top of page


If you're looking for industrial wedding inspiration, then there is no better place than Manchester. Full of warehouse venues and backdrops, it was the perfect place for this urban elopement shoot featuring cool monochrome ideas, bright pink and orange colour pops and indie touches.

Captured by Jenny Appleton at Hope Mill, the shoot was full of inspiration for modern couples planning an intimate wedding, proving that sometimes, less is more. With micro weddings and elopements on the rise those looking for small wedding ideas in city venues will be inspired to make their day fun, unique and full of personality...including song lyrics from Manchester icons Oasis and John Cooper Clarke!

How to create a cool urban elopement wedding

If reduced numbers and restrictions are making you think low key for your wedding day, there's no reason you should compromise on style, An elopement wedding gives you so much scope to get creative.

Industrial cities are the perfect backdrop for a small intimate wedding. Whether it's just the two of you or a small number of your closest family and friends, there are many warehouse wedding venues that are full of quirky details and charm, meaning that you can go simple with the styling but your photos will still be epic and full to the brim of stand out features. Alternatively, you could get married at the registry office and wander industrial areas for some unique buildings, streets or street art to feature in your photos, using transport as a focal point is also a great way to add variety to your shots, so add bus, tram, train stations, journeys and stops to your itinerary.

A city wedding gives you more opportunity to wear anything you want, you really can go bigger and bolder because you don't have to worry if it fits with all the other plans, it's all about you!

Cool brides can go for power suits, jumpsuits, short dresses and killer heels or trainers! Finishing off the look with catwalk worthy hair and bold make up.

Modern grooms can go all out with colourful print shirts and patterned suits or create a classic look by sticking to monochrome with a simple shirt or polo neck and trouser combo, with a jacket being optional.

When it comes to suppliers, you don't need many, which means you can go big on the detail!

the main detail is flowers, Stunning flowers can totally make your outfit and photos with pops of colour. Think dried flowers, colours and large flower heads to pack a punch and make an impact. Create a colour palette of three colours to accentuate your style and bring the whole look together.

If you need stationery, use the colour pops to create modern invites and inject some personality by using phrases, quotes or song lyrics.

So there you have it, small city weddings do not equal boring!

modern Urban elopement wedding ideas

  • power suits, suit dresses and jumpsuits

  • bold print suits, shirts + jackets

  • Killer heels and/or trainers

  • Industrial venues for the ceremony/reception or as a backdrop

  • Street Art

  • Bus, tram and train stations/stops/journeys for photo opportunities

  • Bright + bold colour palettes [like orange, pink and red] tied together with monochrome

  • bold and sleek catwalk hair and make up

  • bouquets with lots of foliage, dried flowers and pops of stand out colour

  • colourful stationery with a modern design featuring phrases, quotes or song lyrics relevant to you or the location

  • simple styling using candles, flowers and colourful or patterned table runners

  • A small and simple wedding cake featuring minimal design and floral elements

Supplier hot list:

photo/Video/concept- @jennyappletonphotoandfilm

STYLIST- @taraknott_

STATIONERY- @lovepaperco

NEWSPAPER- @photopressuk

DRESS- @asos


If you'd like ideas, inspiration and news straight to your email inbox, join my mailing list here.


bottom of page