10 ways to create the modern wedding of your dreams

Clean lines, elegant décor, and effortlessly chic details – a modern wedding is the perfect beginning to a real-life fairytale. Here are 10 ways to create the modern wedding of your dreams.


modern wedding ceremony vine backdrop
1. Sculptural ceremony greens. (via Ruffled)

1. A Vine Backdrop
Loosely arranged vines on a wall make a simple and fresh backdrop throughout the wedding space. Use them for the wedding ceremony, behind the couple’s sweetheart table, or as a photo booth backdrop in a designated area.


wedding escort card table flowers
2. Modern bouquets? This way! (via Wedding Wire)

2. A Chic Escort Card Table
Pretty silk flowers like white roses, orchids, and hydrangeas arranged in clear, tall glass vases create clean lines while floating candles add warm candlelight to this escort card table.


jeff leatham modern white wedding reception
3. Monochromatic tablescapes. (via Style Me Pretty)

3. White On White
Nothing says modern like white on white. Keep the look from being austere by working with a variety of textures and materials: linen, glass, silver, and porcelain on a tablescape capped by lush hydrangeas, white phalaenopsis orchids, and white calla lilies in clear glass cylinder vases.


greens leaf chandelier
4. Greenery chandelier. (via Coco Kelley)

4. Hanging Plants
Create a fresh and airy dining table by laying out a simple white linen tablecloth and suspending a bundle of gathered greens like, eucalyptus, ivy, or ferns, above the table.


martha stewart weddings ghostwood modern centerpiece
5. Cool Centerpiece. (via Martha Stewart Weddings)

5. A Bold Splash Of Color
Large ghostwood branches spray-painted in bright neon hues make for unexpected and refreshing wedding centerpieces. Place one branch in the center of the table and keep the rest of the tablescape white for the most eye-catching effect.


silver and gold modern wedding tablescape
6. Mix silver and gold. (via Martha Stewart Weddings)

6. Metallic Branches
Another modern twist on the classic look: arrange blooming branches gilded in silver and gold in shiny mercury glass vases. Finish each place setting with a single, gold-painted flower set on top of a white napkin and plate, to complete the style.


7. Bold stripes. (via Martha Stewart Weddings)

7. Bright Color
White certainly can mean modern, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only color that should have all the fun. For a long reception table, create a nonfloral centerpiece with these DIY, striped candles. Use pillar candles of varying heights with a mix of color hues. Use white linens and plates, clear glass, and modern flatware on the table and put the candles in a tray in the center for a dynamic burst of color.


8. On the dance floor. (From Moon To Moon)

8. Disco Balls
Disco balls may recall retro rollerskating rinks, but when hung in clusters above the dance floor, they take on a very 21st-century life.


9. A sweet, and glam, finish. (via BRIDES)

9. Sparkling Gems
Candy gemstones in bright colors are cool and modern embellishment on a wedding cake. Play up the jewels, and color, on your dessert table with crystal cake stands and crystal pillar holders filled with candy and decorated cookies. Finish with crystal diamonds scattered across the table.


modern wedding lighting for stairs and steps
10. Step by step. (via BRIDES)

10. Wedding Lanterns
For a final exit or evening affair, light paths, steps, or stairs outside of the venue with glass lanterns and floating candles.


1. Ruffled. 2. Wedding Wire. 3. Style Me Pretty. 4. Coco Kelley. 5. Martha Stewart. 6. Martha Stewart Weddings. 7. Martha Stewart Weddings. 8. From Moon To Moon. 9. Brides. 10. BRIDES.

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