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11 Ways to Make Your Modern Wedding a Timeless Celebration [Photos]

A modern wedding reimagines the traditional wedding experience. For couples, it’s an opportunity to rewrite the wedding-planning playbook and create a fresh, experiential aesthetic. Expect plenty of Instagrammable moments, innovative ideas, and creative spins on classic wedding décor.

What is a Modern Wedding?

A Modern wedding blends haute sophistication with dynamic presentation. Replace the classic soft wedding hues with bold colors and chic black accents. Swap traditional florals for hip textiles and unique materials like mirrored glass and ghostly lucite. Rethink straight lines with dramatic undulations and complex geometric designs.

A Modern wedding blends haute sophistication with dynamic presentation.”

We’ve searched through hundreds of real wedding albums to find our 11 favorite modern wedding ideas. You’ll find everything from top modern wedding color schemes and modern wedding décor to inventive design styles and original takes on beloved traditions.

Remember, PartySlate can help you bring your most-loved modern wedding ideas to life. Click on the listed vendor credits of an event to discover the genius behind your favorite design elements. You can also browse PartySlate’s curated list of wedding vendors to find everything from a talented wedding planner to a state-of-the-art design team.

Planning a stunning modern wedding has never been easier (or more fun).

Modern Wedding Colors

1. Black Accents and Details

Traditional weddings often boast all-white or pastel color palettes. With that in mind, black accents and details instantly create a modern vibe. Black wedding colors can even bring a modern touch to other wedding styles — be they rustic or boho. Read on to discover how to incorporate this sophisticated color into your modern wedding décor.

Black white and red wedding decor for a modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Gloria Mesa Photography

Black, Bright, and Red All Over

Los Angeles, CA

Sleek black tablelamps add a touch of modern whimsy to this romantic, rose-themed wedding reception. Click to see other chic black details like the monogrammed dance floor and personal-size wedding cakes.

photographer: Gloria Mesa Photography | planner: Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events | event designer: Ever Salcedo | florals: Alfred Samaniego | venue: South Park Center | specialty rentals: Revelry Event Designers | rentals: CREATE EVENT DESIGN

Modern wedding with silk blush pink napkins with black glassware | PartySlate
photographer: Katie Beverley

Think Pink (With Hints of Black)

Los Angeles, CA

Black hexagon-shaped menus and glossy goblets create a stunning contrast to the tablescapes of bright pink floral arrangements. Discover other notable black details from this luxurious wedding celebration. We especially admire the evening gown crafted entirely from black cocktail napkins and the black agate place cards.

photographer: Katie Beverley | planner & design: Aliana Events | design & décor: Revelry Event Designers | floral: Celio’s Design | venue: The London West Hollywood | videographer: White Rose Production Cinema and Photo LLC

Black origami at a modern wedding reception | PartySlate
photographer: Pen / Carlson

Origami Ovation

Chicago, IL

Guests received a sweet “thank you” with origami party favors that made the wedding ceremony even more heartwarming and meaningful. Click to see other modern details such as the crimson cocktails and shoelace-style wedding invitations.

photographer: Pen / Carlson | design: LeeAnn Dougherty | venue: New Leaf Studio and Garden | caterer: J&L Catering | entertainment: Trip Hop Spinner with Poi Dog Members

Black and white striped plate design with gold utensils for a modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Bright Bird Photography

Take a Bite With Black and White

Palm Springs, CA

Black and white dinnerware (and layered menus) transform this rustic tablescape into a modern dining experience. We especially love how this black-and-white motif is seen in the ceremony with rows of chairs alternating between the two colors.

photographer: Bright Bird Photography | planner: COJ Events | floral: Arrangements Floral and Party Design | venue: Parker Palm Springs | rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Trejo Dance Floors, & Casa de Perrin | entertainment: DeBois Entertainment | makeup: Makeup by Keturah

Black tiered cake with bright florals modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Arianna J Photography

Sweet on Black Monochrome

Sarasota, FL

Colorful blooms pair with a monochromatic black wedding cake for a one-of-a-kind, modern dessert. Discover other creative details from this intimate wedding such as the geometric lighting installation and jewel-toned velvet linen.

photographer: Arianna J Photography | planner: Jennifer Matteo Event Planning | florist: Victoria Blooms | dessert: Cakes by Ron

Zebra inspired table runner for a modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Hannah Costello

Zestful Zebra

Palm Springs, CA

A zebra-patterned table runner — along with eclectic tabletop décor — creates an instant modern vibe at this outdoor wedding reception. Click to see other modern elements such as velvet seating and the greenery-only wedding arch. 

photographer: Hannah Costello | planner: BK Events | floral: Sticks and Stones Floral Design, Home and Garden | venue: Colony 29 | lounge furniture & design: Pow Wow Designs | caterer: Urban Palate | entertainment: Smiles Davis | stationery & paper goods: Wedding Paper Divas | ceremony chairs: Chameleon Chair Collection | videographer: custom made productions | bar: Barcon


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2. Bold Colors

Head to a contemporary art museum, and you are bound to find eclectic artwork in bold colors. These dynamic color palettes also belong to the world of modern weddings. Leave behind the softer tones, and opt for hot pinks, bright blues, and jewel-toned greens. Of all the modern wedding ideas, this one lets guests know they’re in for a fun and personalized celebration.

