Is there anything more sophisticated than a classic black and white wedding? It’s a color scheme that never goes out of style and is both elegant and contemporary. And just because it’s usually associated with more formal affairs, don’t think you can’t have fun and be playful with it. To keep it modern and fresh, simply add in a little texture, throw in some pops of color or play with pattern–polka dots, anyone?

Black lace top and white tulle wedding skirt

Black and white wedding gowns are so hot right now, even Vera Wang is getting in on the action with her super chic 2014 Spring collection.

Black and White Vera Wang Wedding Gowns

If you’re particularly daring bride and black accents just won’t cut it for you, you could always opt for an all black ensemble. The addition of sequins and metallic accessories will keep it looking chic, glamorous, and celebration ready.

Black sequin wedding dress

The classic black tuxedo is the obvious choice when it comes to groom attire, but why not flip that look on its head instead with a white tuxedo jacket with black trim? Or, you could have a little fun with the accessories and by choosing a polka dot bow tie or pocket square.

White tuxedo with black trim

black and white polka dot bow tie

black wedding invitations with white calligraphy

Calligraphy done in white ink really pops against black stationery and adds a romantic feel to your invitation suite while graphic illustrations and bold black type give a contemporary edge.

Artsy black and white wedding invitations

Modern black and white wedding invitations

black and white striped wedding tent

Black and white decor details can be dramatic or understated depending on the feel you’re going for, but like with any color scheme, keeping things simple will provide the most impact.

paper anemone escort cards

Black and grey paper lanterns

Chalkboard menu

black, white and gold table settong

To soften the look of the black and white color scheme and add a little glitz, throw some gold accents into the mix.

Black and white wedding favors

Black and white floral wedding cake

To end off the evening, a tiered black and white cake would be stunning, for sure, but for a real show stopper wow your guests with an all black cake.

black ruffled wedding cake

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