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13 Ways to Get that Old Hollywood Glamour Wedding Look

  |  By Roseanne Dela Rosa

Ready to roll out the red carpet on your wedding day? Look to iconic elements that are reminiscent of Old Hollywood for a sophisticated reception. We've selected a handful of ideas that will bring The Big Screen to your Big Day, from your cake to your bouquet. These time-tested inspirations are as timeless as Tinseltown itself, with just enough modern flair to keep your nuptials in the now. They'll make your wedding look (and feel) as memorable as a star-studded motion picture classic.


Make like a mermaid

Gown from Jim Hjelm

Nothing channels Old Hollywood glam like a strapless dress in a mermaid silhouette. The curve-skimming bodice and flared hemline bring to mind vampy 1930s starlets. We love how the feathery layers at the bottom add that it-girl "wow" factor. Be sure to complete the look with a pair of show-stopping shoes. (Don't skimp on the sparkle!)


Go glam with your cake

Cake from Sweet Sweets

A Tinseltown-inspired wedding cake might be sweet, but that doesn't mean it has to be cloying. We love how this classic white confection is wrapped in dramatic jet black pearls for unexpected contrast, reminiscent of the black-and-white flicks of a bygone era.


Don't pass on the pearls

Necklace from Elsa Corsi

Nothing says Old Hollywood romance like a few strands of opulent pink pearls around your neck. The jewel-encrusted clasp takes this necklace to new heights. We can imagine it would look especially glam under an elegant updo!


Old school invites

Invitation from Carte Blanche

Set the stage for your wedding with a boldly sophisticated invitation in an elegant black envelope. With its red satin ribbon, calligraphic font and highly stylized flourishes, we love how this one is reminiscent of an old movie theatre from the golden age of cinema.


Choose a classic camera

Camera from Lomography

Enhance your atmosphere with real old-school cameras. Either display them as part of your table centrepieces or add film and invite your guests to take candid wedding photos with them. If your reception is in the evening or indoors, make sure the cameras have big flash bulbs for that retro, blown-out look.

Worried the cameras won't work? Fake it with modern-day vintage lookalikes. The ones that take instant photos at the press of a button are especially fun.


Select a vintage scent

The right fragrance can take the vintage big-screen vibes of your big day to the next level. You can't go wrong with a scent by Chanel, the Parisian fashion house that launched the iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume in 1921. For a fresher fragrance that's equally as elegant, we suggest Coco Mademoiselle. With a heady blend of bright citrus and sultry florals, the scent is as invigorating as it is irresistible.


Shimmer like a starlet

Sultry skin has long been a hallmark of Hollywood stardom. Recreate that retro bombshell radiance using Victoria's Secret's luminous body powder. It will keep you glowing from the aisle all the way to the dance floor.


Keep it classic with a clutch

Clutch from the Red Carpet Collection at Town Shoes

Have your wedding day essentials close at hand in a glamorous sequined clutch. We love how this one looks like it came straight out of a vintage boutique, with its dainty contrast detailing and gem-adorned clasp.


Flaunt feathers with your flowers

Centrepiece from Nice Stems

Add film star flourish to your bouquet with fine feathers that will bring to mind the fanciful boas and hair accessories of the gilded age. Either make a bold statement with larger plumes like the ones you see here, or keep it subtle with a few delicate wisps peeking out from between your blooms.


Antique packaging for goodies

Favour from Churchill's Fine Gourmet Gifts

If you want your wedding favour boxes to look like a million bucks (without spending a pretty penny), wrap them in ribbon and top them off with a sparkly charm. We love how these faux diamond brooches make a dazzling statement against the luxe black satin on these gift boxes.


Tabletop Hollywood nod

Centrepiece from Nice Stems

White and black are a killer combo for that silver screen style, reminiscent of Breakfast at Tiffany's and B&W feature films. With their simple black satin base, these white blooms add effortless elegance to your centrepieces. Your tablescapes will provide the perfect setting for an Oscar-worthy reception.


Bedeck your beau in a bowtie

Bowties from Dessy

Tie your silver screen theme together by having your groom (and the gents in your wedding party) opt for bow ties instead of standard neckties. Bow ties in baby blue or black would also look adorably retro on your ring bearer(s)!


Square off the cuff

Cufflinks from Simon Carter

Have your groom (and his groomsmen) rock these suave square cufflinks to give off those vintage Hollywood vibes. The art deco-inspired arrangement of square-cut black gemstones against a sleek silver backdrop will show them you mean (show)business!

This article was originally published on Nov 04, 2011

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