Black and White Wedding Style

Written by    Last updated: July 31, 2014

Dramatic and sophisticated, a black and white wedding is the height of modern fashion. Whether you choose to have a full black-tie dress code or simply a few monochrome table decorations, here’s how to have a black and white wedding that your granny won’t complain looks like a funeral. 

black and white art deco table decorAbove: Art Deco wedding decoration and accessories in the Confetti shop

Black and white dress code

Your black and white wedding theme begins with what you wear; a white wedding dress against black bridesmaids dresses will be particularly striking. If you want to break up the block colours go for white gowns with a black lace overlay or team black gowns with white fake fur stoles or chiffon wraps.

If the monochrome look is too stark for your liking then add in an accent colour to break it up. Any colour goes with black and white but I love bright or blush pink for weddings as the contrast of the bold black works especially well against the feminine pink. To add interest without adding another colour accessorise with crystals to sparkle and catch the light.

For a formal wedding, add a ‘Black tie’ dress code to your wedding invitations or for a more informal day simply ask your guests to ‘come dressed in black and white’.

Great Gatsby Style Weddingblack crown place card holderAbove: Small Wire Crown Embellishment in Matt Black with Lavish Monogram Small Rectangular Tag

Black and White Decor

It’s the simplest colour combination to work with and the most striking.  As a general rule of thumb the more white to black ratio you have the more classic your wedding decor will look. The more black to white ratio, the more alternative; for instance white table linens with sleek black vase table centres will give a very different look to black table linens with white centrepieces.

If you overdo the black it could look more like a funeral so aim for a white base with black accessories and you can’t go wrong. Unless you love the Goth look and aspire to dress like Mortitia from the Addams Family in which case embrace your dark side!

Add in a third accent colour, as I mentioned above, such as pink or green, silver or gold here and there for added interest and you have a wedding with serious style.

Martini glasses in black and white and pinkAbove: Mini Martini Glasses and Bride and Groom Stir Sticks/Picks

Black and white Art deco table numberAbove: Black and Gold Opulence Table Number and Classic Round Place Card Holders

Black Art deco table place setting Black art deco thank you sign

Above, items from the Black and Gold Opulence Stationery Collection, including:  Art Deco Laser Embossed Place Card and Personalised Hand Fan

Black and white signing frameAbove, a wedding guest book alternative: Signing Frame

Stylish black candelabra with white candles

Above: Five-Arm Wedding Candelabra with a Clear Beaded Garland, Metal Scroll Table Number Holder, Elegant Border Wedding Table Numbers 1-10Place Cards, and Ornamental Ribbed Orb


Black Lanterns with white candles on steps

Chris and Charlotte’s Real Wedding

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This article was written by

Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.

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