How to Design Your Speakeasy Wedding Theme 

Step into the past — the 1920s, to be precise — when women in flapper dresses and dapper gents filled clandestine, Prohibition-era speakeasies. The music, fashion, and overall mood of these venues were sultry and stylish, with dim lighting, bold colors, and unmistakable Gatsby energy that gives us so much life. Learn how to add some of that mysterious charm to your wedding day, even though the ban on libations has long been lifted. At Marco Island Weddings in Marco Island, Florida, we’ll take you through a secret door, down the stairs, and into a celebration filled with jazz, elegant cocktails, vintage dresses, sophisticated florals, and effortlessly cool decor.

Create a speakeasy vibe with floral arrangements with feather accents

Feathers were often incorporated into the broader Art Deco aesthetic that defined the Prohibition era, a move we can get behind. Channel the energy of this style by accenting floral bouquets with feathers at your speakeasy wedding, which add movement and color to arrangements. Use ostrich feathers for cascading bouquets, peacock feathers for an iridescent shimmer, or marabou feathers for bougie fluffiness. They look so sophisticated, too! The soft, flowing feathers against the backdrop of flowers create an interplay of textures, a nod to the free spirit of the Jazz Age.

Art deco flower arrangement

Wear vintage or vintage-inspired dresses and outfits

We’re huge fans of vintage-inspired dresses because they blend elements from different eras, combining various silhouettes and styles of the past. This freedom lets you create a look that captures the essence of speakeasy fashion while adding modern influences and your own personal spin on fashion. That authenticity is what it’s all about! Imagine the intricate beadwork of a 1920s flapper dress meeting contemporary hemlines and styles, designed with a modern bride like you in mind. You’ll radiate fresh energy in your speakeasy-inspired gown with elements you personally selected, such as updated fabrics, custom embroidery, and trending embellishments like bow details.

Women buttoning bride into her dress

Accent with elegant flower decorations for the bar and dining tables

Flower decorations are focal points at any wedding venue, drawing your eye and setting the tone for the entire space. At your speakeasy wedding, the flowers should, of course, be in harmony with sophistication of the era, from classic roses to pink anthuriums that speak to your personal style. Florals also go nicely with other vintage elements of the speakeasy theme; when paired with classic glassware, antique table settings, and candlelight, the overall decor becomes a perfect homage to the spirit of the Roaring Twenties — and that’s the vibe we’re here for.

Elegant flowers on table with candelabras

Have plenty of comfy seating accented with flowers

While plenty of dancing went on at speakeasies, having a comfy place to lounge and converse in hushed tones was essential. Sinking into plush seating surrounded by fresh flowers also allows guests to recharge between dances. These chill lounges were where friendships began to form and romances started to simmer, which is a whole mood. When recreating these spaces at your wedding venue, remember that the flowers play a significant role in making them posh. Whether you accent seating with roses, peonies, or hydrangeas, each bloom adds beauty and fragrance, inviting guests to linger a little longer.

Blue velvet sofa with elegant floral accents

Decorate cakes in with art deco accents

Decorating your wedding cake in Art Deco style vibes with the design trends of the speakeasy era, creating a dessert that perfectly fits with the mood. Have your baker adorn your cake with intricate patterns, sharp lines, and symmetrical shapes reminiscent of the architecture and design of the era. Or you can have simple, circular-shaped tiers and surround the cake with gold accents, candles, and greenery. We think accenting with large, fresh flowers like roses is a super sophisticated way to add elegance that won’t disrupt the art deco energy.

Art deco cake with candles and greenery

Decorate antique cars with flower arrangements

Leave your ceremony in vintage style in vehicles adorned with custom floral arrangements; antique cars remind us of the spirit of the 1920s. Adding flowers to them is a thoughtful nod to the parties of the era, where every detail was curated to be as luxe as possible — which we think is perfect for a wedding! Of course, have the blooms on the cars match the wedding party bouquets to tie it all together. It turns the departure from your ceremony into a grand exit, making your big send-off just the right amount of extra.

Vintage car decorated with floral

At Marco Island Weddings, we have everything you need to take your speakeasy wedding flower arrangements and decor to the next level. We can help you set the tone for a Gatsby glam celebration that will transport you and your guests to the jazz age.

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