5 Contemporary Weddings to Make You Swoon

Ideas for your modern affair from 5 real weddings with the same motif.

5 Contemporary Weddings to Make You Swoon

Photo: KingenSmith

If you take the word at its technical meaning, “modern” weddings would simple be any nuptials taking place in the current time – perhaps within the last five to ten years. However, if you look at the word “modern” as a design concept, the phrase takes on an entirely different meaning. Events that embody this motif are sometimes, strangely, thought of as futuristic; however, the concept itself is up to your own interpretation. Some couples host modern nuptials at an art gallery with plenty of interesting pieces to gaze upon, while others simply employ a color palette of metallics and utilize geometric shapes in their décor. 

No matter which route you choose, hosting a contemporary vow exchange is a wonderfully unique and interesting direction in which to take your wedding. There is room to incorporate the motif in nearly every way, from your escort card display to your invitations to your reception tablescapes. Get ideas for your modern ceremony with the photos from real weddings below, and be sure to click on the pictures to gain more inspiration from each event.

Juli & David's Wedding in Chicago
After meeting on a dating app designed for Jewish singles and a New Year’s Eve proposal, Juli and David began conceptualizing their unique wedding. “I looked for vendors that were willing to think outside the box and do things a little differently,” says Juli. They selected a museum venue and created their nuptials around a white-and-silver color palette as not to distract from the wall of colorful art accenting the reception. Photos by Carasco Photography

Nicole & Tyler's Wedding in Texas
Tyler proposed to Nicole in the very same lake house in which they’d met five years prior. Desiring a chic and fashion-forward vow exchange, the pair decided to include florals in new and interesting ways. Nicole’s bouquet seemed to consist of vines that wound around her arm and cascaded to the ground, long-stemmed calla lilies were suspended upside down from an archway, and smaller blooms were featured on the pair’s glass escort card display. Photos by Shaun Menary Photography; Bridal Salon: Mark Ingram Atelier

Jennifer & David's Wedding in Illinois
Despite the fact that they had planned a spring wedding, Jennifer and David didn’t want their special day to be brimming with traditional blossoms. “I have always been more drawn to darker and moodier looks,” explains the bride. With this in mind, the couple organized an event that focused on a deeper color palette, including dim lighting, metallic detailing, and chandeliers to give the space a “vintage-meets-modern-age” vibe. Photos by KingenSmith

Joanna & Eddie's Wedding in New York
Joanna and Eddie were set up by mutual friends, and their connection was instant. When it came time to pop the question, Eddie enlisted the help of his two young sons – of course, Joanna accepted the triple proposal. Their wedding showcased a number of contemporary designs, including a chrome chuppah with suspended strings of flowers, a champagne-hued bridal gown, and seemingly flared floral centerpieces. Photos by Maya Myers Photography

Whitney & Matthew's Wedding in Illinois

With assistance from his girlfriend's young niece and a round of golf, Matthew asked Whitney to be his wife. Being a professional event planner, the bride took the reins on the planning process. "The wedding was inspired by our mutual love for contemporary art and design, clean lines, and of course, its location," says Whitney of their celebration, held on her parents' property. The tented reception featured ivory, silver, and transparent elements, as well as custom signage with their favorite quote. Photos by Ira Lippke Studios; Planning & Design by Paulette Wolf Events; Rentals by HMR Designs

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