Sleek elegance is a key wedding trend 2019/ 2020

For several years, rustic weddings with their down-to-earth looks and country charm have led the field of summer wedding styling, with Instagram and Pinterest full of retro and bohemian ideas to make anyone’s special day that extra bit quirky.

Whilst these DIY influenced weddings are totally adorable and so popular for their mass appeal, after seeing burlap, chalkboard signs and upcycled pallet wood in a few too many social feeds, a breeze of sophistication and refined wedding style is a welcome addition to the modern wedding theme landscape.

Because when you think about it – your wedding day shouldn’t have to resemble a farm stall, should it?

As of recent years it is impossible not to notice a style shift appearing in wedding guides reflecting a more sleek and minimal approach.
Modern wedding couples are yearning for a grown up look that will also ensure their weddings has a timeless flair – something which is important to consider for the future when looking at your wedding photos!

Scroll down to be inspired by this fresh take on classic that will ensure your wedding look remains stylish for years to come!

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Key influences

Sophistication, black tie dress codes and touches of elegance have always had a home in weddings, and classic aspects in reinvented forms are making their way back into modern wedding decor again (and with good reasons to, we think!).

The major defining event that sparked this look is without a doubt last year’s Royal Wedding and the key style pointers it embodied: paired back sophistication with modern flavors, displayed in Meghan iconic modern dress, the opulent floral wall, and the influx of personalized style choices.

It was also about time to have a kick back against established and predictable trends. The modern vibe feels refreshing and de-cluttered, and refining your wedding day makes sense in so many ways: choose the aspects that are the most meaningful to you, focus on executing a few key elements in style, and then let the rest be about the real celebration: the purity of your love!

So what do we love most about the sleek, modern look – and how can you incorporate this into your own wedding day?

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Add statement floral style

If you want to echo the style of Harry and Meghan’s modern sophisticated wedding day yourself, start by using lots of lush blooms and greenery.

For instantaneous impact, be sure to create a dramatic ceremony arch and tall, lush centerpieces or a statement area in the reception such as the head table.
This will really focus attention in on the atmosphere you’re trying to create, making impact without overwhelming the rest of your decor.

Keep the overall decor minimal, but by adding plenty of opulent floral installations and focal points you’ll effortlessly bring an air of refined royal luxury to your wedding. Not much other paraphernalia will be needed!


Brighten with pops of color

For the Modern Bohemian or adventurous couple, rich jewel colors such as Emerald, Mustard, Berry, Cobalt – and this year also Coral – is another key color trend that will brighten their wedding in a big way.  
Jewel tones are popular since 2018, as are Rust and other moody hues – even for summer!
These will sit well, and add a hint of edgy against silver and chrome, or combine them with gold for a more romantic feel.

And if you prefer a more minimal appearance or neutral palette, just mix these into your décor as an accent color.

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Create impact with your invitations

The move towards bold minimalism is also being reflected in wedding invitation trends – with dramatic yet simple typography being used creating contrast and understated drama. Using a black classic font on white card is a style statement that screams timeless elegance.
Draw the same font and graphic style into your seating plan and menus for a cohesive look. Add a pop of bright color for a bonus trend.

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Artistic cake designs

If you’ve been looking at social media recently you can’t have escaped the key trend in cake design  – don’t you just love it? Cakes created to look like fine works of art have become the latest must have feature part of modern weddings.

Budget saving bonus: there are ways you can easily create artistic cakes yourself if you choose a watercolour or abstract look.
Or they can be a valuable investment if you prefer to employ a caterer instead – either way you’ll be sure to create a show stopping master piece on your wedding day table.

We hope you loved this sleek, modern, sophisticated wedding style and we’ve given you some insight and inspiration for your own special day!

Whether your wedding planning is well underway or only just starting out, there are many ways to incorporate timeless elegance effectively into your own wedding theme. One thing is for certain: you can never go wrong with classic sophistication!

The beauty with this trend is that it works so well as a backdrop for an infusion of your own personal wedding flavor, whether opulent, minimal, earthy or glamorous.

If you crave more elegant or wedding trend inspiration, be sure to also check out these posts:

Black tie weddings reinvented
How to have an elegant wedding on a budget
Gorgeous 2019 wedding trends


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