Tomorrow night, Steph and I will have our Opening Ceremony watch party for the Summer Olympics (in practice, this means the two of us plus our significant others plus take out). I am obsessed with the Olympics – in the pre-internet era, I used to write down medal winners and scores/times in a notebook – and will watch any sport.
In celebration of my favorite two weeks of the year, we’ve created an Olympics-themed wedding inspiration board. The gold, silver, and bronze Olympic metals are an excellent jumping-off point for any couples interested in mixing metallics at their wedding. Also, as you might’ve guessed from elements around the site, we love sparkle!
Photo credits, clockwise from top left:
Sequined dress & shoes: Anna Delores
Bridesmaids: Style Me Pretty
Ballet flats: Tieks
Russian rings: NirOliva / Etsy
Couple (bride in gold dress): Style Me Pretty
Gray table: Wedding Chicks
Gold cake: Rock My Wedding
Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas
If you’re considering using multiple metallics at your wedding, we have a few suggestions:
- Keep everything else neutral – stick to whites, ivories, or light gray (as in the table photo) for the easiest mixing and matching. Darker neutrals can work, as well (e.g. navy and black), but we’d strongly encourage you to stay with a lighter palette.
- Pick the right metallic for your look – some golds, for example, are rather brassy and can give off an 80s vibe, while others are softer and more champagne-like, etc. “Bronze” could be interpreted as copper or rose gold, and could add an industrial or a rustic element to your day, depending on the exact item.
- Don’t overlook your wedding bands – jewelry is an easy way to bring in mixed metallics. Cartier’s Trinity line is a classic take on Russian rings (yellow for fidelity, white for friendship, pink for love), but plenty of alternatives can be found (check Etsy or local jewelers).
- Metallics can solve the “how do I mix and match bridesmaids’ dresses?” conundrum – rather than trying to decide if two shades of blue look good next to each other, you might consider mixing metallic dresses (as in the top right photo).
- Textures can be mixed, too – sequins on a gown or table linens, beading and crystals on shoes, metal jewelry, flatware, or décor, foil elements on paper products, signs, or painted on a cake. Even if you opt for a single metallic, mixing textures is an easy way to add visual interest.
Did you (or will you) incorporate metallics at your wedding? If so, leave a comment and let us know how! Feel free to contact us or leave a comment below with questions about color schemes or requests for future inspiration boards.