25 Super Chic Ideas For a City Wedding

For the big city girl at heart

Updated 08/11/18

Photo by Andrew Kelly for Christian Oth Studio

If you’re a downtown girl, we’ve got some ideas that will make you swoon. A big city is rife with endless location options to host your wedding, but how can you elevate asphalt and metal? That’s where we come in.

Depending on your taste, a city wedding can take shape in multiple ways. There’s the classic grand ballroom, with an air of elegance and sophistication. There’s the modern rooftop wedding, filled with endless views. And, of course, a loft or gallery wedding for some contemporary, urban industrial vibes. And don’t forget restaurant receptions, which have a charm all their own.

But no matter what you choose for a venue, there are always a few common elements that weave in a sense of city style. Silver tones give off a sleek vibe reminiscent of a city’s steel architecture, while gilded accents create an aura of uptown city glamour. And jet black always promises an urban feel.

Since cities often have a modern heart, you also can’t go wrong with any contemporary accents, such as acrylic chairs or geometric candle holders. We also love a good art backdrop like an abstract canvas to boldly dress up a ceremony, sweetheart table, or lounge area. Set a contemporary tone in all your paper goods with a simple font and minimalist aesthetic.

But it’s not all in the decor—don’t forget your bridal party! Black or metallic dresses are a sure way to give them a city girl look. If you’re having a winter wedding, pair them with some faux fur stoles or leather jackets to take it to the next level. As for the soon-to-be newlyweds, we love fit and flare dresses or classic black-and-white tuxes for a city wedding.

These slick, chic ideas will be sure to set your city girl heart on fire.

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Kick It All Off With Modern Invites

Nicole Leever Photography

Set the tone for a city slicker wedding with bold, modern invitations. A chic black and stroke of metallic gold will do the trick.

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Consider Contemporary Centerpieces

Jenny Haas Photography

A circular centerpiece adorned with flowers has a contemporary touch suited for an urban wedding.

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Choose Acrylic Chairs

Brandon Scott Photography

This smoky and sultry setup is all about the glam vibes. Shades of grey, sleek gilded vases, and acrylic chairs make for a luxurious city combo.

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Say "I Do" on a Rooftop

The Hons

Nothing quite says city wedding like a rooftop. A stunning cityscape view is all the backdrop you need, but an oversized statement wreath doesn’t hurt either.

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Design Minimalist Details

Allie Appel Photography

A minimalist drink menu focuses on graphic design for an urban cool aesthetic.

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Play With a City-Inspired Color Palette

Natalie Probst Photography

An agate cake with glittering grey pays homage to sleek concrete skyscrapers.

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Pair Black With Copper

Jenn Emerling

Black linens and copper seating create a striking reception. Paired with warehouse walls, the look is industrial urban with a touch of elegance.

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Have Your Bridesmaids Wear Their Favorite LBD

Blaine Seisser

Create a sense of city glam in your bridal party look with black dresses and faux fur coats.

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Embrace Abstract Art

Rachel Havel

A canvas of abstract art is the perfect contemporary backdrop to a lounge area with a tufted settee and leather couch, marrying different city styles.

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Add Monogrammed Details

Mango Studios

Monogrammed cocktail stirrers are posh and chic.

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Rent a Vintage Getaway Car

Rachel Mae Photography

Drive away in a vintage getaway car for some old school city vibes.

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Incorporate Geometric Decor

Aaron & Whitney

This table setting rocks a formal modern feel for a city wedding, from its silvery linens to its centerpieces of bold flowers and geometric vases.

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Light It Up

Westlund Photography

Marquee lights scream fun, especially when they have something to say. Use them to give your dance floor a downtown vibe.

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Consider Concrete

Pat Robinson Photography

Concrete blocks double as statement aisle markers. Soften their edge with some greenery and candles.

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Find a Venue With Big City Views

Jenn Emerling

There’s no need for elaborate decor when your venue boasts big picture windows with city views.

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Refine Your Dessert Selection

Abby Jiu

Chic up your dessert table with macaroons polished in white, black, and gold.

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Play With Texture

Damien Milan

Textured metallic plateware brings an urban touch to reception tables.

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Celebrate With a Champagne Toast

Nicole Leever Photography

A shapely bar cart carrying a tower of champagne glasses and a bouquet of roses is all about the romance at this rooftop reception.

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Go With Glided Details

Let's Frolic Together

For a classic church wedding in the city, elegant greenery and gilded chairs make for a sophisticated, almost aristocratic look.

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Work With Wallpaper

Alix Loosle Photography

For her loft wedding, this artist bride created a backdrop out of Anthropologie wallpaper. With glowing candles on each side, it set the tone for a moody, artsy ambiance.

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Adorn Acrylic Chairs

Tiffani Jones

Who says table numbers have to sit on the table? Stamp them on the backs of acrylic chairs for an unexpected placement.

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Choose Tall Floral Centerpieces

Elizabeth Wells Photography

From the glittering chandeliers and high ceilings to the towering floral centerpieces and classic color palette, this reception emits city sophistication.

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DIY a Mirrored Welcome Sign

Michael and Carina Photography

We’re loving a mirrored sign for a chic and modern welcome.

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Dress Up Your Dance Floor

Jose Villa

A black lacquered dance floor with a bold print elevates this city reception.

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Include Industrial Bulbs

Jonnie + Garrett

Suspend string lighting with industrial bulbs across a rooftop ceremony for a bit of ambiance.

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