Blue and purple bold colored RSVP cards for a modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Mateo & Company

RSPV in Color

New Orleans, LA

Guests enjoyed a sneak peak of this modern and colorful wedding celebration with a bright and bold invitation suite. Click to see other stylish details such as a monochromatic black wedding cake, geometric terrariums, and prescription cocktail bottles.

photographer: Mateo & Company | planner & designer: Amanda Price Events | floral: Herbivore Floral Designs | venue: Capulet | rentals & lighting: Luminous Events | invitation suite: InvitoBella | acrylics: A Good Day, Inc. & Deco Ink Designs | caterer: Black Pearl Catering Co. | favors: Cocktail + Creative | makeup: PreauxFace | cake: Pure Cake | dinnerware: Just Ask Rental / True Value Rental | napkins: Creative Coverings | videographer: Bella Films

Table seating placements on colorful polka dots | PartySlate
photographer: Kent Drake Photography

Go Bold With Polka Dots

Chicago, IL

These jewel-toned circular seating cards perfectly capture the modern aesthetic of this whimsical wedding celebration. Make sure to check out the wedding ceremony with its bright-pink seating and fresh polka dot wedding aisle. 

photographer: Kent Drake Photography | planner: A Perfect Event | floral & design: Anthony Gowder Designs | venue: Cafe Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo | caterer: Entertaining Company | entertainment: TVK Orchestra

Vibrant purple uplighting for a modern wedding display | PartySlate
photographer: Marissa Moss Photography

Light up the Night

Tampa, FL

Vibrant purple uplighting transformed this industrial-style gallery space into a modern dreamscape. We especially love how the color purple was incorporated throughout the celebration — including the linen, lounge area, and floral arrangements.

photographer: Marissa Moss Photography | planner: Tracie Domino Events | floras & décor: Tailored Twig | venue: Tampa Museum of Art

Modern floral centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

Make it Angular

Chicago, IL

Give floral centerpieces a modern look with colorful blooms displayed at dramatic angles (and if you love this style, don’t miss our article on Ikebana, the art of Japanese floral décor). White walls and silvery linen allow the florals to pop with even more brilliance. Moreover, discover how these bold floral arrangements were featured throughout the wedding ceremony.

photographer: Amanda Megan Miller Photography | planner: SQN Events | décor: HMR Designs | venue: The Langham, Chicago | stationery: Magnificent Milestones | napkins: BBJ Linen | videography: Poetic Productions | hair & makeup: Deco Adamo | rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals

White blue and red modern wedding theme decor | PartySlate
photographer: Jeff Brummett Visuals

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Dallas, TX

Blue and red make for an unusual (but stunning) color combination at this modern wedding celebration. We also adore how this ceremony incorporated other modern wedding ideas such as an arch-less ceremony backdrop and mirrored décor.

photographer: Jeff Brummett Visuals | planner: Allday Events | floral design: Branching Out Events | venue, caterer, & cake: The Adolphus, Autograph Collection | videographer: John Christopher Photographs + Films | beauty: Maitee Miles | entertainment: Serenata Strings & The British Are Coming | rentals: Lawson Event Rentals | lighting: LeForce Entertainment | stationery: Pink Champagne Paper

Colorful abstract modern wedding cake | PartySlate
photographer: Claire Barrett Photography

Mouthwatering Modern Art

Los Angeles, CA

Calling all contemporary art lovers: This stunning cake feels straight out of a modern museum. We especially love how lucite stands create the illusion of free-floating cake tiers. Click to see how this colorful geometric design carried over to the invitation suite and more. 

photographer: Claire Barrett Photography | planner & caterer: Good Gracious! Events | venue: private residence | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | entertainment: Greg Fortune Entertainment | cake: The Butter End Cakery


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Modern Wedding Décor & Textures

3. Beyond Floral Décor: Balloons, Tassels, and Paper Art

Modern wedding ideas feature innovation and creativity. In addition to traditional florals, expect to see colorful balloons installations, suspended ribbons, and intricate paper art. From backdrops and ceiling art to bouquets and tablescapes, modern wedding décor wows with unique designs and unexpected materials.

