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Modern Yellow and Gray Wedding {+ DIY Ideas}

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Remember the Hawaiian Luau Style Wedding Rehearsal Dinner we featured a while back? Well… JoAnna & Jesse finally had their special day!

I’m so happy to share their wedding that Mindy Kaisner (the groom’s sister) designed & coordinated… not only is it super creative and budget-friendly, but it also happens to be a Modern Yellow and Gray Wedding. This is one of my very favorite color combos and, judging from the images pumping through my Pinterest feed, I’m not alone! ;) P.S. Mindy gives AMAZING tips below on how to recreate this look, which would work well for so many types of occasions.

WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Hand crafted paper flowers & rosettes in the centerpieces and bridal bouquets
  • DIY monogram wall art featuring Amy Butler fabric
  • DIY “lamp” centerpieces & white ceramic vases filled with modern florals
  • DIY backdrop in the reception room topped with giant tissue poms and paper flowers
  • Sentimental touch: family photos artfully displayed on a pretty white bookshelf

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Mindy

My family waited a long time for my brother to find the right girl.  We just didn’t know she was so close.  He fell in love and married his twin brother’s sister-in-law.  That’s right, twins married sisters.  Very cool!  As a wedding designer, I wanted something special and unique for my brother and his wife so we got together and did a lot of brain storming to come up with a look and theme that fit them.  They both love clean, modern design so a color scheme of yellow and gray was decided.  We were inspired by several details in a wedding featured by Style Me Pretty.  Particularly the paper flowers!  They are a great look and price on a budget!  Thankfully the bride’s sister volunteered her skills and spent countless hours crafting hundreds of flowers that we used through out the wedding.

To bump up the color scheme and modern look, we chose 3 different fabrics to use as centerpieces bases and also to create an original backdrop behind the cake table.  We found these at a great price over at  They gave visual texture and interest while still having a modern clean look.  Fabric is a great way to add originality to your decor.  It can be used in hundreds of ways and by repeating it’s use throughout, you’re giving your decor uniformity.

For one of the centerpieces we created a lamp using a tall clear vase and a simple white shade.  We added a fabric swag around the shade and secured it with a cute handmade paper fan.  A little LED votive gave just a touch of light.

4 white ceramic vases with a modern low floral arrangement created one large centerpiece.  The flowers were definitely the focus with tons of color and texture.  One of my favorite elements from the wedding!

We collected  white vases in varies sizes and heights and filled them with modern florals and another handmade paper fan for the 3rd centerpiece.

There was a large stage area at the back of the wedding venue and rather than filling it with lots of objects I opted for a simple yet dramatic focal point.  Simple white draping cascaded from the 16′ ceiling topped by a custom built pom and paper flower cluster.   It was a great backdrop to the whole reception.  It can be tempting to fill your venue space with lots of smaller items.  To avoid a cluttered look, I suggest going big.  Find large objects or use fabric backdrops to fill areas or hide undesirable areas.

The wedding reception was kept simple and casual with a buffet of light snacks and dessert.  To keep things simple and modern, we grouped food on white and silver serving pieces.  It’s fun to think of food as art, we even created arrangements with the carrots and celery.  Even if you’re having a simple menu, don’t forget about staging your food and letting it stand out.  By grouping them the colors stood out and looked modern.

The bride was oh so brave and determined and made her own cake!  It turned out beautiful and was a stunning centerpiece to the whole food display.

To bring a custom touch to the dessert/food backdrop, we created a custom hanging by framing fabric in white frames with the couples initials displayed.  Initials always bring a custom touch to any event.  It’s fun to be creative in how you display them!

It’s tradition for our families to display family and childhood pictures at the reception.  Rather than placing them on a table, the bride wanted a book shelf.  Her grandmother was so kind to paint one that she had!  Using furniture is a hot wedding trend and painting an old piece with character can add so much to your decor

On my blog I feature events and weddings that I’m inspired by or create myself.  I love dissecting the decor, explaining the in’s and outs of good design,  and teaching my readers how to recreate the look themselves.  I hope you enjoy the tips I added!

Vendor Credit
  • Photography: Schilling Photography 
  • Flowers: Garden Gate Floral
  • Event Design & Planning: Modern Mindy 
  • Food: Debbie Hoerr (friend of the families)
  • Cake: Bride (JoAnna Hoerr)
  • Ceremony Location: Apostolic Christian Church of Peoria Illinois
  • Reception Location: Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall
  • Draping: Create A Scene 
  • Invitations: Invys
  • Food Tags: Poofy Prints
  • Fabrics: Amy Butler Midwest Modern Optic Blossom Linen, Amy Butler Midwest Modern Martini Mustard
  • Waverly Sidewalk Stripe Silver Lining:
  • Shoes: DSW
  • Dress: David’s Bridal
  • Bridesmaid Dresses: Anne Klein
  • Bridesmaid Boleros: Target
  • Groom/Groomsmen’s Suits: Ralph Lauren
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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

10 responses to “Modern Yellow and Gray Wedding {+ DIY Ideas}”

  1. It is well put together and you can definitely tell what the theme was. I think the colors went together nicely. Great Job!

  2. MonogrammedEverything! says:

    I just LOVE this color combo!! Beautiful!

  3. So beautiful!! I’m planning a backyard, completely DIY wedding for my brother in three weeks, and this post is just the inspiration I need! Still contemplating if I’ll be doing the cake myself… Already maid of honor, hostess (ceremony and reception in my backyard), and event stylist/planner. Definitely encouraged by this lovely bride and her simple and chic cake!

  4. Modern Mindy says:

    Thank you for the fabulous feature! You girls do such a great job putting your posts together! So fun to relive that day!

  5. Karen Ristau says:

    I love the paper flowers. Are there any instrutions on making them available.
    My daughter is getting married in Oct. and I would love to make these for the shower. Thanks, Love your sight

  6. Gayle says:

    Wow, I just love how these wedding colors pop. Such beautiful details, just stunning!

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  8. Carla says:

    Help! I need to know what fabric you use…Satin, I need to buy fabric for mine soon..I am looking at about 24 yards

  9. Page says:

    I would like to do something very similar to the “wedding stage” white backdrop with paper flowers. Where did you get the fabric and what is it called?