Black and white… my favorite two colors (really, they are). I know, maybe not the most exciting to some, but to me these are the perfect wedding colors. The black and white palette may be as traditional as they come; but there are ways to make even these colors wow your guests and leave an impression. The thing with blacks and whites is that the object needs to be special since the colors are, well, just black and white.
What you want to avoid is boring your guests which is why you need to choose carefully from the reception venue (check out the incredible Addison Park below) to your bridesmaids dresses (I am in love with this short black organza Romona Keveza dress). But it’s not just your choices for the things that guests notice most; it’s the little things like the shoes (two options below… both amazing and very different), the centerpieces (think outside of the box – instead of floral use something like these oversized candlesticks) and of course the bouquets (you never see just rose bouquets, so why not be a little different). The thing that makes these black and white wedding ideas so special is how they make this color palette come to life and give a wedding it’s very own character…
We’ve all dreamed of that little box from Tiffany & Co whether it’s the classic Tiffany necklace, a pair of pearl earrings or maybe even a sparkly ring!
So why Tiffany blue for a wedding (aside from wanting to wear one of their necklaces, earrings or rings)? Well, because it’s fun! Although I admit, the use of “Tiffany Blue” is a bit cliche these days, let’s not let the connotation take away from the actual color! When used in the right color palette (among more muted colors – think off-whites and dulled silvers), it serves as the perfect “wow” color that every wedding desperately needs.
Now you may be asking, what are the right places to incorporate such a vibrant color. There are many muted and loud options, but here are a few of my favorites in pictures (see below)
1. Tiffany & Co. bridesmaids gifts!
2. Your gift card collector (a Tiffany blue painted birdcage)
3. Desserts (an entirely Tiffany blue frosted cake is a bit much so try cupcakes or macaroons)
4. Wedding Invitations
5. Wedding day shoes
6. A touch of Tiffany blue on the garter
7. A little gift for yourself… pearls for your wedding day (from Tiffany’s of course)
So with all these Tiffany Blue ideas, it’s easy to understand why Tiffany & Co has stuck with it’s trademark color for so long… it works!
I’m nearly positive that by now you all know that I am very traditional in “wedding style” but even I like to branch out once in awhile especially when I remind myself that we do live in the 21st century. So today we’re throwing ourselves into the ultra-modern mindset because I imagine there are plenty of weddings that are inspired by all things modern, sleek, with clean lines and lots of stark white!
So what is a modern wedding? Well, I imagine that everything from fashion to venue choice and all of the little details in between would be modern but as always, I will start with the dress (always my favorite wedding accessory)! I couldn’t pick only one because (although modern) these bridal gowns are really fabulous! Both from the Spring 2012 collections (I’m seeing a modern trend here…) they are sleek, stylish yet elegant at the same time. I think of white as a very modern color; it’s sterile, clean and simple, and for a twist on the traditional, a white bridesmaids dress is only fitting. The short one below is perfect with it’s slightly metallic fabric and sharp lines. From the venue decor (like the “hanging centerpieces”) to the lace boots, every detail screams modern at this wedding, and I bet as we see more “futuristic” dress designs, we’ll also be seeing more of everything modern wedding…
Whether you like them or not, we all grew up with fairy tales. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel have all made their way into our hearts and still inspire us to dream about our own happy ending. And isn’t your wedding day supposed to be just that?
Every bride deserves an enchanted wedding day whether it’s big or small, so here are some “fairy tale inspired” ideas to bring out the Sleeping Beauties in each of us…
I imagine colors in fairy tales to be light, airy and delicate which is why a pale pink and light turquoise are so fitting. The setting doesn’t need to be in the middle of a pink enchanted forest (first photo), but your photos can be done in a unique and enchanted place of your own. How about your reception venue? Well, a castle may be more realistic than you think.. Although the Egeskov Castle in Denmark (second photo) may not be available for your reception, there are so many castle-like venues that can help to create your fairy tale wedding. And the dresses…. I picked a light blue for the bridesmaids (forth photo), and yes although the dramatic staircase below isn’t necessarily realistic, it is meant to inspire the type of wedding photos that you would find only in fairy tales. Finally, the wedding gowns (fifth and sixth photos) are of course romantic but strong and simply perfect for an enchanted affair.
For a change of scenery, today we’re focusing on only one (albeit very important part of a wedding)… the reception venue! But not just any reception venue, for those yearning for a rustic, elegant and country setting (or just something different), there is no better place than a barn.
So how do you make a barn stylish enough for your big day? Well the decor is halfway there already. The inside of your barn will already give off a certain feel (most likely rustic if we are all thinking of the same type of barn) but you can dress it up anyway you want. I picked a few of my favorite “interior designs” from all over (see below) and for each, they are just a blank canvas that can be tweaked easily to the tastes of the bride and groom to be. But don’t get too carried away… there are a few essentials that cannot be overlooked regardless of how creative you want to be..
First, the lighting. Remember, most likely it will be dark at some point during your reception and barns aren’t particularly known for their natural lighting. So make sure to pick a spot with a lot of sunlight during the day (there are a few options below) but dress it up for dusk with chandeliers (my personal favorite) or small Christmas tree lights. The lighting, second to the actual barn, will set the mood whether its casual, elegant, romantic… whatever you want it to be.
Second, the overall decor. We don’t need to get into the details but remember your setting (in the barn) and make sure that you dress up or dress down the venue the way you want, but keep it all blended together. Don’t go rustic-casual on the favors and place settings, but set up classy, modern couches for the guests to lounge on. The barn itself is a statement so pick only one theme for the rest of the day and decor inside and stick with it…