Dark and Moody Florals Are the Dreamiest New Wedding Flower Trend

Midnight-hued blooms are having a major moment

Updated 10/26/17

Photo by Stoffer Photography

Dark, moody flowers are having a major interior-design moment, showing up on wallpaper, textiles, upholstery, and tiles. The big, opulent blooms in deep, evocative shades are also making their way into the weddings world. Lately, we’ve been noticing them on wedding stationery, on the dance floor, and even on the cake.

Like a nighttime walk through the garden, these expressive prints are lush, romantic, and moody—in the best way possible, of course. The blooms set a romantic, ethereal tone for guests upon arrival at your celebration and usually work best when balanced with lighter moments. For example, if you’d like to go this moody-florals route with your wedding stationery, pair your floral-patterned invitation with a cream-colored outer envelope so the overall look is complementary and not too heavy.

Looking for some more dark and dreamy floral inspiration? Keep reading for more of our favorite ways to incorporate this look into your wedding.

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Wedding Invitation

Photo by Paula O’Hara; Invitation by Appleberry Press

Set a romantic old-world tone for your nuptials with this dark and moody floral invitation suite by Appleberry Press. A stationery suite like this is perfect for a black-tie wedding at a historic venue, like a private estate, museum, or castle.

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Ceremony Backdrop

Photo by Ed and Aileen Photography

Soften up the look of an industrial setting by creating a floral backdrop with a roll of wallpaper. This evocative pattern (called “Dark Floral,” obv) features peonies, roses, and daisies hand-painted by artist Ellie Cashman (and is available for purchase online). The lush florals are reminiscent of the work by Dutch masters, and the stark contrast between the dark background and white blooms creates a moody, ethereal feel in the ceremony space.

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Cocktail Bar

Photo by Jose Villa

This glossy, black-lacquered cocktail bar is decorated with hundreds of fresh blooms and resembles a floral wallpaper come to life.

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Seating Chart Display

Photo by Jose Villa

During cocktail hour, guests located their seat at the reception by perusing an oversize floral-patterned wall affixed with calligraphed escort cards.

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Reception Tablescape

Photo by Christine Lim Photography

Create a romantic, moody scene with charcoal-colored table linens and a sprawling centerpiece with florals in both light and dark tones. Add wooden chairs to add texture to the overall look and loads of candlelight—extra-tall taper candles in varying shades of ivory, gray, and black.

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Dance Floor

Photo by Jose Villa

How amazing is this custom dance floor? The larger-than-life floral pattern was designed to match the flowers featured on the couple’s wedding invitation.

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Wedding Cake

Photo by Cavin Elizabeth; cake by Hey There, Cupcake!

This confection by Hey There, Cupcake is proof that there is such a thing as a delicious-looking black wedding cake. The combination of painted-on flowers and three-dimensional sugar flowers has an eye-catching trompe l’oeil effect.

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