White may be practically synonymous with weddings, but these dark-hued confections are perfect for a modern bride's big day.

Couples have been making the departure away from traditional, all-white wedding cakes for years. And while new colors and less-than-classic confections have been earning the place of honor on dessert tables, it's still somewhat uncommon for a bride and groom to choose a dark-hued cake. But, as it turns out, these gray, black, dark blue and brown wedding cakes can look (and taste!) just as wonderful as their lighter counterparts.

There are a few reasons why couples might shy away from a white wedding cake: For example, darker dessert is unavoidable for those couples who prefer a chocolate confection that's not encased in a thick sheet of fondant. Others might shy away from white cakes in favor of a more modern treat that feels reflective of their unique style. And some might just like the look of these moodier desserts more than an all-white style.

Whatever the reason, we've found that dark-hued wedding cakes make for some seriously stunning big-day desserts. From classic, floral-covered tiers to trend-forward naked cakes, couples that choose a dark wedding dessert have just as many decorative options as they would with a white cake.

To showcase just how show-stopping these cool, dark wedding cakes can be, we found 22 unique options fit for every type of celebration. Click through to see our favorite ways to make a dark wedding cake work for your reception!

At left: A two-tiered black wedding cake with gold details and fresh flowers, created by Dream Slice Cakes.

Photo: Kristen Curette Photography

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