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Themed weddings can be amazing events, filled with inspiration and thoughtful details that can wow your guests!

But it’s easy for themed weddings to go too far, and end up looking cheesy and over-the-top. You want to look back at your wedding photos and smile – not cringe… So what’s the line? How do you know what’s too far and what to include?

Chelsea from Coco & Ash collaborated with a stellar team of Calgary vendors to create this glamourous “Great Gatsby” inspired shoot at Calcutta Cricket. We love every detail of this Roaring 20’s themed wedding, and appreciate the subtle details and thoughtful elements they chose to include.

Here’s what Chelsea had to say about the shoot:

Unlike the elusive love between Daisy and Jay in the novel “The Great Gatsby,” we wanted to paint our own ending on the classic tale that boasts extravagance, style, and glamour. In our version of the story, it’s as though James and Grace have slipped away from their guests, for a glamourous yet intimate celebration of their love. This shoot is so special to me as it was a vision I’ve had for a long time and my personal love for this era in time. My style/brand is minimalistic and I am a sucker for black accents. I wanted to jump outside of the box with this design and make a 1920’s look feel modern and attainable. I can confidently say everything about this inspiration shoot came together without a hitch and I am so proud of this amazing team and the talents that came together!Coco + Ash

So we thought who better than Chelsea to give you tips on how to plan a themed wedding on your own – without going over the top!

Coco + Ash Weddings & Events - Guest Writer on The Bronte Bride Blog

Hey!! My name is Chelsea Townsend and I am the founder/owner of Coco + Ash Weddings and Events.

I began my planning business following the births of my sons – Cohen and Asher (see the connection ;)) as planning, epic love stories and celebrations have always brought me joy! 

It is my promise to help you feel inspired, confident and excited to plan your unique wedding or event and I strive to bring your personal story to life with my passion, professionalism and expertise.

Planning a themed wedding you say?!

Here are some basic tips!

How to Plan a Themed Wedding Without Going Over the Top - floral installation, roses, anemonies


Select a Simple Palette

Keeping your colour palette simple and minimal will allow for focused ideas and decision-making. Limiting your palette will also leave your overall aesthetic easy on the eye.  

How to Plan a Themed Wedding Without Going Over the Top - luxury bar cart, tropical wedding inspiration, wedding lounge


Do Your Research

Learn about the theme or era!

Look up inspirational images and get ideas that speak to you.

How to Plan a Themed Wedding Without Going Over the Top - Black white and gold wedding invitation suite


Create a Mood Board

Develop a mood board that categorizes different wedding elements. Make sure your ideas are cohesive with one another and on track with your general theme.

Weed out any ideas that don’t fit before you start vendor scouting.

How to Plan a Themed Wedding Without Going Over the Top - vintage unique cake inspiration, gold and black wedding


Collaborate with The Experts

Share your ideas and inspiration, but also allow the baker, florist, or hair stylist to put their own expert twist on it! Doing so should produce an aesthetic that isn’t matchy-matchy and over the top!

How to Plan a Themed Wedding Without Going Over the Top - vintage wedding theme


Know Your Non-Negotiables

If having a Gatsby inspired hairstyle is a must for you, then simplify other details like tablecloths or charger plates that aren’t as important.

How to Plan a Themed Wedding Without Going Over the Top - vintage moroccan wedding


Stay Focused

It’s easy to want to add the theme into every element… But that isn’t necessary. Themed details here and there will create an elegant themed wedding without it feeling tacky and overdone. You don’t want guests to lose focus on the décor instead of celebrating your marriage!

See the full feature,

Vintage Glamour 1920’s Wedding Inspiration at Calcutta Cricket

Vendor Credits
Photography: Nikki Collette Photography // Design and Planning: Coco & Ash // Design and Planning: Orange Trunk // Rentals: Orange Trunk // Venue: Calcutta Cricket Club // Gown: Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique // Florals: Hen & Chicks // Hair & Makeup: Top Knot Brides // Hair Piece & Embellished Earrings: Joanna Bisley Designs // Fringe Earrings & Engagement Ring: Adorn Boutique // Groom Attire: Ed Williams Men’s Wear // Cake: Yvonne’s Delightful Cakes // Favours: Box Smith Modern Gifts // Stationery: Debbie Wong Design // Models: Talia Derby & Justin Weller

Coco + Ash is proud to showcase impeccable organization, a patient demeanour and local knowledge. My approach is minimalistic, elegant, contemporary and chic. It is my goal to deliver a top quality, seamless experience for your unforgettable wedding or event and my framework for creating successful relationships is built on being relatable, adaptable, truly caring about the love story and honesty.

When not working on production schedules, making lists or organizing vendors, I can be found chasing my two amazing little boys around, sitting on a patio with my husband or enjoying a spin class with the gals.

I am a YYC native who LOVES coffee, sushi, peanut butter and everything breakfast. I enjoy Netflix-ing with my hubby, but fall asleep during almost every movie and I am obsessed with scarfs and fall colours. I pride myself on being personable, calming, organized and professional and eager to create the event that leaves you amazed!


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