2017 wedding trend: metallics and reflective surfaces

Metallics and reflective surfaces, such as mirrors, are popping up more and more to make a sparkly appearance at weddings. From the ceremony to the reception there are countless possibilities to incorporate shimmer into your big day, whether you want to do it subtly or for everyone to notice. Our opinion? The more shine, the better!



It’s your wedding eyes will be on you anyway, but keep them on you all day by wearing metallic clothing that will catch everyone’s eye. you can never have too much sparkle. If you don’t want to wear metallics for your wedding ceremony, consider changing into your favorite shiny outfit for the reception. 

Metallic suit for wedding silver black tie
Photo via DHgate


Wedding party

If you aren’t interested in adding a metallic flair to your wedding attire but want your wedding photos to sparkle and shine, add some shimmer to your wedding party. Incorporate subtle hints such as glittery shoes, belts or hairpieces for an accent or go all in and dress your wedding party in metallic from head to toe. 

metallic gold silver bridemaid wedding party groomsmaid dress
Photo via Weddingbee



Use mirrors as a centerpiece to light-up the table and add some natural reflection to your venue. Since the mirror will reflect whatever is put on it, add shine to your centerpiece by topping it with a vases of flower, sequins or candles.  Add a personal touch to your mirror by choosing one with a frame, for example small vintage mirrors. 

mirror centerpiece metallic reflective
Photo via Catch My Party



Metallics can be incorporated into any aspect of your reception, even on your table. Cover dining or buffet tables in a shimmery tablecloth, or table runner. Depending on your vendors, you may be able to use painted or plated metallic utensils or dining sets to dress up your reception place settings. 

champagne and blush metallic wedding plates
Photo by Matt Steeves Photography via Every Last Detail



Gold, silver and other metallic cakes are popular this year. Adding shimmer to your cake can come in a variety of forms, from only one stripe of sparkle to dress up the cake, to several shiny layers to a mix of metallics, colors and floral accoutrements.  If you don’t want your entire cake to shimmer, add a metallic cake topper  or other subtle embellishments.

metallic wedding cake gold silver sparkle
Photo by Equally Wed via Southbound Bride


Whether you intend to incorporate metallic elements throughout your entire wedding, or only want to have shiny invitations, start your wedding off with some sparkle. Choose a shimmery paper for your invitations with white lettering, or add a hint of gold or silver by using a calligrapher to dress up the wording on your cards. 

Metallic sparkle gold silver wedding invitation
Photo via Rock n Roll Bride



When decorating your ceremony or reception venue, you can never have too much sparkle. Just be sure that any glitter or sequins you use is strongly adhered to any surface and is not loose or scattered. Guests love shine, but they may not want to take it home with them and wear it forever. 

A great way to incorporate a mess-free shine is to decorate with metallic balloons. Balloons can add a pop of color to table centerpieces, or brighten up an entire wall or entry way.

If you are looking to make a little bit of a mess, aim for larger pieces of confetti. Confetti can come in any metallic color and make a great option to throw as the newlyweds exit their ceremony, or drop from the ceiling at the end of the night. 

Fill the room with traditional shine using the most classic reflective surface of all, your venue’s disco ball. No matter how you choose to decorate, remember you can never have too much sparkle! 


Disco ball metalic reflective wedding
Photo by Vesic Photography via Rock n Roll Bride


H/T: Angela Desveaux, WedLuxe Magazine