Copper has been around for ages (seriously, it was discovered in 8000 BC), but we've recently unearthed—ha! Get it?—the metal in the world of weddings. It has become super popular, and it's really no surprise why. The precious metal, or its color equivalent, is actually the perfect hue for a wedding. It's warm, shiny, and metallic, meaning it can blend in and add a pop of flair at the same time. And let's be honest, copper is a welcome change from your more traditional metals like gold and silver (they're pretty, sure, but we see them everywhere.)
And because all brides want to be different, we pulled some of our favorite copper-hued décor ideas and made an inspiration board for you. Everything is in one place, from copper barware and utensils to cool marble-accented candle holders and statement lanterns. And with a selection this pretty, we feel confident that you'll find an idea (or five) in this picture-perfect curation. Seriously, no matter if you're marrying in a field of grass or a dark, industrial warehouse, it's easy to incorporate the metallic hue into your wedding décor.
So go ahead and take the ideas below as your inspiration, decide what you do and don't like, and get to making a mood board of your own. Invite your partner in on the project—and may we suggest a nice cold Moscow Mule (served in a copper mug, obviously) to get you both in the designing mood?
Set the scene for your big day by lining the entrance with statement lanterns in a copper hue. We love how these are scattered about, creating a relaxed-yet-elegant atmosphere. And you know the lights will look even prettier after dark.
At this rooftop wedding, copper chairs added an unexpectedly modern touch to the ceremony setting. They also mesh perfectly with the surrounding greenery, bringing out the warm tones to create a picture-perfect atmosphere.
Elevate your table settings with copper accents. This couple and their planner, Jessica Sloane, went all out—copper wax seals, copper candle holders, copper chargers...you get the picture. But, as you can see, the result is not an overwhelming amount of copper details, and that's thanks to the blue base color and large white accents (the menu, plate, and candlesticks). As a general rule when creating your table décor, remember that it's nice to repeat a color in small, impactful ways—but make sure to space them out.
Talk about an unexpected touch. These boutonnieres were tied together with copper wire instead of a ribbon.
Make your stationery suite pop with copper calligraphy. It adds an elevated touch—and who doesn't want to see their name in pretty, shiny letters?
Well, hey there, let's forget glassware. Copper glasses are a welcome substitute on this boho-meets-rustic tabletop. And we must mention how great copper looks with terra cotta pots—it's a match made in orange-hued heaven.
Copper calligraphy pops against light marble coasters. We recommend grabbing a pen and a good friend (with good handwriting) to DIY this idea on your own.
Mugs and Flatware
Forget silverware when you can rent copper utensils. We especially love how the color is repeated on this table using utensils, mugs, and lined lanterns.
Go big or go home at the bar. A copper vessel—plus, bright fresh flowers—can add a touch of modern elegance to an otherwise rustic display.
Here's a closer look at our favorite copper-accented candlesticks. So clean. So modern. So very fresh!
Want to add copper to your reception table but don't know where to start? This idea is for you. A charger is a perfect way to insert the metallic hue because it makes a statement without the fuss of organizing smaller, copper items together.
Mini Moscow Mule Mugs
All Moscow Mules should be served in copper mugs—even in a mini-shot form.
This is yet another example of how copper can perfectly blend into a natural setting. And we must note: There's something special about copper and blue as a color combination.
Set up the bar with copper accessories. This is something you can even register for and then use at—and after—the wedding.
We didn't think we could love the idea of doing mad libs at a wedding any more. But then we found this. To recreate this look, place a card printed with mad libs on a copper easel and place it on each edge of the bar. Your guests will thank you for the fun (and beautiful) conversation starter.