Metallic gowns and accessories are back in a big way and It’s no surprise that brides are loving these shimmery, sparkly and all-out-glam options. Luxe fabrics — velvets, sequins, crepes — photograph beautifully, and are becoming ultra-popular in bridal fashion.

Metallics were a big part of disco-inspired fashion in the 1970’s, when partying at infamous nightclub Studio 54 was described as ‘standing on stardust’. (Suffice to say, there was loads of glitter.) When the decade came to a close, lush metallic and all-over-sequin styles did too. Shimmery and reflective looks were replaced neutrals and loose boho styles.

Golds and silvers made it back into couture style until the 2000s, when they become a mainstay on the red carpet. It makes sense that this color palette is popular among celebrities. Shimmery bronzes; bright silvers and warm rose gold gowns look great under bright lights and photograph beautifully. For the exact same reasons, they work beautifully in bridal party photos! Metallics aren’t relegated to New Year’s Eve alone; their glow warms up any fall or winter wedding palette and complements a wide range of deep and dusty bridesmaid dress hues.

Sorella Vita and Adriana Papell sequined bridesmaid dresses
Sorella Vita, Adriana Papell, After Six and Social Bridesmaids bridesmaid dress styles in ‘Blush’, ‘Cameo’ and ‘Rose Gold.’

Fall and Winter Weddings Heat Up

As metallic fashions began gaining in popularity, so did fall and winter weddings. Up until 2015, the most popular dates for nuptials were in the summer. June, specifically, was often called the wedding month. Although summer is still a busy season, it’s no longer the most popular time to get married. According to Brides magazine, the number of fall weddings now surpasses those in both June and August. In 2018, over 30% of weddings occurred in September or October and 24% of brides said “I do” in June or August.

The change in seasonal popularity coincided with the uptick in metallic fashions. Deep, metallic bronzes and platinum pop against a fall backsplash of warm orange, yellow, and red fall leaves. Meanwhile, shimmering silvers and lustering gold shine with a backdrop of holiday greenery. Metallic bridesmaid dresses coupled with fall or winter nuptials marry (See what we did there?) two on-point trends!

So how can brides incorporate one of today’s hottest fashion trends into their big day? Keep reading for a few tips for using metallics to make your wedding shine a little brighter.

Add Texture with Sequined Metallic Bridesmaid Dress

Sleek fall bridesmaid dress with hints of warm gold or cool shimmer are beautiful. If you want your bridal party to shimmer, modern metallic dresses are a great pick. Brideside has a lot of great embellished bridesmaid dresses in neutrals, pinks, reds, and navys. Whether you’d prefer a matte finish or a high-drama sparkle, there’s tons of options available! If full-on sparkle isn’t your thing, there’s also a number of sequined bridesmaid dresses that keep it simple. Here’s our top picks:

♥︎ Matte Metallic:  Sorella Vita Modern Metallic Style 8686 (shown below)
♥︎ Shine Bright Like A Diamond: Watters Anzen Bridesmaid Dress
♥︎ Deco Diva: Adrianna Papell Art Deco Blouson Gown
♥︎ A Touch of Sparkle: Amsale Sheridan Bridesmaid Dress

Sorella Vita Modern Metallic Gold Bridesmaid Dresses Style 8686
Glowing in ‘Gold Sequin’ Sorella Vita Modern Metallic Style 8686! Photo Credit: JBW Photography

Need more inspiration? See our full selection of sequined dresses online!