Rainbow fringe ceiling decor for a modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Hannah Pickle

At the End of the Rainbow Tassels

New Orleans, LA

A rainbow-fringe ceiling installation and glittery disco ball transformed this dance floor into the perfect photo op. Other modern elements from this New Orleans wedding include an ombré-green balloon installation, neon signage, and disco ball cocktails. 

photographer: Hannah Pickle | planner, design, custom installations, & décor: NICE DAY | floral design: We Are Gathered & Sharime Kayla | venue: Ace Hotel New Orleans | hair: Ali Vasquez | makeup: Sarah Walsh | rentals: ELEMENT | second line brass band: Kinfolk

Destination modern wedding with pearl shimmering accents | PartySlate
photographer: Nadia D Photography

Pearlescent Shimmer

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur

This multi-day destination wedding boasted one beautiful element after another. We particularly love this modern Mandap with mirrored panels and pearlescent beading. Make sure to check out this wedding’s other stunning modern details such as the wedding cake with crimson icing.  

photographer: Nadia D Photography | planner: KIS(cubed) Events | décor & rentals: Del Cabo Event Design | venue: Paradisus Los Cabos | designer: Vikram Designs | caterer: Mast Masala | boat rental: Cabo Ray | cinematography: Pacific Pictures | hair: Bridal Elements | makeup: Erica Bogart Beauty | mendhi artist: KM Henna Artistry | entertainment: Dhol Beat International & Jashn ATL | dhol player: Dholi Saag | paan stand: The Paanwala | bansuree player: Jankar Andar Se | violinist: Concert Violinist | dancers & drummers: Bahia Beats | transportation: Cabo Expert

Warm colored balloon installation for a modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Wiley Putnam Photography

Balloons That Pop

Seattle, WA

Warm-toned balloons pop against the all-white ethereal tenting at this outdoor wedding celebration. We also appreciate how colorful tablescape décor creates a cheerful contrast against the crisp white table linen. Click for a closer look at the geometric tabletop décor — another modern trend.

photographer: Wiley Putnam Photography | planner: Clutch Events | floral: Bella Rugosa | venue: The Admiral’s House | rentals: CORT Party Rental | balloons: Confete Party Box | specialty rentals: Vintage Ambiance | lighting: LightSmiths

Modern and hip bright background with balloons | PartySlate
photographer: Stoffer Photographer

Think Pink Balloon Backdrops

Chicago, IL

Every element of this Chicago wedding felt modern and hip, including a wall of pink balloons that drew all eyes to the stage. Discover other stylish details such as neon signage, laser-cut charger plates, and bright-pink floral arrangements.

photographer: Stoffer Photographer | planner: The Creative Planners | floral: Artquest Florist | venue: Theater on the Lake | entertainment: The Gold Coast All Stars | lighting: Frost Lighting | rentals: Halls Rentals | caterer: Food For Thought | cake: Sweet Mandy B’s | linen: BBJ Linen | invitations & print: Letterpress by Lydia | photo booth: Snap Booth

Pastel ribbons for a boho modern wedding
photographer: Rachel Bush

Ribbons and Shimmer

Fort Loudon, PA

Modern weddings come in all shapes and sizes (and even styles). This boho wedding takes a modern turn with a ribbon ceiling installation and an iridescent, geometric stage. Click to see other instances where boho meets modern at this one-of-a-kind celebration.  

photographer: Rachel Bush | planner: Evoke Design & Creative | event producer: Syzygy | venue: The Goldfish Barn Event Center | digital lighting: Vinny DiGiorgio | stage & sound: All Stage & Sound | caterer: Hempen Hill | entertainment: Carbone Entertainment, Surprise Attack, & Ryan Kersey | henna: Bhavna Nalik | hair & makeup: Abigail De Casanova | cake & desserts: Lara Halabi | videographer: Brook Bush | tent: Aisha Malik | shower trailer: Chamberline and Wingert Sanitary Services | pilgrim: Katie Thomas | purple tie: Annie Martinez | transportation:
Premier International Transportation | linen: Nuage Designs

An origami backdrop for a modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Q Avenue Photography

The Art of Paper Folding

Chicago, IL

This modern wedding wowed with so many creative contemporary details, including an origami backdrop. Make sure to check out the origami bridal bouquet and painted ceremonial backdrop.

photographer: Q Avenue Photography | coordination & installation: Jayne Weddings | venue: Lacuna Events by LM | food truck: 5411 Empanadas, Mama’s Nuts, Doughnut Vault, & Hubby’s Hotdogs | caterer: Big Star Catering | hair & makeup: Vanessa Valliant

Cascading shimmering tassels for modern wedding decor | PartySlate
photographer: Rick Aguilar Studios

Iridescent Waterfall

Chicago, IL

Forget whatever you imagine a wedding arch is supposed to look like. This shimmering cascade of iridescent tassels has us dreaming of magic moments and enchanted worlds. Click to see how this wedding arbor was transformed for the reception.

photographer: Rick Aguilar Studios | event concept & design: Frank Event Design | florals: Anna Held Floral Studio | venue: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago | décor & lighting: MDR Creative | rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals | linen: BBJ Linen | entertainment: Toast & Jam DJs | cake: Cake – Sweet Food Chicago


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4. Modern Materials: Lucite, Mirrors, and Synthetics

The modern age is one of scientific discovery and innovation. New elements are discovered; new materials are forged. Therefore, modern weddings delight with contemporary glass, lucite, and synthetic décor. See how wedding arbors, tablescapes, and other elements create a modern aesthetic with contemporary materials.

