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style sheet: magic metals

April 29th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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While we’re a big fan of muted wedding colour palettes here at Brides Up North HQ (as you’ll soon see), we also enjoy one that has a little sparkle and shine to it.

As well as most girls’ best friend, glitter, regal metallics can be another way to incorporate a touch of glamour into your big day.

Straying away from mainstream choices of silver and gold, today we take a look at more unusual metal tones that can instantly give weddings that luxe edge for an overall romantic and sophisticated look.

The main trick is to keep the colour palette fairly simple but add in bold accents of metallic metals to heighten the opulence.

So let’s see the shiny….

cool copper

Cool Copper

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We’ve seen warm pretty shades of copper and rose gold creeping into the world of interiors recently, and now they’re making a big impact in wedding décor – and rightly so we say!

Though associated with the famous third place shade of bronze we think this romantic tone is an outright winner for wedding couples wanting to host a dapper big day.

Candle light works particularly well with the brassy shade so in terms of décor think mottled tea light holders, elegant candelabras and posh candle stick holders. Similar to the pewter palette, simple hand painted cakes and chic stationery are desirable where a copper scheme is used.

Blousy white blooms and metallic spray-painted foliage continue the romantic theme and can be used in bouquets, centre pieces and also hanging floral decorations for an extra lavish touch.

Some dress designers, including the creator of Kim Sear’s wedding gown Jenny Packham, are also incorporating glamorous copper hues into their collections. The use of metallic embellishing and rich warm fabrics makes for an incredibly head-turning look. Maids can get in on the action too, and while there are plenty of satin and sparkling designs out there, we’re particularly drawn to sweet lace dresses in muted shades.

Thanks to a rise in grooms wearing tweed and checked attire, copper is an option for males in the wedding party too with a choice of fabrics featuring the warm hue – very country gentleman!

pewter perfection

Pewter Perfection

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A slightly duller though arguably more interesting choice than silver, pewter is suited to both glamorous and earthy style weddings.

Couples wanting a rustic and relaxed vibe may prefer to stick solely to matt pewter tones while those wanting more depth and sparkle can sprinkle a little sheen over their big day with small touches of shimmer here and there.

The rise in hand painted cakes means that couples can pick almost any hue, including metallic shades to help create their desired sweet centre piece. Designs painted in one solid reflective tone speak for themselves and therefore don’t require any fancy sugar work or decoration, just perhaps a simple ribbon or fresh flowers to finish.

On the reception tables keeping the background white and adding clusters of decorations in antique style lanterns, candle holders, vases and even books, is particularly effective. Stationery should be simple and elegant to tie in with the rich theming.

In terms of the wedding party’s attire, most brides prefer to stick to tradition with a white or ivory gown but can add reflective pewter pops in their shoe and accessory choices. Alternatively brides wanting a statement gown can opt for a design with plush pewter embellishing. Maids meanwhile can go dresses in either a matt or metallic shade depending on the overall style and setting of the wedding.

The pewter scheme works particularly well for grooms that are fans of the colour grey as they can layer up their tie, waistcoat and jacket choice in different tones to remain in keeping with the leading ladies.

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Something Blue

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Meanwhile for those that would prefer to add a burst of colour to the proceedings we suggest mixing your chosen magic metal with a deep, luxurious hue, such as royal blue, to fit in with the luxe theme.

Couples can choose to go as detailed or as simple with the look as they like though the overall aim is classic elegance.

Formal and ornate table settings lend themselves particularly well to this style of theming so pick out attractive glassware, cutlery, crockery and chargers to help set the scene. Instead of one large cake why not go for individual lavish treats, such as macaroons or fancy cupcakes, which can be doubled up as favours and decorations for the tables.

As a bride would find it difficult to find a dress to fit the colour scheme the alternative is to find a striking pair of shoes, or two (heels for day, flats for night) that will act as their something metallic and blue. The bridesmaids meanwhile can simply pick out a metallic sash or belt for their dresses to remain on theme while groomsmen can add metallic and blue accents to their attire in their choices of tie or bow tie, buttonhole, pocket square and socks.

In terms of flowers succulents, thistles and peacock feathers can be incorporate into arrangements for little pops of blue.

Now there’s just the something old, new and borrowed to think about!

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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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