Vintage Weddings

Vintage 1920s Art Deco Brides: Wedding Inspiration

May 29, 2013

With my recent articles on Art Deco Great Gatsby film fashion and the top 10 flapper dresses of SS13 thus far, I thought it was about time that I looked at this wonderfully decadent era through another lens.

Unlike my other vintage-inspired wedding themes, this one is inspired by the prevalent Art Deco style of the 1920s as opposed to a colour scheme, and it also features two vintage wedding schemes based on bridal style instead of the usual one! I hope you enjoy the scheme and feel inspired!

Drink Champagne Print

Print from Not on the High Street, £15

The first of the two Art Deco wedding schemes is inspired by a 1920s brunette bride, and features a soft colour combination of light gold, silver and a rose cream.

Art Deco Bridal Style for Brunette Bride

Art Deco Bride sourced from Harrods Magazine November 2011, hair styling by K-Hair Studio and photography by Signe Vilstrup | Gold Art Deco Wedding Invitation from Tartine Paperie and photography by Monique Simone Photography | Gold White Chocolate Lollipops from Pinterest | Gatsby Couple from Kristen Weaver Photography | Diamond Brooch Wedding Bouquet from  Fantasty Floral Designs and photography by Alice Hu Photography | Gold Wedding Shoes by Gianni Bini via Dillards sourced via Ruffled Blog | Wedding cake from Sweet and Saucy Shop and photography by Jana Williams Photography

In stark contrast, the next scheme is bolder with black, dark gold, crimson red and cream to suit a blonde Gatsby bride.

Art Deco Bridal Style for Blonde Bride

Art Deco Bride Gown from J.Mendal, sourced from Harrods Magazine, hair styling by K-Hair Studio and photography by Signe Vilstrup | Art Deco Wedding Invitation from Emily Crawford  | Art Deco Nail Art from SoNailicious | 1920s Makeup from My Luscious Life | Black and Cream Art Deco Cake from Lael Cakes and photography by Jen Huang Photography | Black and Gold Shoes from | White Rose Bouquet with Brooch sourced via Rustic Wedding Chic and photography by Jared & Julie Photography


Nothing spells out the theme of a wedding to come like wedding invitations, and for this era-themed wedding scheme, I had to show you some of the amazing Art Deco invitation designs I’ve found!

Gold Art Deco Wedding Invite

Invitation designed by Tartine Paperie and photography by Monique Simone Photography

Black and White Art Deco Invite

Invitation designed by Emily Crawford 

Intricate Gold Art Deco Wedding Invitations

Invitation designed by Ceci New York

Bold Black and White Art Deco Wedding Invitation

Invitation designed by Vintage Rose

Gold Gatsby Style Wedding Invitation

Invitation designed by Cheer Up Press and photography by Big Star Studios



The topping on this wedding scheme is the cake itself! Depending on your chosen colour scheme, there are a staggering array of Art Deco wedding cakes to choose from. From striking black and gold combinations to rose cream and gold adorned tiered wedding cakes, there is an Art Deco style to suit every Art Deco bride.

Mint Green and Gold Art Deco Tiered Wedding Cake

Wedding cake by Cake-A-Licious and photography by Pepper Nix Photography

Cream and Gold Art Deco Fan Wedding Cake

Wedding cake by Rosa’s Catering and photography by Julie Roberts Photography

Pink Rose Art Deco Wedding Cake

Wedding cake by Rosalind Miller Cakes

Cream and Gold Lace Art Deco Cake

Wedding cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop and photography by Jana Williams Photography

Bold Black and Gold Art Deco Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes by Lael Cakes and photography by Jen Huang Photography

Art Deco Couple Wedding Cake Topper

Cake Topper by Jolie En Rose Vintage



Typically short and styled with finger waves, as a 1920s Art Deco bride your hair should look soft and frame your face. Ideally embellish with a vintage or vintage-inspired brooch pin to one side.

Understandably for some, short wavy hair may be completely against all bridal expectations. In this case, just make sure your long hair is Jessica Rabbit wavy and you’ll still carry off the look with ease! If you’d like short wavy hair for the day, just pin your lovely locks underneath your hair for a faux bob – I promise, with all the waves no one will notice the difference!

1920s Blonde Bride with Hair Piece

 Accessories by Erica Elizabeth Designs, hair and make-up by 10.11 Make-up and Hair and photography by Stephanie Williams for This Modern Romance

Blonde Gatsby Bride

 Styling by Vanessa Taylor, makeup and hair : Michelle Rosen for TRESemme Hair Care and photography by Carlyle Routh

Short Brown Gatsby Style Hair

Model Chantilly Scott featured on page 59 of Amica Magazine February 2009 and photography by Serge Guerand

Brown Haired Finger Waves Bridal Hair

Hair by Belinda Hay 

Jessica Rabbit Long Style Wavy Vintage Hair

Source: unconfirmed

Vintage Long Finger Wave Hair

Model Catherine Dea featured in the December 2011 issue of FlareArt Direction by Tanya Watt, photography by Chris Nicholls, hair styling by Danilo and makeup by Greg Wencel



Elegant and structured, the wedding dress of an Art Deco bride will be ideally cream, heavy with geometric shapes and laden with stylish embellishments.

