A black and white wedding makes for a timeless wedding theme. The palate of black and white creates a classic look that can be dressed up or down depending on the marriers’ tastes. From decor to cake, there are plenty of ideas to make this special day one to remember!

When it comes to the ceremony, opt for an aisle runner in black fabric with crisp white rose petals thrown along its length. Consider having black chairs adorned with sheer white covers, or use seating without covers for a more contemporary look. Meanwhile, for your reception, choose simple black tablecloths accented with tall ivory candles atop each table. Or, if you’re looking for something bolder, alternate square and round tables with black and white linens. Either way, mix it up by adding patterned table runners or chair sashes in a coordinating color like burgundy or fuchsia. Make it tropical like Michele and Filippo did with a tropical touch of green plants.

As far as food goes, keep things simple yet luxurious by opting for mini-dishes such as miniature quiches made from scratch or private-label chocolate truffles served in sleek boxes. Dessert should also reflect the theme—think about having an all-white cake topped with fresh berries or a beautiful three-tiered masterpiece featuring alternating tiers of both colors. Coupled with other creative touches like personalized favors packaged in elegant boxes tied with silk ribbons (or even “tuxedo” boxes tied with white satin!), your guests will have plenty to admire!

And finally when it comes time to take photos together as wedded partners, don’t forget to dress accordingly, whether it’s in a dashing black tie tuxedo (with a white cape!) or a sophisticated white gown never disappoints! Make your black and white wedding even more photogenic by inviting all your wedding guests to wear black. With these unique ideas—and perhaps some you’ve come up with yourself—you can create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime on your special day.

Here are some of our favorite black and white LGBTQ+ weddings we’ve featured on Equally Wed.

Photographer: Neva Sullivan Photography

Aaron and Andrew’s LGBTQ+ Washington, D.C., wedding at the Capital Turnaround

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Photographer: www.aberrazionicromatiche.com

Michele and Fillipo’s jungle-themed Santorso, Italy, wedding at Fabbrica Saccardo

Photographer: Sonju Photography

Kristina and Jomary’s blue, black and white Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wedding

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Photographer: Amanda Macchia of Sister City Photography, 

Black and white beach wedding in Newport, Rhode Island

Black and white Puerto Rico gay wedding

Black and white Dallas gay wedding