Beautiful all white modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Suzanne Delawar Studios

Rethink the White Wedding

Bal Harbour, FL

Forget what you know about all-white weddings. This monochromatic celebration reimagines traditional wedding décor with a textured-glass backdrop and Louis XVI chairs with a modern twist. Make sure to see the wedding reception that boasted ghost chairs, creative lighting, and mirrored tabletops.

photographer: Suzanne Delawar Studios | planner: Carrie Zack Events | décor & floral: Jose Graterol Designs | venue: The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Mirrored wedding arbor for a modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Muñoz Photography

A View X Two

Palm Beach, FL

Such a gorgeous view deserves to be reflected multiple times. We love how this mirrored wedding arbor (crowned with delicate white orchids) improves an already stunning backdrop. Click to see how lucite Chiavari chairs and floating candles perfected the scene.

photographer: Muñoz Photography | planner: absolute. Wedding & Event Planning | floral: Petal Productions | venue: Eau Palm Beach | paper & stationery: Paper and Bows Studio | entertainment: Rock With U

Black velvet and gold table for a modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Rodrigo Varela Photography

Worth its Weight in Gold

Miami Beach, FL

Black velvet and gold mirroring combine to create an elegant, yet ultra-modern, tablescape. We also appreciate how mirrored tabletops lend additional dimension to the lavish cascade of white hydrangea.

photographer: Rodrigo Varela Photography | planner: Marylen Exposito Weddings & Events | floral: Parrish Designs of London | venue: The Miami Beach Edition | videographer: Merge Social | hair & makeup: Marz Makeup & Hair | rentals: Decora

Clear glass candle holder with white large candles | PartySlate
photographer: Jonathan Connolly Photography

Wired on Love

Miami, FL

Wire chairs in Ikea White add a fun and creative touch to minimalist wedding décor. Discover other unique details from this Miami wedding. We especially love the translucent tenting decorated with white ribbon and greenery.

photographer: Jonathan Connolly Photography | planner: Your Special Day by Joni | design, décor, & floral: Julia Rhode Designs | venue: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens | lighting: Illumene Lighting | caterer: Eggwhites Catering | furniture rentals: Unearthed Rentals | entertainment: Tropics Entertainment & Master Musicians Incorporated | videographer: Shutter and Sound Video

Beautiful white florals for wedding arch | PartySlate
photographer: PS Photography and Films

Let’s Levitate

Miami, FL

We adore how this lucite wedding arbor creates the illusion of free-floating orchids. Click to see how orchids were also used throughout the wedding reception. While you’re there, make sure to check out the LED-entertainment robots.

photographer & videographer: PS Photography and Films | planner: Elite Planning Firm- Mayrelis Febles | design, décor, & floral: Petal Productions | venue: Kimpton EPIC Hotel | lighting & entertainment: Event Factor | hair & makeup: Donniqua and Cassandra

Acrylic see-through chairs at modern wedding reception | PartySlate
photographer: Selah Photography

Ghostly Glamour

Denver, CO

A circle of Ghost chairs surrounds pillars of floating candles — and the result is both beautiful and otherworldly. Head to the reception to see the stunning crystal ceiling installation. Also, don’t miss the added fun of a golf-putting station.

photographer: Selah Photography | planner: We Tie The Knots | floral: The Perfect Petal | venue: Mile High Station | design & productions: Pink Monkey Solutions | caterer: Footers | rentals: Catering by Design | cake: Gateaux Bakery

Crystal beaded curtains at modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Tonhya Kae Photography

Crystalline Views

New York, NY

Crystal beaded curtains meant guests could still enjoy the spectacular New York City skyline views while being reminded that they were at a glamorous event. Other beautiful modern details from this wedding include a luxe orchid bouquet and a glass-encased floral table.

photographer: Tonhya Kae Photography | planner: Jason Mitchell Kahn & Co. | design, décor, & floral: By Yena Designs | venue: Rainbow Room

Clear seating cards with custom stickers | PartySlate
photographer: Vrai Photography

Start the Night With Lucite

Chicago, IL

Lucite seating cards with custom cards double as a stylish party favor. We also love the modern wedding décor found throughout the wedding ceremony. Click to see the ceiling installation of lavish, asymmetric greenery. 

photographer: Vrai Photography | planner & coordinator: LK Events | décor: Revel Decor | venue: Morgan Manufacturing

Acrylic menu for a modern chic wedding | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Sterling Social Events & Experiences

Bon Acrylic

La Quinta, CA

Acrylic menus, paired with black and white wedding colors, create a stunning modern tablescape. Click to see other contemporary details such as the black geometric bar set up with gold shelving.

photos courtesy, planner, & design: Sterling Social Events & Experiences | floral & furnishings: R. Jack Balthazar | dining chairs: Chameleon Chair Collection | tabletop rentals: Casa De Perrin | entertainment: West Coast Music


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Modern Wedding Designs & Styles

5. Minimalism

Minimalism is trending with the help of superstar Marie Kondo and Clea and Joanna of “The Home Edit.” But make no mistake: Minimalism does not equal boring. After all, sometimes a little goes a long way. Modern weddings often elevate the beautiful simplicity of minimalist décor. In addition to clean lines and lots of white space, look for décor that complements natural landscapes and colorful elements that pop against an unadorned backdrop. 

