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10 Grown-Up Ways To Use Glitter At Your Wedding

We found the best, most sophisticated ways you can use gold glitter to elevate your wedding decor... and we've got the real weddings to prove it.
08/03/2015 11:40am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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By Andrea Fowler for TheKnot.com

Just because it was a staple in your childhood art class doesn't mean glitter isn't sophisticated enough to make a few appearances at your wedding. From escort card displays to grand exits, there are so many ways this DIY essential can be incorporated into your decor. Take a cue from these real weddings, and show us how you used glitter at your wedding using the tag #theknotDIY on Instagram and Twitter.

1. Accent Petals

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TIN SPARROW STUDIO

Planning a fun petal toss after your 'I dos'? Consider adding a little sparkle with some glitter spray paint. Not only will they be cool accents in the petal cone, but they'll make for great pictures once they're tossed in the air.

2. Edging Details

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ALISON CONKLIN PHOTOGRAPHY

For just a hint of shine (and a totally doable DIY), outline the edges of your escort cards with glitter glue. A hand-painted detail such as this pairs perfectly with whimsical-looking calligraphy.

3. Gold Dipped Feathers

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LORETO CACERES PHOTOGRAPHY

A feather escort card display looks beautiful on its own, but adding a touch of gold introduces a unique boho-glam vibe. If you really want to go above and beyond, consider swapping out plain white feathers for something more striking, like pheasant feathers.

4. Cocktail Accessories

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ONELOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Turn up the volume on your signature sip. Make a custom drink stirrer by cutting out hearts (or whatever shape you like) from glitter construction paper and gluing them to stirring sticks. Use that same paper to line the bottom of your serving trays for extra points.

5. Votive Wraps

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MILTON PHOTOGRAPHY

Behold: the easiest wedding craft in existence. Pick up a roll of wide glitter ribbon from a craft or art store and wrap cut pieces around candle votives. Add a bow or secure with a dot of hot glue.

6. Canvas Upgrades

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JUNE BUG COMPANY

Plain canvas pouches aren't too impressive on their own, but a little glitter makeover takes them to a whole new level. Dust half the bag with glitter or create a fun design motif. Pair with glitter silverware for the ultimate, sparkly place setting.

7. Block Letters

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CAITLIN THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY

Give plain cardboard letters some life with a lovely layer of shine-- and don't be afraid to mix and match textures. We love the combination of sparkly glitter paired with the cozy, softer look of yarn.

8. Edible Dust

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KIM GUTHRIE PHOTOGRAPHY

A sprinkle of glitter atop confections is a fun detail guests will definitely notice, but it's subtle enough to fly under the radar in photos -- giving your cake (or cupcake) the center stage it deserves.

9. Succulent Wrapping

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BONNIE SEN CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Succulents never disappoint, but give them an attention-grabbing wrap job and they definitely won't be left behind! We recommend finishing it off with a cello bag that's an inch or so taller than the plant container to help manage any soil spillage on the ride home.

10. Picture-Perfect Exit Toss

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JENNA LEE PICTURES

Sure, you might be finding glitter in your hair for the next couple weeks, but for a photo like this... it's worth it. Opt for course cut glitter and give guests tiny handfuls -- a little goes a long way!

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