I recently met a bride (Hi Liz!) whose vision for her wedding day is a vintage wedding in ivory, with red and black accents. Red and black are perfect accent colours for a 50s-themed wedding, so I was excited to do a little brainstorming and inspiration-hunting! Sadly, when I searched for images of weddings that combined red and black, I found a whole lot of bad, ranging from bordello to Twilight and everything in between. The great thing about seeing a colour scheme done badly is that it teaches you a great lesson in what not to do!
I think the key to using red and black in wedding decor is to allow the white or ivory to be the dominant tone, and then choose red and black accents that make sense together and add depth and dimension to the white/ivory foundation. My favourite way to begin putting together an inspiration board is to take the inspiration colours and find something in nature that displays those colours together. Today’s inspiration was the red anemone. This gorgeous flower looks great in bouquets and centrepieces, and is the perfect element to tie together the other red and black accents in the decor.
- An adorable paper heart seating chart by Sarah and Bendrix.
- Dresses by Candy Anthony, whom I featured in my 50s bridal gown post a few months back. Divine!
- Save the Dates by Dapper Paper on Etsy.
- Delicious cake with delicate piping and edible sugar anemones by The Pastry Studio.
- An incredible anemone, tulip, and milkglass tablescape with wool runners (yes!!) put together by JL Designs and The Stylish Soiree.