“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past,” reads the very last sentence of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby. Fitzegerald’s classic novel continues to inspire readers and writers, even today. Recently, however, the novel and its movie adaptation have been inspiring creativity in some unexpected places. Brides and grooms-to-be are looking to the novel’s high-class backyard parties for wedding planning ideas. What are some of the most popular Gatsby-inspired trends?
Throw a Backyard Party
More couples are choosing to host receptions in their backyards or other, basic outdoor areas with “linens, strung lighting, and blankets on the grass,” according to ABC News. For “an easy, relaxed background in which guests can feel comfortable, while you add as much luxury as you like with other elements, such as food, drinks, and live music,” ABC continues. Start with simple table and chair rentals and/or tent rentals for weddings.
Get a Bit Ritzy
There are plenty of ways to glam up lawn spaces and tent rentals for weddings — and take it to that next level of elegance. “We’re planning an outdoor event right now, but there’s crystal on the table, and gold silverware and chargers,” the The Bridal Guide reports. Add gold and bronze accents, pearls, crystal, and/or strands of delicate lighting for a high-class feel. ABC suggests, “a pleasing palette of blush, peach and ivory, with silver and bronze metallics. Add touches of bling with easy, shimmery materials like charmeuse and voile, gilt-encrusted ribbons, pearls, and beading.”
Keep Food and Drink Selections Simple and Classy
Food and drinks should complement the overall atmosphere, experts add. Begin the evening by serving champagne and finger sandwiches, for example. Continue by offering steaks and salmon, and serve wedding cake and/or desserts dusted with edible gold flakes.
Americans everywhere are turning to a classic novel for wedding inspiration. Throw a reception right in your back yard, and keep it classy with gold, pearl, and crystal accents coupled with elegant food and drink selections. Find out more about this topic here.