Beyoncé did it. Solange did it. And now Mama Tina is the latest Knowles diva to wow the world with an all-white wedding. Want to do the same with your upcoming nuptials? We talked to Baltimore-based event and wedding planner Stephanie Bradshaw to discover affordable and fashionable ways to stun your guests. Scroll on for all the tips you need to throw a glam and chic wedding.
Keep the Bridal Party in All White: Once frowned upon, selecting white dresses for your bridesmaids is now considered on-trend. Fun fact: In olden times, bridesmaids wore white to confuse evil spirits who tried to harm the bride. To get the glam look without the couture price tag, Stephanie suggests having your girls rent their dresses from Rent the Runway. They’ll look and feel fab without breaking the budget. “We recently did a wedding where all the bridesmaids wore white, and it was so pretty,” gushes Stephanie.
Keep the Guests in Color: We love picture-perfect moments, but instituting a color code, in addition to a dress code, might be a bit over the top. Stephanie tells us, “Bridesmaids in white are beautiful, but guests? It might not be practical unless you are in the Knowles family.”
Go With All-white everything
If you’re ready to embrace an all-white affair, all you have to do is commit. “Florals, linen and draping will have the most impact,” says Stephanie. “Keeping an all-white party monochromatic, in my opinion, would be the most beautiful application of this trend.” Of course, not everything has to be in the same shade of white. Stephanie tells us, “Adding creams would be lovely too.”
To get more bang for your buck, opt for white hydrangeas and stock flowers over peonies and roses. Also, be sure to consider the venue and its existing decor, “so you aren’t fighting another color palette from the get-go,” Stephanie warns.
Go for the “Wow” Factor
Got moves like Beyoncé and want to show them off in style? A white dance floor with your new monogram will be the subject of many selfies. Just be sure to keep the dance floor covered until right before the doors to the reception are opened, advises Stephanie.
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Finally, Stephanie says you should make sure you’re willing to give up the “ah-ha! moment” of having the bride be the only one in white. Once you’ve made that decision, “Just go with your gut and design an event that best reflects the type of celebration you wish to host.” Stephanie also offered one last bit of advice: “Make sure you have a stain remover pen handy!”
Are you considering an all-white wedding? Let us know in the comments!