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How to add patterns and prints into your wedding theme

Today, most weddings are planned around a chosen color scheme. Choosing between colors has been a popular trend for quite some time now. Since there is nothing new other than perhaps find a brand new winning color combination, more and more brides are turning to patterns and print to add a unique touch to their weddings. Patterns and prints bring an extra element of style and sophistication, and this is a surefire way of making an impact, without going to too much trouble.

The best thing about incorporating prints and patterns into your wedding décor is that you have so many options to choose from. Whether you want a classic, elegant wedding theme or a quirky, contemporary style you have plenty of designs to fashion it on. The fun doesn’t end here. By varying the size, dimensions and frequency with which you use prints or patterns in your décor, you can achieve entirely different effects.

Some of the benefits of including prints and patterns into your wedding scheme are:

  • It is one of the easiest ways to add more texture and interesting colors to your décor
  • Certain prints are standard representations of themes, and this is an easy way to create the vibe you desire, for your wedding. For example, spring flowers scream garden celebrations, and using this print in your décor can instantly set the right ambiance at your venue
  • It is easier to mix and match colors around a pattern or print, than when using a single color, which will involve more detailed matching of elements
  • With pattern and print, a little goes a long way. You can make a powerful statement by using prints and patterns in moderation
  • Prints allow you to keep your base color simple, while adding accents in a fun way to your wedding theme

There are hundreds of options in prints and patterns to choose from, and it is pretty exciting to explore the options. Depending on the style of wedding you have, you can consider the following options.

Traditional prints

  • Basket weaves: Soft and elegant, basket weaves are a perfect pattern to add subtle texture to your wedding décor elements. You can use this print in table linen, in the rugs and even in the cake for a dramatic and elegant finish.
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  • Art deco: Bring neat and stylish Gatsby inspired motifs to your wedding as the patterns that will be highlighted in your décor. Crisp, clean and easy to incorporate, you can try the same print in different colors, or stick to just one print and color combination throughout.

This place card from our Best for Bride stationery suite features black and white art deco prints that make the wedding scenery more interesting in an instant

  • Damask

This popular Arabic weaving pattern is a beautiful traditional icon that is both elegant and sophisticated. It is a perfect choice for your wedding invitations and stationery. Use it in lavish doses throughout your décor for a regal vibe.

This black and white Damask pocket invitation is from our invitation collection at Best for Bride.

  • Lace

An eternal vintage favorite, lace can jazz up the scene with pretty floral details in your table décor, bouquets, centerpieces and even wedding cake design in an instant. For brides who want a modern update to traditional lace designs, consider laser-cut lace details that are crisp with super-fine details

Rolls of crochet lace can be used to tie together wedding favors, embellish envelopes and even to secure silverware to the table napkins.

  • Ikat

Add a punch of color to your wedding scene with ikat handloom prints that are an all-time favorite with the Boho bride. Perfect for a colorful wedding, and there is an endless variety of prints to choose from.

This invitation from the Best for Bride collection can be ordered here.

Modern patterns

  • Greek key

The new favorite in interior designing, the Greek key print is a perfect choice for the bride who wants a subtle pattern with symmetry, that makes it balanced and interesting. Start off with an envelope seal to your chosen wedding invitation format, and build the rest of the scene at your wedding around this pattern.

This envelope seal is available here at Best for Bride.

  • Animal print

Jazz up your modern wedding with prints from the animal world, including zebra prints, leopard prints, tiger stripes or giraffe prints for a chic vibe. It is exciting and interesting, and totally cool! Step away from the original colors and pep it up with bright, unusual colors for an even more interesting touch.

This envelope liner can be used with your invitations to give your guests a sneak peek at the theme of your wedding. Available here at Best for Bride.

  • Geometric prints

The go-to pattern for modern and stylish celebrations. The straight edges and neat corners of modern geometric prints will find favor with the bride who is organized and loves to go with neat, but pretty trends.

Universal prints that work for both contemporary and traditional brides

  • Chevron

A versatile print that can easily be modern or classic depending on how it is used, and the colors chosen in it. Chevron in gold and white is classic, while the colored versions are playful and fun. Use it everywhere, from your table linen, to the backdrop and even add it to the edible favors, brides shoes or bridesmaids dresses.

