How to Incorporate Copper Accents into Your Wedding Theme

Copper weddings are trendy, versatile, and most importantly shiny. Here's Zola's advice for how to incorporate copper accents into your special day.

By The Zola Team

copper table set
Photo by Horn Photography and Design

Every couple looks forward to their beautiful wedding—from the unforgettable decor to the smiles of friends and family as you and your partner walk down the aisle. You want to make sure your wedding is as cute as it is memorable.

And everyone knows you can’t spell cute without “Cu.”

That’s right—Cu, the symbol for copper on the periodic table. Okay, so maybe not everyone knows that, but, either way, infusing copper elements into your wedding theme is a sure-fire way to have a ceremony that is not only cute but epicurean and immaculate.

For the copper wedding theme of your dreams, read this helpful guide! It will take you through the main ways that you can incorporate this majestic metal for a chic touch of futuristic flair:

  • Leave a Paper Trail
  • At the Table
  • Keep it Organic
  • Accessorize
  • Everywhere Else
  • Party Favors

Are you curious about how to start customizing your wedding into a gorgeous copper-accented culmination? Great. Let’s get started.

Leave a Paper Trail

Wedding themes are established long before the guests step into the ceremony. The key to a truly incorporated, well-mixed wedding theme is establishing a cohesive paper trail. That means carefully curating your stationery suite.

With any bold accent color, you never want to overwhelm your guests by going overboard. Just like with chocolate, TV, and airplane shopping, moderation is key here.

That’s why you’ll want to select only a few elements from your stationery suite and reception paper goods to infuse with pinkish-orange, metallic goodness, such as:

  • Envelopes – Nothing says “open me” like a bright, copper envelope. If you want to start your wedding off with a bang, opt to house your save-the-dates, invites, and thank-you notes in metallic envelopes (or neutral envelopes with shining, copper seals). If you go for this option, complement your flashy envelopes with a neutral card design.

  • Calligraphy – Choose a toned-down card color (such as cream or dark grey) and accent it with copper calligraphy. Carefully pick your font based on your theme. Use a straight, sans-serif copper font on a dark background for a modern touch. For more rustic or romantic vibes, consider bright, cursive copper on delicate cream paper.

  • Cards – If you want to go all-out with copper opulence, choose metallic cards and feature matte black calligraphy for a laser-cut look. For glamour, line the top or bottom of your cards with shiny copper foil in an ornate pattern. You can also dip or stain cream or dark blue cards in crinkly copper foil for a contemporary allure. For an elegant, romantic theme, choose white paper with copper marbling.

Once you’ve decided how you’ll incorporate copper (or, incopperate) into your paper elements, you can apply the same design ethos to any other signs, labels, or paper items in your ceremony or reception, such as:

  • Escort cards
  • Menus
  • Table labels
  • Place cards
  • Party favor labels

By thoughtfully designing your paper items with tasteful copper details, you’ll be priming your guests for the visual delights that await.

At the Table

Once your guests have found their places—thanks to your chic, copper-detailed place settings—the world is your oyster when it comes to copper accents at the table.

You’ll want to treat your tabletop decor just like you’re treating your menu—classic and crowd-pleasing, with a few bold flavors here and there. Employ copper sparingly in your dining setting—add glints where you want to lead the eye, but don’t blind everyone with a heavy metal overload.

Here are some of the many ways in which you can incorporate copper into your tasty treats or tabletop deets:

  • Plates or plate chargers
  • Glassware
  • Mugs
  • Serving bowl
  • Serving trays
  • Drink dispensers
  • Flower vases
  • Cake stand
  • Candle holders or candlesticks
  • Chairs
  • Centerpieces
  • Cutlery
  • Cake accents
  • Napkins, linens, or table runners

Before going on a table setting shopping spree, think about texture. The shape and feel of your copper elements greatly affect their cohesiveness with each other and the theme.

Here’s a quick rule-of-thumb for different, creative wedding themes and their recommended copper texture:

  • Modern or Industrial – Sleek, smooth, and shiny copper with straight, flat, or angular geometry pairs nicely with dimly-lit ballrooms and dark blue accents. Alternatively, go for asymmetrical polygons, prisms, and wireframes paired with bright accent colors and a more futuristic, modern wedding.

  • Rustic or Garden Party – Hammered, aged, or even slightly blemished copper that feels hand-crafted and locally bought. Perfect for Moscow mule cocktail mugs or bucolic centerpieces.

  • Romantic or Vintage – Romantic and vintage wedding decorations make it easy to incorporate copper. Choose ornately patterned copper accents, such as candlesticks and plate chargers, with neatly pressed molds or etchings that curve and twist meticulously around delicate plates and cutlery.

