Color Me White on White

There’s nothing more classic than an all-white wedding. Whether you’re getting married on the beach or in a ballroom, it’s so easy to customize the color to your needs. Use subtle changes in texture and a variety of flowers and fabric add gorgeous texture without distracting from the true focal point of the event – the happy couple.


A white wedding is soft and sweet, so keep it light with draped chiffon and glowing candles. Scatter pillar candles of varying heights amongst arrangements of white tulips and hang white wrought-iron chandeliers overhead to keep the décor simple with a romantic touch.

If you’re celebrating by the beach, white is the ideal way to accent the sand and sea – and a tan. Mix in more natural beige colors to echo the environment and add some depth to the table. Linen fabrics add texture, while peonies soften the crisp décor. Pod seating is modern, casual and comfortable. Use textured white plates to keep with the color scheme without competing with the colors of the food. Clear glassware in contemporary shapes accent a tone-on-tone place setting.

For a more formal event, scatter smaller arrangements of white peonies, Calla lilies and freesia. The contrast of dark green stems will pop against the table, while the different varieties of flowers will add lovely texture. For round tables, use more voluminous flowers to add weight and height to the centerpieces. Float candles in low containers to add a warm glow that’s still light and airy.

Looking for something more modern? Mix in clear elements, like Lucite candlesticks and clear tables, for a unique take on the white-on-white look. The shine from pearlized napkin rings will reflect the candlelight. Scatter a few pieces of clear cut crystal for an architectural detail.

Planning a white after party à la Sean “Diddy” Combs? An all-white bar topped with oversized arrangements of hydrangeas, freesia and banana leaves will set the scene and get your guests ready for an all-night celebration.


A white-on-white wedding cake is a true classic. No matter the color scheme of your wedding, a cake in this hue will never go out of style. Keep it clean and simple with a sleek cake topped with a cascade of phalaenopsis orchids. Fresh flowers are a beautiful addition that’s less expensive than some more involved cake treatments.

Can’t resist a little texture? A cake wrapped in ruffled layers of fondant has subtle movement that is enhanced by sweet sugar anemones. Or, go for modern beach chic with a square cake piped with dots and squiggles that suggest underwater foliage while still remaining sleek.

Mix ruffles and floral, lace-like details for a more feminine cake, ideal for a rustic wedding. Alternatively, a white cake with square layers, topped with sugar orchids, is a crisp combination of feminine florals and a more masculine, modern shape. For a truly avant-garde look, top off-centered round layers with delicate pearl piping and a single petal for a cake that’s almost too pretty to eat. 

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