Black Is the Coolest New Wedding Color—Here's How to Pull It Off

You may not think a deep, moody shade like ink has any place at a wedding, but we're here to prove you wrong.
dark black and red bouquet
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Alyssa Longobucco
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Alyssa Longobucco
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Alyssa Longobucco is a freelance editor, content creator, and stylist.
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Updated Nov 28, 2018

Think inky black shades are a wedding color palette faux pas? Think again. Use deep, moody colors to up your wedding's cool factor and create unexpected décor moments. The best part? This hue works anytime of year, for any style of party. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate ink into your wedding day.

Carry Moody Blooms

Believe it or not, you can even work black into your blooms. Wrap your bouquet in a velvet ink ribbon, or go one step further and ask your florist to choose all the nearly black buds they can find. Dahlias, chocolate cosmos and scabiosa are great options to play up the color.

Bring Out a Bold Cake

black and gold wedding cake

When done right (like on this eye-catching cake by Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery), ink instantly adds a touch of luxe sophistication. A dusting of gold brings out its unique ruffled edges and infuses some subtle glamour.

Rock a Statement Look

black ruffled wedding dress

Repping white isn't the only way to turn heads on your wedding day. Mix up tradition by opting for a gutsy black dress—you'll take the cake as the coolest bride out there.

Send a Sophisticated Suite

black and white formal wedding invitations

Nothing's more classic than invitations with an emphasis on pretty script and refined details. Choose black envelopes for a luxe finishing touch.

Add Black to Your Ring

The onyx shade is making its way into jewelry too. For a twist on the traditional wedding ring, look for one featuring deep black diamonds.

Let Your Table Take Center Stage

black sequin tablecloth

Make your head table (the spot where you and your wedding party sit during your reception) stand out from the crowd with a specialty linen, like a sparkly black tablecloth or runner.

Choose the Right Color Combos

There's a match for every season of the year—yes, even for a color as strong as ink. For a winter wedding, gold creates a celebratory vibe. Use grassy green for a springtime wedding—it lends a natural, yet elegant touch. Summer calls for soft blush, a romantic, timeless and warm addition to this cooler, bold shade. Finally, pair ink with equally rich navy in the fall (yes, they go together). Trust us, the two hues complement each other in the chicest way.

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