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Five Wedding Aesthetics We’re Loving Right Now

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Your wedding aesthetic will set the tone for your big day and guide every style decision you and your fiancé make from that point forward. But the perfect vibe can be a difficult thing to pin down.

Jessica Raphael Photography

When you imagine your dream wedding celebration, what do you see? Do you want timeless romance or modern sophistication? Classic or alternative? Trendy or everlasting? With so many variations and wedding styles to choose from, the question of aesthetic can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t need to be!

At the center of every wedding decision you make should be you! The both of you. (It’s your day!) So consider what elements speak to you as a couple. Maybe some iconic detail has sentimental value, or perhaps you’re simply drawn to a certain color. Start with what you love. From there, you can allow your imagination to run wild and define the theme from those benchmarks.

Once you pinpoint the theme of your dreams, you can really start wedding planning! But, if you’re still on the fence about which direction to go, we’ve got you covered. Get inspired by these wedding styles perfect for any wedding size or venue. Once you cross this major decision off of the to-do list and lay the foundations of your vision, the fun begins!


Art Deco

Welcome to the roaring ’20s! Well, the roaring 2020s…  

Ally Allison Photography

Ally Allison Photography

Allyson Wiley Photography

Nostalgic Art Deco design showcases rich colors, geometric elements, and stunning details. Get the look by adding geometric shapes and ornate fan-inspired motifs to your décor, luxurious lighting and sunburst designs to your reception, and stunning glass and mirrored details all around. The most popular color palette for an Art Deco-inspired wedding is black and gold, but any hues can complement a décor style reminiscent of the Jazz Age with the right embellishments.

Jon Aaron Green | Jemima Hetherington

Michael and Carina

Kina Wicks Photography and Anne Book


Boho

The effortlessly beautiful boho aesthetic incorporates elements of nature with an air of romanticism and a nod to eclectic individuality.

Raconteur Photography

Bohemian brides and grooms can embrace their theme through relaxed airy dresses, neutral color palettes, and dried-floral bouquets — hello, pampas grass! Layer mismatched rugs down the aisle or light candles in mixed-metal candlesticks to complete the look.

Raconteur Photography

Jmage Photography

Jmage Photography

Cassie Rosch

Cassie Rosch

If you’re looking for an upscale variation of this trending wedding aesthetic, consider a Black-Tie Boho theme. A touch of glam, a bit of boho — when Black Tie and Boho come together, wedding magic happens. No wonder it’s 2021’s hottest wedding style!


Cottagecore

Here’s a lovely trend that we just can’t get enough of!

The Ganeys | Gather Design Company

Inspired by the romantic ideal of living in a cottage in the countryside, Cottagecore first gained its popularity on TikTok and Pinterest with posts to inspire modern escapist fantasies. Think long, billowy dresses, gingham tablecloths, mismatched china, and wildflower crowns. Oh, and pastel everything! 

Jordan Voth

The wonderful thing about Cottagecore style is how versatile it is. Whether you’re looking for a Bridgerton-style garden party, a French-pastoral farm festivity, or a royalecore fairytale a la Taylor Swift’s Love Story, Cottagecore’s romantic and nostalgic elements add a comforting and elegant charm to any event. 

Janis Ratnieks

Janis Ratnieks


Dark Romance

So you’re an offbeat couple who’s never been one to take the normal route? We’ve got you.

Gabrielle Sutherland Photography

If a dark, moody color palette and dramatic details match your style better than bright florals or the “big white wedding,” then this alternative theme has your name written all over it: dark romance. Push the boundaries as much as you want, but here are our suggestions: luxurious fabrics like luxe velvet or vintage lace; autumn hues of maroon, burnt orange, and gold; even an alternative wedding gown of ivory, red, or even black! 

Gabrielle Sutherland Photography

Jessica Raphael Photography

Jessica Raphael Photography

Dragonfly Photography

Dragonfly Photography


Tropical

Dreaming of the tropics in chilly, Northeast Ohio? Sounds about right! 

Krista A Jones

Krista A Jones

We love our state, but for couples who want their wedding to feel like a sunny getaway, a tropical wedding is the way to go! Think lush jungle greenery, vibrant blossoms, zesty punches of color, monstera-leaf place settings, and rattan furniture rentals — your oasis awaits!

Krista A Jones

Aaron and Jillian Photography

Aaron and Jillian Photography


There are a million ways you can make any of these themes your own. A boot-clad wedding party takes Cottagecore and makes it Countrycore — disco balls turn Art Deco to Art Disco! Let these ideas inspire you, but don’t be afraid to add special touches that make your day uniquely you. Happy planning!

 

 

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