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If you’re a trendsetting, city-lover; this one’s for you!
If you’re reading this blog it means you have a thing for modern style, much like me.
City chic weddings will never loose their appeal, with couples ditching tradition and seeking out unique metropolitan venues and choosing sleek, minimalist styling to reflect their sophisticated tastes, now more than ever. LUSH! To me, city weddings have a delightful energy all their own, reflecting the buzz of the urban landscape, and can be a wonderful way to represent who you are as a couple, as well as keep travel and accommodation for your guests to a minimum.
Of course, styling a city affair is quite a different prospect to a traditional country or castle celebration, and it can be a fine line between elegant and stark. Here are ten ideas to help you pull off your city wedding beautifully!
Be Clever with Your Venue
Beautiful event styling starts with an appropriate venue – get this right, and the location will do half your job for you! Look for venues that have clean lines and uncluttered decor, as well as modern architecture. Don’t be afraid to look outside the box!
Art galleries, breweries, warehouses, rooftops, old factories, photography studios, restaurants, bars… with a brilliant creative team, all of these can be transformed into spectacular spaces for a wedding!
Find more ideas for city chic venues in our feature HERE.
Consider a neutral or monochrome palette
A monochrome palette is perfect for a city wedding – glamorous, but understated. Alternatively, stick to soft neutrals or all white, with touches of metallics for warmth.
Create a stylish ceremony space
If you are not getting married in a place of worship – think about the perfect area for your ceremony. Look around your venue for architectural features (or even industrial ones!) that lend themselves to being a ceremony backdrop, or simply choose a blank (or brick) wall and build an arch as a visual focus.
This could be made of materials that complement the urban surroundings, like copper pipe or soft drapes, or else take the opportunity to bring the outside in with lush greenery. Add candles in lanterns or hurricane vases and twinkle lights for added atmosphere, or just to line the aisle.
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Use Vertical Decor to Add Drama
City venues like lofts and warehouses, often have high ceilings, which can feel a little cold and vast. One way to counter that is to use vertical decor – either with hanging elements like neon signs, swathes of greenery, dropped florals, or hanging centrepieces, or if that’s not possible, with tall centrepieces on the tables themselves.
Create atmosphere with clever lighting
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Another way to create a feeling of intimacy and warmth in an utilitarian space is to use lighting cleverly. Candles, twinkle lights, and Edison bulbs or café lights will all do the trick, or why not incorporate neon lighting as a fun feature piece that you can later display in your marital home?
Cocktails and Canapés
City weddings create a great opportunity to turn the traditional wedding breakfast on its head! Instead of the standard sit down meal, have guests eat and mingle cocktail party style, with canapés and bowl food, and lounge areas instead of formal seating arrangements.
Don Glamorous Modern Attire
A city backdrop is the perfect location for a tailored suit and a dapper groom too. HOT!
Slip into something slinky and glamorous, or take the opportunity to sport something on the less obvious side, like a two-piece, like a colourful dress or a jumpsuit.
Include Industrial Touches for Texture
Industrial decor is definitely popular at the moment. It’s a great way to add texture and visual interest to a sleek city wedding. Elements like copper pipe, concrete, and wire might not seem romantic on their own, but styled with softer textures like silk and linen, they look gorgeous!
Embrace the Transparency Trend
Another current trend that’s perfect for a city wedding is the transparency trend. Think: velum invitation elements, acrylic menus and table numbers, glass, lucite, and ghost chairs.
Funk up your cake
Even though minimalist and understated can be perfect contemporary style for a city wedding, one place to consider adding a touch of fun, colour, or sheer luxury is through your cake! Metallic, gold leaf, intricate detailing, hundreds and thousands… the sky’s the limit!
Header image: Fiona Kelly Photography