summer gold wedding inspiration board

Wedding inspiration board: summer gold

Yesterday I featured Emma and Tom’s wedding on the blog, a sophisticated and beautiful wedding at Cheshire’s luxurious Arley Hall. Behind the scenes I was hoarding some of the lovely detail photos – wedding photographer Phil Drinkwater sent me so many I was absolutely spoilt for choice.

Cue a wedding inspiration board for any brides and grooms out there who are planning an elegant, light and summery gold theme for their day.

Wedding inspiration: summer golds

summer gold wedding inspiration board

Summer Gold wedding inspiration board with images by Phil Drinkwater Photography

Emma and Tom kept their summer wedding theme really light and elegant, which I love. Sometimes gold can be quite a heavy theme, and with stately homes like Arley Hall where there might be heavy gilded picture frames, gold chairs and dark decor it’s a nice trick to keep things bright and summery. Emma and Tom did it perfectly.

Use different gold tones at your wedding

Look around while you’re wedding shopping and you’ll find there are as many shades of gold as there are pink! On the shelves of Hobbycraft, for example, you’ll find gold metallic cards which are really dark, or ‘mirror finish’ gold card which is very pale in contrast. Some golds are yellowy, some have a tinge of green – look carefully and choose wisely to suit your venue and the time of year.

Use colours to complement gold

Emma’s bouquet had the palest yellow gerberas with foliage. Table flowers were yellow gerberas and pale gold lilies. Wedding guests’ place settings were tied with little tea roses in soft lilac – a complementary colour which stands out and looks really pretty. Think about using an accent colour like this: just a little can really emphasise the golds you’ve used.

Parchment is a great match for a gold wedding

Emma and Tom’s sweet table had a little white frame with a printed note on parchment paper (there’s a bigger photograph in yesterday’s wedding blog feature too). Incorporating parchment as one of your gold tones can be a great source of inspiration for your gold wedding theme: think vintage, think of all the fun you can have with typefaces and printing, think calligraphy if you have the budget for it!

With gold, less is more

We’re talking Marilyn Monroe vs Katie Price now ladies. With gold as your wedding theme you don’t need to overdo it: look at Emma and Tom’s wedding cake. The design is simple, with lovely ribbons and a single bow and shiny brooch. You don’t need tiers upon tiers to create a luxury effect. Your cake doesn’t have to sparkle from across the room to get attention – a little goes a long way.

Thank you again to wedding photographer Phil Drinkwater for submitting this wedding for the blog. If you didn’t see it yesterday, visit Phil Drinkwater’s wedding photography blog to see more of Tom and Emma’s real wedding at Arley Hall

There’s a bigger version of this wedding inspiration board on the English Wedding facebook page, so if you’d like to see anything closer up, join me on facebook today!

Claire xx

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Neda Lahrodi-Blake
    9 years ago

    Great blog as usual but we do like a fab moodboar so thumbs up for the Gold theme x

  • Emma
    9 years ago

    Thank you so much for featuring our wedding Claire, I am glad you loved the colour theme! We wanted to keep it light and summery to contrast the dark wood used in many of Arley Halls rooms and furnishings. We also thought that the champagne colour was a sophisticated and different option to many traditional colour themes.

    Just to let the Brides out there know, the cake was actually from M&S (which I assembled) and I ordered the ribbon, diamonte trim and diamonte broach online and decorated it myself (total cost £120!!). A do it yourself method to get the exact cake I wanted for a third of the cost quoted from the professionals!

    Thanks again for featuring our wedding!

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