inspiration for a beautiful black and white wedding theme

If your wedding buzz words are ‘classic’ and ‘elegant’ then a monochrome theme will suit you perfectly. There’s something very chic about a simple mix of black and white that oozes with timeless glamour, whether that’s a 1920s inspired look or a black tie dinner party with all the trimmings. If you look at old photographs and long to recreate a bygone era, this theme will give you the chance to stage a truly sophisticated soiree.

Glamorous black and white wedding ideas

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Dress to Impress

To set the tone for a black and white themed wedding, why not choose a sleek wedding dress in white or ivory with exquisite black embroidery? Alternatively accessorise a traditional gown with a black sash, black underskirt, black crystal jewellery or remove the standard corset lacing and replace with black lacing or tulle. In a monochrome gown, you’ll feel like the belle of the ball amidst a sea of black tuxedos - after all, there’s something to be said for a dress that’s so decadently daring. Speaking of being adventurous, if you really do want to stand out from the crowd there is of course the option of a dramatic black wedding dress!

Monochrome Maids

A black and white wedding raises the bar when it comes to choosing dresses for your maids. Pay homage to the glamour of Old Hollywood and opt for elegant black evening gowns that are universally flattering (your best girls will thank you for choosing dresses they can wear again for future occasions). Alternatively, go for short and chic with a classic LBD or, for a more wedding traditional style, accessorise white or ivory dresses with a black ribbon sash, a fabulous pair of black heels or jet jewellery. Accentuate your colour scheme further with a stylish posy of black and white anemones for utterly gorgeous bridesmaid style!

Black Tie

When we think about black and white weddings the first thing that springs to mind is the dress code. A ‘black tie’ dress code is the most obvious choice for this type of event and who could resist seeing their nearest and dearest in smart tuxedos and evening gowns. It might sound like more effort for your guests but setting a formal dress code adds an even greater sense of occasion to your big day. It might be the only occasion that year where guests have the opportunity to dress formally and your photographs will look even better with everyone wearing their best finery.

elegant and glamorous - black and white wedding ideas

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The decor of your black and white wedding will really complete the entire theme. Not only should you choose finishing touches that are very obviously monochrome but you can also play up a vintage theme with decor that matches the decidedly art deco, retro feel that a black and white wedding creates. For chic, contemporary style, instead of choosing frilly table settings, choose minimalist settings with sharp lines. Add oversized black and white balloons for a fun space filler and drape plain white marquees with black and white tulle overhead. Simple black napkins folded into a bow tie shape make effortlessly elegant place settings too.

Creative Cake

A cake with white icing and black accents will always look dramatic because of its sharp silhouettes. Take a softer approach with a four-tiered cake where each tier is covered with black or white icing and decorated with white pearls and floaty white flowers. White flowers are a great way to soften the gothic tones of black royal icing. Alternatively, if feathers feature in your wedding ask your designer to recreate their texture with your cake décor by including a tier covered in fluffy white icing. We can’t resist a cake table and think the black and white theme lends itself well to some clever mini desserts – white chocolate cake pops anyone?

Written by Ann Russell

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