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One of the hottest wedding trends of 2016 is to incorporate gold accents as a theme. From your invitations to your decor and menu, gold makes a bold statement—it’s luxurious, elegant and evokes a vintage feel (another hot trend!). While traditional gold is classic, rose gold is an up-and-coming new trend, too. How can you integrate gold into your day? Here are our top tips:


Whether you choose dainty gold floral accents or go bold with geometric design, adding metallic foil to your invitation is only the start of your dream gilded wedding. Gold leaf can also be included as an accent, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of Pinterest do-it-yourself ideas for including gold leaf and foil on stationary.


Incorporate a vintage theme with a lace table runner with gold accents and create a magical tablescape. Think white plates with gold rims atop a golden charger. Play up the metallic trend with matching golden candelabras and Chiavari chairs. Use gold frames for your table numbers and even gold flatware for a chic and sophisticated look. Book a venue like The Columbia Station that already has that vintage gold luxe charm, with antique elements, soaring ceilings and sparkly crystal chandeliers.

Go for the Gatsby vibe with gold-dipped feathers atop black table linens with gold napkins. Or use gold table runners dressed with strands of pearls and a gold vase centerpiece accented with tall feathers.

Make your sweetheart table stand out by placing your flowers in a gold antique vessel and adorning it with gold sequin floor-length linens, too. You will look—and feel—like royalty!

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Go for the gold by including metallic elements directly into your menu. Edible gold leaf is a decadent way to really tie in your theme. Create a signature cocktail with Goldschläger (cinnamon schnapps with flakes of floating gold) and shimmering gold sugar to rim your glasses. For dessert, serve gold-dipped strawberries or golden sugar sprinkled donuts.

Utilize elements of some of the hottest trends in wedding cakes. You can go ornate with fully gilded gold tiers, layer the design with alternating tiers of white and metallic or just use light brushes or specks of gold. Or choose a naked cake and adorn it with cascading gold leaves or flowers.

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Whether you choose one or two gilded elements for your wedding day or go all-out bold gold, make sure that your décor and menu reflect your personal preferences. Your wedding is a special day and doesn’t have to be trendy to be perfect—just let your golden personality shine through!

Ready to start planning your party? Schedule a consultation with one of our event managers today! Robert Ryan Catering & Design includes a wedding cake with all wedding packages.

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Ronna Dewey