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  • Checks

Big or small, check prints are a must-have for garden weddings and outdoor ceremonies. Do it big, in ample doses everywhere from the favor bags to table cloth, or keep it in moderation by adding it to the bunting and napkins. Color combinations like red and white are fun, while black and white or tartan prints are classic.

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  • Polka dots

One of our favorite all-time prints, polka dots are a happy pattern that can bring a soft contrast and step up the fun element at any venue. They can be either whimsical and fun, or stylish and classic, depending on how the colors are mixed to create the combination.

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  • Stripes

Another classic design that can be used in both modern and classic weddings with ease, stripes are the perfect pattern choice to either dress up or dress down your wedding theme and create the vibe you want. There are infinite options to consider, and there is no scope for mistakes.

14 ideas to incorporate stripes into your wedding

  • Florals

Flowers and weddings are a match made in heaven, and you can make the most of this bounty of nature by adding it in lavish doses to your wedding theme. Apart from incorporating it into the décor and stationery, we think you should also consider dressing up your pretty bridesmaids in flower print dresses. Your bridesmaids will go crazy over this printed dress from the Alfred Sung bridesmaids collection. Check it out here.

Now that we’ve had a detailed look at a handful of beautiful prints that would be great for your wedding day, let us discuss a few important things that you should keep in mind when using prints and patterns.

Follow these tips and you are sure to do it right.

1.Have a color scheme in mind: When doing patterns and print, it is easy to go overboard. If you do, you will end up with a cluttered scheme and the entire effect will be spoiled. To avoid this, pick a scheme with a maximum of four colors to mix and match. Consider how practical it is to work with these colors, and where you can add each combination. Sketch the imagery in your mind, and collect inspiration from available sources on your wedding inspiration board. Try out different combinations, till you find the right one that appeals most to you. Then proceed with the plan.

2.Do patterns and prints in the right doses: Getting the most of patterns and prints is possible, only when you do the combinations in moderation. Prints can freshen up the scenery when they are mixed with a solid base color, that offsets the busy look. Collect swatches in various combinations and set it up against plain solid colors, till you find the right mix that you can use in different places through the décor.

3.Start with the stationery: We said earlier that your invitation is the right place to offer your guests a sneak peek into the prints you will employ at your wedding. So, make sure you choose an invitation, envelope seal or envelope liner that will feature the chosen theme element. Apart from that you can further dress up your wedding venue with place cards, coasters, menus and programs centered around the theme. This is one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to add patterns and prints into your décor.

4.Place it where it will be noticed: Some clever planning is necessary for this part. To make a statement with prints and patterns, you should not just float it around in the background. You should place it where it will be most noticeable. Place it against items that are simple and plain, so the prints stand out against them. For example, display the patterns as cupcake tiers in the candy buffet, or add it as ribbons on a plain favor bag. Most prints, including stripes, polka dots and chevron, can be incorporated into wedding cakes. Do this in the right dose, and it will be a statement look that everyone will appreciate.

5.Use it in unexpected ways: This is one of the quickest ways to make sure the theme comes alive. Do a little brainstorming to add your central theme into places where your guests will least expect to see it, and it will not go unnoticed. Some places to add the little element of surprise are in your centerpieces, by adding it to the vases in which the flowers will be displayed. You can also use it in lavish doses in the program and menu cards, as it will not escape being noticed when your guests read through them.

6.Wear it well: If you have your mind set on a white wedding dress, don’t compromise on that to incorporate pattern. Instead think of other ways in which you can cleverly add prints to your look. Accessories like shoes, sashes and bouquets can be dressed up with the pattern you choose, thus integrating your look with the theme you have chosen. Something as simple as tying a fabric with the chosen print around your bouquet, is all it takes to update your look and match it to the theme. For your groom, consider a patterned tie or printed shirt in the chosen theme. Similarly you can have your bridesmaids in dresses that feature the chosen pattern or gift them accessories that sport the print.

With these tips in mind, you are all set to add the right prints and patterns to your wedding. The best thing about using this idea is that even a little goes a long way. You do not need elaborate plans or go through yards of fabric swatches to find the one combination that will make your wedding truly unique. Having a theme that works, couldn’t get easier than this, and it is the perfect way to make the right statement.

