Ideas for a Wedding Color Scheme With Black & Burgundy

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Ideas for a Wedding Color Scheme With Black & Burgundy
Burgundy is a romantic wedding colour. (dead flowers on velvet background image by NiDerLander from Fotolia.com)

A black and burgundy wedding theme creates a dramatic, striking wedding and reception. If you feel it is too dark overall you can accent a black and burgundy theme with white, cream or light pink for contrast. For an even bolder look, try adding accents of flame orange to your burgundy.

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Attire

For a black and burgundy wedding, dress the bridesmaids in burgundy dresses with a black sash or accessory and black shoes. The bride may wear a burgundy or black sash with a traditional white or off-white wedding dress. Pearl accessories suit black and burgundy well. The groom and groomsmen can choose black tuxedos with burgundy vests and cummerbunds or black suits with burgundy shirts.

Bouquet

Stay traditional with a bouquet of black and burgundy roses. While no rose is truly jet black, varieties such as Black Magic are such a deep red that they suggest black. Silk roses are available in true black. For a different look, create a striking bouquet of bold colours to accent the burgundy, such as orange and eggplant, using spider gerberas, tiger lilies or magnolias. Some florists offer a variety of flowers dyed in many hues. You can also make a modern monochromatic bouquet from a variety of burgundy flowers, such as magnolias, orchids, lilies or gerbera daisies. Add a touch of cream, white or light pink for accent, or to bring some lightness to the bouquet. Try baby's breath, calla lilies or white and pink roses.

Reception Room

Tie bows of black and burgundy tulle or satin around the chair backs. String black and burgundy paper lanterns around the room. Black and burgundy balloons dress up the dance floor. Purchase a guest book that matches your theme and scatter the reception table with black and burgundy flowers, with accents of cream or white if you desire.

Tables

At the reception, cover the tables in burgundy with black napkins and white tableware. If the room is too dark with burgundy linens, use white or ivory tablecloths with burgundy napkins and black tableware. Try adding black and white damask-print votive holders around the tables. At each table setting, place a black and burgundy favour, like a pillow sachet or customised chocolates, or use black and white mini wedding dress and tuxedo bags filled with black and red candy.

Centrepieces

Fill the bottom of glass vases with black glass craft stones. Add Black Magic and burgundy roses, or a variety of burgundy and white flowers and water on top. For lower centrepieces that won't block your guests' view, float black or burgundy candles and rose petals in glass bowls or shallow dishes of water.

Cake

A cake can be made in black and burgundy with fondant. Dress up a cake of any colour with black and burgundy wreaths of flowers, or accent a black and white cake with bunches of burgundy roses. For a bold and modern cake, try adding a spray of burgundy orchids to a pure white cake.

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