Friday, May 31, 2013

1920's - A Theme of Many Names

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I know what you're thinking, "The Great Gatsby, again?" But wait, before you think this post is about the movie, it's not. I simply want to break down the elements of what many are calling "The Great Gatsby" theme.

Jewels and furs and bling, oh, my!

Let's first layout that The Great Gatsby is merely one direction you can take the 1920's theme. All of the glamour and "do it big" attitude is certainly appealing, I can't deny that, but glamour can be quite expensive. Still, there are the big hall parties, big plume feathers, short sequin dresses and short hair. All of which can still be done without breaking your budget.

Another Style

Eclectic Weddings 1920's Themed Display
Eclectic Weddings 1920's Theme Display;
Photo Credit: Farrell Photography
Another thing that the posters of The Great Gatsby embody is the Art Deco side of the 1920's. Art Deco is defined by the many crazy geometric shapes and bold colors. Think, The Crest theater in downtown Sacramento.

Simple, Yet Memorable

Eclectic Weddings 1920's Theme Display;
Photo Credit: Farrell Photography
Here's an example of a budget friendly version of the 1920's theme. Black and white gives the theme a bold contrast in color. An oversized martini glass with clear beads holding up the ostrich feathers makes the centerpiece. The favor is a tulle wrapped favor tin. The invitation and the table numbers are using the Art Deco style design and text.

Check out Eclectic Wedding's, a Sacramento wedding planner, 1920's Pinterest board for more ideas!

~ Autie

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The 4th Was Strong With This Theme

Eclectic Weddings had the wonderful challenge of putting together a Star Wars themed display for the West Sacramento May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Celebration. A lot of fun, the celebration was!

Here's the finished display:
Photo credit: Thymehadder Photography

I'd like to share with you my process in putting together this display.

Of course, the first place I went to for ideas was Pinterest. I searched the rest of the internet too, but I couldn't find much more there. Some of the result of what you see on Pinterest came from searching the internet for specifics, like a wedding dress for the dark side.

The first thing I did, was head to Think Geek and purchased their light saber candles. These are a MUST have for any Star Wars wedding! I also ordered some cute light saber candies for favors (also from Think Geek) and submersible LEDs.
I'm sure you get as excited as I do when you receive an order. I treated it as a special moment.

The Unboxing

I waited patiently for the end of the day when my boxes finally arrived. I was very impressed by the packaging alone for the candlestick holders. 
Very nice!
They are of greater quality than I expected. Of course, for $25 each, they better be of great quality... To say the least, I wasn't disappointed.

Three colors.
This one reminds me
of the lifestream in
Final Fantasy VII
when lit.
The candies were also nice. Yes, they actually light up!

As for the LEDs... Well... Let me just show you.

It came in a pack of 10.
Nice, now how do you turn it on?
Oh, here's a button.
DO NOT point a LED towards your eyes as you turn it on! Ouch!
Anyway, I used about three of them per bowl along with some water gems to make the Jedi side centerpieces.

Photo credit: Thymehadder Photography

The Opposing Napkins

I loved the idea of having Star Wars Napkins, but was disappointed to find a severe lack of them on the internet. So, I went searching for an iron-on transfer I could use. Unfortunately, there was a severe lack of those as well. There were patches, but those are a bit thick for a napkin. The next best thing came to mind... I'll make one! I found the best images of the Rebel and Empire Insignias and printed them onto inkjet printable iron-on transfer sheets. The napkins are 100% polyester. The directions were easy to follow and I was very happy with the result!

Photo credit: Thymehadder Photography

The Invitations

These invitations are a custom design put together by a contact I have with Papyrus using some ideas I tossed at her. In less than a week's time, these were the result.
Photo credit: Thymehadder Photography

So there you have it! That wasn't so hard, was it? You can refer to my Star Wars Pinterest board for the items I couldn't display and Eclectic Weddings' gallery page for other theme ideas.