(Closed) Harlem Renaissance Theme

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

: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

http://community.theknot.com/cs/ks/blogs/yvonne614/archive/2009/07/13/theme-of-decor-is-harlem-renaissance.aspx

are these not great (taken from the above blog)

the josephine baker…

 

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Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

  • 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 # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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.

http://www.megweddingjewelry.com/

 

 

 

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Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Worker bee

Post the link to the blog on the thread! I’d love to see it too!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

here’s the blog

http://community.theknot.com/cs/ks/blogs/yvonne614/archive/2009/07/13/theme-of-decor-is-harlem-renaissance.aspx

@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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That would be so awesome!!!!

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