Hallelujah! Your wedding is around the corner. Which means soon you will be looking like a beauty queen from a movie scene and seeing all your dreams coming true. We can imagine how the week of your engagement was hands-down the happiest week of your life. But once you come down from the high of your engagement, you’ll find yourself flooded with questions about every big little detail leading to a perfect wedding. We totally understand how overwhelming it could be for you two to plan the wedding of your dreams, but determining a theme for your most special day is the first step to ensure a smooth and successful event. However, if you are still on the fence, take a deep breath, and listen to your heart, who is beating faster these days, what it wants, and voila! If it beats for a luxurious glam wedding then what are you waiting for! You could make any kind of wedding glamorous by adding luxe details to it and for that, you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg as well. If you are a budget-savvy bride wanting a glam wedding without breaking the bank, you would want to check out these tips to make a wedding look expensive on a small budget.
Low-key or extravagant, no bride in this world would want to have a run-of-the-mill wedding. You would never want to incorporate hackneyed ideas into your red-letter day. When visualizing your dream wedding day, you may not be as interested in the traditional aspects that so many other couples hang on to. That’s fine! Your wedding is one of the most special days you will have in your life and should reflect you and your partner as a couple. If you have found your inspiration, fine-tuned your ideas, and decided on the tone of your wedding then it’s time to gird up and make your special day memorable with glam touches. This bridal checklist is for every type of bride, from bohemian to elegant to glamorous. Psst... you don’t need deep pockets to host a glamorous wedding.
Outdoor or indoor, you want your glam wedding to be perfect, down to the final, finishing touches. You have the most beautiful dress, an idyllic setting, and of course, a dashing groom. Now it’s down to the nitty-gritty details.
Any season is good for the modern or vintage glam wedding style. You could choose your wedding details, decor, and attire a la seasonal color palette. Incorporating seasonal or festive elements like Thanksgiving-inspired or Halloween-inspired decor into the fall or winter wedding is a great idea. But don’t go overboard and make sure you keep it subtle so that your wedding still doesn’t lose its sophisticated and high-end feel. Overly thematic wedding decor might take its essence away.
It’s the wedding location that gets the most weightage as it houses all your wedding ideas and dreams. Because, you know, to the victor go the spoils. But if you think that choosing a costly glamorous wedding venue is the only answer to your glam wedding, then let us tell you, it’s not true. In the first place, why should you opt for an expensive or luxurious wedding venue to host a glamorous wedding when you can convert any ordinary location using your choice of bells and whistles into an extraordinary one which is equally expert in bringing couples’ dream wedding to life. This way not only you will get more bang for your buck but also will get the freedom to personalize your wedding. Your choice of wedding location tells a lot about you and your style. Put on your creative hat and bell the cat. Use fabric swags on the ceiling and walls for a quick makeover of your venue into a glamorous setting and top it off with string lights or other accents that draw the eye upwards, such as dangling floral arrangements or chandeliers to create a dramatic effect. You might want to play around with distinctive lighting options to easily metamorphose the look of your venue that can beat the ballrooms featuring ornate architectural elements. Delight your modern-self with uplighting, pin-spotting, and gobos, or add a handful of candles in varying heights for a romantic spin.
Your venue is a backdrop to your wedding photos and a glam wedding gives you myriad opportunities to make your wedding photography every bit alluring. Available in various colors, ghost chairs are a modern alternative to let go of the traditional Chiavari or folding chairs. Nothing screams glamorous louder than velvet chairs or chaises for boho or winter weddings.
Blooms not only set the mood of your day but also weave magic on your wedding photos, not to mention your wedding gown. Pick flowers that emanate luxuries, such as gardenias, calla lilies, orchids, roses, peonies, and ranunculuses. They give definition to the event space, incorporate your theme, and liven up your day! A bridal bouquet with cascading style adds an instant splash of drama to your look. You can also consider finishing it with sparkling brooches, pearl strands, rhinestones, greenery, or long ribbons to your bridal bouquet or bridesmaids bouquets to make them absolutely one of a kind. Tall centerpieces are eye-catching and that’s what makes them popular for glam weddings. Exhibit the flora atop candelabras that are decked out with crystal strands. If lower-in-height centerpieces appeal to you more, arrange them in clusters on each table for added influence. Custom installations are on-trend these days. Imagine saying your vows against a floral wall or dine beneath a lavish floral chandelier. You can incorporate bright colors into your modern event for a playful impact or go monochromatic white for a stately and sophisticated edge. The more outside-the-box, the better! All DIY mavens put the perfect frame around your couple pictures by paper flower wall. True, it’s going to take a while to create, but when it is done it will be worth all your efforts. Also, we absolutely love LOVE banners and bunting, especially the curtain of text looking every bit of a fairytale storybook! Add your personal touch to the day with a personalized ceremony backdrop.
You don’t necessarily have to create your own backdrop. The sweeping views and breathtaking surroundings embellish your outdoor space enough, however, there is no harm in sprinkling glam here and there to put your guest in awe. Weave branches and flowers together for a Southwestern event, or use palettes and ferns to fit in with a rooftop garden. Looking to have a rainy weather backup? Implement a hearty plant, like the eucalyptus leaves to create a swath of greenery. Consider suspending it from an arch outside or affix to a wall if it rains. Add instant ambiance to your tented outdoor ceremony with crown molding or impressive uplighting or if you want to wed alfresco, look for a splendid outdoor space with views to match your style (think: majestic beachfront or the side of a mountain).
Like most brides-to-be, do you also think that a glam wedding will burn a hole in your pocket? Well, that’s not the case. Any bride can afford a glam wedding provided she knows how to play with details and embrace the seasonal hues including the color white. Yes, we said white- simple, clean, naked white (it's GLAM!). Choose wedding decor that makes your wedding feel more bougie without breaking the bank. Dusty blue paired with gold is absolutely oh-so-glam!
All your wedding style and decoration decisions wait for you to pick a wedding theme, from the color scheme to the signature sip. There’s so much splendid decor that truly flashes with the most sophisticated tablescapes, floral designs, and candles. Choosing extravagant, opulent pieces is the answer to your glam wedding decor. From shining table linens to multi-tiered chandeliers, your wedding venue should feature luxe elements that stand out from everyday basics. Glamorous wedding centerpieces are the focal point of your beautiful reception venue. No detail should go unnoticed, no matter how small it seems to fill your big day with big "Oooo"-ing and "Ahhhh"-ing! You would want to see how this Houston couple chose an organic modern glam wedding theme during the pandemic and stood out in the crowd. Click here to take inspiration for your glam boho wedding and make a statement as a bohemian bride!
Sumptuousness is the key to nail your glam wedding, however, too much of anything is good for nothing- be it wedding decor or bridal look or wedding speeches or ceremony readings or even wedding programs. So stay away from excessive decor and try to establish harmony between decor elements so they don’t clash rather complement each other. For example, you don’t have to overdo the place settings and other tabletop decors if the tables are already adorned with overflowing centerpieces. And it’s great if you stick to your color palette. Excessive decor in one space and surplus different colors will only make your space look busy and confusing to the eye.
“You can't ahem can judge a book by its cover, uh.. sometimes”... It all starts with a modern wedding invite that introduces your guests to your luxe theme. Let the lavish and luxurious wedding invites featuring ample gold and marble, stone-inspired paper, gilded calligraphy, and a locust-tree drawing- do the talking for you. If you are not sold on that yet, consider adding decorative extras like crystals, laser-cut filigrees, letterpress script, and custom calligraphy for a glam affair to remember. It goes without saying that a classy formal invitation is a truly pretty, sophisticated work of art, however, a silver and white invitation boasting traditional floral designs delicately embossed coupled with glittery with silk finish sets the tone of the wedding for the bride and groom, glamorous at heart! Also, the date your nuptials fall upon plays a pivotal role in choosing colors for your invites. For instance, a New Year’s Eve wedding deserves some silver, gold, and sparkle, obviously. For a winter wedding, think glitter, and warm hues. Think lush botanicals, twinkly lights, reds, greens, blues, and bold gold. No color is “wrong” for winter. It’s all about what works with your vision and gives you the coziest feels. And if a ceremony takes place around Christmas then incorporate some extra cheer and holly. Yep, lots of hollies!
Wedding cake might be a quick blip but contributes significantly to your wedding. Brides-to-be looking to add a glam twist to their wedding day can dive in headfirst into the world of metallic wedding cakes, the most current big-day dessert trend. With metallics being oh-so-trendy right now in fashion and interiors it's not a surprise that we started seeing them appear at weddings. With a touch of gold, silver, and bronze, these glistening yet classy cakes will earn even the most traditional bride's seal of approval. Opt for a totally modern, silver cake or add metallic piped details for a subtle hint of the glam style. Satisfying more than one of your senses, these shiny, sparkling cakes will paint your cake-cutting ceremony in an ethereal unforgettable way. We're sure your heart will skip a beat as you click through to see our favorite glam metallic wedding cakes with flirty floral details!
