February 02, 2019 4 min read
2019 is the year of metallics. They’re a fun, edgy way to add a bold flair to your wedding, and if properly incorporated, can be a smash hit that will "wow" your guests. Check out our tips for incorporating metallics into your wedding below!
Do you want big, bold, dramatic swaths of metal in your wedding? Or, do you prefer small, understated splashes of metallic accents? Either can be beautiful, but they require some slightly different palettes.
If you're going for glitz and glamour on your big day, try to choose metallics with neutral undertones, as they allow the accents to pop. This also has the effect of somewhat muting the metallic nature, which helps you avoid being too gaudy with your decor. Think classics like gold, silver, white, gray and black.
Smaller amounts of metal actually play great with natural/cool color schemes. For instance, accenting decorations with copper works well on navy or emerald colors, whereas silver accents work better with light blues and pale greens. Pairing the metallic you choose with natural/cool color schemes will help you keep a natural, simple look to your decor.
Not only can you compliment metals with color, you can enhance them with complimenting materials. To help balance the "sharpness" of metallic decor, consider softer fabrics to match them with. Lush fabrics like harem cloth, silk chiffon or cotton gauze used as curtain, bunting or table runners are perfect for balancing out your accents. Top the fabrics with metallic table numbers or small candles in gold or silver to add a touch of romance to your tablescapes.
Flowers are a major focus for weddings. Luckily, flowers are one of the easiest ways to incorporate these metallics. Traditional flowers pair great with a simple palette, such as white, blush pink, or pale blue. With a straightforward color palette for flowers, you can really take your pick of metal for your vase. Silver, gold, bronze, copper, rose gold, and even stainless steel, can be paired with your floral arrangement to make your tables a bit more striking.
Another simple way to add metallics to your floral arrangement is metallic ribbon. Depending on your desired look, you can use metallic ribbon to tie off floral arrangements on tables or pews, or your bouquet itself, for a small, subtle touch. For a large, dramatic presentation, gather your flowers with large bows. Metallic ribbon is so versatile, you can incorporate it into your bouquet, flowers for bridesmaids and boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen.
Our custom monogram cake toppers make it easy to incorporate a little bit of luster with your florals. Each topper is laser cut with the initial of your choice using thick, food-grade MDF, which is painted by hand with your choice of metallic gold, silver, copper or champagne. The delicate florals accent on the topper is the perfect feminine touch for a statement cake topper that will surely be a stunner in your wedding photos.
If you want something even less traditional in the floral department, try gilded leaves. Ask your florist to gild either magnolia or camellia leaves to add to your bridal arrangement or tablescape. A few gilded leaves added to traditional bouquet can a bit of excitement and update the traditional bridal floral look.
Here is where you can let your imagination run wild. Small, subtle amounts of metal can be incorporated into just about anything as long as your palette remains consistent. Guest books and place setting cards can be sparked up with metallic details, metal candlesticks can give an industrial chic look to tables, and small metal touches to your menus and place settings can go a long way.
Choosing metallic plates and cutlery with a complimentary fabric table cloth can really make the metallic shine through, but remember that metals work best as accents, not primary styles (aka go for a bit of gold in your table settings, but avoid only using gold).
If incorporating metallics on all guest tables seems like it may be too much for your style, consider using them on the head table. Metallic gold is beautiful in nearly any palette or table setting. Custom mirrored gold champagne flutes at each place setting on the head table make a statement and a personalized touch. Or look into renting fun golden chargers or cutlery for just the bride and groom. Those sheen from the metallic colors always looks amazing in wedding detail shots.
You and your dress will be the center of attention on the big day, which presents a perfect opportunity to show off your metallic flair. Like adding small metallic details into your decor, the sky’s the limit when incorporating metal into your bridal look.
Headband veils can be found in just about any metal from rose gold to platinum. Smaller details like hair brooches and combs can put a modern accent on your hairstyle. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets or rings can add a dramatic sweep of metal to your ensemble. Right down to metal accents on your shoes, metal can be incorporated into any bridal look.
This can be extended to the bridal party as well. Consider buying your bridal party a pair of earrings, or a hair comb, that matches the color palette as their bridal party gift. This shows your appreciation for their being part of your big day, and creates a consistent look within your party. You can buy identical ones for each person, or choose different items, in the same metal, to suit each individuals personality. If you're still searching for the perfect bridesmaid gift box for the wedding morning, check out our Custom Gift Box Builder to create a completely custom gift set. Our builder has hundreds of products to choose from for your bridal party gifts including plenty of gold, silver and rose gold for a metallic touch.
No matter how little, or how much metal you incorporate into your big day, remember, this is your day! Design it how you like it, and study trends to get some ideas and help start your creative juices flowing. Not sure where to start? Check out our Pinterest page for ideas and make sure to pin anything you love to reference later!
Sources (left to right from top): 1. Foxblossom Co. 2. Melanie Gabrielle via Chic Vintage Brides 3. India Earl Photography via Green Wedding Shoes 4. Kerry Bartlett via 100 Layer Cake 5. Jonny Valiant via Martha Stewart Weddings
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