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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Plan A Great Gatsby Themed Wedding

Photo from veiledhaven.com.

(Photo Credit: veiledhaven.com)

Weddings with an opulent retro vibe are all the rage for 2013. With the upcoming release of Baz Luhrmann’s lush remake of The Great Gatsby, many couples are feeling inspired to create a 1920’s wedding soiree.

Style-wise, brides can embrace this trend by selecting a gown with a distinct retro feel. Think fringe, dropped waists, and intricate beading. Brides can accessorize with ropes of pearls, beaded headbands, and flowers.

Don’t forget the 1920’s-style hair and makeup! The look highlighted perfectly bobbed or styled hair, pale, even skin tone, red lips, and lush lashes.

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(Photo Credit: artofweddings.com)

For the groom and groomsmen, stay traditional! Black or white tuxes without any pops of color would be most authentic look.

For the bridesmaids, create a fabulous flapper look with vintage dresses in either soft tones or a bold black. Their shoe should also have a vintage feel–select a t-strap pump with a medium heel height. Hair accessories can be fun and feature bold flowers or feathers. Gift them with pearls or small beaded clutch bags to complete their authentic 1920’s style.

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(Photo Credit: art-decoweddings.com)

When designing the overall look of a Gatsby-themed wedding reception, think opulence! Select rich tones of gold, black, and perhaps a touch of red. Incorporate textures from your accessories by adding beads, flowers, or even feathers to the table decor. For a uniquely art-deco look, use calla lilies as the dominant flower. Feature jazz music and a champagne fountain to create the perfect atmosphere.

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(Photo Credit: theknot.com)

Finally, don’t be afraid to incorporate the book directly! Instead of table numbers, name tables with characters or locations from the Fitzgerald masterpiece, or use actual copies of the book as an element of your centerpieces!

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Be creative and have fun with this theme! Your day will be as unforgettable as the romance of Gatsby and Daisy, but with a happier conclusion.

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