Modern Weddings: Amber and Matt’s 1920s Gangster Wedding
The Groom: Matt, 27, Materials Scientist
Wedding Theme: 1920’s Gangster!
Wedding Colors: Black, White, and Red
What made this wedding modern: Amber loves themes and for the longest time she desperately wanted to wear a fedora hat in her wedding. This obsession naturally grew into what she called “Project Gangsta” - her vision of a 1920’s gangster themed wedding in black, white, and red, complete with fedora hats, pinstripes, and toy guns!
Where they saved: Due to their small wedding party, Matt and Amber opted not to have a rehearsal dinner and instead spent the evening with out of town guests at a local amusement park - Kennywood Park. Talk about a fun rehearsal! They also decided to get married on a Sunday because it saved them $4/person in food, drink, and cake costs. The maid of honor’s dress was $30 at Macy’s and their photographer was an acquaintance who only charged $1000 for the entire day.
Where they splurged: Amber’s biggest splurge was her dress at $600, which was handmade and based off a design she sketched up herself. The splurge was well worth it because she got to wear the dress of her dreams, literally.
The guys wore pinstriped suits and spectator shoes, while the maid of honor wore a red Marilyn Monroe “Seven Year Itch” style dress.
The best part of the wedding:
Amber said that taking photographs at Carnegie Mellon University (where they met each other as engineering majors) and the cake ceremony were definitely the best parts of the wedding. “For the longest time Matt had said he was going to shove cake in my face. So I came prepared. I had a lab coat and safety goggles underneath the table that I put on before he fed it to me. Once I put it on, I had the DJ play “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” Everyone got a good laugh out of that.”
Looking back, what they would have changed:
“Honestly, nothing… I loved every minute of it. The only downside was that the venue was not willing for us to stay any later than our allotted time. It is understandable, but looking back, I wish the night could’ve lasted longer. We still had a lot of people out on the dance floor ready to party long into the night.”
“Don’t get hung up on tradition. When I told people my wedding ideas of having a non-traditional wedding, I got some comments. But weddings should ultimately be about pleasing you….not family or friends.”
There was a question about Amber’s wedding invitations - I had a chance to ask here and here is what she said:
“I had them made at Party City. I picked a really simple tri-fold invite in red and had our names on the front in a circle with dots around it in black….very art deco. On the inside, since we sent our invites out super early, I had an “Old Time” picture Matt and I took at the beach where he was dressed as a gangster and I was dressed in a flapper costume that sort of acted as the “Save the Date” card (see below). It had the hotel info on it so people could leave it on their fridge if they wanted to book a room.”
“Based on the invite design, I made all my table cards and seating chart have a similar art deco design. Each table was named after some Gangster-esque item. Below the name, I gave a little background on the item. For example, the head table was the “Bonnie and Clyde” table. I also had table names such as Eliot Ness, Nickelodeon, Flappers, Tommy Gun, Spats & Spectators, etc.”
Awesome ideas!!! I hope this offers some extra inspiration for anybody planning their own “Gangster” wedding!