(Closed) Any ideas for an Art Nouveau theme?

posted 9 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot, as it is a style I love.  However, my reception site is more Victorian in style, and being that art nouveau is a rejection of that style, I don’t think I can pull off both together.


However, I have a few thoughts.  First, I would pick a piece that inspires you.  Maybe it is the prints, or  Tiffany glass, or nature motifs.  That will help you focus inspiration.

Second, unless you can find a reception cite that is either in the style or close enough, like some Arts and Crafts buildings, or totally neutral, I would use a light hand. A few aspects carrying the theme will be distinctive enough.

Third, consider a few time period appropriate details, such as American style champagne glasses, to build the feel.

Fourth, I would defintely use anything printed, such as programs and place cards, to run with the theme. Printed art was awesome at this time, so this would be an easy thing to do.

Finally, I have to share a cake with you, but the picture is saved on my other computer. I’ll remember to post it later.


Post # 5
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Still Looking!

Sorry I can’t offer any specific ideas (though love the idea!).  But if you’re in need of images for paper goods or even just inspiration, Dover has several clip-art books featuring Art Nouveau motifs.  I’m a longtime subscriber of their clip-art sample emails, and think many of their best designs are the Art Nouveau collection.  

The Dover website (www.doverpublications.com) isn’t hugely helpful because you can’t see many samples, but sometimes you can find more samples or reviews on Amazon (www.amazon.com with a search for "Dover art nouveau").  And many Barnes & Nobles have a decent selection of Dover clip art in stock. 

Post # 7
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am also doing an art nouveau/art deco themed wedding. We picked a venue from that era (the ahwahnee hotel in yosemite, built in the 20s) and went with the natural feel of the park. For our invitations I looked a print media from that time and how it was used. Gold photo corners, buckles.. etc.. 

 I am using some free fonts from this site: 

here: http://www.jmurphyjr.com/freefonts.html

Post # 8
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

This is a wonderful idea!

I agree with the printed ideas. 

Gaudi’s architecture has some fabulous lines.  Doorways or gates would make cool borders for invitations

Perhaps tables could be different examples of Art Nouveau architecture and design. (Art Nouveau advertisement posters are pretty great).

What about the Parisian Metropolitain signs?

Glass vases could be painted in art nouveau motifs for centerpieces.

You are making me rethink my already-done-wedding!

Post # 9
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

What colors are you thinking of? Soft tones would be my first instinct.

Post # 11
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We used Decotech (from dafont) as our main font and KR decoframe (the i key) as our border. We’re using postcards from Ranger Doug of National Parks from WPA.

You can see our font on the invitations (linked through my blog) and our table numbers here.


Post # 12
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

These are my invites….i’m also doing a artish nouveauish theme. 

They’re by Heatherjeany, who has an adorable shop on etsy. She’ll custom make you some of these beauties or one of her other lovely designs. 


Post # 14
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

If you were going the lantern route at all (for centerpieces or on shepherd’s hooks for the ceremony), a similar look could probably be achieved with paint on the outside of the glass.  You’d need to make a bit of a stencil, but it could be really striking. 


Post # 16
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was just going to say almost the exact same thing as Mojito! The lanterns are amazing! My Fiance is also a mechanical/design engineer (depending on the projest he’s working on), and he has some ideas about using a laser cutter or something for making centerpieces. We really want to do something with a monogram, so maybe he could design something with a monogram to wrap around vases…..

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