By Shalese Kocher with Madison at the Mill

When you search “Industrial Wedding” on Pinterest, approximately 38 billion pins show up. Well, maybe not THAT many, but this wedding trend is definitely taking hold! But what does “industrial” really mean when it comes to weddings?

When you start to define “industrial” in wedding terms, it’s funny how often the word “exposed” comes to mind. Exposed brick, exposed light bulbs, exposed beams, exposed pipes, you get the idea. What industrial looks like is really up to you as the bride and groom, but popular motifs include all of the above plus metallics, geometric shapes, creative florals, and yes, lots and lots of lights.

The important thing to remember is that industrial doesn’t have to mean dark or overly masculine. Balance is key with an industrial theme. Lighten up the metals and brick, for example, with fluffy floral displays or plenty of greenery. Balance out those Edison bulbs with votives for a softer touch. Incorporate rose gold for a trendy, feminine look that’s still metallic.

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With this kind of theme, there really isn’t anything you CAN’T do. You can still use blush and pastels — try incorporating them into your flatware and florals! Keep the furniture pieces, like lounge areas and chairs, modern with clean lines. You can even use your bridal party attire to incorporate softer colors.

The most fun part about industrial-themed weddings is the opportunity to get truly creative. Creating or renting a beautiful ceremony backdrop, for instance, will give your guests something to talk about for years. Chat with your florist or rental specialist about unique flower vessels like cinder blocks or rose gold painted bottles. We’ve even seen florals placed in hanging light bulbs! The sky is truly the limit, so find a venue that inspires you and put your imagination to work.

Shalese Kocher is the Venue Coordinator and Marketing Director for Madison at the Mill, an industrial chic wedding venue in Orange, VA. To learn more about Madison at the Mill, please visit