Wedding Trends Look Book 2023: Modern Baroque Wedding
Inspired by the opulent period of the early 1700s, gilded accents and ornate décor come together in a theme for this Modern Baroque Wedding. Light and dark contrasting colors set the stage by encompassing a fresh take on this iconic era. The design unfolds in maximalist fashion with table settings and pieces that feel more like an art exhibition than a wedding reception.
Guests are welcomed to their seats with a layered place setting atop a sleek black acrylic dining table. A metallic Victorian charger is grand beneath a silky onyx napkin topped with a hand-painted lavender dinner plate. The antique gold porcelain salad plate complements the collection with a laser-cut menu. This stationery offers a classic script font tied with a place card that has a graphic pattern seen throughout the wedding.
Flatware with wooden bases adds warmth to the layout and goes along with the vintage atmosphere. Three tiers of simple yet elegant glassware make for a clean look perfect for a four-course dinner paired with Tuscan wines. Natural greenery enclosed in modern gold vases and scattered votive candles exhibit an uncomplicated and ambient design.
The lavish feel continues to the ceremony with several textures seen throughout the landscape. Upon entering the space, your eyes immediately go to the distinct black and white damask aisle runner that pops from the polished floors. Graphic gold and royal purple ceremony programs lay on the lustrous black acrylic chairs, at left.
A vignette of hedge walls is a unique backdrop for the ceremony with antique black mirrors hanging from the greenery. Oversized calla lilies are stately on the platform that features a custom-printed design with the couple’s signature pattern. You’re transported into a royal garden with golden statues sitting atop wooden pillars that add regal element to the nuptials.
This year, weddings are taking a turn and couples are looking to add experiential moments for guests. Incorporating an inviting lounge is a great way to let them know they can relax and stay a while. A charcoal-tufted Chesterfield sofa is as welcoming as it is charming, tying in the moody gilded color palette with an array of throw pillows. Complete with velvety soft accent chairs and low lighting, this nook feels more like a cocktail lounge than a wedding reception.
For an additional gathering option, low-top tables carefully placed in a tucked away area of the bar feel intimate and cozy. An exquisite linen and décor that matches the head table centerpieces elevate the look. Traditional layout rules are out the window and allow you to create a refreshing experience.
It’s said time and time again that it’s all in the details, and that couldn’t be more true for this decadent design. Small additions make a big impact like navy seat covers juxtaposed with gold chairs. Instead of an open-concept entrance, drape the entire room with sky-blue and black damask-patterned curtains, at right. Exaggerated white foam chandeliers hover over the head table and lounge for dramatic dimension.
Opulence extends to the back of the reception as guests make their way to the bar. A custom pattern spans the length of the acrylic bar front featuring a monogram of the couple’s initials. Hedge walls seen in the ceremony now act as a lush backdrop for the gold bar shelves. The cohesiveness in these details set this day apart from your average wedding celebration.
Photos by Anna Grinets Photography