Thursday, October 15, 2015

10 Grown-Up Ways to Use Glitter At Your Wedding

Just because it was a staple in your childhood art class doesn't mean glitter isn't sophisticated enough to make a few appearances at your wedding. From escort-card displays to grand exits, there are so many ways this DIY essential can be incorporated into your decorations. Take a cue from these real weddings, and show us how you used glitter at your wedding using the tag #theknotDIY on Instagram and Twitter.

1. Accent petals

Bridesmaid holding glitter-covered red rose petals
Photo by Tin Sparrow Studio
Planning a fun petal toss after your "I dos"? Consider adding a little sparkle with some glitter spray paint. Not only will they be cool accents in the petal cone, but they'll make for great pictures once they're tossed in the air.
From A Governor John Langdon House Wedding in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

2. Edging details

Hand Lettered Escort Cards With Glitter Edge on Moss Background
Photo by Alison Conklin Photography
For just a hint of shine (and a totally doable technique), outline the edges of your escort cards with glitter glue. A hand-painted detail such as this pairs perfectly with whimsical-looking calligraphy.
From A Romantic, Vintage Wedding in Philadelphia

3. Gold-dipped feathers

White escort card feathers with gold accent
Photo by Loreto Caceres Photography
A feather escort-card display looks beautiful on its own, but adding a touch of gold introduces a unique boho-glam vibe. If you really want to go above and beyond, consider swapping out plain white feathers for something more striking, like pheasant feathers.
From A Glam Park Wedding at Boathouse in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York

4. Cocktail accessories

Pink And Green Cocktails With Gold Glitter Heart Drink Stirrers
Photo by Onelove Photography
Turn up the volume on your signature sip. Make a custom drink stirrer by cutting out hearts (or whatever shape you like) from glitter construction paper and gluing them to stirring sticks. Use that same paper to line the bottom of your serving trays for extra points.
From A Toscana Country Club Wedding in Indian Wells, California

5. Votive wraps

Miniature mason jars wrapped with gold glitter ribbon
Photo by Milton Photography
Behold: the easiest wedding craft in existence. Pick up a roll of wide glitter ribbon from a craft or art store and wrap cut pieces around candle votives. Add a bow, or secure with a dot of hot glue.
From A Country Glam Wedding at Deer Valley Meadows in Alix, Alberta

6. Canvas upgrades

Small gold glitter favor bag with silverware
Photo by June Bug Company
Plain canvas pouches aren't too impressive on their own, but a little glitter makeover takes them to a whole new level. Dust half the bag with glitter, or create a fun design motif. Pair with glitter silverware for the ultimate, sparkly place setting.

7. Block letters

Gold glitter and yarn wrapped cardboard initials
Photo by Caitlin Thomas Photography
Give plain cardboard letters some life with a lovely layer of shine—and don't be afraid to mix and match textures. We love the combination of sparkly glitter paired with the cozy, softer look of yarn.
From A Succop Conservancy Wedding in Butler, Pennsylvania

8. Edible dust

Yellow cupcake with frosting and edible glitter
Photo by Kim Guthrie Photography
A sprinkle of glitter atop confections is a fun detail guests will definitely notice, but it's subtle enough to fly under the radar in photos—giving your cake (or cupcake) the center stage it deserves.
From A Modern Wedding at Wichita Boathouse in Wichita, Kansas

9. Succulent wrapping

Succulents In Glitter Pot Escort Cards With Toothpick Flag
Photo by Bonnie Sen Creative Photography
Succulents never disappoint, but give them an attention-grabbing wrap job and they definitely won't be left behind! We recommend finishing it off with a cello bag that's an inch or so taller than the plant container to help manage any soil spillage on the ride home.
From A Glamorous Summer Wedding at Oaks Waterfront Inn in St. Michaels, Maryland

10. Picture-perfect exit toss

Bride and groom grand exit with a glitter toss
Photo by Jenna Lee Pictures
Sure, you might be finding glitter in your hair for the next couple of weeks, but for a photo like this…it's worth it. Opt for coarsely cut glitter and give guests tiny handfuls—a little goes a long way!


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