How to Mix Classic and Modern Wedding Design | Willow & Oak Events

How to mix classic and modern design on your wedding day

If we’re being honest, we’re already letting you down with this post as nobody has proved themselves to be better at mixing classic and modern design on their wedding day than Meghan Markle. But considering she’s busy these days, we’ll have to do. Today, we talk about how to achieve the perfect mix of classic and modern design on your wedding day.

Fireplace at Pynes House wedding venue with a classical mirror sitting above it

Mixing classic and modern design styles can give beautiful results. Photo credit: Taylor & Porter

The design of your wedding is a big decision and something we’ll determine in Phase 1 of our full service design and coordination process. Ultimately, we advise choosing one over-arching style and then adding little touches of other styles. This is the most effective way to seamlessly tie everything together while including elements of all your influences.

Many of the venues we have the pleasure of working with scream ‘classic’ – there’s a reason most of them have been around for over 100 years. With this sort of venue you’ll have a beautiful, elegant wedding – one that will still be in style in 10 years’ time. Classic lasts forever!

Classic curved stone staircase leading to glass door with wedding flowers running up the handrail.

Classic wedding design will look good forever. Photo Credit: Greg Finck

With old, beautiful venues such as English country houses we can achieve a modern style by bringing everything with us. You would be surprised by the difference simple things like charger plates, cutlery, stationery and catering bring to the feel of the day. These elements combined with high quality linen and production will give you the best of both worlds.

Wedding table with classic cutlery and plate and modern flowers and candles.

Details like plates, linen and cutlery have a huge influence on overall design. Photo credit: Jonathan Udot

On the other hand, if you have a more modern venue we can bring in some classical elements. One of the easiest ways to do this is to specify your guests’ attire. Why not go for a very classic dress and maybe make the dress code ‘black tie?’ This will bring a classic feel to your day in no time.

The same elements we used to make the wedding design modern can also be used to make it classic. We might add more candles to soften the look and create something romantic, even in a modern building. The evening entertainment is another fabulous way to introduce some elegance, for example with a string quartet.

Natural History Museum with modern uplighting next to Dippy

Bringing modern design touches to a classical venue can work wonders. Photo credit: Two By Two

At the end of the day, we cannot stress the importance of your venue enough. We always like to be with our couples from day one when venue discussions are taking place, because the venue ties all your inspiration and personalisation together to make your day uniquely yours.

What type of wedding feel will you go for?

Happy planning, ladies and gents.

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