Whether it was looking at a Rothko hanging on the wall at the Museum of Modern Art or receiving a hand-painted card from a friend, we all have felt the emotional power of art. For many couples, meaningful artistic experiences form an important foundation in their relationship, which evolves and deepens over time. Taking the next step in life together, they want art to be a part of their wedding celebration in some way. From the invitations to decor to the dress, there are many opportunities to put a creative punctuation mark on your big day. Culled from the Internet as well as our Real BB Wedding archives, here are art inspired wedding ideas we love, and know you will too!
Art-Themed Ceremony Backdrop
When you started dating, one of the first things you bonded over was a love of going to museums and galleries. Remember how you both could stand in front of a large canvas for what felt like hours, not saying anything, but feeling everything? Use this shared passion as the springboard for a unique ceremony backdrop that brings to mind a captivating abstract painting.
Balloons aren’t just for kids’ birthday parties anymore. Looking like a contemporary art installation, this joyful ceremony incorporates balloons based on an eye-catching palette that mixes soft pastels with vibrant pops of color.
Custom Hand Painted Wedding Stationery
Make your wedding announcement extra special with a hand painted wedding invitation suite. Artists and designers work with couples to customize their big day stationery with paintings of portraits, maps, and wedding flowers on everything from save-the-dates to thank you notes.
Place cards offer endless possibilities for artistic flourish. Here, a swash of watercolor and calligraphy on handmade paper come together, creating an elegantly modern name tag that guests will want to take home and frame.
Paintbrush Escort Cards
We love this artsy spin on the traditional card table. Welcome guests to the reception with paintbrush escort cards – supplies can be picked up at your local art or craft store.
Live Wedding Painter
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Many couples are hiring live painters to capture on canvas the love and emotions that are felt only on this day, creating a work of art that they will be able to enjoy for years to come.
DIY Painted Canvas Wedding Guestbook
Are you looking for a creative alternative to the standard guestbook? Have everyone paint their names on a canvas to make a cherished masterpiece symbolizing friendship and love.
Hand Painted Table Signs
Real BB Bride Allie put a personal touch on wedding table signage by having her mother paint illustrations of places that held special meaning to her and fiancée.
Painter’s Palette Wedding Menu
It’s all in the details when it comes to incorporating art into your wedding. Trade in the expected paper menu by handwriting, or asking a calligrapher to carry out the task, the dinner selection on a painter’s palette.
Painterly Wedding Cake
Cake designers are baking up big day desserts that are nothing short of a work of art, literally. Sweet wedding treats are hand-painted employing loose, painterly brush strokes to create beautiful, texture rich designs that look like an impressionist masterpiece.
Drawing inspiration from the work of legendary designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, this jaw-dropping wedding cake is patterned after the stained glass of an iconic Tiffany lamp.
Creative Wedding Favors
Encourage guests to flex their creative muscle with art-inspired favors such as colored pencils and a watercolor palette. They are not only unique and fun, but also add a nice pop of color to a place setting.
Avant-Garde Bridal Fashion & Accessories
Today’s bridal designers understand that not every woman’s style and personality fits within the ‘traditional white’ wedding mold. There is a whole department for those who dare to wear color down the aisle. We are swooning over this bride’s hand-painted ensemble decorated with gestural brushstrokes of vibrant hues. A chiffon gown awash in dreamy watercolors is perfect for the bride who wants to show a soft, romantic side.
If you are not ready to commit to an unconventionally colored dress, you can still express an avant-garde sensibility with bridal accessories. Fairytale wedding dreams come true with a diaphanous floral adorned veil. Trimmed with fun, multi-colored disks that look like coated candies, or the subject of a Pop Art screenprint, the Smartissma sandals by Christian Louboutin are giving us Carrie Bradshaw vibes.
Wedding details, and how you choose to present them, say so much about you as a couple, your shared interests, personality, and style. If art is an important part of your relationship, this is the perfect occasion to showcase it through creative and unique wedding themes and elements such as decor, food, and attire.