Our invitation suite has wedding stationery in almost every print, pattern and color you can possibly imagine. Finding your dream color and print combination couldn’t get any easier than this. Similarly, you will find an endless gallery of options in wedding favors, reception décor, table and aisle decorations and more in our wedding favors shop. So, don’t forget to check out the different options you can consider, for your chosen theme and colors. Bring your wedding vision to life through the different wedding services we offer at Best for Bride. Visit our home page today, to find everything you need.

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12 ideas for black and white wedding themes

Searching for a wedding theme that exudes sophistication? Or a wedding palette that simply can’t go wrong? Either way, a black and white wedding theme is just right to meet your need.

Classic and elegant, this is a timeless favorite that couples have perfected time and again. Both the colors, black and white are perfect neutrals. So, there are hundreds of ways in which you can add subtle accents to this combination to personalize your wedding palette. Whether it is a small dose of color or a metallic hue, black and white form the perfect combination to get the details right. Don’t discount the fact that these two colors are easy to find. Choose this combination and you will be saved from hours of tedious swatch matching and combination testing. After all, there is just one black, and maybe not just one, but only a handful of whites to choose from. Life cannot get easier than this, and you will be saved from so much stress when you choose this fail-safe combination.

Here, we bring you some interesting and workable ideas to get the various details at your black and white wedding just right. Check it out.

Black and white save-the-date card

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Set the stage for your black and white wedding with this black and white save-the-date card from Best for Bride. The crest shape, velvety finish and foil printing exude an air of glamour and style, and your guests will be intrigued to know what is in store for your wedding day, when the save-the-date card is itself so unusual and interesting. To check it out in detail or to place your order, visit this link here.

Follow it up with this fantastic damask black and white wedding invitation card and your guests will know they are in for a glamorous evening. This simple seal and send invitation makes work easy for you. Find out more about it by visiting this link here.

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Black and White wedding gown

Here comes the bride! As all eyes are on you during the wedding ceremony, how about a black and white wedding gown to have them saying Wow!? Not only is it perfect for the theme that’s going on, it will also be a classic choice where you do not compromise on style. I don’t think there is any other combination where you can easily find a wedding gown that blends in perfectly with the color palette. And, yes we have the perfect dress to do the job!

This Alfred Angelo 2457 is a fantastic black and white wedding gown in a modern fit. The delicately strewn lace details on the bodice extend to the waistline, with a black satin bow with flower detail highlighting the slim waist. Tasteful and striking! The Alfred Angelo 2454 and 2455 are two other black and white wedding gowns in a fit and flare design, that can also be considered for your wedding day.

White wedding flowers

Black flowers aren’t really feasible, or are they? The fail-safe option is to go with the whitest flowers available, and accentuate their stark white color with the rest of the bouquet accessories or foliage. It is a good idea to steer clear of flowers that have a distinct coloring on the inside, as this can water down the effect of the white. White roses and tulips are good candidates to achieve this effect, and the fuller the blooms, the more attractive it will be.

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I like the idea of adding little silver pins to the center of the blooms to accentuate the whiteness of this bouquet. Or if your florist can get hold of this picture-perfect white ranunculus with a black trim, it would be an absolute match for the theme. There are several factors that may determine its availability though. So, its a better idea to have the white rose bouquet as an alternative, if this may not be possible! ranunculus-300860_1280

White paper flower bouquet for the bold bride

Now, if you are aiming for white that is unblemished and free from any hint of color, paper flowers are your best bet. Look at the mesmerizing beauty of the flowers featured here, isn’t it a work of art? Crafted from paper that is pristine white, the little details in the center make it stunning. Now, if this doesn’t compete with a flower made from real blooms, I don’t know what will.

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If you want to try your hand at making this bouquet which is not only unique, but beautiful as well, we suggest that you visit Its Always Autumn, which has an extensive list of tutorials to make every type of paper flower imaginable. Make your pick from the bloom that you love and work your way towards DIY-ing your own bridal bouquet.  You can also consider using real flowers for your own bouquet, and having paper flower bouquets for your bridesmaids, and save some quick money on your flower budget.

Personalized black and white unity candle

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Choose to personalize the unity candle at your wedding ceremony with a beautiful black and white motif that matches the rest of the décor details at your wedding. Here, this candle is embellished with a simple, but attractive damask motif, and the names of the couple are added in an accent color. It can also be a décor item used throughout the venue, if that is what you would prefer. The intricate design and the ideal weaving of the signs of love, such as the love birds and little hearts, make this is a pleasant addition to any wedding.

