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style sheet. glitter & gold

February 18th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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It’s no secret that us Brides Up North ladies go a little weak at the knees for anything pretty that glistens & sparkles.

When dreaming of weddings our thoughts are often tinged with a golden glittery hue to take the glamour up a notch. And it would appear we aren’t the only ones. A golden stream of inspiration is continuously flowing from current weddings as couples incorporate the rich colour into their proceedings, creating celebrations with a glittering wow-factor.

While some are choosing to add a metallic shine to just one or two elements, such as the bride’s shoes or bridesmaid dresses, others are going all out with glitzy accents scattered throughout the big day.

In the first of our new style sheet series, we provide some sparkling inspiration for couples that fancy going for gold.


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pastels with pizazz

Pretty pastels are a popular palette with wedding couples owing to their soft and romantic appearance – but for couples looking to stand out from the crowd we suggest adding a golden edge.

Sage green and blush pink work particularly well with gold, but couples could also choose from powder blue, lilac and peach to create the desired look.

Set the scene for your guests by picking out gold encrusted save the dates and invites encased in playful pastel envelopes and continue the theme across your stationery for the big day in name place settings, table plans and menus.

Brides have several options when it comes to the attire. They could opt for a traditional ivory dress and put their maids in pastel shades. Little gold sparkling touches could then be added in glitzy ribbons wrapped around the bouquets, the bride’s shoes or what about a pink and gold glitter mani? Alternatively a bride might want to opt for a shimmering gown herself and add pastel blooms to her bouquet for consistency.

For the reception décor sequin tablecloths remain popular but can come at quite a price so perhaps just reserve these for key areas, such as the sweetie table or cake stand, or consider sparkling table runners instead.

For special touches add pastel flowers, such as carnations and peonies, to varying heights of gold encrusted bottles (which you could easily create yourself) and use for table centre displays or dotted around the venues on shelves and window sills.


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bold with gold

We would love to see more couples pushing the boundaries and going for an all-out golden wedding, which look particularly striking during the winter season. We’re talking attire, décor, maids and more all adorned with fabulous metallics.

Just having the one strong accent colour means you can get away with including it in more areas of the big day without making it look too OTT.

To strike the right balance I think the bride needs to make a decision as to whether she will be the one dripping in gold from top to toe or if her maids will be emitting an iridescent shine. For brides taking the golden ticket we say go hard or go home, so once you’ve picked your red-carpet worthy dress choose bold blooms to complete your head-turning look.

Meanwhile brides giving their maids golden gowns can add extra interest by opting for a mix of sparkling designs, from plain dresses with glistening detail to fully sequined frocks in varying metallic shades.

Brides sticking to ivory or white can glam-up their attire by adding glitzy accessories, such as gold encrusted shoes and elegant headpieces. Golden flowers aren’t really an option unless sprayed but brides opting for a vintage look could go for a jewelled bouquet made up of precious broaches, buttons, pearls and fabric flowers.

When it comes to décor, anything covered in gold will do the trick – pretty vases, table numbers, stationery, cloths and even just a simple scattering of glitter on the table tops or along the aisle. Candles are also a fab addition as the light will pick out any glittering details and make them shine and sparkle.


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white gold

If the full gold look is a little bit too much to handle, why not keep it simple with a pure white wedding that has just hints of the glam hue. This combination makes for a highly stylish and elegant theme when executed correctly.

Try to include some sparkle in your invites so guests know they are in for a glittering affair but also keep the look clean and sophisticated.

Once again a bride will need to decide if it’s her or her leading ladies that will be donning the metallic hue. For brides that choose a sparkling dress for themselves all other areas, such as jewellery and accessories, should be kept fairly simple. A bouquet of plain blooms also adds a lovely contrast.

It may be that the groom wants to get in on the act too by picking out a gold tie, pocket square or even a gold and white striped bow tie.

Set a white palette for your décor and then build it up with golden additions in centre pieces, chair sashes and table wear. A crafty touch that brides could create themselves is glitter-dipped feathers that can be hung from the ceiling or placed on tables.

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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