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Trend Alert: Shimmer & Shine

Over the course of this era of Instagram-worthy, top-tier, heavy-on-the-contemporary-aesthetic wedding styles, we’ve seen rose gold, copper and gold tones treated like royalty. Ordinarily, it would’ve been difficult to look at your average reception décor and not have seen a brass hue in sight, but we’re seeing a major comeback with silver and chrome becoming the regal choice in metals, effectively bringing back some shimmer and shine to the industry.

The mirrored effect

When it comes to tableware and linens, we aren’t talking about incorporating sequins in your client’s big day. In fact, think of the mirrored effect as it relates to silver cutlery, gleaming glassware, antique serving dishes and more. These elements create an understated sparkle without going overboard, and those reflective surfaces add a touch of effortless glam. Gina Holz of Gina Holz Designs, Inc. says, “A careful balance of warm metals, mixed with cool tones gives a layered feeling that embraces old & new finishes in a fresh way.”

Photo courtesy Stephanie Yonce Photography

Take the tablescape a step further by illuminating the décor with candlelight, using pewter charger plates to cast a romantic shine over the couple’s reception. The low lights will not only make the event feel more intimate, but they’ll make the chrome elements really glow!

Edible metallics

That’s right—edible glitter is the latest and greatest in surprising and delighting guests. We’re an especially huge fan of incorporating this into desserts, whether with a light dusting or a full-on ‘80s nostalgia coating of silver sparkles! We’ll see more decorated cupcakes, cake slices and blinged-out macarons.

Better yet, many couples are looking to add a bit a luxury to their food and beverage by enlisting the help of edible foil—normally seen in the way of gold leaf. These small accents can go a long way, and the mixing of metallics makes a huge statement.

Spotlight on crystals

More than just a pretty face, crystals are widely regarded for spreading positive energy and good vibes. These stones are most effectively used in juxtaposition with muted palettes. For example, amethyst paired with minimalistic linens or woven into a simple, yet elegant color scheme adds a nice pop while casting lovely light patterns all around the venue.

Joan Wyndrum of Blooms by the Box states, “It’s no surprise that couples want to incorporate crystals into their wedding! Don’t be surprised to see these stones scattered across your table or clustered around floral centerpieces.”

Adding a little shine to your next event—from unexpected surfaces that shine to glimmering from within (literally) with edible glitters and foils—is the perfect opportunity to re-introduce chromatic shades and change the game with industrial-inspired metallic!

Kylie Carlson

Founder / CEO, The Wedding and Event Institute

Kylie Carlson is the CEO of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. With six locations globally, the academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists.