City Chic Wedding Style Ideas

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

Plateau Restaurant

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!

 Fiona Kelly Photography via Nu Bride

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! 

Look at this transformation from 2017 Nu Bride Ambassador Amie Bone below,  from warehouse to this! | Photography Sanshine Photography

Find more ideas for city chic venues in our feature HERE.

Consider a neutral or monochrome palette

 Fiona Kelly Photography via Nu Bride

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.

Molly + Co / Keith J Laverty / The Lynden Lane Co via Strictly Weddings

Create a stylish ceremony space

Caught The Light Photography |Africa and Jermel

CREDITS: Image 1: Aneta MAK Photography / via London Bride  | Image 2: 2 Brides | Image 3: Emily Steffen Photography

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.

Aurelia Da Moore Photography via Hand H Weddings

Sarahdipity Photos / Dairing Events / Shea Hopely via Every Last Detail

Alison Conklin Photography / Naturally Delicious / Mimosa Floral Design Studio via Brides

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.

Look up!

2 Brides via Nu Bride 

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.   

Check out some decor drama inspiration like from Tissue Blossoms in this Tropical Inspired shoot on Nu Bride | Sanshine Photography

Emily Steffen Photography

Create atmosphere with clever lighting

2 Brides via Nu Bride 

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?

 Greg Finck Photography​ via 100 Layer Cake 

Dmitry Pavlov / Nelly Baranenkova via Burnett’s Boards

Cocktails and Canapés

Alakija Studios / Kosibah via Nu Bride

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.

 Cecelina Photography via Nu Bride

Jonathan Wherret / Georgeous via Harper’s Bazaar

Don Glamorous Modern Attire

Nek Vardikos Photography / Perfect Events / Keye London

A city backdrop is the perfect location for a tailored suit and a dapper groom too. HOT! 

Nikos Gogas / Once Upon A Destination / Kosibah

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

Chris Barber Photography / Cakes by Krishanthi via Rock My Wedding 

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!

Bai & Elle / Hannah Charlotte Weddings / Bow & Beau via Want That Wedding


Embrace the Transparency Trend

 lunaphoto / Thomas Bui Lifestyle via Inside Weddings

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.

Ana Lui Photography / Isla And Smith Wedding Design / White+White via Style Me Pretty 

Funk up your cake

Amber Marlow Weddings | Butter and Scotch

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!

Fiona Kelly Photography / Cake: Olofson Design  via Nu Bride

Tino Antoniou / Tees Bakery via Nu Bride

Happy Planning!

The Talent

Header image: Fiona Kelly Photography 


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One Response to “City Chic Wedding Style Ideas”

  1. Nicole Scott
    July 4, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Love the city chic features! I am a city gurl at heart, and enjoyed this feature.