Looking for a wedding with a chic, sophisticated vibe? It’s time to go back to black
While you may not immediately associate it with weddings, black and other dark colours such as deep red, navy blue and royal purple are a great way to give your nuptials a glamorous and elegant feel.
Here at SposiamoVi we love using these colours in our wedding colour palettes and turning couples to the dark side! Read on for a peek into our design process to see how black can be used to stunning effect, and some ideas on stylishly incorporating this colour into your celebration.
Keep it simple
An easy way to introduce black into your wedding palette is to use it as an accent colour in your tableware and other decor. For example, pairing black candles with neutral tones such as grey or light blue creates a wonderfully sophisticated look to dining tables. Black is the natural partner for metallics, especially antique gold or rose gold — this combo is effortlessly glam.
Black also looks amazing when used alongside pastel shades such as dusky pink and sage green. In this moodboard, the darker accents of the candles, plates and cutlery really lift the softer hues, creating a bold yet fresh feel.
Dark-coloured flowers such as burgundy roses or rich red peonies are a great adornment to a white wedding cake, creating a dramatic contrast that looks good enough to eat! Or, if you’re feeling brave, you could reverse this and opt for a cake with all-black icing that’s decorated with paler shades of red, pink, purple and white.
When we were designing Jessica and Kyle’s wedding, held at a stunning venue in Piedmont, we used black accents to create a modern, elegant feel to the celebration. Black stationery was enhanced with gold embossed print and finished with a black satin ribbon, creating an instantly luxurious tone.
Other dark touches included a black cord and tassel around guests’ napkins, and black place cards with elegant gold ink calligraphy. A scattering of dark red flowers provided beautiful contrast with the white and pale pink blooms in the centrepieces, while a black and white chessboard dance floor was the perfect finishing touch!
Amp it up
Using black as the main colour in your wedding decor creates a truly striking look that’s sure to get your guests talking.
A great example of this is Sam and Glenn’s wedding that we styled last year. They wanted a sophisticated New York feel for their celebration in the Tuscan countryside, and we identified black and dark burgundy as the ideal colour palette to fit this brief and make their celebration really stand out.
Glossy black chiavari chairs were paired with matching cushions, while the tables were dressed with black linen tablecloths and gold-rimmed black plates. Velvety deep red roses and dark purple added texture and depth to the colour palette.
Wear it well
Why not take the black theme beyond the decor? Jessica and Kyle adopted an all-black dress code for their wedding party, with Jessica’s eight bridesmaids wearing long black halterneck dresses and groomsmen resplendent in classic black tuxedos with matching bow ties.
This dark theme was extended to the guests’ outfits, too, meaning that the bride’s gorgeous white lace dress really stood out – so chic!
If you’re planning a destination wedding in Italy, we’d love to help bring your dream to life. Contact us to find out how we can work with you to create a beautiful and memorable celebration.