Moody wedding with candle lit ceremony | PartySlate
photographer: Lindsay Roman | planner: Storied Events | floral: Valley Flower Company | venue: Private Residence
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9 Moody Wedding Ideas, Where Edgy Meets Romantic

Moody wedding with candle lit ceremony | PartySlate

Bring romance and mystery into your nuptials with a moody wedding celebration. This elusive wedding style ranges from elevated gothic to sumptuous and dreamy — making it the perfect vibe for the non-traditional couple. 

We’ve searched through thousands of real weddings on PartySlate to find our favorite dark and moody wedding elements. Discover bold wedding color palettes, enchanting candlelight, and dramatic tablescapes. Romance is about to meet its edgy counterpart, and the results are wow-worthy.

1. Incorporate Purple, Burgundy, & Plum Into Your Wedding Color Palette

Wedding colors set the mood and tone of an event. Capture a dark, moody wedding aesthetic with luxuriant purples, rich burgundies, and lush plums. Think beyond wedding party attire and incorporate your wedding color palette into wedding flowers, ceremonial backdrops, and centerpieces. We especially love how you can soften or brighten your moody wedding colors with a pop of cream or orange.

Couple kiss in front of burgundy circular wedding arch | PartySlate
photographer: Shumanev Production | Butterfly Floral & Event Design See More
Edgy wedding centerpiece with purple and orange flowers and black candles | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & florals: CHRISTOPHER MARCS DESIGN See More
Moody wedding centerpiece with orange and purple flowers | PartySlate
photographer: Katelyn Prisco Photography | Jennifer Matteo Event Planning See More
Bridal bouquets with red and black calla lilies | PartySlate
photographer: Studio Finch | Avant Gardenia See More
Wedding centerpiece with dried purple and pale pink blooms | PartySlate
photographer: Lindsay Roman | Storied Events | Valley Flower Company See More
Bride and groom sit at sweetheart table with purple floral and greenery backdrop | PartySlate
photographer: Nathalie Cheng Photography | L’Relyea Events | Hawthorn Flower Studio See More

2. Set the Scene With Moody Wedding Invitations and Print

Your wedding experience starts from the moment guests receive their invitations. Select dark crimsons, forest greens, and burnished golds for a moody aesthetic. Moody wedding invitations and escort cards often feature lush floral designs and dreamy watercolor brushstrokes, as well.

Use PartySlate’s curated vendor directory to find an invitations and print team for your wedding. You can also search PartySlate’s Idea Gallery for more wedding invitation inspiration.

Moody wedding invitations in crimson and black | PartySlate
photographer: Dearly Beloved Weddings | Peonies to Paint Chips | Somersault Letterpress See More
Black wedding escort cards with gold print | PartySlate
photographer: Sasithon Photography | Brilliant Event Planning See More
Crimson and forest green wedding invitations | PartySlate
photographer: Cassie Rosch Photography | Calluna Events See More
Wedding invitation suite with crowned human heart | PartySlate
photographer: Ed & Aileen Photography | A Fresh Event | MDRN Hand See More

3. Dim the Lights for a Romantic Moody Wedding

Consider hosting a twilight wedding ceremony or simply dimming the ballroom lights for a moody, yet ultra-romantic vibe. There’s no such thing as too many candles (on and off the table). Twinkling string lights, ornate chandeliers, and amber uplighting all contribute to a romantic atmosphere. Trust us, wedding lighting should always top your to-do list.

Moody wedding with candle lit ceremony | PartySlate
photographer: Lindsay Roman | Storied Events See More
Dim wedding reception with amber uplighting | PartySlate
photographer: Anthony Vazquez Photography | Jes Gordon See More
Dark moody wedding reception | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Lauren Perry Events, LLC | Fleurs NYC See More
Modern wedding ceremony with blue drapery, pampas grass, and candle light | PartySlate
photographer: We Laugh We Love | Sage Catering | Creations By Coppola See More

4. Go Dark and Moody With Wild Greenery

Create a wild and romantic vibe with lush wedding greenery. Trailing vines, boxwood backdrops, and luxuriant foliage can stand alone or be combined with dramatic florals and lighting. You can even utilize candlelight to create a shadowy play of foliage on walls and tablescapes.

Make sure to “heart” any photos you like, so you can share them with your florist. You can also use PartySlate’s curated vendor directory to find an available wedding florist near you.

Moody wedding sweet heart table with greenery | PartySlate
photographer: Glass Darkly Photo | Figure Eight Events See More
Black chalk wedding seating chart in gold frame surrounded by greenery | PartySlate
photographer: Dearly Beloved Weddings | Peonies to Paint Chips See More
Circular greenery wedding arch | PartySlate
photographer: Samantha Elizabeth Creative | Michelle Durpetti Events | Revel Decor See More
Wedding sweet heart table with shadows from candlelit foliage | PartySlate
photography: Anastasia Romanova Photography | The Wedding Plan & Company See More

5. Add an Edge With Black Tableware and Tapered Candles

Lend drama to your tablescape with black details like sleek menus, bold chargers, and sophisticated goblets. We also love how tapered candles (both in dark and creamier shades) amplify the dramatic look. Make sure to check out PartySlate’s Wedding Idea Gallery and Best Wedding Centerpieces [Guide] for even more tablescape ideas and inspiration.

