Black and ivory offer a softer contrast for your wedding colours than the retro black-and-white combination. Many do-it-yourself projects are simple to complete with this colour palette, including your invitations, favours, table set-up, wall and ceiling decor, flower arrangements and food.
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Let your guests know about your black-and-ivory wedding theme with your invitations. Use an ivory background with a black floral print. Another option is to stamp a black image onto the invitation. Some options for a stamp include flowers, hearts or the fleur-de-lis symbol. For an ultra-soft look and texture, sew an ivory piece of muslin into a small pouch and insert your invitation.
Use the black-and-ivory combination on candles for your ceremony and reception. An ivory candle serves as the foundation for your unity candle. Stamp the bride and groom's name, along with the wedding date, on the candle. You can also add decorative ribbon around the main candle and taper candles. Place ivory candles in black votive candleholders. As an alternative, place frosted candles around your venue, especially on top of black linens.
Using too many black flowers in your floral arrangements can make it look like you're planning a funeral rather than a wedding. Make your floral bouquets predominantly ivory with roses, cymbidium orchids, tulips or lilies. If you want to add a small amount of black flowers for an accent, two good choices are black pansy or black viola. Combine the flowers and tie a large black, silk ribbon around the bottom of the bouquet to hide the stems. For centrepieces, place the arrangement in a clear vase, surround with river stones and tie a small black ribbon around the vase.
Combine black and ivory for your dinnerware and table linens. Black linens with ivory-coloured plates contrast well. Cover your chairs in ivory, top with a black sash and finish the look with a few sprigs of ivory flowers tied around the sash.
Add a candy topiary to your buffet table or use it as a table centrepiece. Use a styrofoam cone for the base and toothpicks to insert candies into the cone. Some options for a black-and-white motif are liquorice, jelly beans, Jordan almonds, vanilla candies and Hershey's kisses.
Small, intricate favours are ideal for the elegant black-and-ivory theme. Cut out pieces of construction paper and glue it onto small boxes in the shape of a tuxedo or wedding dress. Another option is to use small black pouches with an ivory ribbon tie. Insert small items, such as cookies, almonds or other candy. For a different direction, paint small picture frames in ivory and type each guest's name in black ink on ivory paper. Place the paper in the picture frame for as a favour and a place card.
Easily add pattern and visual interest with the use of strategically placed fabric. Drape fabric from columns or the ceiling. Use black and ivory fabrics interchangeably or use a floral or polka dot pattern. A photo backdrop with a striking black or black-and-ivory background also adds a focal point to your reception venue.
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