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New beginnings, old times

If you're looking to have a wedding that strays from straight down the middle but isn't over-the-top eccentric, consider turning back the hands of time and setting your nuptials to America's coming-of-age days, circa the 1920s and 1930s. Vintage flare is the ideal way to maintain a sense of elegance and refinement while showing your penchant for individuality.

Black and white
A color scheme sets the foundation for any wedding. Your guests will most likely not have lived through the time period that you're going for, so their impression of the twentieth century's early years will be derived from what they've seen in old photographs and re-runs of movies - both of which were solely available in black and white film stock.

Black and white is an easy color with which to work. You do not have to worry about different shades or tones, and their simplicity makes matching easy. Furthermore, when it comes to picking out the bridesmaids' dresses, you will only have to worry about the design, not the colors.

Incorporate black and white into the tableware and the decorations. White roses will make great flower arrangements, and for wedding favors, give your guests some petals or mints inside 2 piece square favor boxes with black and white ribbons. For the guys, you can provide mini flask key rings - silver is neutral, so a hint of it will not disrupt the scheme.

Dress to kill
When you're thinking about outfits for your bridesmaids and groomsmen, or perhaps even for the husband-to-be, look no further than your netflix account. Watch old film noir movies with actors like Humphrey Bogart and Joan Bennett. Your wedding party doesn't have to mirror Al Capone or a prohibition-era gangster, but that flare for the fancy and well-dressed can be reflected. The guys can wear spats, and perhaps don round-brimmed hats. Pinstripes are both slimming and appropriate.

Model the bridesmaids after the classic femme fatale. In London's Telegraph fashion section, the publication talks about a revitalization of this vintage-brand of fashion brought on by the hit television series Mad Men. These clothing accessories included pencil skirts, tailored jacket and tea dresses. If you want to go earlier on, look at flapper fashion with bobbed hair cuts and the original era of shortened skirts. While nearly a century ago this mode of style was provocative, now it takes on an air of chic nostalgia that never was.