Thursday, February 17, 2011
What’s Old is New: The All-White Wedding
Over the last few years, brides have waded knee-deep into C-O-L-O-R. And not just your mother's pastels, either — we're talking modern, kicky, in-your-face combos practically bordering on neon (orange or teal, hot pink or chartreuse, anyone?)
But now that we're here, something novel is happening. To wit, brides are reclaiming white. It's almost like this: now we know we can push the boundaries with impunity, it's suddenly attractive to pull back.
The phenomenon started with a big rise in all-white bridal bouquets, and a resurgence in what used to be sniffed at as "plain white wedding cake."
But now we're seeing more and more weddings flanked by white from start to finish, bringing to mind new beginnings, crisp flapping sails on a lake and fresh starched laundry in the breeze.
How do we love white? Let us count the ways! On a summer afternoon, against the deep greens of park grounds, and framed by a deep blue sky.
White also lets you pile on textures and layers. What might look fussy or overdone with too many hues looks elegant, even architectural, in whites and ivories. So go ahead, lay on the details: fabrics, piping, scrolls and overlays.
Best of all? When you pore over your wedding album years later, you'll never think, "yeah, that was 2008." You'll see a timeless-looking celebration, not a period style.
Indoor evening events call for their own special treatments, benefiting from a monochromatic rainbow of ivory, cream, latte and the palest hints of blue, pink or peach.
But blinding white reigns supreme on a bright summer day. Picture this: an outdoor setting that beckons with airy tents and grassy carpets. Bright white brings an elegant center to even to the most free flowing of outdoor events ... even a clambake!
Posted by Gracy Ruhinda