Modern Elegance Contemporary Wedding Looks for Today’s Bride

Whether you’re opting for a sleek sheath gown or a dramatic ballgown, there are plenty of options to find the contemporary wedding dress that fits your vision. From graphic lace patterns to unexpected colour choices like deep reds or soft blues, these gowns are for the fashion bride who wants to break away from traditional bridal norms and stand out on her big day.

Bows had a mega-moment but this season they took on a reigned-in, tailored look that feels a bit 1990s Gwyneth Paltrow in the best way possible. This season’s floral detailing also leaned a little more towards minimalism, with a focus on next-level necklines and sculptural train ties. Bridal newcomer Rosie Assoulin’s embroidered daisies are just one example of how floristry is evolving to become more modern, while simple waist sashes have been updated with gauzey materials and a touch of glam see this ethereal number by Sachin & Babi.

While the minimalist trend isn’t exactly new, it’s definitely having its moment, and the beauty of this silhouette is that you can make it completely your own with how you style it. This strapless sheath dress, for example, pairs a timeless sweetheart neckline with on-trend boning for an ultra-contemporary structure. A subtle lace back and oversized bow adds a romantic touch.

Another way to make your sleek silhouette truly your own is by pairing it with a bold hairstyle. A full ’90s-style vintage bob would be the perfect complement to this sheath gown, or try adding a smoky eye and statement lip to balance the sleek simplicity of your bridal look.

A bold bridal style can also be achieved through the use of modern jewellery. Jewellery designer Danielle Frankel, for example, crafted a collection that the designer says ‘combines nostalgia and tradition with a contemporary, directional approach’. Here, hand-painted ‘petit-fleurs’ and watercolour-inspired prints meld with sculptural details that take inspiration from flowers, trees and even metal and clay blossoms. The result is a stunning range of wedding dresses, accessories and veils for the bride who wants to feel ‘like a princess for the day, without the ruffles or frills that this might usually entail’.

Choosing a venue that reflects your contemporary wedding style is another great way to show off your personal aesthetic, suggests Abigail Kirsch Off Premises’ Jen Schepps. “If your venue is clean lines, bright open spaces or has a high ceiling, this will lend itself to a more modern design aesthetic,” she says.

In terms of modern bridal accessories, there’s a lot to love, from delicate floral headbands and scrunchies by Halfpenny London to detachable hoop earrings from Lily & Roo that you can wear as a drop earring for the big day then unclip them for your honeymoon and beyond. If a veil isn’t your thing, opt for a one-of-a-kind hairband from Marzoline or a simple crystal huggie from Otiumberg — the brand that’s been worn by everyone from Gigi Hadid to Sophia Bush and Pete Davidson.