It’s all because you are a glamor queen! Naturally, you and your future spouse will want to don the most over-the-top attire for your glamorous event. But do you really need it to look like a drop-dead glam couple? We think no! A subtle yet sophisticated designer number (psst, it’s affordable, if you know Borrowing Magnolia) matching your groom's black-and-white tuxedo will do the trick. Most glam weddings call for a formal or semi-formal dress code a la wedding venue type. If you are blessed with sexy beautiful curves, choose a curve-hugging silhouette that highlights them and hugs your form at the right places. Accentuate your figure with a colorful or non-white wedding gown like red or blush pink depending on your wedding theme and look like a red carpet model, or wear a cute frou-frou ballgown to walk down the aisle in a princess-style. A dress with intricate details, such as beading, embroidery, and the lace adds a much-needed impact. Feeling trendy? The market is full of glam options that are generously priced too. Illusion bodices and colored gowns are a few that take our heart. Finish the look with glamorous wedding accessories such as glittery stilettos, statement jewelry, or a beaded hair clip to add a touch of sparkle to your glam look. Choose the darker shades of suits and tuxedos for your groom like dark blue if you don’t want to stick with traditional black which is still formal but a bit more trendy and fashion-forward. It’s so glam!
Ah, weddings are an opportunity to play up with so many accessories! Head to the head-turning treasures- hair ornaments, veil, shoes, and even jewelry. These items instantly glam you up into a sparkling and glamorous bride. You may have your own different favorites and preferences but one thing’s for sure, there are wardrobe staples that should be displayed on your happiest day in the most #goals way possible! You are in the spotlight on your big day and you can’t afford to ignore any part of your bridal look while accessorizing it especially the ones which are most noticeable. One of them is your hair. Short or long, wavy or straight, there’s a hairpiece available for hair type. Adorn your glam hairstyle with a charming bob pin, comb pins, headband, feather, mesh featuring floral, beaded, bow, metallic, or pearl elements as per your style and theme. Don’t forget to wear an on-trend sash or belt only if the wedding gown allows. Consider wearing a bracelet and anklet for that feminine touch. Holding a small yet fashionable pouch or bridal bag embellished with crystal, beads, pearls, embroidery is so glam! Veils and gloves sure have a nice ring to it. Moving to the wedding shoes, there’s always “the one” that will make you feel like a fairytale heroine once you have worn them. Pumps are a popular choice amongst brides for their simplicity and no-fuss function but you could put on strappy shoes to look super sexy. Straps can go from cute ankle-length and high up to knees. They are fun and flirty- perfect for both formal and casual affairs. And if you are wearing stockings then don’t forget to wear the garter to hold them in place (Yes, it is your good luck charm too!). Pick any comfy garter as they are not visible. Piece every piece together to tie the look perfectly and look every bit of glam bride from veil to nail!
Yes, it’s not necessary that you burn the midnight oil on thinking too much about every facet of your wedding. Remember, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication! Give your oh-that’s-too-much kinda accessories a miss. Your gorgeous wedding gown and pretty face shouldn’t have to compete with a million accessories and trinkets. Eschew heaping up too much jewelry and embellishments. Single out one statement accessory, whether it’s a glam headpiece, spectacular necklace, or elite earrings (in accordance with your wedding dress necklines, of course) and let that be your powerhouse of the flashing wedding look. Try to stick to a couple of short ceremony readings so that they remain memorable. Don’t stress yourself by taking on too many DIY projects. Avoid cluttering or confusing your wedding guests with too many signages, one cute sign will work. Lineup only mainstay speeches (from the father of the bride, the best man, and maid of honor). It’s a nice gesture to arrange alternative activities and games for guests but we recommend choosing one “extra” activity and sticking to it to circumvent the kid’s party-like feel.
While hosting your lit glam wedding, keep in mind what Jenny said- “Don’t overdo it on the perfume! Don’t overdo it on the makeup! Don’t overdo it on the hair! Your almost-husband wants to marry YOU so just be a classier, more finely-tuned version for your big day!”
Brides and grooms-to-be, bring significant fascination to your once-in-a-lifetime event with little but substantial elements. No wedding is ordinary as it celebrates a love story, and love stories are special! And when you put these many efforts, it certainly gets etched in the memories forever!
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