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City Romance: Urban Chic Wedding Ideas

Most wedding scenes we see are set in picturesque, rustic venues, with rolling hills and woodland creatures as a backdrop. While the country is undoubtedly beautiful, is there anything to be said for an urban wedding?

Some people are natural born city slickers, who love the bright lights and hustle and bustle of an urban area. City weddings can be intimate and charming, nestled between Gothic architecture or with a modern, cosmopolitan feel. There's something unique about witnessing a bride turn heads as she walks down a sidewalk or cobbled streets in the sunshine! Here are some tips to give you some inspiration and ideas for your own urban wedding!

The architecture

The beauty of a city wedding is that you're never too far from stunning or eye-catching architecture - sometimes all it takes is turning a corner to stumble upon a majestic building! Utilize your physical surroundings for your pictures: from the warmth of brick walls to the charm or old style structures. Dramatic archways make for stunning photos while graffiti and mural covered walls make an edgy backdrop. However if you're still looking for the more traditional and flower oriented shots, most cities have well-preserved gardens and parks.

Your venue

Finding a venue for your ceremony won’t be a problem because wedding locations are dotted around most cities. There are churches, and probably a city hall, as well as other venues that have a license to hold weddings around the city. For the reception, you'll be spoiled for choice with hotels, warehouses, or even rooftops all ready to host your soiree! An open warehouse can be historic and glam at the same time by using stylish seating to contrast with the brick-filled environment. For a visual feast, old-fashioned hanging bulbs make perfect décor in an industrial setting. If the space is too big and airy, draping soft, silky curtains from the ceiling will instantly make it more intimate. For a minimal look, DIY bunting and garlands add a quirky touch without going overboard. To showcase the city, a rooftop wedding is breathtakingly spectacular. Draped fairy lights will provide a romantic glow but that's really all you need, the stars are your ceiling! Remember to keep things simple; the city is inspiration in itself so let the venue shine.

Urban invitations  

Your invitations give you a chance to really channel your inner city chic! Have a sketch of the skyline to honor the city's landscape, or use  images of landmarks to celebrate its history. A crisp, black and white theme with accents of gold sets the tone for a classic urban affair, or for a creative touch incorporate graffiti inspired designs. Depending on the season, you can incorporate a cool winter elements or bright colors for spring or summer.  Use a modern and simple large serif typeface to reflect your surroundings, or use sans serif type and a script font to create the perfect balance between traditional and modern.

Food and drink

When it comes to eating and drinking, the possibilities are endless. You can incorporate the food your the city is famous for somewhere in your menu, or ask your favourite local café or restaurant to do the catering! For the reception, cosmopolitans accompanied with personalized napkins are something straight out of a movie, or sipping Pommery's Pop Champagne is perfect for a pop-up wedding. To make a city wedding more rustic use centerpieces with leafy vines and flowers in rustic, bark-wrapped vases can help add a natural feel. Anything goes with the seating arrangement, guests sitting on ottomans at long tables make for a comfortable, fun setting while vintage furniture can make a cold setting cozy.

Transport

If you're getting married in a big city like New York or London, it's only fitting that your get away vehicle is one of their trademark taxi cabs. If you have a large wedding party, have them all hop on a traditional yellow school bus, double decker or coach. For sunny days, a flashy convertible is sure to turn heads as you cruise through the streets. If you want something out of a fairytale then there's nothing like a horse-drawn carriage! If you're travelling downtown, take some fun photos on the streetcar or subway or find an old historic trolley for a charming photo backdrop.

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