Say what you will about “The Great Gatsby.” Whether you love or hate “the true American novel,” you can’t ignore this trend of mislabeling “Gatsby” as a romance rather than a #blessed downward spiral of moral decay. It desperately needs to stop. Sure, the novel led to two popular movies. And yes, two of the main characters are in love–or at the very least toy with the idea of it. However, none of this deems the book an appropriate wedding theme.
“But,” says the fiancée, twirling her hair while crafting her wedding boards on Pinterest with rabid fervor, “then I’ll make it a Fitzgerald-themed wedding. Scott and Zelda were like, the greatest love story, like, ever.”
Well, wrong again. He was a raging alcoholic and she was an uninhibited lunatic. They had a few good years before they went off their respective deep ends, but Zelda was in and out of too many mental hospitals to allow them to be together for long stretches of time. They famously wrote each other tons of love letters and were each others’ guiding lights for their entire lives, but their relationship should not be placed on a pedestal. Or used as a comparison for a healthy union.
This is a wonderful and honest piece of literature, and people who skipped high school English class to get high behind the gym need to stop bastardizing it. At the very least, read the SparkNotes before throwing $40,000 on a party celebrating something that has a 50 percent survival rate.
My only hope is that the tags and keywords embedded in this post will become a catalyst to discovery. Hopefully, the next bride to Google ” ‘Gatsby’-themed wedding ideas” will realize what she’s doing–or she’ll be so drunk off cheap Chardonnay and fumes from spray paint DIY monograms that she’ll go ahead and incorporate them into the big day somehow.
Here’s how an actual “Great Gatsby”-themed wedding would go.
(All quotes taken from “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald)