When most people think of weddings, they think of the color white—white dresses, white dresses, white flowers, etc. And while an all-white color palette will always be a classic (and for good reason!), we have another idea for you: black wedding decor! Yes, that's right, we're all about the darkest hue of them all. But not in like an edgy, gothic way. Seriously, keep reading and hear us out.
For starters, we like to think that you can approach this trend in two different ways. First, you can stick to an overall dark color palette (deep purples, navy, black itself), which creates the feeling of a moody, romantic evening. With this look, we often see the black hue used as the design's base—think the paper and envelope of your invitation suite or the table linens and chairs at dinner. From there, you'll want to layer on more dark accents like candles, flowers, tableware, menus and more (this look can be especially beautiful for a nighttime wedding when paired with tons and tons of candlelight).
And the second—and equally as cool—idea is to pair black with white. It's a classic color combo for a reason, right? This design often feels more modern and abstract, which can be a great match for an art gallery venue or industrial space. Think lots of clean lines, two contrasting colors, and one simple but beautiful effect. Oh, and last but not least, we must mention the ever-trendy millennial pink. As you'll see below, this look is similar to the black-and-white combo (think contrast!), just slightly more feminine. And, yeah, we're into it too.
Black Chairs In A Natural Setting
We're all about this unexpected combination of a natural setting and modern decor. And mostly because these black chairs look both chic and comfy amongst a field of grass.
Dried berries as boutonnieres? Yes, please!
Moody Invitation Suite
Think of the invitation suite as your chance to set the tone for your big day. And based on this pretty collection from Yonder Design, we're guessing this event looks moody, romantic, and totally beautiful.
Tall Black Candlesticks
These tall black candlesticks make for a fun twist on the classic white variation. We especially like how they're paired with low flower arrangements, which let the lights take center stage (quite literally).
Modern brides, take note! This artistic black-and-white plate is everything, especially when paired with white lacquered flatware and a white poppy bloom at each setting.
Celestial Cake With Black Candles
If you haven't heard, celestial designs are having a moment in both fashion and decor. And this out-of-this-world (get it?) cake is no exception as it mixes unique black candles with a painted constellation-like base. We recommend personalizing the stars to match what the sky will look like on your wedding date.
Matte Black Chargers
For a fresh look, think matte. We love how these black chargers are paired with black flatware for an overall cohesive look.
Berry Beautiful Bouquet
Add berries to your bridal bouquet for a pop of contrasting color. In this case, it also ties the bride's look into her groom's black suit.
Small Black Accents
Here, the beauty is in the details. This look works because black accents are repeated in intentional, different ways—from the bistro chairs to the type on the table number.
Subtle Black Tones
Millennial pink lovers, this one's for you! We love how the black flatware, striped plates, and linens pop when paired with pink candles, glassware, and stackable plates.
Black-And-White Wedding Cake
Again, black-and-white for the win. And while we adore the graphic nature of this one-tier confection, we're also into how the airy greenery adds a soft, romantic touch.
An Overall Dark Table Setting
This is a great example of sticking to an overall dark color palette. We love how the gray table and glassware looks against back votive holders and black linens.
Black Matte Utensils
Forget a silver spoon when you can have a black matte one. This look is especially cool because the marble charger brings in specks of black as well.
Minimal Black Table Runner
A black runner is always an option if you don't want to completely cover the tabletop. This black-and-white design feels modern, fresh, and clean.
A Statement-Making Menu
Draw your guests into the main focus of dinner (the food, duh!) with a statement black menu.
Matte Black Cake
This is more of a matte black look, but black nonetheless. Also, note the cool geometric pattern on the cake's bottom tier!
Dark Floral Invites
Sure, black invites are trendy—but they're even more popular when paired with dark, moody florals. This is a trend we're seeing (and loving!) for 2018.
Poppies are a fun yet unexpected flower choice because of their dark black center. We love the tiny bit of contrasting color in this otherwise light and airy bouquet.
Edgy Table Setting
We know we said we weren't going to go gothic, but we can't resist this black set-up with skull-adorned menus. So fun—especially if you're doing a themed rehearsal dinner.
Dramatic Table Setting
Yes, you've seen black plates and black candles in this gallery—but you haven't seen a scene like this! We love how this table was set low to the ground (so comfy and fun with cushions!) and left uncovered. The result is all the more dramatic.
Black Can Be Tropical, Too
This setting is unique in that it's equal parts elegant, modern, and tropical (see those palm trees!). We'd recommend recreating this look for the SoCal wedding of your dreams.
If we had to select a favorite element of this tablescape, it would definitely be these black-etched vessels. We love the graphic design against the neutral background—and grasses!
Set The Mood With Your Invites
Again, your invite sets the tone for the day. Use the design to inform your guests of what to expect—and them wrap it up with gold twine and a personalized wax seal!