Towering floral arrangements at modern wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Djamel Photography

A Simple Dreamscape

Sarasota, FL

We are obsessed with the simplicity and elegance of this outdoor wedding ceremony. As guests pass through two towering floral arrangements and under three glittery chandeliers, they are led to Ghost chairs and a quiet view of an unadorned metal arch that evokes a picture frame.

photographer: Djamel Photography | planning & styling: Jennifer Matteo Event Planning | floral design: Tailored Twig | venue: The Westin Sarasota | specialty linen: BBJ Linen | makeup: Olivia Gibson | hair: Jflo Salon | rentals: Palacio Events | entertainment: Leo Lopez

Geometric gold wedding arch | PartySlate
photographer: Cambria Harkey

As Good as Gold

Zapopan, Jalisco

This minimalist gold arch, with its geometric design, fully encompasses the modern aesthetic. Click to see the outdoor reception where simple candlelight and neutral linen continued the modern vibe.

photographer: Cambria Harkey | planner: Brilliant Event Planning | floral: Canteiro Weddings | venue: Nizuc | entertainment: Mel Sandico

Rainbow, geometric floral vases | PartySlate
photographer: Forged in the North

Minimal Décor, Full Color

New York, NY

Minimalist wedding décor can still be colorful. We especially love how this simple and delicate tablescape boasts the colors of the rainbow. Click to see the one-of-a-kind ceiling decoration that embodies another modern trend.

photographer: Forged in the North | planner: Jove Meyer Events | floral: Buds of Brooklyn | venue: Sound River Studios | caterer: Fig & Pig Catering | rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | specialty rentals: Taylor Creative Inc. & Patina Rentals | stationery: Julia Bez | ceiling fabric install: Josie Blue | entertainment: James Mulry & Sterling Strings | cake: Nine Cakes | hair & makeup: Avery-Christine Golson


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6. Geometric Shapes

Geometric wedding décor comes in all shapes (literally) and sizes. This modern trend goes hand-in-hand with everything from minimalist celebrations to over-the-top, whimsical soirées. Keep reading to discover hexagonal wedding arches, rhombus seating cards, and so much more. Math has never been more fun.

Gold hexagonal background design for wedding reception | PartySlate
photographer: Laura Witherow Photography

Haute Hexagonal

Chicago, IL

This hexagonal wedding backdrop, with additions of simple greenery, perfectly complements the rectangular lines of the surrounding cityscape. Click to see how the wedding reception also featured geometric décor.

photographer: Laura Witherow Photography | planner: North Shore Weddings & Events | floral: A Stem Above | venue: Loft Lucia | caterer: Entertaining Company | lighting: Luxe Productions | linen: BBJ Linen | cake: ECBG Cakes

Purple and blue wedding backdrop | PartySlate
photographer: Christine Farah Photography

Perfectly Parallelogram

Los Angeles, CA

This modern wedding wows with colorful geometric backdrops, balloon photo ops, and whimsical donut creations. Make sure to see how the wedding ceremony and wedding cake also suprised with geometric shapes and playful color combinations.

photographer: Christine Farah Photography | planning & design: CCL WEDDINGS & EVENTS | floral: Art with Nature | venue: South Park Center | invitation & stationery design: Small Paper Co. | caterer: Patina Catering | cake: M Cakes Sweets | rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | specialty rentals: borrowed BLU | backdrop installation: Modest Peach | videographer: KOMOTION PICTURES | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | hair & makeup: Angie Hair and Makeup | cake topper: Letter to You | entertainment: VOX DJs

White wedding cake with shapes as the design | PartySlate
photographer: Kwon Photo

Sweet on Shapes

Los Angeles, CA

We love how this wedding cake features tiers of contrasting shapes — along with delicate gold icing of various geometric designs. Moreover, discover how the wedding arch and sweetheart table continued the geometric motif.

photographer: Kwon Photo | planner & entertainment: JK Wedding Events | floral: Designer Dana | venue: OUE Skyspace LA | rentals: The Chiavari Guys & MTB Event Rentals | cake: Sweet lee made

Pink photo backdrop | PartySlate
photographer: Tim Will Photography

Rhombus Romance

Santa Fe, NM

This desert wedding delightfully pushes boundaries with colorful floral décor and a modernesque seating card display. Pink and tiger-eye-toned rhombus cards create a fun and stylish backdrop that also doubles as a creative photo op.

