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How to incorporate black into your wedding colour scheme

07 Jun 2017

While not to everyone’s taste, black is an on trend colour that you can easily incorporate into your wedding colour scheme. Here’s how…

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Avoided because of the negative connotations it evokes, black isn’t considered a typical wedding colour. After all, weddings are supposed to be colourful affairs, aren’t they? However, more and more couples are introducing black into their wedding colour scheme with striking effect.

The key is in how you incorporate the colour, steering clear of all-black and instead adding elegant touches juxtaposed by pops of brighter shades or clean white. If you’re thinking of using black on your big day, here are a few ways you can do it without going completely gothic.


You can be incorporating black from the moment you send out your save the dates. Black provides a stunning canvas for gold foiling and metallic details, while offering a chic and stylish colour scheme for your wedding stationery. Carry this through to your place settings, table plan/numbers and menus for a consistent theme.


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Wedding cake

Dark and daring yet dazzling and dramatic, black wedding cakes are all the rage right now. Instead of all-black tiers, ask your cakemaker for their advice on breaking up a block colour. Marbled tiers work particularly well, adding a touch of luxury, as does gold detailing and deep red roses climbing to the top of the cake.

Bridal gown

If you’re brave enough to defy convention with your bridal gown, then a black dress will guarantee all eyes are on you. Lace is particularly fetching in black, adding a soft edge to an otherwise harsh colour. Alternatively, black bridesmaids’ dresses can look ravishing alongside the bride’s white or ivory gown. You could even wrap black lace around your bouquet to remain in-keeping with your leading ladies. Hair and make-up should be kept soft, simple and feminine... unless a bold look is what you're aiming for, although your bridesmaids may have some objections.


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Black charger plates and candles atop ornate candelabras, complemented with florals in rich berry shades and softer peaches and pinks, offers an enchanting table set-up. Glamorous and glitzy themed weddings should opt for a monochromatic colour scheme, accented with diamante details and twinkly lighting. Art deco lends itself beautifully to a black theme, with 1920s styling played out in black and gold. Additional ideas include matte black balloons and black bunting featuring metallic patterns and prints.


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Bridal accessories

Black wedding shoes, nails or statement jewellery contrasted with bridal white will perfectly serve to pay homage to a black colour scheme. Ask your photographer to get snaps of all the details so your wedding theme will shine through in your photographs.

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