How to Incorporate Copper Accents Into Your Wedding Theme Photo Credit // Horn Photography and Design

Keep It Organic

Lush greenery paired with bright copper is a match made in heaven (much like you and your spouse). The stark contrast between the deep greens and twisting vines of Mother Nature and the sharp pinks and oranges of copper make for a complementary power couple worth complimenting.

To perfectly mix metal and organics, try out some of these combos for a copper wedding that doesn’t clash:

  • Drape long vines of ivy and myrtle on a geometric copper trellis for a chic and modern photo wall or ceremony backdrop.

  • Hang hexagonal wireframe lanterns and planters with flowing burgundy amaranthus or Italian ruscus around the venue for a contemporary twist.

  • Fill your tables, aisles, and reception walls with sleek copper flower vases overflowing with autumnal blooms or romantic, blushing roses.

  • Infuse copper tones into your wedding bouquet with pink and burnt-orange flowers, or wrap the flower stems with rose-gold ribbons or thin copper wire.

  • For a wedding arbor that you won’t forget, drape gorgeous, glossy vine greenery over a romantic or modern copper frame.

Go Green

Need more pointers on plants that go well with copper accents? While almost every form of greenery you choose will accent the pink and orange hues marvelously, here are some of our favorites for copper-coupling:

  • Sage
  • Eucalyptus
  • Baby eucalyptus
  • Palm leaves
  • Olive branches
  • Leatherleaf ferns
  • Dusty miller greenery
  • Weeping podocarpus
  • Pampas grass
How to Incorporate Copper Accents Into Your Wedding Theme Photo Credit // Marni Wishart Photography

Accessorize

You mustn’t forget the most important statement piece at your wedding: you and your spouse-to-be! While you can always stay traditional, the wedding party’s outfits and accessories are prime real estate for some dazzling copper details.

Here are some fun ways to integrate copper into your looks:

  • Hairpieces
  • Ties or bowties
  • Boutonnieres
  • Cufflinks
  • Pocket squares
  • Bridesmaids dresses
  • Shoes
  • Dress socks
  • Dress accents, such as sequins, beading, or embroidery
  • Eye makeup, highlighter, or lip tint

What better way to stun your wedding guests with your bold accent color than wearing it? Try to only choose one or two bright accessories from the list above to really stand out at the altar.

Everywhere Else

From the venue walls to the aisle, to the garden outside, coppertunities (copper + opportunities) abound. Just because you’ve had your fun with stationery, accessories, and table settings doesn’t mean that you need to neglect adding copper to the rest of your wedding decor.

As long as you practice some restraint (believe us, we want to put it everywhere, too), the following decor ideas should give your venue the final metallic splashes you need to complete your theme and brighten up your wedding day:

  • Hanging fringe flags or garlands
  • Clipboards or frames, for menus and photos
  • Clips and pins, for place labels or escort cards
  • Guestbook
  • Chair signs
  • Balloons
  • Pendant lights with Edison bulbs
  • Fairy lights
  • Industrial piping accents
  • Candlesticks and chandeliers
  • Lanterns
  • Drapery
  • Bar and snack table decor, such as copper straws, cocktail shakers, or this amazing pretzel stand

A Note on Copper

Remember that, ultimately, copper should be an accent, not the center of attention. To optimize your copper details in all their industrial glory, put pictures of all your decorations together, and see if they work as a cohesive unit. While you may fall in love with both the copper chairs and the plates, they might be too much. When it comes to copper detailing, you may have to say goodbye to your darlings here and there.

But, that’s okay because there’s only one darling that really matters: your future spouse (who hopefully loves copper as much as you do).

Party Favors

Last (but not least), give your guests a flash of copper right as they leave, with some unforgettable party favors.

Try some of the following ideas, or get creative with your own:

  • Small bags of chocolate hearts or truffles wrapped in copper foil
  • Geometric wire picture frames
  • Tiny copper buckets filled with succulents or flowers
  • Mini Moscow mule mugs
  • Copper organza pouch filled with essential oils
  • Little copper tea lanterns
  • Botanical prints or pressed flowers in ornate copper frames

The nice thing about copper is that it can be both sophisticated and casual, so DIY-ing some party favors could totally fit your theme. Remember, your guests came for you, not your party favors—these are just the pink and orange cherry on top of your already beautiful wedding day.

Now, go enjoy your metallic masterpiece (and save some wedding cake for us).

Search for All Your Copper Finds at Zola

With the easiest registry in the industry, and countless copper invite suites to choose from, Zola is here to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

With thousands of options all in one place, registering has never been simpler. Not to mention, you can even design a free wedding website for your big day so that you can take your copper theme digital. Ready to start planning? Zola is here to help!