White is the color of purity & a mainstay of many weddings. It is the color of kindness, wholeness completion. White is purity, cleanliness, and innocence. Like black, white goes well with almost any color. In most Western countries white is the color for brides, some cultures viewed white as the color of royalty. Angels are typically depicted as wearing white and in early Westerns the good guy wore white while the bad guy wore black. Use white at weddings to signify cleanliness or purity or softness.
Shades of White
Amber shift, Anti-flash white, Cosmic latte, Cream white, Eggshell white, Ghost white, Isabelline white, Ivory white, Magnolia white, Off-white, Old lace white, Pearl white, Seashell white, Splashed white, Vanilla white.
Colours to Compliment White Weddings
White is a classic wedding colour and looks stunning as the colour of a wedding gown. When choosing colours to compliment white you could start with your favorite colour, the colour of a certain flower you must have at your wedding or even what colours suit your groom, mother of the bride and bridesmaids skin tones.
Every colour comes in different shades and tones so you are bound to find a complementary colour perfect for your needs and to compliment your white wedding. If you want your wedding to feel fresh and crisp you should use softer, pastel colours, white is already a fresh, crisp colour but can sometimes in some opinions look clinical is there is too much or it is paired with very cool colours. Go for soft colours with a bit of warmth to them such as pale grassy greens, light browns, gold, lavenders and light peaches or subtle pinks. Remember these colours don’t have to take the attention away from the purity of white but could be used as a accent colour. Balloons, table decorations, bridesmaid dresses, cravats or the waist coat of the groom along with ribbons on the flowers or even the cake would be the perfect examples or where you could introduce an accent colour along to compliment the white without overpowering it to create that perfect white wedding theme.
White as you may have realised works with almost every colour as long as it’s the right shade of that colour. It can work amazing not only as the primary colour at a wedding but also when being used to brighten darker colours and make them appear more prominent. Using a touch of white to colour schemes such as dark or light reds, blues, greens and purples will brighten them and make over powering colours less intense. Adding white to certain colours can change the look completely and help colours adapt to different seasons for example using white as the accent colour to a pastel palette will give a perfect colour scheme for spring weddings.
Colours to Avoid at a White Wedding
If you are going for that classy, elegant wedding most of us dream of there are some colours that will definitely not give that impression when teamed with white. The rules for colours you should stay away from when using white as a colour in your wedding are the same as for ivory and beige, stay away from extremely bright and neon colours. Some colours that just don’t go with white are turquoise, hot pink, kiwi-green, neon orange, bright pinkish-purples, neon yellow along with any other glowing colour you can think of. All colours of them sorts paired with white detract from its purity and softness and should be avoided.
White Wedding Decorations
Decorations besides the bride of course are a fabulous way to make a wedding have everybody saying ‘wow’. The perfect decorations should feature throughout your day displaying only the colours you have chosen for your theme. From white flowers, balloons and confetti through to ivory chair covers, ribbons and candles for day and ivory napkins, table cloths, sparklers and centre pieces for night decorations can really make a wedding inviting and look stunning. Besides the usual decorations everybody thinks of its always nice to think hard and add personal touches that mean things to you to your decorations.
White Wedding Favours
Favours are the perfect way to say thank you to all your guests for attending your special day and will give them something they can keep to remind them of your wedding. Putting favours in small boxes or bags means you can give your guests anything you wish in any colour and they won’t detract from your white theme as they will be concealed but also beautifully presented. Another option is to introduce that accent colour again whether it is soft pink or lavender it will still fit in with your colour scheme and you may have more option when it comes to buying the favours. Traditionally favours were sugared almonds, chocolates wrapped in foil or candy of some sort. That would work well with having an white colour scheme as there are candy and foil covered chocolates in abundance white in colour, however if you plan to give something your guests can keep what about miniature white champagne bubbles, white picture frames, white stationary or even white lottery ticket holders which have become very popular. For the kids activity books and jars filled with marshmallows or sweets would be a great idea and keep them amused through the speeches, perfect.
Celebrity White Weddings
Actress Katherine Heigl married Josh Kelley married December, 2007, she wore an Oscar de la Renta white wedding dress also Christina Aguilera who married Jordan Bratman in 2005 wore a beautiful white flamenco style dress designed by Christian Lacroix.