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50 Ideas for a Modern Wedding

A modern wedding celebration should scream "right now!" Sleek lines, dramatic uplighting, and décor dripping in crystals are all staples at contemporary weddings. Here, 50 ideas to create a stylish celebration fit for the 21st century.

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Host your wedding in an unconventional venue, like an aquarium.

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Wow your guests with crystal trees lining your ceremony aisle.

    Photo Credit: John Labbe/Created by Preston Bailey

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Petals placed in clean lines rather than swirls gives this romantic look a modern touch.

    Photo Credit: Lin & Jirsa

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Make a massive room feel more intimate with draped fabric.

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Scalloped flower petals jazz up your aisle and won't get ruined as you make your grand entrance — a win win!

    Photo Credit: Elegant-Affairs

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Ghost chairs perfectly complement the modernity of a loft wedding setup.

    Photo Credit: Blueberry Creative

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Take advantage of modern technology and project an image along your aisle instead of using a runner.

    Photo Credit: Rhee Bevere

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Dress up a structural backdrop with dozens of candles.

    Photo Credit: Motley Melange

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Skip the classic roses and peonies for your bouquet in favor of orchids and calla lilies.

  • Attire

    Attire

    Have your bridesmaids wear different shades of the same dress for a gorgeous ombré effect.

  • Attire

    Attire

    Break the traditional wedding fashion rules — wear a gold glitter top, and let your bridesmaids each choose her own little black dress.

    Photo Credit: Cami Jane Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Candles and crystals take center stage in this centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Regeti's Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    This modern take on a red rose centerpiece looks even more glam when set against a glittery table cloth.

    Photo Credit: Brian Hatton/Created by Tantawan Bloom

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Long-stemmed calla lilies criss-crossing along the table really pop against glittery table linens.

    Photo Credit: Joy Marie Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Skip the vase and use a unique framed vessel dripping in crystals.

    Photo Credit: Mango Studios

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    These lamp-inspired centerpieces give your tables a contemporary feel.

    Photo Credit: Studio Webber/Created by Tantawan Bloom

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Contain your flowers in crystal cuffs.

    Photo Credit: John Labbe/Created by Preston Bailey

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Who says you need flowers in your centerpieces? Use a bold fruit instead.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    A single orchid stem makes a chic centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Minerva Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    This leafy centerpiece adds a tropical touch to your tables.

    Photo Credit: Life's Highlights

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Instead of flowers, create fine feathered arrangements for your tables.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Silver-painted branches lend a modern feel to a winter wedding.

    Photo Credit: Kelly Brown Weddings

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    All-white flowers really pop when paired with purple uplighting and crystal-covered vases.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    These modern centerpieces give off such a sleek, sophisticated vibe.

    Photo Credit: Colin Miller

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Flip your centerpieces upside down!

    Photo Credit: Tantawan Bloom

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Crystals suspended from the ceiling twinkle in the light from the eye-catching globes on each table.

    Photo Credit: Paras Events

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Create a lounge area with a unique piece of modern furniture. Add candles and pillows to entice guests to kick up their feet for a bit.

    Photo Credit: Edmonson Weddings

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Reflect the great outdoors with images projected on the walls.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Mix and match booths with eclectic chairs, accentuated by a beaded backdrop and patterned table cloth.

    Photo Credit: Lin & Jirsa

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    A cascading floral runner across the center of the table is just the icing on the cake for this luxe table arrangement.

    Photo Credit: Judah Avenue

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Make your first dance even more unforgettable by using a fog machine.

    Photo Credit: Jewels Photography

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Transform a loft into an ultra-romantic reception space with uplighting, candles, and chandeliers.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Create a one-of-a-kind wall mural of your favorite photos from your engagement session.

    Photo Credit: Braja Mandala

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Ghost chairs help give your room a sleek, streamlined look, and you can still make the bride and groom's chairs stand out!

    Photo Credit: Edmonson Weddings

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Reflect the night sky beneath a clear wedding tent.

    Photo Credit: Marriott Photography

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    A mirrored table engraved with your wedding date is such a chic choice for your sweetheart table.

    Photo Credit: Joy Marie Photography

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Pair all-white furniture with bold flowers.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Add a modern touch to your outdoor wedding with a black and white dance floor and a wall covered in eclectic mirrors.

    Photo Credit: Ashley Photographer

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Create a lounge area near your dance floor so that your guests who don't want to dance can still be a part of all the action!

    Photo Credit: Intimate Weddings

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Make a statement at your cocktail hour with a monogrammed bar sculpted from ice.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Take advantage of a loft space with long tables and monochromatic centerpieces lining the table.

    Photo Credit: The Petal Workshop

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Make your sweetheart table really stand out by placing a dramatic beaded chandelier overhead.

    Photo Credit: Rhee Bevere

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Create a can't-miss-it focal point in your reception room with creative uplighting on your monogram.

    Photo Credit: Guy Heart Studio

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Raise your flowers above the table for a true wow factor.

    Photo Credit: John Labbe/Created by Preston Bailey

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Gold glitter table linens are an unexpected, glamorous choice.

    Photo Credit: Kelly Oshiro

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Fabric draping, chic uplighting, and lounge furniture create a party vibe in this reception space.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Make your cake table a part of your décor with this sleek idea.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Dress up your cake table with a ruffled skirt.

    Photo Credit: Mosaic, Inc.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Square tiers give off a more modern vibe than the traditional round cake. 

    Photo Credit: Nick Brown

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Vary the shapes of the tiers on your wedding cake, and don't forget about the bling!

50 Ideas for a Modern Wedding

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