Glitter is the ultimate decorating detail, at once conjuring up romance, fantasy, and glamour. All reasons it's one of How2Girl Courtney Sixx's favorite ways to embellish wedding elements, especially around the holidays, from flowers to food, signage, stemware, and more. The best news is that it's a simple, inexpensive, and quick way to infuse a bit of shimmer to your day—whether it's all out or a subtle feature—it can match any color scheme and can add festive sparkle rivaled only by a bride's natural glow.
Treats With a Golden Touch
Sprinkle French macarons with edible gold glitter and set in pastry cups rimmed in gold glitter, then set on a stained wood board framed in white roses for a delicious and luxurious dessert display.
For board: Have a board cut to size at Home Depot or another local lumber supply store; then stain with one coat of wood stain and add a coat of polish for shine. Clip stems of roses at base of flower, then using a hot glue gun, glue roses to top edge of board all the way around to create flower frame, placing roses right up to each other as you go.
For cupcake cups: In a disposable bowl or plate, make a generous circle of all-purpose glue; in a second bowl, pour a generous amount of glitter. Holding bottom of cupcake cup, dip top edge of cup into glue and spin in a circular motion back and forth to lightly coat edges in glue. Let excess drip off, then dip into glitter, making same gentle circular motions a few times until tips are coated in glitter. Set aside to let dry.
For macarons: Sprinkle with edible gold glitter.
Rosé All Day
Mark glasses filled with rosé wine with a base of rose-colored glitter. Set them on a bar with a sign that reads: Rosé all Day. To create, use painter's tape to cover stem of wine glass and to create a straight line just above where base and stem meet. Spray base with 3M Tacky Glue, then dust with rose-colored glitter. Shake off excess and remove tape.
Shower the just-married couple with sparklers rather than rice or send them off with a dazzling display. Sparklers are like glitter in motion—and even more glitter detail added to the display goes a long way. Glitter the right and left edges of printed sparkler message cards that are attached to sparklers by "drawing" on all-purpose glue with the bottle spout, then dusting silver glitter; let dry then shake off excess. Glue and glitter the top of an oversized box of matches and set next to sparklers arranged in a metal vessel.
Create a sign for young (or canine) ring bearers to carry (or wear) down the aisle. Stain a pre-cut piece of decoratively shaped wood. Make a wide border of all-purpose glue around the wood edges, then dust with gold glitter. Let dry and shake off the excess. Trim flowers to their bases, then hot glue along the top border. Using 1/4-inch blue grosgrain ribbon, hot glue 12-inch strips to the backside of bottom edge; trim to slightly varying lengths. Use all-purpose glue to write, "Here Comes the Bride" and dust with blue glitter. Let dry and shake off excess. If making a ribbon holder for a canine bearer, cut a length of ribbon long enough to fit over the dog's neck and so that board rests just at chest level; hot glue ribbon ends to back side of wood to create loop.
Let branches be the stunning base of a floral centerpiece set at the place card table. Purchase branches at a florist shop or center that are set in a wood box. Using gold spray paint, spray the branches and box. Let dry, spray with 3M Tacky Glue, and then dust gold glitter over the branches from the top down. Trim stems at base of about 15 or 20 white and champagne flowers and a few strands of berries and hot glue them in small clusters along branches. Cut a piece of floral foam to fit inside the wood box; make a tight arrangement with more flowers to "bloom" from the box.
Go subtle with a surprise glitter strip at the base of your wedding heels. Guests will get a little peek as you are walking down the aisle and literally kicking your heels up on the dance floor. Use all-purpose glue to "draw" pattern on to shoe bottom—whether covering completely, drawing a heart, or the words "I Do." Dust the bottom of the shoe with glitter then let dry and shake off excess. Be sure to let shoe dry upside down so glue stays in place.
Photography by Joey Carman Photography; joeycarmanphotography.com.
3M Tacky Glue, all-purpose glue, ribbon, wood sign, and cardstock all available at Michaels.
Frame and wine glasses available at Home Goods.
Wood board and stain available at Home Depot.