Black love is in the air — as are luxurious wedding ideas! Lately, it seems as though couples are getting engaged left and right. Beautiful Black brides are popping up all over our social media timelines, and we’re here for it!

Plenty of Black celebrities are deciding to tie the knot, as well. Olympian and gold medalist Simone Biles recently announced her engagement to the professional football player, Jonathan Owens. And “Love & Hip Hop” star “Light Skin Keisha” also took to social media to share her surprise proposal from rapper Coca Vango.

While celebrity weddings often provide plenty of planning inspiration, a bride’s wedding day should be special and unique to her. And with so many things to consider when planning a wedding, the process can be stressful. 

Even couples who choose a longer engagement often find that the extended time is sometimes just not enough. From color schemes to menu planning to bridesmaids’ dresses, many brides are feeling the pressure when it comes to curating the perfect wedding. For some, wedding planners come in handy so that the bride can focus on enjoying her big day. But others prefer to handle most, if not all, of the planning to ensure their day is as perfect as they always imagined.

Many young girls and women dream about their wedding day, and for some, that day has finally arrived. 

So let the wedding planning begin! Here are some luxurious wedding ideas that couples can consider to help them celebrate their love in ways that are meaningful to them:

Jump the Broom Your Way

Many black couples choose to incorporate cultural traditions as part of their wedding ceremony. Jumping the broom is an ancestral tradition that many of men and women still participate in today.

What better way to celebrate black love than to use a custom-made broom that the couple can design themselves. There are endless vendors that make customizable brooms for couples celebrating their special day.

When it comes to picking a design, the possibilities are endless. Some ideas for designing a broom are picking out colors that represent the couple’s national flag, school colors, or ones that match the wedding’s color theme. There are also options for designing the shape or material of the broomstick.

Plan a Pop-Up

For those who choose to get hitched sooner rather than later, pop-up weddings can provide that traditional wedding feel without all of the fuss.
To have a pop-up wedding, couples select a time from a list of pre-scheduled dates to hold the ceremony. Many companies offer conventional wedding services and accommodations such as an officiant, seating for a short list of attending guests, floral arrangements, and other decorative items for the big day.

Even better, pop-up weddings are more affordable than most traditional weddings. So couples who prefer to put their money towards other expenses can still have the wedding they desire for a fraction of the cost.

Ditch the DJ

Instead of a traditional DJ, couples can choose to hire other forms of live entertainment to get the party started. This can include having a professional painter paint custom portraits of the newlyweds or their guests. Or requesting a live musical band play the bride and groom’s favorite song.

Everyone loves to laugh, so why not hire a standup comedian for the big day? Couples who aren’t too shy can request that the comedian perform a standup routine using jokes designed to poke lighthearted fun at them or even some of their guests. And depending on the theme of the wedding, cultural dance performances or college step teams may be a unique way to kick off the wedding reception.

Rented Dresses Matter, Too

Pricing for most wedding gowns is typically in the thousands, which is simply not affordable to everyone. As a result, many brides are pressured to select a dress that they’re not as enthused about. This shouldn’t be the case for women who are celebrating one of the biggest days of their lives.

For brides on a budget, many bridal boutiques like Rent the Runway rent their available wedding dresses to women for their wedding day. This option is much more affordable and allows the bride to look and feel her best on her big day. And while boutiques have timeframes for when the dress should be returned, women can capture their special day in timeless photos that won’t wear as many dresses do over time.

Consider a Roaming Bar

Figuring out how to go about feeding guests is an important part of the wedding planning process. From dinner service to buffet lines, there are many dining options to consider.

For a unique dining experience, mobile or roaming food and beverage bars can allow guests to mix and mingle as they wait for the bride and groom’s entrance.

Couples can choose from a selection of small plates, appetizers, desserts and/or beverages to be served to guests at the reception. Guests will love being served from a collection of small bites as they work the room to talk to other guests, or even while seated.

Go the Non-Traditional Route

For the daring bride, wearing non-traditional wedding attire is a great way to show off your personality. From elegant pantsuits to colorful gowns, there are so many options to choose from. A tailored gown in Tiffany blue could provide a unique strategy for incorporating “something blue” into your wedding ensemble.

 

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Speaking of “something blue”, many brides are opting to add a pop of color to their floral arrangements. Using different shades of blue flowers is are a fun way to keep the tradition alive. Another way couples are utilizing the color is by adding it to the reception menu in the form of blueberry desserts or beverages.

Celebrate Your Guests with Unique Party Favors

What better way to celebrate a new union than with the people you love the most. Show appreciation for your family members and friends with unique wedding favors that they won’t soon forget.

For a sweet memento to represent your love, artisan candies like lollipops and chocolate bars are an elegant gift that guests will appreciate. Depending on the wedding theme or color scheme, some candy companies allow customers to personalize their treats. Try customizing with edible flowers to match the bridal bouquet or draw parallels to your wedding rings by adding flecks of edible gold or silver to treats, as well.

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