13 Quiet Luxury Wedding Must-Haves for Understated Elegance

Because Sofia Richie's wedding is still living rent-free in our minds.
Ariel Taranski
Ariel Taranski
Ariel Taranski
Ariel Taranski
The Knot Contributor
  • Ariel writes on a variety of wedding-related topics for The Knot.
  • She has previously worked for Southern Bride Magazine, Miss Design Berry and other woman-owned wedding brands.
  • She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Memphis.
Updated Feb 07, 2024

If you're obsessed with the weddings of celebrities like Sofia Richie and Elliott Grainge, Margaret Qualley and Jack Antonoff and Emily Mariko and Matt Rickard, but can't quite pinpoint why, there's a trend you need to know about. Quiet luxury weddings (also known as "stealth wealth") are all about living like royalty while still incorporating timeless, classic elements for a stunningly stylish, but not ostentatious, look. This theme is inspired by Sofia Richie's wedding, with its white florals and modern elegance.

We spoke to a wedding planning expert—Jyl Deering from Deering Events in Cape Cod, Massachusetts—to help dissect what quiet luxury is and how your big day can fit these vibes. Her big recommendation: "Host a multi-day event. Guests love to be treated and pampered. Not being rushed is key, so hosting events and meals throughout the week makes them feel taken care of, especially if they are in a location far away from home."

Simply put, quiet luxury weddings are all about the curated experience, so let's take a look at some of our favorite inspo for this new style.

1. Baby's Breath Bouquet

Baby's Breath Bouquet quiet luxury wedding idea
Photography: Poirier Wedding Photography & Films
Floral Design: Bunches Direct

There's just something so romantic about a simple baby's breath bouquet that we can't get enough of. Plus, it reminds us of Emily Mariko's classically chic floral arrangement that was just bursting with those quiet luxury vibes.

2. Floral Aisle and Arch

To us, quiet luxury is all about making your space feel like a floral paradise. Consider working with your wedding florist to add bundles of blossoms to your venue, like this floral arch and aisle runners. And these clear chairs perfectly fit the luxury aesthetic.

3. I Do at the Chateau

Adding quiet luxury to your day can be as simple as booking the right venue. Our wedding expert, Jyl Deering, recommends, "Host in a private estate or small inn. Buy out the property so privacy is guaranteed." Think about chateaus, estates and castle vibes for your luxury wedding venue, and The Knot Vendor Marketplace makes it even easier to find the perfect space for your I do's. (This type of venue is also great for a dark academia theme.)

4. Simple But Chic Cake Display

Elevate your cake display by adding some stunning blooms and natural lighting. This tiered cake is all about soft elegance while still being surrounded by lavish white flowers and bright candles.

5. Modern-Meets-Elegant Dress

Quiet luxury is all about timeless looks that effortlessly blend modern and classic wedding designs. Consider a high-neck, fitted dress and a matching veil to complete the look.

6. Black Tie Affair

Make it a black-tie affair for your whole guest list. Jyl suggests, "If the events have a dress code, send an email months before of a mood board/ideas to inspire [your guests'] outfits." Now, you can finally put your Pinterest board to work.

7. Neutral Shades for the Wedding Party

Neutral colors are making a huge comeback in weddings, and quiet luxury is all about gorgeous shades and elegant fabrics. These bridesmaid dresses take the glamorous wedding vibes to the next level while still letting the bride shine.

8. Vintage Getaway Car

Plan your getaway when you book a classic, vintage car like Sofia Richie. This is the perfect transportation to bring you to your luxurious honeymoon spot after your wedding weekend.

9. Hire a Painter

One unique way to memorialize your day is with a painter to capture your ceremony or reception. Jyl from Deering Events adds, "Have [an] on-site painter/live guest illustrations. Interaction and watching art come to life is luxury." Treat your guests to something special, and you can hang this bit of artwork in your home after the wedding. (Tip: You can find live painters near you on The Knot Vendor Marketplace).

10. Clear Signage and White Florals

Here's a fun idea for incorporating your pets into your big day in a stylish way. This modern and lavish bar display mixes lovely white flowers, a custom drink and glass signage for a bar your guests will keep coming back to.

11. Long Tables, Classic Centerpieces

Long Tables, Classic Centerpieces quiet luxury wedding
Photo: Stephanie Marie Photography
Floral Design: Hy-Vee

Jyl Deering adds, "Quiet luxury to me is classic decor and florals that never go out of style [like] unique candlelight (think glass, modern candelabras) [and] linen with a beautiful feel to it." This tablescape is the perfect example of opulence and luxury.

12. Invites Fit For Royalty

It's all about finding the perfect invites for your quiet luxury wedding (which, thankfully, The Knot Paper can help you with). These royal invitations are subtle but oh-so-chic.

13. Small But Luxurious Bites

Our wedding expert, Jyl, says: "Food is luxury. Elevate the food and wine experience. Have wine pairings with each food course (luxury food plated or served family style)." You can't go wrong with delicate bites on a charcuterie table before your big meal.

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