Backyard wedding reception with black tableware, blush florals, and creamy tapered candles | PartySlate
photographer: Shawn Connell Weddings | Pejy Kash Events | Taylor Creative Inc. See More
Wedding table with black tapered candle and table number with black Taurus design | PartySlate
photographer: Karen Obrist | Margaret Rose Events See More
Dark and moody wedding tablescape with flowers and black tapered candles | PartySlate
photographer: Lindsay Roman | Storied Events See More
Moody industrial wedding with black tableware and candle light | PartySlate
photographer: Nadya Furnari Photography | The Wedding Plan & Company See More
Wedding reception table with purple linen and black tableware | PartySlate
photographer: Athena Blude Photography | Double G Events, Planning + Design See More
Modern wedding table with black goblets and antler décor | PartySlate
photographer: Blake Gardner | Kristin Banta Events | The Lighter Side See More

6. Soften the Vibe With Romantic Drapery

Lend softness to your moody wedding with romantic drapery. Think outside of the window frame and consider adding drapery to everything from your wedding arch to tablescape. We especially love how watercolor invitations and signage can hint to billowy drapery found throughout the ceremony and reception. Ask your wedding planner how to best incorporate drapery into your celebration.

Boho moody wedding arch with pink-to-black drapery | PartySlate
photographer: Kelly Waterman Photography | Level Events See More
Wedding place setting with gold charger plate, blue goblet, and pink drapery table runner | PartySlate
photographer: Collin Pierson Photography | Michelle Durpetti Events | Kehoe Designs See More
Modern industrial wedding arch with white drapery | PartySlate
photographer: Karen Obrist | Margaret Rose Events See More

7. Accent With Luxe Velvets

Crushed velvet brings a sumptuous and unique look to your wedding reception tables. Moreover, crushed velvet adds texture and dimension to each tablescape, creating a beautiful layering effect. You can find a luxury rental and linen company through PartySlate’s curated directory.

Romantic red rose wedding reception with black crushed velvet seating | PartySlate
photographer: Jessica Claire Photography | The Lighter Side | Butterfly Floral & Event Design See More
Romantic wedding table with white florals and gray crushed linen | PartySlate
photographer: Josh McCullock | Christina Leigh Events See More
Moody wedding tablescape with crushed purple linen | PartySlate
photographer: Heather Lauren Photography | Jennifer Matteo Event Planning | BBJ La Tavola See More

8. Elevate Cocktail Hour With Moody Sips

Cocktail hour is ripe for creativity and Instagram-worthy moments. Take your cocktails and mocktails to the next level with moody color schemes, custom cocktail names, and ornate bar décor.

Find premier bar and beverage services through PartySlate’s curated directory. You can also find additional cocktail inspiration in the Wedding Idea Gallery.

Custom wedding cocktails in pistachio green, coral, and black | PartySlate
photographer: Glass Darkly Photo | Figure Eight Events | Cali Craft Cocktails See More
Custom cocktail station with gold skull décor | PartySlate
photographer: Dearly Beloved Weddings | Peonies to Paint Chips See More
Man in blue suit holds black cocktail with giant ice sphere | PartySlate
photographer: Mindy Deluca | Couple of Bartenders See More

9. Sweeten the Mood with Dramatic Shades of Frosting

Extend your dark moody wedding theme all the way to dessert with wedding cakes in dramatic hues. Sleek all-black wedding cakes and edgy marbled-berry designs are equally stunning options for a one-of–kind dessert hour.

Don’t forget to find your wedding bakery on PartySlate. Click into each baker’s PartySlate profile to find real examples of their beautiful work.

Black and gold dark moody wedding cake | PartySlate
photography: Fire & Ice Photography | Déjà vu Sweets See More
Purple and white marbled wedding cake on teal table | PartySlate
photographer: Finch Photo | ROQUE Events | Batter Up Cakery See More
Two black wedding cakes with a white cake in the middle | PartySlate
photographer: Lindsay Roman | Storied Events | Lael Cakes See More

People Also Ask …

How do you have a Halloween wedding?

Halloween wedding with white pumpkin escort cards | PartySlate
photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography | planner: Jacqueline Events & Design | floral: David Kimmel Design | venue: Arlington Hall

There are many ways to pay homage to Halloween with an elegant and traditional wedding aesthetic. We love how this Halloween wedding makes subtle nods to the season with chic white pumpkin escort cards and ghostly baby’s breath. Of course, you can also embrace the holiday with more overt décor. See how this Halloween surprise wedding featured skeleton floral décor, swirling fog, and costumed attire.   

What is a masquerade wedding?

Masquerade wedding reception at Angel Orensanz Foundation | PartySlate
photographer: Belathée Photography | planner: PLANNIE | planner & designer: Daughter of Design | venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation

A masquerade wedding invites guests to wear lavish costumes and decorated masks. Like the masquerade balls that originated in 14th century Europe as part of carnival season, masquerade weddings often feature glamorous attire and décor. We love how this masquerade wedding wowed with ornate architecture, dark jewel tones, and stunning costumes — proving a fun wedding theme can still be elegant and elevated. 

Where can I find a venue for my moody wedding?

Head to PartySlate’s curated venue directory to find an available wedding venue near you (or in your preferred destination locale). Use the filters to narrow your search by location, guest count, venue type, amenities, and more. If you see a venue you like, make sure to click into the PartySlate profile to see how the venue utilizes the space for real wedding celebrations. You can also reach out to a venue directly through the directory.

Moreover, you can use PartySlate’s curated vendor directory to find your entire wedding vendor team. Use the filters to narrow your search by vendor category, services, and more.