How to Plan a Modern Chic Wedding During the #MonthOfLove

This week during the #MonthOfLove Vanessa LeWinter with Liven It Up Events and Regan Tate with Entertaining Company put their thoughts together on how to create a Modern Chic Wedding.  You might ask, what is the definition of a Modern Chic wedding?  Vanessa and Regan consider a Modern Wedding to be linear, white, smooth, airy, and hip.

Some of the favorite venues that lend themselves to the Modern Chic Style Wedding are Chicago Illumination Company, Chez, Morgan Manufacturing, Hellenic Museum, Room 1520, Ignite Glass Studios and Greenhouse Loft.

In order to create this wedding, lets talk about how to build this wedding from the ground up!  Take a look at our Pinterest Board to see more examples of Modern Weddings!


Color Palette

Mostly white, some black or charcoal grey with metallics and a pop of color and as much lucite and white lacquer as possible!

Dress the Table

For the Modern Chic Wedding, table set ups are clean and minimal. Square tables or white lacquered long tables or mirrored table tops are recommended.  Ghost chairs, Lucite chivari chairs or white laquered benches are fantastic. An after dinner lounge is often set up in white with bright colored and textured accents including leather and sequins.  Modern flatware, stemless glassware, if you use a charger, it should be clear glass and a clean white or black napkin. 

Floral and Decor

Keep it minimal and clean.  Using floating candles in various height cylinder vases, with submerged floral elements.  Minimal colors in any of the flowers, white would be preferred and more candles, the better.


Presentation of Food: Embracing Your Inner Foodie, Light and Bright

Hors d’oeuvres: Arctic  Char with Dill Aioli on Pumpernickel Cracker, Shrimp Shumei, Scallion Crepe with Tofu

Dinner Service: Seated Plated

First Course: Salad with Cheese Terrine with Bruschetta “Cracker”, no bread basket

Entree: Black Salt Crusted Steakhouse Steak or Seabass Wrapped in Banana leaf


Think outside the box, How about musicians from a local Arts School?

Ceremony: A DJ can live spin while you walk down a runway inspired aisle or have a string quartet play rap songs or current pop hits.

Cocktails: Hire a violinist to play alongside a DJ for cocktail hour.

Reception: A local celebrity DJ like DJ Rock City or a band that gives you a modern take on the traditional wedding band like The Chicago Players or Greenlight!


Clean lines and simple calligraphy or go Modern Sustainable with Paperless Post

Escort cards: Use technology instead – text seat assignments directly to guests enroute or have screens to indicate guest seating



Gown: short dresses, unique styles, or bright colors can all work. Traditional designers like Monique Lhuillier or Vera Wang design dresses in most colors and shorten them. Shopping for designer gowns in non bridal stores like Alice & Olivia are possible for this style. 

Tuxedo; Burberry Suits in Grey, Black, or Navy or get a custom Tux made by Trunk Club and get to pick all of your details. 

Bridesmaids; Floor Length Dresses, all the same style from a bridesmaid dress line or Rent the Runway