Ok, let’s be real for a minute. After scouring the web in search of modern wedding trends to share, there really weren’t many. The majority of weddings seemed like…the majority of weddings. They all began to look very similar- rustic settings, farm tables flanked by ghost chairs with the chalkboard signs and calligraphy leading guests to their seats. And while don’t get us wrong, we love a good ghost chair, we’re kind of…over them.

So we dug a little deeper and in spite of the larger part of the wedding landscape being the same, we did find some standout statements that we L-O-V-E! For example, can you even believe this wedding dress?? But we’re just getting warmed up…

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The Venue: It’s no secret we love a good loft and the idea of living out your big day in an uber modern space adorned with natural light and bright white walls is exactly what we had in mind. After snoozing through a hundred barn weddings, a loft feels clean and “downtown,” but still inviting and totally on trend.

7 modern wedding trends on apartment 34

The Invites: Wedding invitations don’t have to come complete with four different types of paper inserts, glitter confetti and a hologram of the couple. Keeping the invitation suite simple with a whole lot of understated and chic details. We’re loving the gold lines and the minimally embellished feel of this monogram thank you card!

7 modern wedding trends on apartment 34

The Food: Does it ever cross your mind that it’s possible that every wedding you’ve attended could be catered by the same company? They certainly tend to taste that way. Over and over again we see the same chicken option, the same salmon option, blah, blah. We love the idea of mixing up the menu and going more big-city coastal. Mussels? Check! Flatbread hors d’oeuvres? Gladly!

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The Flowers: You can’t really go wrong with a classic white bouquet, but if you’re in the mood to try something new, attempt DIY’ing your wedding day flowers {well, let’s be clear – ask someone to do this for if you’re the bride!}. Apparently it is all the rage though! From paper flowers bigger than your head to paper bouquets and single stem centerpieces, it certainly is a cheaper option to consider!

7 modern wedding trends on apartment 34

The Cake: This cake is probably one of the most gorgeous we’ve ever seen. It’s a true work of art, nay, a masterpiece. The gold leaf flecked on the top tiers and the brushstroke-like imperfection of the bottom tiers is pure magic. Cake toppers?! What are those to a cake like this?…A thing of the past!

7 modern wedding trends on apartment 34

The Makeup: A smoky eye is an obvious makeup choice for brides. It’s usually more glamorous than an everyday face and makes a girl feel sexy. But we’d argue the trend to go super natural on the face is just as seductive. This barely-there makeup is per-fection and feels so new, don’t ya think?

7 modern wedding trends on apartment 34

The Dress: While some might argue to go for classic shapes, we say they clearly haven’t seen this dress! Watching a bride break the mold of safe silhouettes in favor of a dramatic, bold and daring dress inspires us to never play it safe. This dress is so SJP and we can’t get enough of it.

7 modern wedding trends on apartment 34

Are there any trends you’ve seen of late that are new and exciting to you? And are you the least bit tired of seeing the “same” rustic wedding like we are?? We’d love to know any new trends you’re loving.

image 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 via Style Me Pretty photography by Ashley Kelemen // image 3, 6, 8 via Once Wed 

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  1. This was so refreshing to read and that food I have to say is making me so very hungry.