaway car
Skip the modern limo and rent an antique car instead to be transported in true Gatsby style on your wedding day.
Gatsby-style wedding cake
Art Deco-inspired medallions, black feathers, and pearl trim around the tiers of your cake will give any wedding dessert table an undeniably luxe look.
When it's time to let loose, kick off the dance portion of your wedding reception with a champagne tower pour. If nothing else, it makes for an amazing photo op.
Dance floor confetti drop
Toward the end of the night, treat your guests to one last surprise with a confetti drop above the dance floor.
Wedding sparkler send-off
Conclude the evening with a sparkler send-off—or better yet, fireworks!