How to Style a Romantic Black and White Wedding

Soften the color palette with floral touches, unique bridal fashions and a whimsical cake design.
by Andrea Fowler
Black and white wedding cakes
photo by Alicia Swedenborg

Elegant and timeless, a black and white wedding is as classic as it gets—but the thought of pulling it off can be intimidating. To make this palette a little more approachable, think of the colors as light and dark hues instead of focusing on the strong contrast. Whispers of soft pastel shades like blush pink and ice blue mixed with dark tones will make the overall aesthetic less stark.

"So many of our clients have expressed interest in trying out a black and white palette for their weddings," says Krista Li of Two of a Kind, a rental company based in Long Island City, New York. "We wanted to show how it can be done in an ultra-romantic way," Li says. From dresses to cake toppers, get inspired by this classic wedding color palette styled at Weylin B Seymour's in Brooklyn, New York.

  1. Regal Wedding Invitations

    Calligraphed invitations for a black and white wedding
    photo by Alicia Swedenborg

    Your color palette doesn't have to dictate every detail surrounding the wedding. In other words, if an emerald and gold invitation suite is calling your name, go for it! Just make sure the invitation is an accurate reflection of the event's formality so guests know what to expect. This classic copperplate calligraphy and stylish envelope liners get the message across loud and clear.

    Virginia Lucas Hart invitations and calligraphy, VirginiaLucasHart.com

  2. Custom Bridal Fashions

    Custom Guillermo Couture cream wedding gown
    photo by Alicia Swedenborg

    Looking for a new take on the wedding bouquet? A dainty cascade of flowers offers a fresh shape, and since the bouquet is long and narrow, compared with wide and lush, there's more room to show off the bodice of the gown.

    Guillermo Couture bridal gown, GuillermoCouture.com; Matthew David Celebrations florals, MatthewDavidCelebrations.com; Face Time Beauty Concierge hair and makeup, FaceTimeBeauty.com; model, Lindsay Solmer

  3. Handwritten Signage

    Calligraphy on silver mirror black and white wedding
    photo by Alicia Swedenborg

    Boutique mirrors are to ballrooms what chalkboards are to rustic outdoor ceremonies—they add a hint of glam. And it's much easier to track down a full-size mirror than a black board. Personalized signage is a great way to incorporate your wedding style at the venue's entrance, and it can double as a fun photo op for arriving guests.

    Two of a Kind rentals, TwoofaKindNYC.com; Calvin Klein suit, CalvinKlein.com; Lareymondie shoes, Lareymondie.com; Virginia Lucas Hart calligraphy, VirginiaLucasHart.com; model, Matthew Flynn

  4. Ceremony Arbor With Floral Detailing

    Floral ceremony arbor
    photo by Alicia Swedenborg

    Give your guests a little something to gaze at as they watch you say "I do." An arbor can act as the canvas for fabric draping, suspended bud vases, lush green garlands or an entire wall of fresh blooms, adding visual interest to your vows. Take the "second dress" to new heights by changing into an elegant black dress for the reception. It's a seamless way (with a wow factor) to incorporate the color scheme into your the bridal attire.

    Pnina Tornai bridal gown, KleinfeldBridal.com; Two of a Kind rentals, TwoofaKindNYC.com

  5. Candlelit Dessert Table

    cake and dessert black and white wedding
    photo by Alicia Swedenborg

    Mix up your dessert table with mismatched confections and decor elements that fill the space and create a stylish moment. A table runner of greenery and florals makes the spread look full and lush, while tall candelabras and taper candles create a luxe, romantic focal point.

    Made in Heaven Cakes wedding cakes, MadeinHeavenCakes.com; Two of a Kind rentals, TwoofaKindNYC.com

  6. Floral Cake Topper

    Wedding cake by Made In Heaven cakes with black rose topper
    photo by Alicia Swedenborg

    A dramatic arrangement of black roses act as the perfect topper for this modern asymmetrical cake. The tall, slender shape of the top tier elevates the design, emphasizing the unique—and expertly crafted—blooms.

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