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Use ghost chairs
вЂњUsing unexpected variables such as vellum, concrete or acrylic (to mimic Lucite) can bring a modern feel to your event,вЂќ says Jacin Fitzgerald, owner of Jacin Fitzgerald Events. вЂњAcrylic chairs allow all the elements around them to shine as they are quite literally transparent!вЂќ The look of a floating ceremony built on top of a garden fountain helped bring a modern edge to this setup with the addition of acrylic ghost chairs.02 of 22
Go for a mismatched bridal party
Leila Brewster Photography
A trend that doesn't look like it's going anywhere anytime soon is outfitting your bridal party in various (and chic!) bridesmaids dresses. It's a feature that will add a whimsical element to your wedding day and the photos. вЂњWhether you let your bridal party pick their own dresses, or you prompt them on a specific color/style/design that you encourage them to wear, the end result will be something playfully elegant,вЂќ says Caitlin Campbell, senior event coordinator and designer at True Event.
Wear a minimalist wedding dress
Your wedding dress can also be a nod to your minimalist wedding style. вЂњFor this chic wedding, the bride wore a stunning, minimalist gown by Rime Arodaky,вЂќ says Ashley Sawtelle, owner of Ashley Sawtelle. Clean lines and a minimalist design created the perfect focal point for the bride's wedding portraits. Looking for a minimalist wedding dress? Check out 67 of our favorites here!04 of 22
Set the tone with stationary
Joseph Matthew Photography
What better way to send the message of a modern wedding design than with your invitations? вЂњAs the first indication of your wedding style, invitations are a key element in your wedding theme,вЂќ Thomas Bui, founder of Thomas Bui Lifestyle. For a modern event, bold text set against a minimal design will project a simple and fresh design for your stationery.05 of 22
Use a simple backdrop
Photo by Kenzie Victory
Sleek lines, a minimal background, and a sophisticated color palette can make or break a modern ceremony setting. Keep the focus on your couple, your venue, and your minimalist design by reducing your use of decor.06 of 22
Use greenery instead of florals
A literal take on a fresh reception, Jill Remy, owner and designer at Jill & Co. Events, suggests creating your centerpieces with an overflow of greenery. вЂњOne of the best ways to turn your reception into an example of a contemporary style is to use arrangements filled with vines, leaves, and other lush, green foliage,вЂќ Remy says. If you still want to include florals into your tablescape design, vary each arrangement in height as to create multiple levels of centerpieces.
Eliminate decor entirely
Why not eliminate the need for decor when it comes to finalizing your modern ceremony setup? вЂњOne modern approach to your ceremony would be to keep the focal point solely on your couple,вЂќ says Kat Braman, owner of Kat Braman. вЂњThe result of a scenic backdrop without the use of decor will result in striking final photos."08 of 22
Follow a monochrome color palette
вЂњUsing a mix of materials in a monochrome color palette is one of the easiest ways to emphasize a modern wedding,вЂќ says Virginia Edelson, founder of Bluebird Productions. Apply this palette to everything from your flatware to the florals.09 of 22
Focus on interesting flavors
Nancy Ray Photography
вЂњEnhance the food and beverage experience by channeling the excitement of a pop-up dinner for a modern, discerning foodie crowd,вЂќ says Chelsey Jean Morrison, owner and principal designer/planner at Gather Together Events. вЂњPlan for perfectly paired passed bites and sips at cocktail hour, curated wine pairings, or seasonal/locally sourced foods." Enhance the look of your presentation by creating a fuss-free tray organized by quality treats and hors d'oeuvres.
Go for all white everything
вЂњSticking with an all-white design, whether in your florals, tablescape decor, or reception and ceremony backdrops, is a modern wedding technique that is always in style,вЂќ says Kathleen Deery, owner of Kathleen Deery Design. вЂњUsing an all-white palette can bring the spotlight to other details throughout your day (especially on your tablescape) including linens, glassware, centerpieces, and other uses of decor." If you want to add a pop of color, fresh greenery is a great option that works with any season.11 of 22
Think about your venue
Christopher Duggan Photography, Queens Museum
One of the best ways to convey your wedding style is through your choice in venue. Jen Schepps, sales manager at Abigail Kirsch Off Premises, suggests choosing a space that's undeniably contemporary. вЂњWhen you go with a space that's already adopted a modern feel, you don't have to adapt your space with any unnecessary decor,вЂќ Schepps says. For this wedding, the clean lines, heightened ceiling, and refined feel of the space really lent itself to the wedding's modern aesthetic.
