Black and White Wedding Ideas

August 6, 2012 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

Weddings reflect the personal style and taste of the couple to be wed through intimate details such as colors. Selecting black and white colors for your wedding opens up many possibilities in regards to themes and decorations. Black and white color schemes are often associated with formal affairs requiring an element of simple glamour, from Hollywood glitz to stately New York panache. Incorporate the black and white theme throughout all aspect of your wedding from save-the-date cards to wedding favors. Read on for inspirational ideas for a black and white wedding.


Choose one of the colors as the primary color and use the other as an accent, such as black décor with white accents or all-white decorations with black details. Create a festive atmosphere by using whimsical floral motifs or contemporary art deco designs and for romantics, integrate soft flowing fabrics such as black and white tulle or silk to the fold. Get everyone in on the fun; invite guests to dress in black and white attire. Hand out smartly designed wedding programs showcasing your black and white theme. For outdoor weddings, choose a white sandy beach, snowy mountain or nighttime location for your celebration.


Black and white flowers make for an impressive display. For fresh flowers, choose from an extensive selection of white flowers such as roses, lilies, orchids, tulips and carnations. Although uncommon, black flowers are available and include the iris, tulip and dahlia. If your favorite flower does not naturally occur in black or white, artificial flowers make a great option. Accent white flowers in a bouquet with black silk ribbons or insert a mix of black silk flowers and fresh flowers to achieve the desired effect.


Choose a venue without color, no red walls or blue carpet, the plainer the location the better to display your black and white theme. Cover tables with black tablecloths with a white cut-out overlay or white table clothes. Make a statement by having all the table cloths be white with the exception one in black. Create magnificent black and white centerpieces of floral arrangements or elegant candles in clear sconces. Make your wedding cake a black and white masterpiece with flavors such as white vanilla and dark chocolate. Serve black and white signature drinks such as black and white Russians or white chocolate martinis. Play music with a black or white theme by musicians such as Barry White or the Black-Eyed Peas. Add songs to the playlist such as “Blackbird”, “White Wedding”, “That Old Black Magic”, “Little White Church”, “Black or White” or “Back in Black”.


Dress the entire wedding ensemble in coordinating black and white colors to make a dramatic statement, especially for photographs. Traditionally, the bride wears white and the groom dons a black tuxedo. Have the bridesmaids wear “little black dresses”,  they will look great and thank you for a bridesmaid dress that they can wear over and over again. Outfit the groomsmen in all black tuxedos with a dash of white in the form of a bow tie or pocket square. The opportunities to mix and match wedding ensembles are endless, create a combination that looks best and do not rule out prints such as zebra stripes, Swiss dots  or checks.

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