Black is back – Wedding trends for 2018

Black is back. 2018 has started with a bang, and one of the biggest trends that everyone’s talking about is, yeah, you guessed it – black!

Now you might think using black doesn’t sound very traditional, but it doesn’t always have to be gothic. Black can be classy, luxury and super flippin’ cool at the same time.

I’m sure you’ve all got the classic LBD in the wardrobe, I mean, who hasn’t? It comes out for special occasions right, so why not build black into the BIGGEST occasion? Whether it’s completely black or a few, carefully placed dramatic accents, building it into your colour scheme is guaranteed to make a statement and set your wedding apart with an ultra-modern, edgy and contemporary twist.

So, if you’re incorporating black into your theme, then why not build it into your stationery too?

Where else did you expect me to start? As I always say, wedding stationery is the first glimpse your guests will get of your day, it sets the tone for the vibe and creating something that complements your colour scheme will be perfect, especially if you’re putting a twist on all things traditional. And the great thing is, there are plenty of ways to use black, without creating something too gothic. My Urban Elegance collection uses black ink and paint to create a marble effect for a bold, edgy look. Or you could go for something softer, but moodier with dark ink clouds set against a stripped back colour, like my Beauty in the Shadows collection. But those aren’t your only options – I mean there’s loads you could do. You can bring in extra luxury details through foiling, which really pops against the contrast of a dark background or create something simple yet iconic, with statement white typography. If black is a theme in your mind I’d love to help you achieve something amazing.

Black & white wedding stationery

From top left: Urban elegance wedding invitations, Urban Elegance save the dates, Beauty in the shadows collection


One of the biggest wedding décor trends of the past few years has been rustic, understated wedding cakes. You know the ones I mean, with the naked edges and buttercream! But that’s all about to change – completely.

2018 is all about matte black everything. Leaving the traditional behind, these cakes are the definition of statement décor. They’re simple, striking and perfect for industrial luxe venues with exposed brick work and raw metal details. What’s great is that the small details really pop on a black or charcoal cake. From white marbling to flecks of gold leaf you can create something beautifully elegant and luxurious, without losing the show-stopping edge of a black cake. Don’t forget the other finer details of your décor either. Agate slice place names are an amazing way to incorporate black in an elegent, luxury manner, with white or gold calligraphy contrasting beautifully. Another thing to consider is the use of vibrant colour to pop against the darker elements of your colour scheme and build that moody, edgy ambience. Whether it’s through your florals or things like berry red candles the possibilities are endless.

Black and white wedding decor

From top left: Agate slices by Betty Lou Design, Marble cake by Samantha Bakes Cakes, Table numbers by Betty Lou Design

So what else is there I hear you ask? Well, what about statement signage?

Let’s start with the table plan. There’s no doubt about it, when it comes to on the day wedding stationery your table plan is one of the most important things to get right. A statement piece for this creates a focal point for your guests and can save everyone a load of stress when it comes to the wedding breakfast. Whether you go for a classic sign style design or something quirkier, like a fabric table plan, or a hoop table plan, using black here helps to make a real statement, especially when you combine it with bold typography.

Black and white wedding stationery

From top left: Black place name by Betty Lou Design, Black Alphabetised table plan by Betty Lou Design, Black Order of events by Betty Lou Design

Another twist could be a fabric menu. Acting as a napkin and a keepsake as well as a menu, these little beauties can feature food choices, illustrations and be dip-dyed to match your colour scheme – think dark or light greys, which would work perfectly with bold, edgy stationery. Last but not least, bar and welcome signs. Now these aren’t essential but again, they’re another great statement detail. Plus, everyone wants to know what’s behind the bar, right?

Acrylic bar menu

Acrylic bar menu

One of the most interesting places we’ve seen the trend appear is on the catwalk, with the likes of Vera Wang, Marchesa and Reem Acra all incorporating black into their 2018 bridal collections. Then there’s the simply stunning Black Edit from Halfpenny London. ‘Unashamedly bold’ is the way they describe it with ‘the most distinctive silhouettes in Kate’s bridal collections reimagined in the deepest black tones’ to create a ‘collection of exquisite pieces’ and we couldn’t agree more. Just one look at all of these designs and you can see why it’s going to be such a big trend for this year.

Black wedding dresses

From top left: Vera Wang, Halfpenny London – The Black Edit

Before I go, I wanted to leave you with a quick guide to some of the best wedding venues for a black and white colour scheme.

First up has to be The Asylum in Peckham, London. A grade 2 listed building, it still has a lot of original features including brickwork and stained glass windows, which would complement a bold, edgy theme perfectly. Next, there’s the Hoxton Arches in East London. It’s über cool and can be hired bare bones but the bare brick and natural colours would look amazing. Another super cool location, which I’m sure you’ve seen all over Pinterest is MC Motors, London. A stunning warehouse, which has also been used for film and shoot locations is bursting with character and authentic charm. Stepping out of London for a minute, consider The Clay Shed at Hoults Yard, Newcastle. It’s the main event space in a super-cool creative business village, which is tucked away under an archway, The Clay Shed is open, but still feels cosy and intimate thanks to the wooden beams and festoon lights. Finally, I’m going to throw a wildcard at you so I hope you’re ready… God’s Own Junkyard. The star of many an Instagram feed, I’ve blogged about this place before, but with neon predicted to be another big trend for 2018 (more on that at a later date) the bright lights and vibey contrasts will really make your black colour scheme pop. Oh and think of those photos by the way!

Urban wedding venues

From top left: The Asylum Chapel, God’s Own Junkyard, Hoxton Arches

So there you have it, my lowdown on all things black for 2018. For me, the key thing is to first of all decide how you want to use black in your colour scheme. Either go simple and use monochrome with stylish, modern typography or go bold, and make a real statement from the moment your guests hear about your big day. I hope you find some inspiration here and if you have any questions or would like to chat all things stationery then drop me a line.

Happy planning!

Photography credits: Kris Kirkham Photography, Eileen Meny Photography, Lemonade Pictures


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