We always equate weddings with the color white. However today, especially with couples marrying later in life other colors and particularly black are beginning to play a more predominant role. As brides want to create their own wedding style, in their own way and by their own rules…they are beginning to dish long standing traditions.
So let’s investigate the possibilities of creating your entire wedding in black.
The location will always be the first decision on your event planning list. This will dictate your wedding dress and accessories, venue options, time of year, reception styles, flowers and so forth.
If it is a destination wedding, then planning ahead and arranging to work with a local wedding planner is a good idea. The Bahamas? Florida? Costa Rica? All great choices and the weather most likely will be warm, so a lighter fabric for your wedding dress would be best.
Here are some sleeveless choices.
Or here is a short version…
Europe? In Iceland, England or Italy, you might want to choose something with a little heavier fabric. Here is a lovely two toned dress with grey taffeta and a brooch to compliment the black underlining. The skirt is reminiscent of the Elizabethan era.
This choice adds dimension with the layers and flounce of the skirt and has a flattering waistline.
Then if you are not quiet comfortable with all black, look to these black and white combinations for wedding style inspiration!
This one is one of my favorites, especially for a later in life bride who wants to find a dress with 3/4 sleeves.
Looking for outfits to dress your flower girls and boys? Love this look!
Thinking about a veil in black? Here is one Mortician style!
And what flowers will you carry? Look at these amazing choices!
Then there are the invitations to set your style.
Moving on, do you have any ideas for what your venue style will be? Looking for something unique to create for your wedding aisle? This one will add a rustic feel.
And your reception style? Here are some unique designs.
Tall flowers will allow your guests to converse throughout the evening. Adding smaller arrangements will complete the look.
Table markers among the flowers with votives to enhance the look.
A touch of gold will add richness to your all black look.
Then there is the look of your chairs at the reception!
Here is a way to send your guests to their assigned tables.
Then add these fun DIY champagne flutes to toast your marriage with family and friends.
Last but not least is the cake!
As I write this missive I find myself uncomfortable with some of the issues of our changing society that are very disquieting to me. Though I must tell you with a final thought…It is not surprising that the color of wedding dresses is now changing with the culture to black and other colors. White was once a reflection of a bride’s purity upon entering into marriage… and black being the polar opposite. It was a meaningful commitment between two people indicating that I have saved myself for you. In today’s society and with couples marrying a second or third time, we can throw purity out the window. It is what it is…
At times I find our culture coarsening. Manners are becoming less, people are not dressing up to go out to dinner let alone to a cultural event. Men are marrying men, women are marrying women and any combination there of. I am a very traditional woman. Maybe it’s just that I am out of sync with society, but these changes and traditions in our culture are something to think about.
Don’t miss our next post on adding bling and unexpected touches to your wedding dress.
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