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Legal ceremony theme - 1920s or 1950s w/ a modern twist? Please help!

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Hello, everyone:


I've been having some much fun planning my symbolic wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that I've decided to "upgrade" my legal wedding (to be held prior to the symbolic wedding in San Francisco).


Rather than just treating it as "completing the paperwork" like I'd originally planned, I've decided that though it will be really short and small (15-20 minute civil ceremony, 4-6 people total including bride and groom) I can still have fun with it. :) I have hired a professional photographer and would like to have a fun yet beautiful theme.


Here is my "legal dress" which I plan to wear:





Can anyone please tell me if it fits more of a 1920ish theme or a 1950ish theme? If neither, which historic fashion decade works the best? I know NOTHING about fashion history! :P


I would love to do a glamorous, maybe "gangster" theme - something fun and sexy that the FI can get into too (he HATES taking pictures, so I'm hoping a fun theme would make him enthusiastic :) ). Lots of white flowers, feathers, and crystals in the accessories. For example, I plan to have a birdcage veil fastened with a white satin flower/ostrich feather pin.


Maybe one of our pictures will be me forcing him to the altar at gunpoint :) - as my bridal and wedding planning obsession has grown significantly since he proposed, I think he would definitely appreciate the irony! :) And the final picture in the resulting album would include a sign that says "to be continued" to reference our DW in Mexico.


I don't want it to be too costumy, though - just something fun and sexy. What do you guys think? Any input is greatly appreciated!!!




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Love the dress. I'd keep it simple and cute maybe go out for cocktails after.  Rent a traditional car from that period and dress the part.  Find an establishment willing to set aside a table for you and a place for you to have 1 dance to a song you like.  Take pictures.

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