Black and White Weddings

The bride all in white and the groom in black – traditional, sophisticated, elegant and glamorous – maintaining black and white, perhaps with a hint of colour, makes a beautiful theme for a wedding all year round.


But a black and white theme need not be traditional, in fact with your imagination and using some celebs for inspiration you can make a black and white wedding theme truly original.


Let’s start with Cheryl Cole. In ultra-romantic fashion Cheryl and beau Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini were married secretly earlier in July. But then, like the good Northern lass she is, she threw a celebratory party for family and friends and turned up looking stunning in a Ralph & Russo black dress.


But some celeb brides actually wore black at their wedding. Last year actress Shenae Grimes wore a black Vera Wang dress when she married British model Josh Beech and singer Avril Lavigne wore a beautiful Monique Lhuillier designed black dress, accessorised with black roses and jet jewellery. Alternatively you could choose black dresses for your bridesmaids – the choice of The Saturdays singer Rochelle Wiseman.


Black  dresses certainly make a statement, but are probably a bit too drastic for many brides. However black and white wedding dresses are more subtle and are chic and retro at the same time. Films are a great place for inspiration – I immediately think of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, beautifully styled by Cecil Beaton in black and white. The “Southern Belle” look, inspired by Gone with the Wind also lends itself well to a white dress with black trim as do more 1950s style dresses.


If this is all a bit monochrome for you, why not throw in a spot colour? Your bouquet, corsage or shoes in a contrasting colour will give a real wow factor. Red is stunning all year round and dark purple can either warm up a luscious winter wedding or bring out the Goth in you. Using a pastel pink or lilac can soften all the edges and gives a more feminine touch for a spring wedding. Add gold as a spot colour and you are moving into the realms of opulence.


Remember, too, that you can ask your photographer for black and white photographs – many of them will be able to keep the colour in your contrasting accessories to give stunning images of the day.


From the wedding stationery, through to venue styling, a black and white theme can be selected that covers a variety of styles that will make for a memorable wedding day.

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