photographer: Tim Will Photography | planner: Julian Leaver Events | floral: Bows + Arrows | venue: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe | designer: Emily Clarke Events | stationery: The Detail Department | film: Elysium Productions | entertainment: Jordan Kahn Music Company | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | tabletop: Posh Couture Rentals | dance floor: Center Stage Floors

Indoor garden wedding with greenery and beautiful floral | PartySlate
photo courtesy of Kehoe Designs

Circular Chic

Chicago, IL

Think outside the box with a circular dance floor. We adore how the wedding designers took advantage of the venue’s marquis diamond-shaped backdrop and coiling chandeliers to create a modern setting — complete with a colorful geometric dance floor. 

photos courtesy of & décor: Kehoe Designs | floral: Floral Exhibits | venue: The Geraghty | linen: BBJ Linen | rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals & Nuage Designs | caterer: Boka Catering Group | a/v: BlackOak Technical Productions

Irregular polygons being displayed on the ceiling | PartySlate
photographer: Brian Hatton Photography

Irregular Polygons

New York, NY

Vibrant projection mapping transformed this venue space into a modern, geometric wonderland. Click to see how the lighting shifted throughout the evening, culminating in a crimson-hued dance party.

photographer: Brian Hatton Photography | planner: Björn The Event Planner | floral: Ivie Joy Floral Arts | venue: The William Vale | event design: Faymous Productions | stationery: Go Go Snap | cinematography: Andreo Studio Photo & Cinema | lighting: NYC Wedding Lighting | entertainment: Sound Society Band


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7. Curves and Undulating Lines

In addition to geometric shapes, you’ll find plenty of elegant curves and undulating lines at a modern wedding. Discover winding tables, serpentine wedding centerpieces, and curving dinnerware. It’s time to bring a fresh twist to the traditional straight line.

Sleek dining table with curves | PartySlate
photographer: Domino Arts Photography

Ultra-Modern Undulations

South Beach, FL

Everything about this wedding reception table is sleek and refined. We especially love how the white-rose floral arrangements follow the curve of this monochromatic tablescape. Click to see the ultra-modern wedding ceremony with a mirrored chuppah and lucite seating. 

photographer: Domino Arts Photography | planner: Guerdy Design | venue: 1 Hotel South Beach | entertainment: Tropics Entertainment & Elegant Musicians | videographer: Senderey Video Productions | paper goods: Letterheads | makeup: Chrysti Artistry | rentals: Decora Event Rentals | lighting: Evoga Event Productions | donuts: The Salty Donut

Gold and red seating display | PartySlate
photographer: Dave Robbins Photography

Ahead of the Curve

New York, NY

A simple curve transforms this simple seating card display into a glamorous, modern tablescape. Discover other unique elements at this luxe wedding celebration. We especially admire the dinosaur-topped wedding cake.

photographer: Dave Robbins Photography | planning, designs, & floral: Lindsay Landman Events | venues: New-York Historical Society & American Museum Of Natural History | entertainment: Element Music | videographer: McKenzie Miller Films | caterer: CxRA | rentals: Luxe Event Rentals | lighting: Aion Entertainment | dance floor: Bombshell Graphics | staging: Brooklyn Audio Works | cake: Sarah & Simon Cake Design | draping: Drape Kings | hair and makeup: Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa | linen: Nuage Designs

Infinite sign made out of purple and pink and red florals | PartySlate
photographer: David Sutta Photography

Infinitely Modern

Miami, FL

This wow-worthy wedding centerpiece evokes the symbol for infinity; and we are infinitely impressed with the magnitude of the design. Discover other ultra-modern wedding centerpieces at the glamorous wedding reception. We’ll give you a hint: You’ll find cascading orchids, sculpted hydrangea, and suspended candlelight.

photographer: David Sutta Photography | décor: Petal Productions | venue: Emanuel Luxury Venue

Appetizer spoons on a serving tray | PartySlate
photographer: Meg Adamik

A Spoonful of Sugar — and Gourmet Cuisine

Chicago, IL

Appetizer spoons have been trending for years, but these curved spoons bring a new twist to passed plates. Make sure to check out the other delicious catering options at this Chicago wedding. Did someone say cake pops?

photographer: Meg Adamik | planner & décor: Fairy Godmothers Wedding & Event Design | venue: Bridgeport Art Center | caterer: Blue Plate Catering | rentals: Hall’s Rental Service, Inc | linen: BBJ Linen | production: Art of Imagination | cake: Defloured Baker | entertainment: Toast & Jam DJs


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8. Organic Greenery

Imagine a wedding celebration and you’re likely to conjure up images of blooming bouquets, flowery centerpieces, and floral-forward décor. Modern weddings, however, often elevate abundant greenery and lavish plant installations — shining a spotlight on this much-overlooked natural wonder. Keep reading to discover luxuriant ceiling installations, organic tablescapes, and other examples of wild greenery.

Modern wedding with green arches and draping greenery | PartySlate
photographers: Brad and Jen Photography

Wild and Lavish Greenery

Washington, D.C.

