Classic copper sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? You’ll see in this inspirational wedding photo shoot that a gorgeous bride with accents of copper in her day can be quite stunning.

We love every detail – from the cake to the narrow belt around the bride’s classic dress. You’ll agree colours that can accompany copper in a lovely way are peach and white. It’s noted here that lots of white is ideal to make the copper the star. Read on to see what we mean!

Details for a Classic Copper Wedding

Many brides are choosing classic copper as an anchor colour for a wedding, and copper is replacing gold as an accent colour that adds lots of elegance to the event.

Classic copper can be used in a number of wedding themes – vintage, rustic, and industrial. Brides use copper as an accent on invitations, favours, dining ware, flatware, and even in bridal bouquets!

Your dress may have copper accents, and the bridesmaids can even wear copper coloured dresses. Some brides are even choosing copper coloured shoes! The choices are endless for this type of elegant nuptials, and copper can accent so many details of the decor.

What to Look for in a Venue for a Classic Copper Wedding

Any type of venue – indoor or outdoor – is fitting for a Classic Copper wedding. In fact, the more basic the background, the more you can use copper accents.

When hosting a Classic Copper wedding outdoors, lots of lush greenery is appropriate. Opt for a ceremonial arch made with copper pipe, a great way to accent the Classic Copper theme.

Indoors, any venue will look great when adorned with copper accents. If you choose this type of venue, it’s important to ask the venue representative exactly what is included in the price of the rental. You may want to ensure you’ll have access to tables and chairs as well as some linens, since a bulk of your wedding budget may be spent on the copper decor.

Colour Palette for a Classic Copper Wedding

The great thing about choosing the colour copper for a wedding theme means that virtually any colour will go alongside. However, copper is truly accented by certain colours, including teal, indigo blue, burgundy, and navy.

Those planning a copper wedding in the fall may want to opt with colours reminiscent of the season. These colours include forest green, indigo blue, and burgundy. Each of these perfectly accents copper, as well as the time of the year.

In winter, copper can be paired with black, dark gray, and even sheer gold tulle for an elegant effect. However, in summer and spring, colours such as peach and shades of blush go perfectly with copper. For a real seasonal touch, weave greenery into the mix for beautiful centrepieces and bouquets.

Food for a Classic Copper Wedding

Brides will want to choose menu items based on two things – the season and the time of day.

Traditionally, brides hosting a wedding during the day often serve appetisers and finger foods. In the spring and summer, that could mean lots of fruit (an edible arrangement is often a stunning centrepiece at the groom’s table). It may also mean appetisers that involve fresh vegetables, such as cucumber. Of course, a potato bar or a salad bar allows the couple to provide more of a meal for guests that won’t break the bank.

If a wedding is held after 6 PM, tradition calls for the couple to host a full meal. You choose main dishes such as a steak dinner, fresh salmon or seafood, or even a taco bar.

Budget for a Classic Copper Wedding

A classic copper wedding need not be one that costs a great deal in order to be stunning. Browse flea markets or vintage stores for many of the copper pieces used in centrepieces or for candlesticks, if that’s a decor option.

Don’t be afraid to talk with relatives and friends to see if they have any neat copper pieces that could serve as decor. Mixing and matching items will actually make your decor unique and beautiful.

You may be able to rent some of the larger copper items, such as an arch. Craft your budget so that you have the dough for big ticket items that you can’t borrow but must have for your big day.

Wedding Dresses & Accessories for a Classic Copper Wedding

You’ll have many options when choosing a dress for the big day featuring a Classic Copper theme.

A vintage theme is ideal for using a lot of copper, and you may want a flowy, bohemian style wedding dress for your nuptials. Pair a dress such as this with flowers in your hair for a very rustic and boho look.

You can also opt for a more traditional wedding dress. A-line dresses with a slightly lengthy train are elegant and fit right in with the elegance of the Classic Copper theme. There are options less formal but still regal, such as a semi-formal gown. Many brides are going minimalist lately, and these dresses are refined but not over-the-top.

Groom Style for a Classic Copper Wedding

Groom style for a Classic Copper wedding should match that of the bride. Brides who are dressed in a very formal gown require a groom’s attire that is considered full-dress or black-tie. The great thing today is that grooms can opt for either a traditional tux or more of a Sunday suit to be considered full-dress.

Brides who are hosting a vintage, boho type of Classic Copper wedding give their grooms more options for dress. These grooms can opt for a button down shirt and suit pants, but can top the outfit with a vest rather than a full jacket. Some grooms will want a more dressy casual type of outfit. This may mean khaki pants, a button down shirt, and an optional tie.

Wedding Cake Ideas for a Classic Copper Wedding

An elegant wedding cake or even a non-traditional cake is appropriate for a Classic Copper wedding.

Those who choose a more traditional, multi-tiered cake can choose a copper ribbon on each tier to tie into the Classic Copper theme. However, a really neat yet elegant idea is to use copper food colouring to make the tiers appear like copper sheets have been draped around the tiers. Fondant that has been dyed will also provide a smooth cake with an elegant effect. Consider royal icing for scrollwork on the cake. Marbled cakes with a hint of copper are also appropriate for a Classic Copper wedding cake.

Ceremony Decor for a Classic Copper Wedding

One of the easiest ways to incorporate copper into your wedding is the use of lanterns; in fact, these can be used at the reception as well. Some brides are also choosing hanging floral arrangements wrapped in copper wire.

Guests can sit in Tolix chairs, and placing candles in tall, copper candlesticks is also a great way to highlight copper. Picture frames depicting the couple at the entrance are also beautiful and tasteful ways to incorporate copper into the ceremonial decor for a Classic Copper wedding.

Reception Decor for a Classic Copper Wedding

Again, lanterns make a beautiful piece of decor for a Classic Copper wedding. Place tea lights in the lanterns for a romantic feel. Guests can sit in Tolix chairs at the reception as well and using copper charger plates and copper flatware is an elegant touch for the reception for a Classic Copper wedding.

Copper arches draped with floral arrangements or even twinkling lights make for a beautiful reception area. Greenery of any kind looks perfect when mixed with copper wire or copper containers. Copper place holders or napkin rings as a part of the place setting will add the perfect touch.

Classic Copper

This copper wedding inspiration board has such a classic and beautiful style to it – I’ve fallen in love! The catalyst for this inspiration board was the picture of the bride in that beautiful and unique copper skinny belt. Isn’t that detail the greatest?!

Copper colored ideas for a classic wedding

Copper coloured weddings can be tricky to pull off. Pair copper with the wrong colours and it can muddy up your entire wedding palette. That’s why using a lot of crisp and clean whites is the perfect way to let copper do its thing: shine.

One motif that I am loving about this inspiration board are the bands of copper everywhere: the bride’s belt, the cake, and the sugared rims of the cocktail glasses. Be sure to look for ways to add motifs throughout your wedding in order to tie the entire look together in an elegant and sophisticated way!

Details to adore:

Copper wedding cake
Bride with a copper colored belt

Credits: photo credits: bride with copper-colored belt from Style Me Pretty, photographed by Eon Images // boutonnieres from Two Little Owls in Love, photographed by Jemma Keech // copper cake from Style Me Pretty, photographed by Karen Buckle, created by Ideas in Icing // copper wedding invitation from Lettered Olive // reception tent via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Kellie Kano // apple cider drinks via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Rebecca Hansen Weddings.

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