Opposites Attract with this Timeless Theme
From top left to right(1. white anemone bouquet – bellefleurnyc.com|2. outdoor wedding reception | 3. letterpress invites | 4. anemone boutonniere | 5. cupcake wrappers – paperorchid.com | 6. anemone theme ruffledblog | 7. bird cage veil | 8. flower girls dresses )
There is just something about black and white that lends an air of sophistication. It’s stylish, classic and since it’s so timeless, it will never go out of fashion. Luckily, this modern sleek monochromatic scheme is so easy and effortless to put together.
If you (like the rest of us!) are trying to be budget savvy, this color scheme will be gentle on your wallet. Wedding necessities are so easy to come by in black and white, and best of all easy to find locally. Also, you’ll have no problem keeping the colors consistent throughout the wedding. Plus, the more you save on wedding accessories, the more you can splurge elsewhere: a ritzy venue, or plane tickets for the honeymoon?
Black flowers, or floral details may seem daunting but fear not. White anemones have an elegant contrast that really rings true to the theme and will make the statement bold brides are looking for. The best part?
These pretty blooms are in season most of the year, thus very easy and cost effective to get for your wedding. The trendiest floral arrangements and bouquets for 2010 are incorporating black foliage, but for a softer, more romantic look mix with sweet peas, gardenias and ruffly white hydranias. Matching boutonnieres and arrangements with the white anemones will tie it all together.
As a detail, and a more modern look, try wrapping the stems with a pretty sable ribbon. For a more modern and structured look, try calle lilies in deep dark pigments, or dyed blooms. Many contemporary bouquets are getting creative with feathers, berries, crystals and beads, your options are limitless. Experiment!
To keep your reception and decor from getting too dark, keep the details black and the rest bright white or ivory. Pretty white table cloths provide the perfect blank canvas for ebony dinnerware and serviettes. Use ribbons as accents, feature black and white candles, or antiqued candle sticks, use black paper lanterns. Put a new spin on an old classic: black and white tiling is not just for the kitchen! Try it for your reception dance floor.
All my favorite invitations are using the letterpress technique that really gives the stationary a touch of glamor and the heavy paper contributes to the class of your affair. There are lots of pretty designs online, a great place to look is Etsy, a site for handmade products. So you know that each one is made with love and care. For some contemporary, super luxe modern designs, go to Belle Figura.
Paper orchid makes divine cupcake wrappers that will give your cake or cupcakes the trendy treatment. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, the black on the board above reminds me of a stately wrought iron gate giving a romantic gothic touch.
Speaking of romantic, the birdcage veil is making it’s comeback and they are enchanting! Personalize the look by adding flowers or feathers or jewels. A flirty peek of your eyes through the webbing will give you the alluring look of a movie star.
If you are a little wary about incorporating black and are worried you’re wedding will look more like a funeral, stick with black for the details. For reference, the little flower girl with luxurious satin sash. Maybe for the bride maids, they can wear little black dresses, to that end you’ll stand out and your white or ivory will really pop. Likewise, you can mix in some black details in your jewelry or details on the dress. Bold colors and dark shoes are always fashionable, but for 2010 look for raven heels on the bride. For your grayscale wedding, black pumps or strappy stilettos look timeless, fashion forward not to mention exceedingly easy to find anywhere. Plus, it will give you a little detail that keeps you from going over board on the theme.
(1. exquisitebridesmaids.com | 2. caroline castigliano | 3. weddingdressonlineshop.co.uk)