There are country weddings and there are city weddings. And this look is 100% city.

Deciding to hold your wedding in a downtown city setting opens the door to so many options for day-of styling. This mood board takes a page from traditional themes, but with a modern twist.

Start With: A Modern Meets Classic Wedding Invitation

A wedding with an urban elegance theme needs an invitation that exudes understated sophistication. Our pick for this look – the Forever suite – has simple elements that come together harmoniously.

Can you see that textured paper? The paper stock this invite is printed on is thick, soft and has a lightly textured feel to it that you can see and feel. Your custom wording is printed using thermography; a printing process that results in raised, glossy lettering that feels extra-special. And can we talk about that minimalist typography layout? It sets a sophisticated tone right off the bat.

An Urban Setting

Of course, a wedding with an urban elegance theme needs a city setting. But that doesn’t mean you need to get married in a metropolitan area to get the look. Even a small town wedding can pull off this style with the right choices.

First, think outside of the box when it comes time to book your wedding venue. Look into historic buildings or warehouses to hold your ceremony and reception at. If you can’t find just the right space, take a look at new construction, like hotels or public buildings like libraries, which have modern architecture.

A Modern Black and White Color Palette  

This black and white wedding color combination is just…perfect. This palette will never be the “it” color of the season because it’s forever and ever a favorite, season after season and year after year.

To create classic black and white wedding day, focus on:

  • The Dresses: The bride must wear white (we love the city-sleek style in this mood board). And the bridesmaid can too.
  • The Suits: Go with a traditional black and white tuxedo, but make sure tailoring is fitted with a modern cut. Modern touches like the velvet details and sockless look in our mood board take a tux from a nearly a bore to whoa-so-bold.
  • The Flowers: The flowers you choose for a black and white wedding are important. Don’t pick bright white blooms; instead create a monochromatic cream-to-champagne look with lush blossoms like roses and peonies.
  • The Decorations: A contemporary black and white wedding doesn’t need much as far as décor is concerned, but be particular about details like dinnerware and table linens. Keep it simple with white serve ware, lots of candlelight and flowers galore.


Photo Credits: Bride: CATALINA JEAN via Mae And Co Creative,  Tables: Christy Cassano Meyer via Junebug Weddings, Groomsmen: Nataly J Photography via Rock My Wedding,  Escort Cards: 5ive15ifteen Photo Company via WedLuxe, Desserts: 5ive15ifteen Photo Company via WedLuxe, Bar: Lovestruck Photography