Urban Wedding Inspiration

by Sarah Macdougall on April 30, 2013

I was born and bred in New York City. Although I’ve lived in Indianapolis for a while now, the phrase “you can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl” still rings very true, and by my estimations, it always will. There’s a lot to be said for the current trend of burlap and rustic accents, but there’s a lot to be said for the other side of the spectrum as well.

There are two sides to “urban”: the first is classy. Black, white, linear shapes, simple yet effective visuals… It’s the very essence of modern. Art deco isn’t quite dead yet, and it’s evident in many an architectural gem. The other side is more gritty: graffiti, bursts of color, exhaust fumes… The fresh smell of not-quite-as-fresh air is something you can really only appreciate in an urban setting.

The best part of the city is that while certain things are “in” and “hot” and “trendy”, you are free to make your own trends, and I think the same can be said for weddings. Make it yours. If burlap and cowboy boots aren’t your style, you’re in luck! Here’s some inspiration for a wedding with a more urban vibe.



urban_cakeI’m really loving this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired cake.

How cool would it be to have a wedding in front of the Guggenheim Museum and then devour this cake?

urban_inviteI love the clean look of these. I’d probably do a yellow envelope to throw in a taxi-cab-colored accent. Maybe with a black liner to keep it classy.




The punk in me loves these. While there is a lot of graffiti that detracts from a facade, there’s also a lot of really creative graffiti out there, and it’s been said that graffiti artists are the calligraphers of our generation. This might not be grandma’s favorite, but I’m a fan of the pops of color, as well as the contrast this would provide to an otherwise swanky affair.


The cool part about an urban wedding is that in many cases, the city itself can be the decor, and you can find any number of places that go with what you’ve decided you want.

Are you having an urban-inspired wedding?

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