Possibly the most misunderstood colour. Black is often associated with formality & elegance but also death. Native Americans believe black to be a good colour as it is the colour of soil, the bringer of life. In a positive light black is seen as being restful, mysterious & gives a sense of potential and possibility. Black is a conservative colour and goes well with almost any colour except the very dark. It can be serious and conventional and can also be mysterious, sexy, and sophisticated.

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Shades of Black

Colours to Compliment Black

Black is not traditionally a classic wedding colour, it can look sophisticated and stunning as a accent colour and some people haven’t ruled it out when looking for their wedding dress. When choosing colours to compliment black you could start with your favorite colour, the colour of a certain flower you must have at your wedding or even what colours suit your grooms and bridesmaids skin tones.

If you want your wedding to be sexy and elegant you should use other lighter neutral colours combined with black such as ivory, beige, white and light grey. These colours are becoming every more popular they add mystery along with sophistication and would work perfect as accent colours. Balloons, table decorations, bridesmaid dresses, cravats or the waist coat of the groom along with ribbons on the flowers or even the cake would be the perfect examples or where you could introduce an accent colour along to compliment the black to create that perfect wedding theme.

Black can work amazing not only as the primary colour at a wedding but also when being used to make other colours stand out. Using a touch of black to colour schemes such as yellow, pink, turquoise, red and orange to make the lighter colours really pop out and add drama. Adding black to certain colours can change the look completely adding black to jewel like tones of purple, silver, red, blue, green and gold will give a very luxurious, expensive look if done correctly.

Colours to Avoid at a Black wedding

If you are going for that classy, elegant wedding most of us dream of there are some colours that will definitely not give that impression when teamed with black. The colours you should stay away from when using black as a colour in your wedding are other dark colours. Some colours that just don’t go with black are navy, very dark brown, very dark green and dark grey. All dark colours paired with black just blend together and will make your wedding look far too dark and dismal rather then a light, bright happy day.

Black Wedding Decorations

Decorations besides the bride of course are a fabulous way to make a wedding have everybody saying ‘wow’. The perfect decorations should feature throughout your day displaying only the colours you have chosen for your theme. From black flowers, balloons and confetti through to black chair covers, ribbons and candles for day and black napkins, table cloths, sparklers and centre pieces for night decorations can really make a wedding look stunning. Just be careful with adding too much black as you don’t want to have a gloomy dark wedding use your accent colour often to lighten or brighten the place up. Besides the usual decorations everybody thinks of its always nice to think hard and add personal touches that mean things to you to your decorations.

Black Wedding Favours

Favours are the perfect way to say thank you to all your guests for attending your special day and will give them something they can keep to remind them of your wedding. Putting favours in small boxes or bags means you can give your guests anything you wish in any colour and they won’t detract from your black colour scheme as they will be concealed but also beautifully presented. Another option is to introduce that accent colour again whether it is duck egg blue or red it will still fit in with your colour scheme and you may have more option when it comes to buying the favours. Traditionally favours were sugared almonds, chocolates wrapped in foil or candy of some sort. That would work well with having an black colour scheme as there are candy and foil covered chocolates in abundance black in colour, however if you plan to give something your guests can keep what about miniature black champagne bubbles, black picture frames or black stationary. For the kids activity books and jars filled with black jacks or sweets would be a great idea and keep them amused through the wedding speeches, perfect.