I Love Goooold! (…As Only Goldmember Can Say It…)

I’ve been avoiding the task of deciding on our wedding color palette for the better part of a year. I realize by not having official colors, I am making it harder on myself; not to mention that having official colors would really help to tie the design details together. I need to start figuring this out!

We are getting married during the early summer season. While I love both pastels and bright colors, our reception room at the Biltmore (called the Gold Room) is very traditional and ornate. I personally think the room’s aesthetics are more conducive to neutral colors: white, off-white, black or possibly a deep red. Here is a less than flattering picture of the Gold Room. It really is very dramatic and spectacular in person.


Anyway, while leafing through a copy of Martha Stewart Weddings, I was taken with a spread called “The Golden Touch”. Because we are aiming for the theme of vintage flair and, due to the fact that the Gold Room lives up to its name and is heavy on the gold, simple golden accents would be perfect to highlight the room. But it has to be done right. I’m getting into unfamiliar territory with yellow gold… one wrong move and I could fall into tacky waters.

Here are some MS Wedding pictures to help me with inspiration.

Are you taking cues from your venue to choose your color palette? For the gold brides out there, where do you draw inspiration from?


Mrs. Glitter

Los Angeles
Wedding Date:
June 2015
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    Newport Nuptials 1268 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:10 pm

    We are drawing inspiration from our venue. We are doing a beachside wedding and are taking a cue from the ocean and doing navy and white. I love different shades of gold too and was considering either hints of champagne or totally different, going with green accents (due to our alma mater).

    I LOVE your venue! I think a gold color scheme would look beautiful and it is a timeless color.

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:53 pm

    The Gold Room is beautiful!! When we toured the Biltmore, we definitely thought it would make a great reception space (though I think b/c of the size of our wedding, they were suggesting it as a ceremony space). It’s so dramatic and old Hollywood, and it needs almost no decorations to be spectacular. I’m tres jealous; your wedding is going to be fab.

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    JLS, Guest @ 10:22 pm

    We are! In fact, we are bringing gold into our palette because of the venue. We aren’t going overboard with it, just touches here and there. We’re using a lot of ivory/cream, which looks goldish too.

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 11:07 pm

    Yeah, totally! I started off with black & red but after we changed our wedding venue, I’m going with a more muted cream/black instead because the little bistro we’re using has a very ‘soft’ color palette so the red/black might be a little too strong for the decor.

    i think the gold looks awesome though! you could mix gold/cream for a tastefully opulent look!

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    alexa reighterhaut, Guest @ 11:57 pm

    Your venue looks gorgeous. My wedding is taking place in two weeks, in a downtown ballroom that looks similar. I am having pale blue, white, and navy hues, sprinkled in with some silver. I think it will be so pretty for a winter wonderland kind of look. Considering your wedding is going to be in early summer, I think it is appropriate to stick with a pale color contrast with a darker one, and throw in a neutral like white or ivory to keep the tone serene. I do not know if you want to stay away from pink. But if you are a pink fan, a beautiful dark pinky/rasberry hydrangea and a chartreause (look at cymbidium orchids) would work in that room even if there are no pinks or greens in the environment. It doesnt have to match exactly….remember beautiful floral arrangements and a design scape will look pretty in any venue.

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    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:42 am

    the biltmore is gorgeous. i thought the same thing as miss hot cocoa when i was there last!

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    Miss alex, Guest @ 1:08 pm

    I love the gold and I totally think you can do it tastefully and make it really lovely. We are going with purple, black and white because we are getting married at a Napa winery. I had originally thought that I wanted blue but it really didn’t work with the location so I def. understand the influence a venue can have on the color palette!

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    californiaborn, Guest @ 8:02 pm

    Our site provided gold chivari chairs so i had to incorperate it into our colors. I used it as an accent color and used a lot of candles that adds a golden color. There was also a lot of brown in the reception cave (yes, cave, check out le bio) so I brought in brown as well. From what I can see, it look slike there is dark wood walls in your venue? Then you just need a color that pops…
    Good for you bringing in the gold, I think that if it is done right it can be beautiful.

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:36 am

    My venua is a country club called Old Oak–we are drawing from the woods and rustic theme, but keeping it elegant with it indoors. It will be fairy-like and dreamy and romantic.

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    Shanna, Guest @ 12:54 pm

    That cake is beautiful, just the right amount of gold.

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    glitter 986 posts, Busy bee @ 3:27 pm

    @Miss Hot Cocoa: @Mrs. Bee: thanks, ladies! the biltmore is so ornate that i have struggled with how to decorate it. your kind words assure me that i’ll be okay with minimal decor and that i shouldn’t worry about it so much.
    @californiaborn: oooh, i wish our site provided gold chivari chairs! that is one luxury that sadly i don’t think Mr. G and i can afford. we’d have to pay something like $8 per chair. yikes! i’ll be checking out your site. i’m interested to see the “reception cave”. :)
    @LatteLove: sounds amazing!!

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    Cin, Guest @ 7:39 pm

    Hey, looks great! Are you going to get lighting for the gold room?

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