Keep it Sleek with Luxe Crepe Bridesmaid Dresses

If you’re looking for an airier, lighter look, try bridesmaid dresses in satin back and luxe crepe fabrics. These sheath style dresses have a metallic, shimmery finish, but won’t feel as heavy or as structured as a sequined gown. Brideside offers luxe crepe bridesmaid dresses in several flattering necklines, so you can mix and match these shimmery styles as much as you please! Colors like latte and petal are near matches to gold and rose gold and can act as neutrals in a mix and match bridal party look. There’s also a number of high-sheen black, emerald, and ruby-hued gowns to choose from, which are great options if you want just a hint of metallic finish for your bridesmaid dresses. We recommend:

♥︎ Old Hollywood Glam: Jenny Yoo Corrinne Bridesmaid Dress (seen below)
♥︎ Effortlessly Chic: Aura by Brideside Zia Bridesmaid Dress
♥︎ Divine Draping: Jenny Yoo Selena Bridesmaid Dress (seen below)

Jenny Yoo Bridesmaid Dresses for Fall in Satin Back Crepe and Velvet
Jenny Yoo Satin Back Crepe Styles for Fall 2019 Weddings

Warm Up in Velvet Bridesmaid Dresses

A wedding is all about looking and feeling luxurious for a day, and velvet does just that. Putting your bridesmaids in velvet can give them that same feeling of sophistication when they stand by your side on the big day. Plus, velvet texture adds just a hint of shine to any bridal party look.

Choosing velvet bridesmaid dresses comes with an added benefit. It’s a heavier material than other dress fabrics, so it’s going to feel warmer than some other materials. Your bridesmaids will be grateful for a little extra warmth; especially if you’re taking any pictures outside! Even if the temperature drops, your ladies will sizzle in velvet bridesmaid dresses.

If you’re noticing a velvet dress isn’t looking right but you want to keep the same look and feel, you can always add a velvet sash or accessory to tie it all in. Or just opt for small velvet details in the dress. Brideside has a range of options to give you the perfect luxe look for your fall or winter wedding! This season we’re loving:

♥︎ Sleek in Sleeves: Jenny Yoo Ellis Bridesmaid Dress (pictured below)
♥︎ Sweet & Spicy: Jenny Yoo Logan Bridesmaid Dress (pictured below)
♥︎ All in the Details: Sorella Vita Style 9250

enny Yoo Velvet Bridesmaid Dresses for a Fall Wedding
Jenny Yoo Velvet Bridesmaid Dresses in ‘English Rose’ are perfect for fall! Photo Credit: Danielle Simone Charles

Other Metallic Details to Bring the Party to Life

How you outfit the wedding party will play a big role in the look and feel of your wedding, but you can also begin to set the stage long before the big day arrives. Here’s a few details to focus on:

  • Invitations: Save the dates and invitations often give an indication of the wedding style. Both are a great way to incorporate popular metallics into your event. Consider custom glimmering foil invites, foil-pressed invites or gold calligraphy. You can carry that theme throughout your wedding by using something similar for place settings and signage at your nuptials.
  • Flowers: Your florist can help you select metallic accents for your floral arrangements. This may be metallic ribbons and bows or even metallic-dipped flowers themselves.
  • Centerpieces: Metallics can easily be incorporated into your centerpieces. For formal weddings, consider using gold or silver-plated china. For less formal affairs, weathered gold or bronze vases provide a shabby-chic and warm appeal. Shimmery tablecloths, runners or napkins like those pictured below can lighten up a deep and rich fall wedding color palette.
velvet detailing for wedding table setting
We love the velvet details in this fall table setting.
Photo Credit: Brandon Scott Photography

A Day to Shine

Weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime celebration, so it’s not surprising that many brides choose silver, gold and other metallic shades as part of their day. The popular trend can be used as a show-stopping centerpiece if selected for bridesmaid dresses or as a lovely neutral shade to offset a bride’s favorite color. No doubt about it: The combination of fall / winter weddings and metallic fashions is a match made in heaven!

If you opt to incorporate the metallic trend in your bridesmaid dresses, Brideside can help. Browse our vast collection of bridesmaid dresses in luxe fabrics today! You can narrow your search by color, price, designer, length, neckline, fabric, or dress details. Live chat with a stylist if you have any questions!

Your complimentary Brideside stylist can also help you incorporate luxe fabrics into your bridal party styling. Start the conversation today!