May 11, 2022

Here's how to rock a black wedding theme in style

Here's how to rock a black wedding theme in style
A Thing Like That
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Dark and moody may not be words you have ever previously wanted to associate with your wedding day, but prepare to be swayed; The black wedding aesthetic is on the rise, trending on Pinterest and showing us all a rocking good time!

So move over white weddings, and make way for the all new black wedding theme of dreams...

As usual our fabulous Elmore couples are bang on trend so here's 7 ways to rock a black wedding theme from recent real life weddings at the Court...

dark and moody wedding inspiration at candlelit wedding ceremony with huge angel statues
Tom Durn

Darker details & decor

Dark and moody doesn't have to mean gothic (unless you want it to), it can be an elegant choice for a black tie affair, a celestial inspired reception, a masked ball or to lend an edge to a rustic vibe...

In order to create your black wedding aesthetic you'll need to choose a darker colour palette for flowers, details and decor. Popular colour combinations are:

  • Black & Red
  • Black & Gold
  • Black & Burnt orange 
  • Black & Silver
  • Black & Brown (a little more rustic)

We love the look of dark candles; long tapered navy, black and dark brown candlesticks or a mixture of darker colours look stunning in tall candle holders or candelabras on reception tables in the Gillyflower, and decorating the ceremony space.

Dark candles look striking alone or equally beautiful paired with greenery, rustic florals or dried flowers.

Adding a spattering of black details and florals into rustic detailing gives a cool and edgy feel to an otherwise boho style. A chic juxtaposition.

Black wedding theme candles in gold candlesticks
Jacob Malinski
black and gold masked ball alternative wedding decor
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Bride and groom with vespa scooter
Alex Tenters
Black and red wedding theme for a rock music inspired wedding at elmore court
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moody wedding reception inspiration
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Moody bouquets with black flowers
Jacob Malinksi
Black wedding themed party Till death do us party light up sign behind DJ
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Rustic dark wedding florals in wedding reception venue cotswolds
Jacob Malinski
black and gold wedding table decor
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Dark wedding ceremony with black candles
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Black ribbon on bouquet and gothic lanterns for subtle dark wedding touches
Alex Tenters
Dark wedding inspired tattoo style menu and stationery ideas
Jacob Malinski
Dark wedding flowers on tables in reception venue
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Dark wedding florals with a rustic feel
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Modern rock wedding reception with rustic dark florals and pampas in the cotswolds
Jacob malinski
Black wedding theme dried flowers in dark bottles
Christopher Western
Till death do us party sign for a modern rock wedding in the cotswolds
Jacob Malinski
Funny Boris Johnson sign for a dark wedding theme
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Till Death do us party black wedding theme reception party at elmore court
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Starry eyed lovers

A celestial wedding theme works perfectly in combination with a darker palette, just as the moon and stars twinkle in the night sky. Ideas:

  • Oversized crescent moons for backdrops and drama
  • A sprinkle of star confetti to tables
  • Celestial detail wedding gown or bridesmaids dresses and/ or starry crowns
  • Star shaped lanterns hung in trees
  • Sun and moon garlands
  • Twinkling lights and hundreds of candles
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Moon and star wedding inspiration
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Giant gold moon and gold curtain for celestial wedding at stately home elmore court
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Celestial wedding with black wedding cake and crescent moon sign
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Dark bridesmaids dresses

We've seen the trend for black bridesmaids dresses going strong for many years at Elmore, but our couples are always trail blazers.

Darker tones for bridesmaids dresses aren't going anywhere.

Dark greens, navy and all variations of black (with and without embellishments and sequins) are popping up repeatedly in trends, searches and of course at weddings here.

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Rock n Roll brides

If your choice to go darker has stemmed from a shared love of rock music like many of our couples here, be sure to share your style and incorporate your taste within the day.

Bands are always a great choice for table names, and as it happens, The Rolling Stones Hot Lips logo makes a fantastic pinata!

Inspiration from tattoo art has also been weaving its way into table plans, stationery and menus and bespoke  temporary tattoos of the bride and groom have been a fun addition to wedding receptions.

Of course the actual music on the day has got to be the biggest way to create a rocking wedding. Book the band you've always dreamed of, you won't regret it.

Tattoo wedding with temporary tattoos of bride and groom given as favours
Jacob Malinksi
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Rock bands names as table place settings for this dark wedding theme
James Fear
This Rock n roll bride wore a leather jacket with wifey painted on the back at her rocking real wedding at elmore court
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Rolling stones hot lips pinata and disco ball in tree for a rock n roll wedding at elmore court
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Black wedding cakes

We absolutely love an unusual wedding cake here, so seeing black icing on your cakes instead of the traditional white has been a real thrill.

Don't you think the juxtaposition of these black wedding cakes next to the bride in white is super stylish?

Bride admiring her black wedding cake at celestial wedding with giant to the moon and back sign
James Fear
Black wedding cake with 3 tiers decorated with pretty yellow and white flowers
Gary Nunn
Black wedding cake with sparkles and real flowers
Gary Nunn
Couple cut their black wedding cake smiling in The Gillyflower Cotswolds
Gary Nunn

Rockstar attitude

More than the colours, the style or the aesthetic, it's how you 'wear' it that really counts. You can rock anything with the right attitude. 

Rockstar confidence is something our couples and their guests seem to have in bags.

Just look at them!

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Gangster bride and groom posing outside stately home wedding venue bride lifting dress to show garter
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Moody wedding photography

You actually don't need to choose dark colours in order to create atmosphere. Not at all. If you hire a rockstar photographer who knows how to shoot dark and moody weddings and create that edgy fashion aesthetic you'll come away with some truly framable memories that are full of atmosphere.

And you can still choose pink and fluffy wedding style too. Seriously! Look at this...

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Editorial wedding photography by A Thing Like That

athinglikethat.co.uk

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The Curries

Fine art wedding photography by The Curries

thecurries.co

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Tom Durn

Photojournalistic wedding photography by Tom Durn

tomdurn-photography.co.uk

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Taylor & Porter

Fine art wedding photography by Taylor & Porter

taylorandporter.com

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Gary Nunn

High fashion wedding photography by Gary Nunn

garynunn.co.uk

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James Fear

Mr Fear certainly brings the rockstar energy, and quite a bit of entertainment!

fearphotography.com

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Have we inspired you to come to the dark side? Whatever you decide, have fun planning it, and call us if you need a hand!

Truly, madly, darkly,

Team E 

xxx

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