Asymmetric greenery and Ghost chairs create a hauntingly beautiful setting for this modern wedding ceremony. We also love how the wedding invitations gave guests a sneak peak into the bar area design. You have to see it to believe it.

photographers: Brad and Jen Photography | planner: Evoke Design & Creative | floral: Sophie Felts Floral Design | venue: The Showroom DC | caterer: Occasions Caterers | entertainment: DaVinci Strings & The Free Entertainment | drape: Fabrication Events | rentals: White Glove Rentals | lighting: Atmosphere Lighting | valet: Mj Valet | transportation: Martin’s Transportation | hair: Bridal Hair by Remona | makeup: Beauty n the Bride | invitations: Emily Baird Design | cake: Buttercream Bakeshop

Modern Wedding With Organic Greenery Centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Ethereal Photography

Interwoven Greenery

Miami, FL

Stems and leaves overlap and intersect to create an organic wedding centerpiece that’s both minimal and lush. We also adore how mirrored tabletops and glass candelabras add sleek sophistication to this modern setting. 

photographer: Ethereal Photography | planner: Red Velvet Productions | venue: The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building | event production: FPS Productions | caterer: Events Mar

Modern Wedding Tablescape With Giant Cascading Tropical Leaf Table Runner | PartySlate
photographer: Jonathan Scott Studio

A Tropical Twist

Fisher Island, FL

We are obsessed with how giant (and cascading) tropical leaves transform this classic tablescape into a modern fantasy. The wedding ceremony was just as modern as with sofa-style seating, a lucite wedding chuppah, and lavish greenery.

photographer: Jonathan Scott Studio | planner: Guerdy Design | venue: Fisher Island Club & Resort

Wedding Aisle Marker With Modern Organic Greenery | PartySlate
photographer: Greer Gattuso

Enchanted Aisle Markers

New Orleans, LA

Green thumbs (and designers) will swoon over the organic greenery featured throughout this wedding celebration. We especially love these unique aisle markers of cascading greenery. Click to discover other intriguing greenery décor. The botanical flower girl baskets are a must-see.

photographer: Greer Gattuso | planning & design: Blue Gardenia Weddings & Events | florals: Kim Starr Wise | venue: Marché | hair & makeup: Flawless Bride | invitations: Gourmet Wedding Invitations | cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | lighting & champagne wall: Luminous Events of New Orleans | music: Bucktown Allstars | caterer: Creole Cuisine | place cards & escort cards: In Loft Calligraphy | rentals: Nuage Designs & Perrier Party Rentals | carriage: Royal Carriages | videography: Studio Vieux Carre | watercolor guest book: Alyson Johnson Creative


RELATED: 8 Greenery Wedding Centerpiece Ideas [Photos]


Modern Wedding Innovations

9. Sans Arch

Rethink the traditional wedding arch with either a simple or natural backdrop. Consider taking advantage of breathtaking views and natural landscapes. Or subvert expectations by making your wedding aisle the main element of your wedding ceremony décor. Read on to discover some of our favorite wedding ceremonies that chose to forgo the traditional wedding arch.

Modern Minimalist Wedding Ceremony in All-White Space With Simple Greenery Décor | PartySlate
photographer: Allen Tsai Photography

Let the View Do the Talking

Dallas, TX

A view this gorgeous deserves our attention. We love how minimalist greenery and a monochromatic setting allow for the lake backdrop to serve as the focal point of this modern wedding ceremony. Explore this event album to see the stunning wedding reception. Confession: we are still thinking about the artisan cocktails.

photographer: Allen Tsai Photography | planner: Jacqueline Events & Design | floral: Three Branches Floral Design | venue: The Grand Ivory | caterer: Wolfgang Puck Catering – Dallas | entertainment: Center Stage Band & Andy Austin Entertainment | lighting: It’s Your Night Entertainment | stage: Top Tier | furniture rentals: Perch Event Décor | videographer: Splendor Films | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | cake: Annie’s Culinary Creations, LLC

Modern Wedding Ceremony With Green Velvet Curtain Backdrop | PartySlate
photographer: Konstantyn Zakhariy

Evoke the Natural Landscape

Kyiv, Kyiv Oblast

Asymmetric velvet drapery and simple tropical foliage adds depth and dimension to this breathtaking garden view. Make sure to check out the funky bohemian lounge area — another favorite element from this unique wedding celebration.

photographer: Konstantyn Zakhariy | floral & design: Comilfo Decor

Modern Wedding Ceremony With White Drapery Backdrop and Candlelit Aisle Markers | PartySlate
photographer: Rick Aguilar Studios

Highlight the Wedding Aisle

Chicago, IL

Instead of featuring an elaborate wedding arch, consider using the wedding aisle as the focal point for your ceremonial décor. We love how a backdrop of simple (yet elegant) drapery shifts attention to these dramatic aisle markers of uplit, floating florals.

photographer: Rick Aguilar Studios | planner: Tracy Fisher Events | design, décor, floral: Kehoe Designs | venue: Loews Chicago Hotel | videographer: Sure Shot Productions | entertainment: Larry King Orchestra


RELATED: 9 Unique Wedding Ceremony Ideas for a One-of-a-Kind Celebration [Photos]


10. Themed Celebration

Every couple is unique. Modern weddings, with less emphasis on traditions, create an opportunity to highlight the one-of-a-kind personalities and styles of the couple at hand. While there are many ways to add personalized touches to your wedding, a theme allows you to center your celebration around everything from a cherished first date spot to a favorite city. Keep reading to discover a couple of our favorite themed weddings.

