Color Me Gold

This opulent color scheme is worth its weight in gold.

Whether you’re planning an ornate wedding with old-time elegance or a more modern affair with a hint of warm-hued drama, there’s nothing quite like gold to really dress up a wedding celebration. No matter the season or the time of day, you’ll love the shine that metallic touches of gold bring to your Big Day.


Gold is a fantastic color to mix with other warm hues, but we also love it in stark contrast against deep black. Keep the tables lighter with gold tops, letting them shine against black linens and black covered chairs. Wrap vases in black and fill them with golden-hued flowers for a graphic punch.

For a more traditional wedding, combine gold with touches of beige and brown. Matte gold and beige linens allow gold-rimmed glasses and gilded flatware to shine, while tall gold taper candles cast a warm glow over the décor. Bring in a touch of romance with white, red and pink roses in alternating high and low arrangements. Nothing goes together quite like gold accents and candlelight. Mix in modern touches – like gold-leaf votive holders or glass chargers with gold rims – to keep the table from looking too stuffy while still really embracing the theme.

Gold and warm colors go together seamlessly. Go for votive candles lined in orange to cast a cozy light over the table and fill gold bud vases with pink and yellow dahlias to add a touch of nature to the opulent table. Or, go for baroque with deep red peonies surrounded by glowing candles and cut crystal.

If you’re looking for something a little subtler, top a deep red table with a centerpiece of orchids, peonies and Calla lilies in shades of red and burgundy. Accent the passionate hues with chargers in shining hammered gold for some shine.

For a finishing touch, have your monogram printed in gold on the floor, either in the entrance or on the dance floor, for a personalized touch worthy of a royal wedding celebration.


An ornate wedding calls for an equally ornate cake. Take the gilded details to the limit without looking too heavy with a light green cake decked out in white and gold details, from swags to cherubs. For something a little more simple but equally stunning, an off-white cake topped with pink and gold fondant rosettes is sweet and feminine with a couture kick. A persimmon-hued confection, topped with gold leaves and starbursts, is the true centerpiece of a gold and orange celebration.

If you’re hoping to serve your guests individual wedding cakes, top each with a few gold swirls for an elegant yet understated detail. Or, cut into a towering dessert topped with hand-painted green and gold flowers and geometric gold bands. Either way, you’re sure to strike gold with the dessert course!

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