Don’t get us wrong, we love a traditional wedding! But it’s totally possible to host an event with an alternative spin, that is equally timeless, if not more memorable. And you won’t ever have to worry that your wedding looked like everyone else’s. It will be completely unique to you! To help spark your creativity, keep reading for some moody modern wedding inspiration, featuring lots of rich colors and fun textures.

Edgy Ceremony Decor

The ceremony will be the most photographer part of your wedding day. So when it comes to decorating, you need to set the scene appropriately. For a moody wedding you have a lot of options, but our favorites are heavy on the florals and textured details. If you’re hosting your ceremony outdoors, take advantage of the lush surroundings. Keep it on show and frame it with a grounded floral arch and cozy rug lined aisleway. If you’ll be downtown, find a venue with a historic or urban vibe. Keep the decor minimal and make use of sleek lines and soft materials. Like a geometric backdrop draped in richly colored silk linens. If possible, use soft lighting to create a more intimate feel.

wood wedding ceremony
Dress: @alexandragrecco / Florist: @thefloraleclectic / Photo: @paygestevensphotography / Planning @maxwellandgray
moody wedding ceremony
Photo: @abigailmartin / Florals: @SprigFlowerCo / Venue: @jardindelsolvenue 
urban wedding ceremony
photo @megbrookephotography venue @theicehouse_az planning + florals @moonchildeventco

Richly Colored Wedding Palettes

Moody wedding palettes are absolutely stunning with lots of rich colors and dimension. There are so many options when it comes to an alternative color palette, but the most popular still exude a romantic or cozy vibe. Take for example jewel tones, which are dark yet colorful and perfect for the bride who isn’t fully committed to a moody wedding. If you lean towards a moody bohemian vibe, go with rich browns and oranges for a cozy earth-inspired look. And if you want to go all in, then put your girls in black or plum. Hosting a cool weather event? Opt for velvet gowns to keep your girls looking and feeling luxe. 

pink mismatched bridesmaids
photog + planner: @jieru_photography | venue: @farmandgardenflowers | florals: @winsome_floral | wedding dress: @hyacinthbridal 
orange mismatched bridesmaids
Photo: @abigailmartin / Florals: @SprigFlowerCo / Venue: @jardindelsolvenue / Dresses: @balticbornclothing
black bridesmaids
Florist: @thefloraleclectic / Photo: @paygestevensphotography 

Alternative Bridal Styles

If you love the vibe of a moody wedding then match it with an alternative bridal style. Think black wedding dresses or a white dress with dark embroidery. Sexy silhouettes and edgy cut outs or materials. Maybe paired with some edgy boots with a chunky base or heel. And dont’ forget to accessorize! One of our custom bride jackets are a beautiful addition that will lend some contrast to your look - especially our black denim and leather. Or add a feminine touch with modern and sleek or bohemian jewelry. Perhaps sleek dangling earrings or a celestial-themed tiara.

black wedding dress
Photography: @madhouseweddings / Flowers: @ivylanefloralstudio / Styling: @duchessseerra
orange boho wedding flowers
Photographer: @klara_ventz_fotografie / Florisst: @floralwerk_manuela_koehler
custom black denim bride jacket

Dark & Romantic Tablescapes

We love an aesthetic tablescape - and it’s easy to pull off for a moody wedding reception. To start you’ll need a solid base, whether its a richly colored linen or a dark wood tabletop with a runner. For your centerpieces, start with florals. Maybe short florals that are heavy on texture or a deep green garland. Surrounding these, dot the table with candles in various containers of various heights. They will lend a cozy chaotic look, and make for romantic lighting. When it comes time to choose your servingware, aim for a mix of light and rich dark colors, with a mix of matte metallic accents.

 black moody wedding reception
Host: @thineweddingmag / Venue: @uskcweddingsandevents / Photography: @juliananoellejumper / Planning: @brickandivorykc / Floral: @daylightflora / Rentals: @ultrapom
pink moody wedding table
Via @summerleighaphoto
blue romantic wedding table
Planning + Styling Design: @idaroseevents / Photographer: @reneehphoto / Florals: @darlinganddaughters 

What do you think of this moody modern wedding inspiration? Do you love it? Or do you prefer a more traditional wedding look? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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