Gold Art Deco Dress

Dress self-designed by the bride and photography by Kristen Weaver Photography

Brown Haired 1920s Flapper Bride

Gowns & accessories by BHLDN, makeup & hair by Kate Johnson Artistry, and photography by Carasco Photography

Blonde Gatsby Bridal Style

Gown from J.Mendal, sourced from Harrods Magazine November 2011, hair styling by K-Hair Studio and photography by Signe Vilstrup

Vintage Bride Outside Manor House

Gown and headpiece from the Luna Collection by Gibson Bespoke

Art Deco Vintage Silver Wedding Dress

Augille Wedding Gown from BHLDN



Go bold or go gold. Seriously, there’s no hiding behind the opulence of this scheme, so make sure you opt for uber ornate or glamorously gold bridal footwear.

Gold Shoe and Wedding Dress

Gold shoes by Gianni Bini via Dillards sourced via Ruffled Blog

Ornate Gold Gatsby Shoe

Ornate gold shoes from the Dolce and Gabbana Autumn/ Winter 2013-14 collection

Ornate Black and Gold ShoeSource unknown



With the growing trend in bridal bouquets made entirely of new and vintage brooches, this style cannot be ignored for an Art Deco wedding. Another opportunity to shine? Uh, yes, please. In such a bouquet, you’ll be able to gather something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. If you’re a little more on the traditional side and are after flowers, go for a simple cream white and rose pink bouquet with an elaborate handle of lace and a statement vintage brooch.

Cream Rose Brooch Wedding Bouquet

Bouquet sourced via Rustic Wedding Chic and photography by Jared & Julie Photography

White Rose Bouquet with Lace Handle

Source unknown

Lace Pearl and White Rose Wedding Bouquet

  Floral design by Bella Blooms Floral and photography by Mark Eric Weddings

Gold and Silver Brooch Bouquet

Bouquet by Fantasty Floral Designs and photography by Alice Hu Photography

Colourful Vintage Brooch Bouquet

Brooch bouquet by Rustic Creek


For more Art Deco wedding inspiration, take a look at my Art Deco Wedding inspiration board on Pinterest!

Title image from Kristen Weaver Photography.

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  • Reply Ashy June 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    The dresses are so beautiful! I love the colour schemes, lace and embellished flapper style dresses. Feminine, soft and elegant.

    This is such amazing inspiration for all things vintage, art deco or 20s style. And with great writing too! Well done with the blog Mel :)

    • Reply Melissa June 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Ashy! It was such an opulent time, which made it a lot of fun to write this wedding scheme.

      I’m going to attempt to track through the years, so watch this space for vintage and retro wedding “era” inspiration! :)

  • Reply Vivian June 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Beautiful post. I love the Black and Gold Shoes from! They’re amazing. I could definitely wear those!

    • Reply Melissa June 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you Vivian! I love those too – wonderfully dramatic, aren’t they? Wonder if it would be possible to DIY a simple pair of black heels to make them look like this…? Could be fun!

  • Reply Sophie June 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Oh aren’t those dresses beautiful! I would love to try those hairstyles too – I think they would be rather fun to try.

    The shoes are gorgeous too – I think it would be a doable DIY job. Saturday project? :)

    Another beautiful post Mel – look forward to the next one!

    • Reply Melissa June 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Yes, we could definitely make the shoes a Saturday project, and we can always get Lauren on board to help with vintage 1920s hairstyles!

  • Reply Millie Clarke June 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I love the cakes, as well as the hairstyles!!

    • Reply Melissa June 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Millie! How cute are the little 1920s couple cake toppers?! Lovely touch :)

  • Reply Jodi DeLeonardo June 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Beautiful! Have you any idea where the headpiece from the Hairstyles is from. I have been looking for months and that would be exactly what I need to purchase for my April wedding.
    Thank you :)

  • Reply Jodi DeLeonardo June 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    p.s. the first picture (netting headband)

    • Reply Melissa June 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Hello Jodi,

      Thank you for your lovely comment! If you go to the bottom of the vintage hairstyles, you will see each picture number (in your case it will be 1) are linked to the source. In the case of the beautiful netted headband, I found it via Magnolia Rouge Magazine. This one is actually featured on the front page of their e-magazine! Good luck finding the shop vendor!


  • Reply Jodi DeLeonardo June 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you Melissa! Erica Elizabeth Designs makes that beautiful headpiece…thank you for pointing me in the right direction!

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  • Reply Nathaly November 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Do you know where the second pair of gold shoes are from??

    • Reply Melissa November 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Hi! Yes, they are from the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk for AW13!

  • Reply Monica November 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Hi, Would you be able to tell me where the first and second to last wedding invitations are from? I think the first is from Bells and Boards but I’m not having much joy finding their site.

    Thank you very much

    • Reply Melissa November 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Monica!

      Thanks for your comment. The attributions to each of the wedding invitations are actually underneath the series. The first (1) is from Bells and Boards like you say (and I too am now having trouble accessing their site – they must be having problems!) and the fourth (4) is from Vintage Rose Wedding Invitations. Link is here again:

      I hope that helps!


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