A lot of brides say to me they want a “modern” wedding and 95% end up going more traditional than they originally thought. This happens for a number of different reasons, but mostly in my opinion because brides do not trust how the different elements of their vision will come together. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a “traditional” wedding, I love all weddings and I am always focused on creating a great day for my couples and their guests regardless of the style.
If you are that bride looking plan a modern wedding here are a few of my favorite ideas:
- Venue – select a venue that has a neutral palette, white walls, high ceilings and concrete floors are a good place to start. A blank canvas allows you to customize every element of your design, from chairs to stationery.
- Florals – modern florals have an architectural and sleek feel to them. Flowers with structure like orchids are great, greenery is perfect as well.
- Mixing metals – so modern and chic, I think all weddings can use metallics and I love designing with this in mind. A little goes a long way too. Combining votives and flatware on each place setting is a great place to start.
- Attire – this goes for the grooms and bridesmaids. Black suits and tuxes are timeless, a well fitted (I can’t stress this enough) colorful suit, think blue or burgundy is the perfect choice for a modern groom. Bridesmaids, think outside your bridal shops and boutiques, many retailers offers beautiful dresses that are perfect for modern bridesmaids. One of my fave looks for bridesmaids is a 2 piece or a romper.
- Menu – raise your hand if you’re tired of a 3 course meal at weddings. Design an innovative menu with your caterer, incorporate fresh, local, seasonal ingredients inspired by you as a couple and incorporates different elements of your culture.
The best weddings combine traditional and modern elements to create a memorable experience for everyone. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and plan a wedding that reflects your style.