24 Metallic Wedding Ideas That Will Add a Little Shine to Your Big Day
Choosing your wedding's color palette may be one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding, but it's along among the most important. That's because it influences many other aspects of your event: the vibe, flowers, and décor. Whether or not you already have your color scheme picked out, we highly suggest that you consider adding metallics to your list.
Silver, gold, and copper hues are all great additions to your big-day color palette. Why? They add a hint of shine and serve as a focal point wherever you decide to use them. Because they come in many different forms and colorways, metals are extremely versatile—and can suit any wedding's color palette, theme, and season. Throwing a winter wedding? Use a cooler tone like silver to go with a blue and white tablescape. For a fall or summer wedding, warmer metallics like copper, rose gold, and yellow gold will fit right into your seasonal décor.
Not only can metallics play into your event's décor—they can also help it stand out. To do so, make like one couple ahead and enhance your seating chart with a calligraphed sheet of shimmering rose gold. If you want to incorporate metals in a subtler way, consider working in smaller touches, like silver or gold dinnerware on your reception tables. You can even add metal details to your big-day confection, like Catherine George Cakes did here. The pros used this silver leaf wreath to turn anotherwise simple all-white cake into a masterpiece. To see just how pretty metallic décor can be, we've rounded up some of our favorite metallic wedding ideas. As you'll discover, silver and gold don't just belong on your engagement ring.
If you're a metallic enthusiast, you might want to ditch the traditional white wedding dress and opt for something like this gold gown.
We're not sure there's anything more luxurious than a silver platter. That's why Easton Events used them as plates at this elegant event.
Not all metallic wedding décor makes a statement. Add a small dose of shine to your menus (or other big-day paper goods) with gold calligraphy, like this script by Birdwalk Press.
Shiny Seating Chart
If you want to add a metallic touch to your wedding cake, know that you don't have to use a lot to make a statement. For a subtler interpretation, make like The Sugary and lightly speckle your dessert with gold. To complete this confection, Pridmore Design topped it off with a cascading arrangement of andromeda.
To ensure your bridal party shines on your big day, just look to these glimmering bridesmaids for inspiration. These women walked down the aisle in sequins and satin—a perfect way to work metallics into your ceremony.
There's no doubt that all eyes will be on you on the big day, but you can make your look even more eye-catching by wearing a metallic headpiece, like this one from Stephanie Browne.
Worried about punchy metallics feeling too dramatic? Add textural elements, like faux fur, to the mix to tone things down. This rose gold seating chart by Something Turquoise was placed atop a white faux fur rug to make the entire display feel softer.
Silver and copper cups are the perfect vessels for your signature drink. Not only will they make them feel elevated (like these beverages, provided by Windows Catering Company), but the metallic mugs will also keep them cool during a warm-weather event.
Get creative with your place cards by thinking beyond traditional paper options. Luxe and Luna used light bulbs, accented with metallic calligraphy, instead.
Do you have a gemstone engagement ring? Draw inspiration from the colorful bauble by incorporating its jewel tones and precious metals into your cake design. Shelby Elizabeth Cakes wound a gold vine up emerald tiers for an unexpected look that nodded to the bride's favorite accessory.
Make like The Ark and put a spin on the phrase "gold leaf" with chargers rimmed with metal greens. This plate's gold vine rim gave off a romantic and slightly Grecian vibe on this tabletop.
Gold Gift Box
Inform guests of your metallic color scheme at the start of your wedding weekend by wrapping welcome gifts in gold boxes. Jayne Bubis and Debby Lundy were responsible for these iterations.
Blue and Silver
Add a pop of metallic color to your all-white tablescapes with a unique centerpiece, like this one by Fernwood Flowers. The team used a vintage copper bottle filled with greenery sprigs for this tiny, but bright arrangement.
If you've chosen an all-copper reception table like this one, we suggest ditching the tablecloth. The reason? It allows you to incorporate even more metallic moments. Dreams Riviera Cancun did just that when designing this setup. They picked chairs that referenced both the top of the table and the long metal centerpiece stands, resulting in a cohesive look.
Ensure your guests see their table number by using gold stand-up pieces, like these by Mood Effects. If you're throwing an outdoor event, they will be especially noticeable glinting in the sunlight.