Post # 1
So, although we’re not planning the wedding yet, over lunch, Mr. Snuggie and I were talking about the engagement and the wedding in general. I’ve known for a while that I wanted to do an Old Hollywood themed wedding. Mr. Snuggie was all for it. Then we started talking about how to incorporate Old Hollywood African-American figures into our theme (thanks to some conversations with 91011Bride) and somehow we started talking about Harlem Nights and how we both enjoyed that movie and the style. And then the Harlem Renaissance Themed Wedding was born. LOL!!! I’m going to do some searching now for ideas, but thought I’d start with the hive and get any input you might have on incorporating the Harlem Renaissance into our wedding. Thanks in advance. I have a mental list of things to look for when we watch Harlem Nights and Idlewild for inspiration. Check out this look I found on google images of Paula Patton from Idlewild.
Post # 3
:o) I love it……………..
this picture was taken by Carl Van Vechten
look at that cowl neck!! and those sleeves…
omg can you imagine this in a wedding gown??
check this out yvonne 614’s blog on the knot
are these not great (taken from the above blog)
the josephine baker…
Post # 4
- Well, gosh… you could use lines from poems from that period on things like napkins, invites, STD’s.
- You could use different pantings/artwork from that period for your table assignments rather than numbers.
- Incorporate feathers, sequins and pearls into centerpieces, bouts, and bouquets.
- Flowers in the hair for bridal party.
- Have a saxophone player (or other live instrument) play a song from that period during the processional or recessional (if that’s what it’s called).
- Old postcards from that time period for escort cards.
- Men in large ties.
- You could find a fun way to incorporate hats into some of the decoration since it seems they were popular fashion for women then, or maybe have the bridal party take pics in them, that could be fun.
- Use old photographs of AA’s during that time period on the table rather than numbers or as part of the centerpieces, or put them in frames and place them in different parts of the reception site.
That’s a really great theme! You can do so many things with it.
Post # 5
OMG! You both have my creative juices flowing. @Crebre, I just found yvonne614’s blog on The Knot and she has fabulous ideas. @CurlyDreamer – i love the writing from that period, so am for sure going to us the lines from poems on the napkins with the artwork on the tables. My grandfather was a well known Sax player from that time, so I so love your idea about including a saxophone player. I’m thinking… cocktail hour! Thanks ladies!!!
Post # 6
The first poem I know I’ll include in my decor. It’s by Langston Hughes and is called Juke Box Love Song.
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<td style=”width: 100%;” valign=”top”>I could take the Harlem night
and wrap around you,
Take the neon lights and make a crown,
Take the Lenox Avenue busses,
And for your love song tone their rumble down.
Take Harlem’s heartbeat,
Make a drumbeat,
Put it on a record, let it whirl,
And while we listen to it play,
Dance with you till day–
Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl. </td>
Post # 7
Ladies, what do you think of these for the bridesmaids. We both want a NYE or NY day wedding. I think this would be fun! Totally 1920’s attire.
Post # 8
I even found this 1930’s bridal look. What do you think?
Post # 9
I think that would be totally awesome to do the bridal party attire in that era styling. I would probably opt for longer Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses though, personally. You can totally have fun with the make-up and hair too!
OMG, I want to come to your wedding! lol…
Post # 10
This is honestly one of my favorite theme ideas of all time! Langston Hughes is my favorite poet and there is just something about the whole time period that is so romantic. The women of that time period and location were probably the most beautiful… ever. Hoodlum, with Lawrence Fishburne is another great movie for inspiration (Vanessa Williams looks Ah-Mazing).
I saw you already had a picture of Josephine Baker, but I’ve always loved this pic, and I think it would be a great look instead of a veil. The huge Art Deco earrings and the headpiece. Meg Jewelery makes a lot of great pieces similar to this style.
Post # 11
@Curlydreamer: I might just have to invite you if you keep providing me with these awesome ideas! I’m obsessed now. LOL!!! I am actually going to write an article on Themed Weddings and including some of my finds in the article. I’ll PM you with the link when the article is published.
@Puggy: I love the era as well. It’s very romantic.
I’m waiting to hear back from the Apollo to see if they allow weddings and receptions there. How awesome to do a Destination wedding to Harlem. Only problem… cost and my guests. Although we’re doing a more intimate type wedding with no more than 100 people, we’d have to pay for many of our guest to attend in New York on NYE or even NY day. Could get super expensive! I guess I can find a Apollo looking theater or Savoy looking club in Northern California and turn it into Harlem.
Post # 12
What a cool idea!!! You definitely need something with Langston Hughes or some of the other writers of that period – maybe something that would be good for a reading during your ceremony.
Have a jazz band play during your wedding or have the DJ play jazz during the cocktail hour/dinner.
Is there anything about the Apollo Theater that can be brought into your wedding? Colors, big lights, theater feel?
Art Deco was popular during this time, so you could default to art deco style when in doubt.
You could use those Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses as inspiration and look for dresses with drop waists and such. There was so much going on with style during that time period that the amount of inspiration you can find would be endless.
Post # 13
Post the link to the blog on the thread! I’d love to see it too!
Post # 14
here’s the blog
@snuggie: love your ideas!! the only caveat is that new years eve and jan 1 fall on a friday and saturday next year! definitely mention this to your beau because they will be booked quickly because they are awesome dates AND they are weekend dates. i know because both were my first choice as well 😀
Post # 15
Ms. Snuggie- I had that same wedding dress as inspiration… It wouldn’t really look so good on me (or so I thought at the time), but I do love it!
Post # 16
That would be so awesome!!!!