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    Ragtime Inspired Wedding

    Ok, Mary & I have finally found THE wedding theme that speaks to us both: Ragtime. Ragtime was born in the red-light districts of African American communities of New Orleans in the late 19th century. From the 1890s until approximately 1920, Ragtime gifted American popular culture with bowler hats, parasols, bustles, and, moreover, dance music. For our 2014 Brooklyn, NY wedding, Mary & I will try to capture the Ragtime elements (the music, fashion, fun). Enjoy...

    Ragtime Inspired Wedding

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    Wedding shoes fit for the Ragtime era

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    A modern twist on early 1900s wedding fashion

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    An eclectic bridal bouquet

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    cute for a long sleeve wedding dress

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    Purple & gold table setting, with a touch of nature.

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    When done right, purple & gold can be so elegant. Also, the gold candelabria speaks to the era.

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    DOPE! Need I say more! (FYI, Wingtip/Brogue shoes originated in the early 20th century).

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    Flasks would be a great "Ragtime" gift for the bridesmaids (yup, you read that right!).

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    The Bowler Hat will be such fun to model with in the wedding photos.

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    Bridal bouquet that adopts the gold and (a subtle) purple theme.

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    Parasols will be perfect for the flower girls to feel (and look) special!


    If an enormous hat doesn't quite fit the dress (or you), perhaps a parasol will do, keeping in sync with the era. Because the parasol may be too much to hold, I'll go with the hat! Just sayin'...

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    A bustle is in order for any Ragtime wedding dress!

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    Keeping with the Ragtime theme, the wedding hat should be big, elaborate and unique to the dress.

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    Whereas the mostly Caucasian American Upper Class dressed in creme or white, African Americans seemed to dress in bright and vibrant clothing when they would attend clubs that played Ragtime music. Whereas the Upper Class Clothing was form fitting, African American women’s clothes were loose and allowed for free and easy movement. Woman would often adorn their hair with colorful flowers as accessories. African American men would often were vests and bowler hats as their accessories.

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    Men often wore suits and wore bow ties as accessories.

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    The Ragtime Era lasted from the late 19th – early 20th centuries. Upper class women often appeared in long white gowns, which had white collars and usually a brooch that kept the collar closed. These women also wore large white hats and carried parasols as accessories.

    'Ragtime: The Musical'

    Ragtime is a music/sub-culture that developed in New Orleans. The traditional colors of New Orleans are Purple, Green, and Gold. We've decided to X the green, and keep with the Purple & Gold. This invitation not only follows that color scheme, but also maintains youth and fun, while giving off an elegant/traditional aesthetic. Also, the floral print is similar to a Fleur de Lis.

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    The monogramed invitation postage also fits in with the purple & gold, New Orleans Ragtime theme.

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    This early 1900s (1909) automobile would be the brides' perfect getaway car after the wedding festivities.

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