Black and white wedding cake

The quickest way to create an impression at your wedding reception is to have a majestically towering black and white wedding cake. The sky is the limit and your baker’s talent the only constraint to weaving magic with flour and sugar to create a black and white wedding dessert. There are several options to work with. You can either use fondant for a sleek and refined finish, or go with white butter cream and simple black cake accessories for a more budget-friendly choice. A simple black satin ribbon around the base of each tier is in itself sufficient to dress up your cake and make it wedding-worthy. Nevertheless, we favor the elaborate choice of dressing up each clear white tier with beautiful black stencil or lace patterns, as you can see in this cake here.

How spectacular is this cake named Damask from Natalya, our wedding vendor at Best for Bride? It is a show stopper and we think you should have one that is just as eye-catching, for your wedding day too.

Black and white guest book

damask guest bookSome things deserve a little extra attention, as it will live on as the memories of your milestone celebration. Your wedding guest book is one of these. Keep the color theme on with a matching black and white damask guest book at your wedding seen here. Simply stylish, with its signature damask print on the upper half and a serene black lower half, this guest book also is embellished with a pretty white grosgrain bow in the center. Your guests will enjoy adding their friendly messages and best wishes to the newly-married couple. The available space can hold almost 700 signatures, and it will be enough and more for your guests to pen their messages to you. It will serve as the perfect memento to remind you of everyone who attended your wedding ceremony and made your big day even more special. Take a closer look at this interesting guest book by clicking on this link here.

Black and white place card

Spare no attention to detail, and your guests will be amazed with how well you’ve planned your wedding. This lacy black and white place card will direct them to their seats in style. The pretty motifs adorning the card are both attractive and artistically done. Created with black and fuchsia ink on white card stock, you can custom print it with your guest’s names and the tag line you wish to include. If you want to take a closer look at this beautiful place card, check it out over here.  We have many more place cards in the black and white color theme, and you can find all of them at this page.

Happily ever after black and white aisle runner

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Mark your Happily ever after Union with your life partner from the minute you enter the venue, with this attractive Happily Ever After Black and white Aisle runner. Black calligraphy adorns the white base that you will happily walk down on your wedding day. This aisle runner comes loaded with the pull cord making it both practical and convenient. Whether you have an outdoor or indoor ceremony planned, this will not be out of place, and will add the necessary dose of white to your ceremony venue in an instant. Find out about how you can order this, and also check out the other black and white aisle runner options we offer by visiting this page on Best for Bride.

Wedding Favor boxes

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Black and white favor boxes can house any gift and still have you sticking to your wedding color palette. That is what these interesting black and white tuxedo favor boxes can achieve with ease. Ideal for storing a handful of candies or sweets, they make the right choice for a tasty and interesting gift to pack your guests home with. Don’t forget to customize them with a small line that reads your names and the date of your wedding, and it will be ready to be taken away. Or if you prefer to leave it plain and keep it as it is, you can choose to do that too. Either way, we are sure this is a gift that every guest will be dying to open and find out what is within. Click here on this link to find the pricing and other details regarding this customized wedding favor choice.

Wedding party chair decorations

Reserve your places at your wedding reception in style with a pair of black and white chair backs that mention who the bride and groom are. The easiest option to set up the décor to match the palette is to use chairs that are painted white. Ones similar to those shown in this picture will look beautiful in both indoor and outdoor settings. The shimmery base of the signs are embellished with a flourish of black foil to make it attractive and ideal for the party. This particular design is available at Best for Bride, and you can place your order by clicking this link.

Table décor with Miniature glass bell

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Small white and black elements on all the tables at your reception will pack a punch as they add more detail to your wedding color palette. These miniature glass bell jars allow you to customize your table settings with what you choose to display in them. The best thing about this is that it can also double up as wedding favors which your guests will find useful in their homes, after they enjoy the yummy little treats that you pack into them. Whether you choose to display little cupcakes in pretty black and white filigree cases, stuff it with cookies, or line it up beside a stack of gourmet milk chocolates with a custom black and white wrapper like seen here, it will be a befitting element that adds to your classic décor.

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For more wedding décor items, wedding dresses, accessories and cakes for your dramatic black and white wedding, visit our Best for Bride website.