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Wedding Style: Classic Hollywood Glamour

There's nothing like the golden era of Classic Hollywood to evoke romance and timeless style, making it a perfect choice for your wedding day. The 1930s and 40s were a time where each actresses' image was tightly controlled by their studio, and because of this they were famed for having the most glamorous on-screen style.

There are 2 main styles from this era: the sleek satin dresses of the 1930s or the full glamorous gowns of the 1940s. Here's a quick guide to creating both styles.

1930s: Sleek Satin

Movies were getting more and more scandalous during the 1920s and as a result the Hays Code was introduced in the 1930s to crack down on risque outfits (amongst many other things). Silver screen stars were now told to cover-up their legs and heaving bosoms, heralding a decade of long elegant gowns which were fitted beautifully to the female form. Bias-cut satin was the material of choice, clinging to every curve on stars like Jean Harlow, Mae West and Garbo. Complete the look with some matching satin heels and pin-curled hair (in platinum blonde if you're feeling brave!). If you want to add a veil, then make it a long one if you're looking for authenticity.

Below: Vintage 1930s silk satin cascade gown in champagne, Salmon slipper satin vintage 30s wedding gown, Rust toned liquid satin vintage wedding dress.

1930 Silk Satin Cascade Vintage Wedding Gown

1930 Salmon Slipper Satin Vintage Wedding Gown

1940 Rust Toned Liquid Satin Vintage Wedding Gown

1940s: Full and Fabulous

By the 1940s Hollywood glamor was in full swing. Skirts and shoulders were getting wider and gowns were becoming more embellished adding sequins, embroidery and ruching. Style icons of this decade range from Ginger Rogers, to Rita Hayworth and Joan Crawford. Pair your vintage 40s dress with diamonds and glamorous set hair and top with a small veiled hat. Don't forget to add some red lipstick and even some gloves to complete the look!

Below: Vintage 1940s sequin wedding gown, 40s liquid silk leaf wedding gown, embroidered tea length vintage wedding dress.

1940 Dotted Sequin Vintage Wedding Gown

1940 Liquid Silk Leaf Vintage Wedding Gown

1940 Embroidered Tea Length Vintage Wedding Dress



Art Deco Wedding Inspiration

AND ACTION!!  VISUALIZE the glam of the old Hollywood Studios and the dance scenes of Busby Berkley films.  In the age of Art Deco, we are inspired by machines, industry, straight lines and geometry.  Fashions, colors and architecture are bold, strong and over the top.  Art Deco is ornate, luxurious and eclectic. Ginger Rogers, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis - these are the iconic women who pushed the fashion envelope.  Long draping body hugging gowns gave away little to the imagination.  Can't you see Daisy Buchanan wearing one these head pieces, while crying to Jay Gatsby, "Oh, you want too much!  I love you now – isn't that enough?"  Art Deco is so recognizable and distinguishable! We love love love a crisp clean art deco font!!!  Make your invitations, save the date newsletters, wine labels, table numbers and place cards all in a jazzy cool lean art deco font, it's soooo Muppets Take Manhattan and the Chrysler Building.  Thank you Pinterest for these fabulous art deco ideas!!

Follow Mill Crest Vintage 's board Art Deco Wedding Ideas on Pinterest.

Whether you use a little art deco inspiration or your cup runneth over, remember art deco is classy, jazzy, over the top and fun!!  

1930's Vintage Inspired Elopement

Nothing says romance better than an intimate wedding built for two.  The unique touches of 1930's vintage inspiration of this elopement gives us a special thrill.  Thank you to this beautiful couple, Yliana and Nicholas, who lovingly shared their most meaningful moments, and all the details that went into designing their special day, with our readers.

1930's Vintage Elopement

1930's Vintage Elopement

1930's Vintage Elopement

The couple exchanged vows in a traditional, yet uniquely private, Jewish ceremony under a chuppa set in front of the Forsyth Park Fountain, Savannah, GA.  In attendance were the wedding experts who helped to make this day possible.  A 1928 vintage saxophone player offered beautiful music throughout the evening.  The bride's vintage inspired dress was redesigned to include the lace shawl and long sheer lace sleeves for a custom vintage look and was paired with stunning pair of custom teal colored Badgley Mischka heels.  Her handsome groom was dapper in Calvin Klein and hand crocheted kippot.
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage Elopement
1930's Vintage ElopementAs the sun set, the couple moved to a perfectly appointed candlelit table complete with linen table cloth, two vintage candelabras and a gorgeous setting of vintage pieces that were hand selected by the bride and groom.  Details included; vintage Italian Avon silver bud vases, an amazing antique silver champagne bucket, authentic 1930's Fostoria etch blue champagne glasses, vintage embroidered white linen napkins-which the couple had monogrammed- and vintage Japanese rose patterned china surrounded by hand stamped silver pieces.  A vintage crystal pedestal cake stand held the gorgeous monogrammed cake.  Winter colors of soft  blue, cream and white floral arrangements picked up the colors in the vintage china and beautifully complemented the silver place settings.
1930's Vintage ElopementWe love that the couple chose a horse-drawn carriage, complete with champagne toast, to ride off into their lives together. 1930's Vintage Elopement
The Wedding Experts:
Reception Location: Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
Officiant: Rabbi Laurence Schlesinger
Photographer: Taken Photography 
Dress: Dhgate / Dress Redesign: Lillie's of Hollywood, Fl.
Groom Attire: Calvin Klein
Wedding Planner: Simply Savannah Events
Cake Designer: Savannah Wedding Cakes 
Musician:  jrjazz1@yahoo.com
Carriage Ride: Madison Tour Company
Rentals: In Any Event
Ketubah: Anna Abramzon
Chuppah: Piscaquilter
Kiddush Cup: Gallery Judaica
Tallit: Daskaroth
Vintage Bud Vase- FristVintage
Vintage Champagne  Bucket: RareAntiques
1930s Fostoria Glass Etched Blue Champagne Glasses:  Cheshire Cat Antiques
Personalized Stamped Silverware:  For Such a Time Designs
Vintage White Linen Napkins: CasaMimi
1940’s Japanese Vintage Rose Pattern: Attic Treasure Shoppe
Vintage Pedestal Cake Stand: The Back of the Basement