(Closed) Black decor = funeral

posted 4 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
422 posts
Helper bee

While I don’t think black is the best color for a wedding, I don’t think I’d immediately jump to “Oh no, it looks like a funeral.” I personally prefer brighter colors, especially for a celebration like a wedding, but that’s just me– if I were a friend of yours and knew black was your style, I’d totally expect it! Can you maybe add pops of silver or other colors to certain things instead, to balance out the black?

Post # 3
3292 posts
Sugar bee

I worked in a funeral home. I have never seen a funeral with back decore. I am sure it will be lovely. 

Post # 4
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We chose black tablecloths with black napkins. When the napkins are on the bone colored china it should look normal. It also matches the chairs that have black material with gold edges. Our centerpieces are all white. We figure it’ll be a nice contrast to the flowers and dinnerware. I think all black is classy. Just an opinion though! I definitely did have a mini-freak-out the day after we selected linens though thinking maybe I should switch at least the napkins when the person at the place was like no there’s china under there! Don’t worry!

Post # 7
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

I think it sounds lovely. I’ve seen a lot of ‘black and white’ coloured Weddings on Pinterest and think they look really classy.

Do what you can to liven the place up and stay away from Lilies (which I always associate with funerals!) and you’ll be fine 🙂


Post # 8
422 posts
Helper bee

CakeSniffer:  Haha careful what you wish for! I think sometimes details like color scheme get a bit overblown sometimes. The silver will add a nice touch!

Post # 9
1842 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I think it would be fine, but I don’t think pale green walls should be the reason you feel like you HAVE to do black.  So many colors look nice with pale green.  A deep puple like you said before, ivory/champagne, grey, navy, chocolate brown, bascally anything.  I don’t think black automatically = funeral, but I would think with a light and rustic sounding venue, black might seem harsh.  


Post # 10
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m having a new years eve wedding with a black and gold theme so we are having black tableclothes with candelabras.  I see it as classy rather than morbid tbh

Post # 11
2942 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I only had one color that I liked for my wedding, which was royal blue.  We tried it with both ivory (no white because my dress was ivory and my mom was afraid of it looking yellow) and black and found that the black just popped better.  Ended up with black table clothes and napkins, bridesmaid dresses that were black with royal blue details, ect.  It didn’t look like a funeral. 

I think black just somtimes looks more classy than white. 

Post # 12
4036 posts
Honey bee

Use what you want. My daughter’s wedding colors were black, gold, and white/ivory. She married in a historic building, with lots of black and white marble and gold gilding.

Saying that black decor = funeral is about as silly as the comments I’ve seen that the mothers of the couple can’t wear black, because it signifies funeral wear and that they don’t approve of the marriage.

Post # 13
5109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I like black. Unless you’re planning to do all black everything, I think it’s totally fine.

Post # 14
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My only concern with using so much black is that it might make the room look really dark. Based on your description, I’m guessing there’s a lot of dark wood, so between that, the green walls, and black runners and napkins, there’s not a whole lot of bright or light. I know you’re worried about the green walls, have you considered doing ivory linens?

Post # 15
1011 posts
Bumble bee

There used to be (well I guess still is, but no one says it anymore) about “if you wear black, you wish yourself back” and “if you wear red, you’ll wish you were dead” and for a loooong time people wouldn’t use those as wedding colors and some (meaning my mom) still shakes her head at wedding colors that are black or red (funny enough there is something about almost every color except blue I think, I guess the “old, new, borrowed, blue” thing came from that). That could be something to do witht it. But at the same time, black and white weddings are very classy, and while you’re talking about tablecloths and not dresses, having bridesmaids in black dresses is always something they can reuse. Not to mention, it makes things super easy to match. So as long as you don’t go out of your way to use black roses , I don’t see a problem 

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