Top 10 Elegant Black Wedding Color Palette Ideas

Black is a classic choice for your wedding, but that doesn’t mean it will automatically ensure your nuptials are an elegant affair. Black can be made more fun with hues of bright pink, while black and yellow can give your wedding day a playful vibe.

You won’t find whimsical colors on this list. Instead, our list of top ten elegant black wedding color palettes is all about bringing out your inner opulence.

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White and Sage

Black and sage can be combined with many colors for a dramatic effect, but we like keeping it simple by combining these two hues with white.

Use a eucalyptus motif on your invites and your charger plates, incorporate actual sage and soft lambs ear into your bridal bouquet, and place a eucalyptus garland down the center of your reception tables.

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White and Acrylic

Nothing is more classic, and more elegant, than black and white. If you want to host a black tie wedding, but you want to make your black and white motif stand out, incorporate acrylic details.

Display an arrangement of white roses on clear acrylic stands, top a black and white wedding cake with an acrylic cake topper, and use acrylic chairs at reception tables that are draped in black velvet.

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Gold and black are a great choice for an elegant wedding, but why stop there? Mixed metals are having a huge moment in fashion, design, and weddings. So, why not use them all!

Incorporate gold leaf into your wedding cake design and place flower arrangements in rose gold compote bowls. Don’t shy away from using silver too, if you want! Silver candlesticks can look beautiful when combined with other metallic details.

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Rusty Desert Neutrals

Desert neutrals have been a popular among brides and grooms the last few years. But, if you want your wedding to be a little bit less boho and a little bit more refined, combine rusty desert neutrals with black.

Wearing black in the desert is an easy way to make this color palette come alive, but you can also incorporate pampas grass in dried flower arrangements, gauzy cheesecloth on tables, and minimalist terracotta candle holders in your décor.

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Mahogany and Leather

Mahogany is a beautiful color to add to a black wedding color palette, especially if you incorporate this color using natural elements. Bare wooden tables adorned with table runners in luxe fabrics, like velvet and chiffon, give your wedding a rustic, yet upscale feel.

Leather is a great way to incorporate shades of natural brown into your wedding too! Let the groomsmen wear leather suspenders and set tables with textured leather charger plates.

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Amethyst and Lavender

If you love the color purple, stay away from vibrant shades and choose more subdued hues to make sure this color palette feels glamorous and elegant.

Incorporate shades of amethyst and lavender in organic ways. Decorate with actual amethyst by using geode table number holders and let them double as guest favors.

Incorporate actual lavender into floral arrangements. Avoid using silk flowers and use the real thing, as faux purple blooms have a way of looking garish.

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Powder Pink and Mauve

Pink also has the potential to look a bit gaudy at a wedding. That’s why we suggest using the subdued hues of powder pink and mauve.

Choose the lightest shades of pink when incorporating flowers in your décor. Use black table linens to ensure your final look is refined and formal. With the addition of mauve, this color palette lends itself well to upscale boho details, like anthurium, pink bunny tails, and hints of gold.

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Moody Gray

Let black be the star of the show on your wedding day by combining its inky hue with tones of moody gray. The trick is to incorporate them in unexpected ways.

For example, instead of having the groomsmen wear black suits, have them wear gray and let the bridesmaids wear black. Set the mood at your elegant black wedding by decorating with gray chiffon, light black candles, and incorporate gray pottery.

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Skip bright reds and wedding dress sashes to keep your wedding from looking dated. Instead, dive deep into shades of burgundy and wine to keep your black wedding color palette classy.

Burgundy bridesmaids dresses, bold lips, and the addition of dark details, like skulls and pheasant feathers, can give your wedding a sumptuous gothic vibe. If you want to lighten things up a bit, incorporate sparkling crystal candle holders and gold details instead.

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Navy and Emerald

Navy is often paired with burgundy at weddings, but we love the combination of navy and emerald even more, especially when they are added to a black wedding color palette.

These elegant wedding colors come alive when used in matte finishes on the cake, as well as through the use of soft fabrics, like suede. Green agates can look stunning when used as place cards at tables, while velvet accessories, like shoes and shawls, can elevate your wedding day look.

Just because black looks good with every color doesn’t mean every color is a good choice if you’re planning an elegant wedding. Choose one of the palettes on this list to ensure your nuptials look as exquisite as you feel on your wedding day.


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