Try a modern cake design
Luna De Mare Photography
Make sure you carry a modern element throughout every detail of your day-even in the cake! вЂњThe patterns and textures created on this simple two-tier cake created a chic and stylish element to the reception,вЂќ says Heather Balliet, owner of Amorology. вЂњA perfect balance of playful and elegant, the design of your cake can create a contemporary focal point to your dessert table."
Give your planner a set of words to live by
Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography
One of the best ways to stay on theme with your modern style is to come up with a collection of design-oriented keywords. вЂњOur favorite modern wedding buzzwords are clean, geometric and simplicity,вЂќ Christen Ryan, founder of Ryan Designs. вЂњThe beauty of sticking to these descriptive words is that they will never fail a modern reception space." Plus, your wedding planner will know exactly what you are expecting of the final product.14 of 22
Desiree Gardner Photography
Nowadays, personalizing your big day goes way beyond the day itself. вЂњCapture your wedding with a live painter who will render all of the special scenes and moments from your celebration,вЂќ suggests Anna Griffith, senior event sales manager at Cannon Green. вЂњNot only is an artist the perfect cocktail hour entertainment, you'll also have a one-of-a-kind keepsake to take home with you!вЂќ Contemporary design really does focus on the little details!
Pay attention to flatware
Alicia Fritz, founder of A Day in May Event Planning & Design, wants couples to consider their tablescape details when finalizing a modern wedding style. вЂњA simple and unexpected way to add a contemporary twist to your wedding reception is by trading out traditional flatware and glassware,вЂќ she says. вЂњFor example, by using black metal cutlery and stemless glasses, guests' attention will be drawn to these small details as they're so far removed from typical place setting offerings."
Go trendy with cocktails
Pair your elevated hors d'oeuvres with a cocktail menu worthy of the latest trends. вЂњWhether it's the latest in cocktail infusions, bold flavors, or custom creations, a cocktail menu that can stand on its own in a modern setting is unique and distinctive to any event,вЂќ says Jay Crabb, beverage director at Paula LeDuc Fine Catering & Events. вЂњPlay around with glassware and garnishes for an added touch of modern flair."17 of 22
Don't be afraid of negative space
вЂњCreate visual interest with clean lines, striking colors and negative space,вЂќ says Lauren Emerson, owner of Lauren Emerson Events & Design, who designed this contemporary tablescape featuring minimal decor and a simple yet sophisticated place setting.
Keep the tables minimal
Photo by Miguel Cunha
вЂњCenterpieces bursting with greenery, varying white florals, and a slate-inspired color scheme are just a few of the elements that make this tablescape fresh and contemporary,вЂќ says Alicia Falango, founder of Alicia K Designs. We also love how this couple added a splash of neutral color with the camel chairs.19 of 22
But still pay attention to special details
Jillian Rose Photography
вЂњYou can adapt all the little details to fit your modern wedding theme,вЂќ says Callista Osborn, owner of Callista & Company. вЂњFor example, we gave these table cards a contemporary twist by incorporating a geometric design with bold colors." A pop of color is a great way to add a modern touch to your place cards, invitations, or other stationery elements on your big day.20 of 22
Use black as an accent
Abby Jiu Photography
Black is the perfect color for a modern wedding. вЂњIt reads elegant, chic, fashion-forward and sophisticated all at the same time,вЂќ says Laura Ritchie, principal event designer at Grit & Grace. вЂњWe use it often to create depth and character to our designs." Whether adding a touch of color to the outline of a menu card or using it to adorn an entire Lucite placemat, black is one hue that will always create drama.21 of 22
Go bold with candlelight
Photo by Cameron Clark Photography
вЂњClean lines and candlelight galore are the very definition of modern romance,вЂќ says Cassy Anderson, founder of Cassy Rose Events, who supports the use of candlelight for any modern affair. Glass votives in varying heights will give your candlelit tablescape plenty of dimension and diversity.22 of 22
Create a custom dance floor
Fred Marcus Studio
For this Art Deco-inspired wedding, the couple decided on a geometric design for their custom dance floor. вЂњOur bride was looking to create a day that resembled art deco elements,вЂќ says Melissa Cooper Wald, senior director of events at Major Food Group at The Seagram Building. A black-and-white color palette with touches of gold and metallic supplied the perfect atmosphere to this modern fГЄte.