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50 years of great style: 1900-1950

50 years of great style: 1900-1950

From the 1900s to the 1950s, the first half of the 20th century offers plenty of style inspiration for modern weddings.

Few time periods generated as many diverse fashions as the first half of the 20th century. From turn-of-the-century charm, to 1920s flapper fashions, to mid-century domesticity, the early 1900s' many iconic styles leave us all with a sense of nostalgia.

Turn-of-the-century style
The first 10-20 years of the century reflected the popular Victorian styles of Britain, at least among the upper and upper-middle classes. If you love the fashions seen on the hit TV series "Downton Abbey," you might consider a turn-of-the-century wedding theme.

Modest silhouettes, lace, pearls and frills are all trademarks of this classy period. When shopping around for your gown, consider a dress with a gorgeous high neckline, girly fabrics and an aristocratic feel. Damask and floral patterns lend themselves to a truly sophisticated feel, so consider combining these patterns at your dessert table for an oh-so-pretty decor element.

The Victorian era is largely responsible for current attitudes toward flora – it wasn't until this period that flowering plants became trademarked for their aesthetic qualities. To pull off a turn-of-the-century theme, you'll want to go all-out and shower your decor in buds and petals.

Flapper-chic
Thanks to Baz Luhrmann's blockbuster film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," the wedding world is all abuzz with flapper pride. To pull off a roaring twenties wedding theme, incorporate obvious vintage touches – like pearls, feathers, jazz music, gold accents and a speakeasy-style bar.

As for fashion, go for a gown with a dropped waist, low-cut neckline and (if you dare) bare back. Dress your girls in similarly styled gowns, and consider a low heel for both yourself and your bridesmaids. Top off your own look with a birdcage veil for the ultimate flapper look.

Mid-century charm
After the horrors of World War II, many Americans were able to breathe a sigh of relief as the country slowly became re-acclimated to normalcy. Today, many of us look back on the 1940s and 50s with a sense of romance and nostalgia.

Evoke this domestic period in time by incorporating bold colors, retro images and family-friendly activities at your wedding ceremony. Brides attempting this look will want to opt for gowns with a natural waist, red lipstick, lace and satin materials, and simple decor. Retro-inspired stationery will reinforce your theme throughout the events leading to your big day, and the men's and ladies' rooms at your reception hall are the perfect places to post period pinup posters and vintage wedding photos.

Whether you choose to create a turn-of-the-century, roaring twenties or mid-century look for your Arizona wedding, LUX Wedding Florist can help you create the florals to match!

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