Modern wedding decor ideas

Simplify the Color Palette

In general, modern weddings tend to stick to a neutral color palette. Think grays, whites, and blacks. You can choose several neutral shades of the same color — like beige, cream, and pure white — or mix and match different neutral shades. To glam things up a bit, you can add in metallics such as gold, rose gold, and silver. 

Just because most modern weddings feature neutral hues doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate bolder hues. Add a splash of emerald or ruby for a fall wedding or choose a soft pastel for a springtime affair. As a rule of thumb, choose just one or two colors from the same color family for modern wedding decor. You can mix in the brighter shades as accent pieces with a neutral background to preserve the modern aesthetic.

 Wear a Minimalist Wedding Dress

If you love modern wedding decor, you’ll adore the idea of wearing a minimalist wedding dress. Look for chic styles that feature clean lines and angular silhouettes. A minimalist wedding gown can keep the focus on you and your spouse-to-be, making it a great choice for brides who want to be the center of attention. 

To ramp up this effect, have bridesmaids or bridal party dress in different colors or patterns. If you’re having an all-white wedding, have the bridal party dress in varying tones of beige and cream. Alternatively, you can have the bridal party wear one color — such as turquoise or tangerine — if you’ve chosen to pair your white, modern wedding decor with a statement hue.

Modernize Your Greeting Area

The greeting area is the first space guests see when they arrive, so it’s important to set the tone for your event design here. Incorporate your color palette in decorative elements such as signage and seating charts in the reception space. Don’t forget to include your color scheme and theme in the lounge area where guests can enjoy a cocktail before the wedding ceremony starts.

For signage, you can use geometric shapes and boards with crisp lines and contours — hallmarks of modern architecture. Minimalism is popular in modern decor so think about editing your decor pieces. Choose only one or two statement pieces and leave out other decor items that may make the space feel cluttered.

Choose Simple Yet Gorgeous Floral Arrangements

When it comes to contemporary design, flowers are key. You can work with a florist or wedding planner to curate a modern wedding bouquet and incorporate your color palette into the arrangements or DIY your floral arrangements. 

One way to create a chic look is to use only white flowers. You can choose from popular options like white roses, orchids, tulips, and hydrangeas. Another option is to use only greenery. Elements like moss, vines, and leafy plants make an elegant statement when paired with neutral wedding-style elements.

Use Contemporary Lighting

Modern home decor leans heavily on lighting, and modern wedding decor is no different. A stunning chandelier can serve as the focal point of your wedding reception and it’s one of the easiest ways to incorporate modern elements into your decor. 

Look for wedding venues with modern lighting such as crystal chandeliers or unique fixtures that feature clean lines or interesting angles. For an outdoor wedding, stringed Edison bulbs can create a romantic space while adding an eye-catching minimalist look.

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