An Old Hollywood Wedding Theme by jesGordon/properFUN

A beautiful wedding is all about taking an overall design idea and bringing that idea to life through creative details. For this specific wedding, we used Old Hollywood glamour, with the perfect touch of sparkle, as the inspiration. OldHollywoodspecifically refers to underlying themes of luxury, elegance, and decorative embellishment predominantly seen in the movies during the 1930s and 1940s.

At the wedding we designed, guests received their seating assignments at a mirrored escort card table. Oversized crystals adorned the table, and coupled with a mirrored tabletop provided double the bling! We centered a lush arrangement composed of Eucalyptus leaves, Roses, and Orchids on the table as well. Mirrored tables take on light from surrounding areas. While the escort card table appeared white and silver during the afternoon, when the sun set and we added amber lighting, the table reflected hues of amber, cream, and gold.

For the ceremony, we personalized a graphic two–‐tone aisle runner with an ornate crest we created for the couple, capturing the essence of Old Hollywood Glamour.

The cocktail and other high traffic areas were outfitted with plush lounge vignettes. We accented the lounge areas with mirrored tables and petite floral arrangements composed of romantic flowers—Tulips, Lisianthus, and Hycinth. In keeping with the opulent theme, we chose upholstered furniture in tufted leather and chic animal prints. For the cocktail hour lounge areas, we kept the décor on the more neutral side with silver votives and monochromatic floral arrangements. We varied the color palette for the reception lounges by adding rich, red and pink florals and tortoise shell votives.

After the cocktail hour, guests were transported to the reception area via a soft and lavish walkway. The walkway featured an ornate, antique chandelier, which upped the glamorous vibe.

The reception area should add another dimension and new life to the party, allowing guests to feel rejuvenated. For this wedding, that meant transitioning to a deep and warm color palette of cream and gold with hints of red. Amber up lighting (which is also flattering for pictures) bathed the space in a warm glow. The couple’s custom crest was projected onto the dance floor, adding a personal element in twinkling shades of amber and gold.

Crystal chandeliers, adorned with pink floral accents, were hung above the dance floor. The chandeliers really played into the Old Hollywood atmosphere. We added swanky ceiling lamps over each dinner table—a nod to an intimate 1930s supper club.

We kept the tabletop décor within the supper club theme with opulent textured dinner plates and tortoise shell glasses and votives. Tables were draped with gold raw silk linens and cream runners with black borders. Lush, low, cream centerpieces with hints of red were composed of Eucalyptus seeds, Roses, Calla Lilies, Orchids, Hydrangeas, and Dahlias.

Brides and Grooms often come to us inquiring on how to achieve an overall style for their wedding décor—ethereal, traditional with an eclectic twist, modern but warm. It can be hard to envision the details while focusing on the big picture—and  that’s where we come in!

About the Author

Jes Gordon is the Owner and Creative Director of jesGORDON/properFUN.  jesGORDON/properFUN is a bi-coastal Event Planning and Event Design company that has worked on everything from celebrity events to Fortune 500 corporate parties. The focus is on the atmosphere of the event in order to transport the guests into a whole new world.

The Event Planning Division offers full service planning and production to guide you effortlessly through any event.  Together, they function as a full service event design, planning, and production firm. Check out our website as well as our Facebook page. You can also follow Jes on Twitter (@JesGordon) and contact them at


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