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After “When’s the big day?”, it seems like “What are your colors?” is the next most common wedding planning question. I am a color-loving person, so the idea of picking just two or three colors stressed me out. Even if I could pick two favorite colors, I wondered how much I would have to spend to ensure the honeysuckle pink on the bridesmaid dresses matched the pink on the cake, matched the pink on the invitations AND coordinated with the turquoise accents.

It just seemed like one more thing to stress out about.

So despite my love of all-things-color, I went with the easiest, Most Cost-Effective Wedding Color Scheme choice I could think of: black and white.

Now before you write it off as too boring, here’s why I think it’s the perfect choice for the budget-conscious bride, even if you love color:


1. You can ensure classic elegance that’s always in style

Ever look back at your parents’ wedding photos and laugh at the ‘80s-esque pastel colors used everywhere? Now, I’m not saying your future kids are never going to laugh at your wedding photos and the Bieber hairstyles all the groomsmen are sporting. That said, black and white are classic colors that have a lasting elegance, so you can hedge your bets a bit. After all, a white wedding gown has been all the rage since Queen Victoria’s reign!


2. You can find a cheaper dress

This isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you want to save money on the dress, think about incorporating a little bit of black into the dress.  Black and white dresses tend to be sold more as prom dresses than as wedding gowns.  Since high school girls aren’t going to pay as much for a prom dress as they will for a wedding gown, you can bet that you’ll be saving a ton of money on the dress by opting for a white dress with black accent features.  It’s classy, unusual, and budget-friendly, all at the same time.


3. You’ll save on printing costs

Another detail many brides don’t think about is the cost of the invitations, but black and white invitations also tend to be cheaper than color invitations.  When you go to the copy shop, you pay more for a color copy than you do for a black and white copy.  The same is true for black and white invitations.  You have the option of choosing something very simple and saving money on the printing costs because they don’t have to be printed in color. With black and white invitations, you can even choose to print them yourself (and they’ll still look good), which can save thousands of dollars.


4. Your bridesmaids will love you

Choosing a black and white wedding also makes it easy for your bridesmaids to save money.  Most women have been in a wedding when they had to plunk down hundreds of dollars for an ugly, colored bridesmaid dress that they will never wear again.

However, when your bridesmaid dresses are black, you make it possible to choose the classic “little black dress,” which often isn’t sold as a bridesmaid dress.  This means that it is far less expensive, and it increases the odds that your bridesmaids will be able to wear it again after your nuptials.


5. You can still incorporate color

Even if everything else is black and white, you can bring in a splash of one color or many colors in the flowers. By limiting your bursts of color to the floral arrangements, they’ll make more of an impact and you won’t have to stress about matching.

I personally had each of my bridesmaids carry a different color bouquet, so I had splashes of purple, pink, red, blue, and yellow against their beautiful black (and unique!) dresses.  And as luck would have it, the universe conspired to bring its own splash of color:


Photo by Tamara Murphy

I couldn’t have asked for a better color scheme than that!


Guest post by Lindsey Galloway of The Wedding Planning Guides, a site dedicated to sharing practical (but fun!) information for brides and grooms through the ups and downs of wedding planning.

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • I think a close runner-up would be the color we went with: navy blue. :p

  • Rebecca Ford

    My wedding colors were black and white, and after a year and a half of people asking if I was sure about that, the wedding happened and it was beautiful. There is never a shortage of anything black/white. White candles are always classy and black Converse go perfectly with tuxedos! The cake and flowers were easy to decide because white flowers look great against black dresses and ytou can always do a color flower for the bride. I love, love, love black and white and will always be a fan!

  • Yes! Love this post. My wedding was black and white too, and I loved it. The wedding coordinator at our church was so puzzled as to why we didn't have wedding "colors" and kept trying to convince me to add one. Haha. 🙂

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