Second Line Parade With Storm Troopers | PartySlate
photographer: Hannah Pickle

May the Fourth Be With You

New Orleans, LA

This “May the Fourth Be With You” wedding kept the theme alive with an appearance of Stormtroopers and Darth Vader. Click to see to see how these Dark Side villains brought light-hearted and lively fun to both the wedding ceremony and dance floor.

photographer: Hannah Pickle | planner & designer: Michelle Norwood Events | floral: Bella Blooms | venue: Degas House | rentals: ELEMENT | beauty: Verde Beauty | cake: Pure Cake | entertainment: NOLA Dukes Band

Disney-Themed Wedding With Mad Hatter Serving Tea | PartySlate
photographer: Silver Gecko Photography

Once Upon a Time

Washington, D.C.

This Disney-inspired wedding was a real modern-day fairytale. Click to see how Disney elements were woven throughout the wedding ceremony and reception. We especially love the Alice and Wonderland-style cocktails.

photographer: Silver Gecko Photography | planner: Magnolia Bluebird design & events


RELATED: 11 Wedding Theme Ideas for Every Type of Couple


11. Molecular Gastronomy and Artisanal Cocktails

In addition to the classic Champagne toast, increase the wow-factor with glow-in-the-dark cocktails, interactive coffee stations, and other mod beverages. Without a doubt, molecular gastronomy and artisan cocktails create many Instagrammable moments for your guests.

Glow-in-the-Dark Blue Cocktail in Monogrammed Wedding Cup | PartySlate
photographer: Perez Photography

Get Your Glow On

Dallas, TX

Glow-in-the-dark cocktails create plenty of magical (and Instagrammable) moments for your guests. We especially love the custom, monogrammed cups for a personalized touch.

photographer: Perez Photography | floral: Branching Out Events | venue: Union Station | caterer: Wolfgang Puck Catering – Dallas | linen: BBJ Linen & La Tavola Fine Linen | rental: Posh Couture Rentals, Bella Acento, Center Stage Floors, & Illumination Fireworks | lighting: Stage 2 Lighting | entertainment: Jordan Kahn Music Company, Taylor Pace Music, DJ Nate Nelson, & LeForce Entertainment | cake: Dallas Affaires Cake Company & Fancy Cakes by Lauren | stationery: 5 by 7 designs

Man in Blue Jacket Holds a Modern Black Cocktail at Wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Mindy Deluca

Eclectic Colors

Phoenix, AZ

Spherical ice cubes and midnight-black cocktails promise to keep your cocktail hour fun and photo-worthy. Click to see other colorful cocktails at this outdoor wedding. We especially love the violet-hued cocktails in elegant Champagne flutes. 

photographer: Mindy Deluca | coordination: Forget Me Knot Weddings & Events | décor, styling, & rentals: Material Girls Weddings | venue: Desert Botanical Garden | caterer: Couple of Bartenders | makeup & hair: Janice Ramos | lighting: Mystic Lites | stationery & paper: Design Squeeze | cake: Dessert First by Veronica | cake topper: Cake Words

Cocktail Station With Cannabis Tinctures at Modern Outdoor Wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Callaway Gable

Cannabis Tinctures

Los Angeles, CA

Guests had the option of indulging in cannabis cocktails at this luxe outdoor wedding. Other modern elements from this celebration include several tier-less cakes and cannabis bud bouquets.

photographer: Callaway Gable | planner, designer, & producer: David Pressman Events | floral: Lilla Bello | venue: The Houdini Estate | cocktails: Labaratory by Scarlette | after party room block: Kimpton La Peer Hotel | lighting: Dash Entertainment | tabletop & rentals: Town & Country Rentals | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | entertainment: DJ Sherock, dj shErOck, & Fifth Avenue Gospel Church | paper products: Soolip | caterer: Jennifer Naylor Catering and Special Events | makeup: MJR Makeup | hair: Kelly Cardena Salon

Pour Over Coffee at Wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Judy Pak Photography

Coffee Indulgence

Washington, D.C.

Give guests the royal treatment — while turning the dessert hour into an interactive experience — with pour over coffee. Click to see other modern cuisine trends such as a s’more station and colorful cocktails. 

photographer: Judy Pak Photography | planner: Anne Book | floral: Amaryllis | caterer: Occasions Caterers


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It’s time to start planning your dream wedding.