How to Have a Geometric-Inspired Wedding
— By Lorna Urwin
28 December 2016
You don’t need to be a fan of all things mathematical to take inspiration from the clean forms, shapes and lines of geometry! Not only do they offer a striking and gender-neutral motif, they’re also incredibly versatile. Use shapes as simple components on their own, deconstruct them into line and colour, or mesh them into elaborate graphic patterns. This is definitely a theme to get creative with! Keep scrolling for tips on how to bring this theme to life.
1/ 3D Structures
Images by Krista Mason Photography
Understated structures are a superb option for a minimal wedding aesthetic, paring shapes back to their most simple form and leaving plenty of clean negative space. Geometric terrariums are a gorgeous way of corralling florals and succulents for centrepieces. This design is beautifully uncluttered and provides an eye-catching visual when combined with the natural shapes of the plants and flowers. Try using different shapes and sizes to give a less uniform look, or add some fairy lights to bring some sparkle and warmth.
Geometric pendants can serve a similar function for flowers but can also hold bare light bulbs for a warm-yet-industrial vibe. For even higher billing in the ceremony itself, 3D structures make a very modern and unique frame for bridesmaids’ bouquets!
2/ Go kaleidoscopic
Images by Amanda Megan Miller Photography and Anneli Marinovich Photography
Geometric patterns are a great way to incorporate a whole spectrum of colours in an utterly modern way. Repeated patterns, fragmented mosaic or stained glass styles – the sky really is the limit with geo-colourful inspiration! Add a pattern to your cake or as a wall decoration or extend the kaleidoscopic theme to the dinner table with things like paper goods (place settings, table numbers), plates, or a bright and playful table runner.
Image by Artemer
From your head to your toes, there are myriad opportunities for geometric adornment. This can be simple and classic, like the sweet rings from Artemer above, or something more striking like a statement geometric necklace. If you’re feeling daring, structural tiaras or hair accessories offer an ultra-modern look, or look into dresses featuring appliqué or cut out shapes.
4/ Graphic stationery
Image by Hannah Costello
If geometry is your primary motif, find space for it in your stationery design too. There are plenty of options available, from the shape of the paper to a simple print for your envelope lining, debossed shapes on your paper or incorporating laser cut shapes as an overlay (search for “lasercut geometric wedding invitation” on Pinterest to see some stunning examples of this!). Naturally there’s no need to stop at invites! This theme can easily be applied to menus, table settings and other labels or signage on the day. If you’re planning a comparatively formal wedding (or just fancy some next-level personalisation), a geometric-inspired monogram is another inspired option.
Images by The Nolans and Emily Wren Photography
Geometry is so ubiquitous that you can find ways to nudge even little details in a geometric direction. Taking inspiration from Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí, these irregular-shaped tile mosaics (above right) make for an adorable and unique DIY wedding favour. Or take notes from the cubist movement and reimagine non-geometric design elements as geometric. The above cake (above left) puts this to great effect by transforming fondant flowers into a clean and simple triangular design.