A Guide to All-White Wedding Decor

It's simple: Stick to this hue for one classic affair

Updated 12/24/17

Photo by Vafa Photography

There's something undeniably classic and timeless about an all-white wedding, which is why it's been a go-to for brides for decades. But just because an all-white color palette has been popular forever doesn't mean you can't reinvent the wheel. In fact, we encourage you to do so! There's so much you can do with white—think white dresses for your girls, white tableware on the tables, white flowers at the altar. And beyond where you can use white, there's different types of things you can do with the same color. Take white flowers, for instance, because you can find them in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. You can mix and match white blooms of different textures (or even add greenery!) to create something unique, or you can choose to stick to a single bloom to make an unexpected statement on its own (see the ranunculus garland below).

Also, we want to note that white wedding decor doesn't always have to read formal and traditional (as it's often done). That's why we included fun, whimsical ideas (in white, of course!) below to give you inspiration. We especially love the idea of including your guests in the color scheme by giving them an all-white dress code, which you'll see a couple did below, or handing everyone a white balloon or paper lantern to release at the end of the night for good luck. And a note about that dress code: We've found that a specific dress code actually excites guests and makes it easier for them to choose their wedding-day attire so no need to stress if you go that route!

With all that said, we'll let you get to scrolling because there are too many inspirational pics below. We hope you like what you see, and we can't wait to see what you create for your own day in white!

Photo by Ashley Sawtelle

At this outdoor affair in Colorado, the bride draped bistro chairs with garlands of clematis to match her bridal bouquet. The resulting look was romantic but not overdone, and it didn't take away from their statement altar!

Photo by Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay

This couple was inspired by the Spanish moss in the trees at their Charleston venue and recreated that look in their reception space with moss, white delphinium, and astilbe flowers. Below the hanging display of white delphinium, long tables were topped in natural linens, white gauze runners, and delicate arrangements of pillar and taper candles, surrounded by bud vases.

Photo by The Nichols

These grooms did a statement cake display featuring four white, frosted cakes in a variety of flavors (like almond rose!), organic arrangements of soft white roses, and simple white linens. And notice how the white calligraphy ties in perfectly as well.

Photo by Kristen Kilpatrick

Actress Carlson Young's wedding-day squad matched in white dresses by Rachel Zoe. "I wanted white gowns for everyone," she says. "I just thought it was an elegant, classic look."

Photo by Ashley Sawtelle

In an effort to create an intimate setting at this real wedding, guests were seated at long tables beneath a tent lit with string lights. Mismatched white ceramic urns and bowls lined the tables, and were filled with clematis, lysomachia, and ferns. Decadent ivory velvet napkins topped each white charger, adding a surprising and luxurious texture to the all-white space.

Photo by Lisa Poggi

Now, this looks like a Gatsby-esque party! This couple, who married at the same venue as Kim Kardashian NBD, asked their guests to arrive in all-white attire. They also kept the theme going with the decor as they lined the walkway with a white runner and white pillar candles.

Photo by Katie Grant Photography

Again, simplicity rules. This bundle of white pillar candles is clean, sleek, and perfect. We recommend recreating this look around your reception entrance or exit.

Photo by Erich McVey

The couple’s all-white wedding reception takes all-white to the next level. Traditional centerpieces were replaced with cascading overhead installations of white roses, white bougainvillea, and hanging Edison bulbs. The bare tables were set with striped white glassware, and hundreds of candles glowing in perforated votive holders.

Photo by Anna Page Photography

This ceremony scene was set with a garland lining the aisle and two over-the-top arrangements of hydrangeas, stock, delphiniums, snapdragons, and roses.We love the textures of these blooms combined with olive branches.

Photo by Lisa Poggi

Here, the decor was romantic and lush, with antique chandeliers covered in ivy and a garland of thousands of ranunculus lining the table. And beyond the statement-making garland, this look feels fresh and cohesive thanks to the simple white candlesticks and modern white china at each place setting.

Photo by Kyle John

For the bridal bouquet, this bride put a twist on a classic rose bouquet by choosing the long-stemmed variety in a soft white. We love this idea, especially when you're using such a classic flower like the white rose.

Photo by Katie Grant Photography

Well, this makes one beautiful (and fun!) photo op! And that's why it's no surprise that we're predicting balloons to be the next big things in weddings. You can use them as this couple did to release well wishes at the end of the night, but we also love the idea of putting them all over the dance floor. (Tip: The white color is key here as it keeps the look elevated yet fun!)

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