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Whether you’re going for Old Hollywood flair or modern-day luxury, glam wedding style is the perfect aesthetic for couples who are looking to bring the wow factor to their big day. This style focuses on dramatic details, romantic undertones, and a “more is more” mindset.
Read all about glam weddings here to decide if the style is right for you.
If you’re hosting a glam wedding, you’ll want to choose a venue that’s more on the formal side. Country clubs and ballrooms are great options because of their high-end finishes (like crystal chandeliers), but you can also go with less-traditional venues, such as stately historic homes, upscale museums, or formal gardens. For an undeniably regal wedding, find out if there are any castle venues in your area.
For a twist on glam wedding style, you can host your wedding at an unexpected venue, like a winery or remodeled barn. Just remember that these types of venues are usually blank slates, so you’ll need plenty of decor in order to properly glam them up.
Whether you’re getting married during the spring, summer, fall or winter, you’re in luck, because glam wedding style works for any season. If you want to play up seasonal elements, do it in a subtle way so your wedding still feels glamorous and formal, not themed.
Glam wedding style is all about luxury, so your color palette should be refined and elegant. You can’t have a glam wedding without a little bit (or a lot) of sparkle, so don’t forget to factor that in when you’re choosing your colors. Silver and gold pair beautifully with most color palettes, but if you’re looking for something a bit more unexpected, try copper, rose gold, or a mixed metal combination.
Some of our favorite glam wedding color palettes include: red, black and silver; ivory, pink and champagne; emerald, black and gold; and navy blue, silver and white. Another favorite of ours? An all-white palette with various shades of ivory, gray and beige, with a hint of shimmer added in.
You can also use your wedding season to influence the color palette. Pastel tones look oh-so-pretty in the spring and summer, while jewel tones and darker hues look best for fall and winter weddings. Add a metallic accent color for true glam style.
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The key to glam wedding decor is choosing extravagant, opulent pieces. From sparkling linens to multi-tiered chandeliers, you should look for luxe elements with plenty of wow-factor. No detail should go unnoticed, no matter how small it seems. This is how you’ll achieve a showstopping look that gives off that Hollywood-worthy vibe.
An instant way to transform your space into a glamorous setting is by using fabric swags on the ceiling and walls. This creates a dramatic effect, especially when it’s combined with string lights or other accents that draw the eye upwards, like hanging floral arrangements or chandeliers. Some venues might have the swags in place already (or can easily add them), but if not, a rental company should be able to do it for you. You can also play around with unique lighting options to easily change the look of your venue. Uplighting, pinspotting, and gobos add a modern spin, while dozens of candles in varying heights creates a romantic ambience.
Glam weddings are also a fun opportunity to incorporate decor that might be too avant-garde for other styles. Ghost chairs are a modern alternative to the more traditional Chiavari or folding chairs, and they’re available in a variety of colors. Velvet chairs or chaises are super-glamorous, especially for winter weddings.
To avoid going overboard with your decor (yes, there is such a thing as too much), decide where you want to put the focus. For example, if you have tall, overflowing centerpieces on all of your banquet tables, then you should keep your place settings and other tabletop decor relatively simple. Lastly, stick to your color palette. Too many different colors will look busy and confusing to the eye if you have a lot of decor in one space.
The wedding stationery should be all about fancy accents. By adding extras like crystals, filigrees, letterpressed script, and calligraphy, your guests will know that the wedding is going to be a glam affair to remember.
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If you’re having a glam wedding, think of your flowers as an extension of the decor. Ask your florist to create arrangements that will not only stand out to your guests, but also in your wedding photos.
Work with your florist to choose flowers that exude luxury, such as calla lilies, orchids, roses, peonies, and ranunculuses. If you’re carrying a bouquet, a cascading style adds an instant splash of drama to your look. You can also add sparkling brooches, pearl strands, rhinestones, greenery, or long ribbons to your bouquet to make it truly one of a kind.
Tall centerpieces are popular for glam weddings because of their eye-catching effect. Display the blooms atop candelabras that are dressed up with crystal strands. If you prefer lower centerpieces, place them in clusters on each table for added impact.
For the ultimate celeb status, have your florist create custom installations for you. You can exchange your vows in front of a floral-covered wall (Kim and Kanye had two of them) or dine beneath a lavish floral chandelier. The more outside the box, the better!
Depending on the venue, most glam weddings will require a formal or semi-formal dress code.
If you are wearing a wedding gown, accentuate your figure with a curve-hugging silhouette that’s fit for a red carpet, or walk down the aisle in a princess-style ball gown. Look for a dress with intricate details, such as beading, embroidery, and lace. Feeling trendy? Illusion bodices and colored gowns are a few glam options we love. Glam weddings are also an opportunity to play up your accessories. Opt for glittery stilettos, statement jewelry or a beaded hair clip to add a touch of sparkle to your look.
Suits and tuxedos should be darker in color. If you don’t want to stick with traditional black, you can opt for dark blue, which is still formal but a bit more modern and fashion-forward.
Cake and Dessert
When it comes to glam wedding cakes, bigger is better. A multi-tier cake at a glamorous wedding isn’t just a cake, it’s a work of art. Ask your baker to dress up the tiers with metallic fondant, edible gold leaf, cascading flowers, or elaborate hand-piped icing designs.
No glam wedding is complete without a bit of bubbly! Use coupe glasses to create a champagne tower as decor, and then end the night in style with a celebratory toast.