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Tips for Throwing an Old Hollywood-Themed Wedding: Roll Out the Red Carpet

Tips for Throwing an Old Hollywood-Themed Wedding: Roll Out the Red Carpet

Retro style wedding couple standing on the balcony

There’s just something magical about the golden age of Hollywood. The glamour, the glitz, the romance – it’s no wonder that so many couples choose to have an Old Hollywood-themed wedding. But planning such an event can be overwhelming. How do you capture that old Hollywood charm without coming off as cheesy? Fear not, darling. We’ve got your back. Here are our top tips for having a wedding that would make the Rat Pack proud.

Old Hollywood Wedding Theme Ideas

pile of vintage wax sealed wedding invitation


Step back in time to Hollywood’s Golden Age with invitations that are sure to make a statement. Choose invites inspired by those iconic old Hollywood movie posters that we all know and love. Opt for an art deco font that adds a touch of classic glamour to your event, and why not add a little sparkle with some bling? With a sprinkle of glitter or gold accents, your guests will be swept away to a time of glitz and glamour, setting the tone for an unforgettable event.

Crystal Chandelier wedding decoration with white fabric ceiling


Picking the perfect venue is key to nailing that classic Hollywood wedding vibe. High ceilings and dazzling chandeliers are a must-have, and if there’s a sweeping staircase, that’s a double win! Look out for venues with Art Deco details – they’re the perfect backdrop for your glamorous party. And don’t forget to rent a marquee to make your entrance a red-carpet affair.

Close-up of groom's hand holding bride's hand

For the Bride and Groom

Want to exude Grace Kelly’s timeless elegance on your big day? Opt for a simple, fitted dress that hugs your curves in all the right ways. Add a touch of romance with a sweetheart neckline or illusion lace sleeves. When dress shopping, look for details such as pearls or sequins to up the glam factor.

As for the groom, give him a classic look with a three-piece suit and bow tie in midnight black or deep navy to help him channel his inner Clark Gable. Go for a timeless and sophisticated wedding suit fabric like wool or velvet. Don’t forget to throw in a few bold touches like pinstripes or vibrant hues to really make him stand out. Oh, and a pocket square is a must for that extra touch of swag. Your photos will thank you later!

old hollywood hair and makeup on woman

Hair and Makeup

Get ready to serve some serious looks! To complete your perfect ensemble, add some fluttery rosy cheeks, eyes that slay with the sharpest winged eyeliner, and a bold lip that matches your mood. For your hair, go for finger waves to channel some serious old Hollywood glam, or keep it classic with an elegant bun. And finally, the cherry on top, add a statement headpiece or veil that will leave them absolutely swooning!


It’s time to add some pizzazz to your bridal party! Your bridesmaids will love dressing up in satin or beaded party-ready gowns, perfect for dancing the night away. But why stop there? Add some vintage flair with brooches or pearls for a touch of glamour that will make them feel like movie stars. And don’t forget the gents! They’ll look dapper with classic accessories like pocket watches and handmade silk ties.

man cuffing his vintage suit

Dress Code

You want your guests looking their best, so why not encourage Hollywood chic? Keep it elegant and timeless with a classic black-tie dress code – ladies will love getting dressed up in long gowns and the gents rocking a tuxedo.  But if you’re after something a little flashier, opt for bold colors like red or gold. They’ll be sure to capture the spirit of old Hollywood!

red and white wedding table and chair decor

Table Settings

For elegant wedding table decorations, set your tables with crisp white linens and chic gold cutlery. Place crystal glasses on each seat for that extra special touch, and don’t forget to add personalized wedding place cards for an extra special surprise.

wedding bouquet of white, blue, pink flowers and greenery, decorated with long silk ribbon


Don’t forget to incorporate your old Hollywood glam wedding theme in your flowers. Think classic garden roses, cascading ferns, and elegant calla lilies. These timeless blooms were beloved by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor, making them the epitome of glamour and sophistication. Plus, incorporating old Hollywood wedding flowers into your bridal bouquet or centerpieces is the perfect way to add a touch of vintage charm to your modern-day nuptials.

Wedding candle in wedding party


When it comes to decorating your venue, think elegant and glamorous. When choosing old Hollywood glamour wedding décor, look for accents such as gold candelabras and shimmery fabrics that will make your guests feel like they’ve stepped into a classic movie set. And don’t forget to add some romantic touches like string lights and draping. If your budget permits it, crystal chandeliers is a vintage wedding décor idea that will really bring the old Hollywood glamour to your wedding day.

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saxophone player on wedding day


Take your guests on a journey to the ’30s and ’40s with classic tunes that will get them tapping their toes and feeling oh-so-jazzy. But why stop there? Add a personal touch and have the band perform some of your all-time favorite love songs. And to capture the memories, set up a photo booth so that everyone can snap silly photos throughout the night. Make sure to provide props such as feather boas, top hats, gloves, and pearl necklaces.

Martini glasses stand on a wooden stand

Food and Drinks

Time to raise a toast! When it comes to wedding cocktails, stick to classics such as Manhattans or martinis. A champagne tower will also heighten the class and decadence factor of your wedding. Opt for coupes instead of flutes to really transport your guests back in time.

For your menu, think elevated versions of all-time favorites like steak tartare, caviar blinis, or lobster thermidor. Cap off the meal with an irresistible dessert display!

white wedding cake with pink roses on top and pearls

Wedding Cake

Say “I do” to the perfect vintage-style wedding cake! Picture this: tiers of heavenly red velvet cake with velvety vanilla buttercream frosting, adorned with glittering gold detailing and cascading roses. Want to take the retro vibe up a notch? Add some old-school charm with a black-and-white film reel design. Or pay homage to Hollywood’s golden era with edible popcorn and clapboards. Your sweet tooth + classic cinema = happily ever after!

An Old Hollywood-themed wedding is the perfect way to channel that classic romantic feel that never goes out of style. If you stick to these classic Hollywood wedding theme ideas, you’ll have a stunning event that is a tribute to the glamour of the silver screen. From finding the perfect venue to dressing to impress, the details matter. So, roll out the red carpet, and let your guests experience your very own version of Hollywood magic.

Nikki Uson
Author: Nikki Uson

Nikki is a petite, part-time marketing copywriter, and full-time unicorn-chaser with a thirst for exploring the big world. She’s on a quest to find the best food, people, and experiences that life has to offer. When she’s not busy discovering new cities, she tries to make the world a better place one cookie at a time.

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