Celebrate Love: Ideas for an Elegant White and Gold Wedding

Saffron Marigold - Updated: August 1, 2014

White and gold weddings are simply beautiful.  Elegant and sophisticated, bright and glamorous, this  color pairing works equally well in chic-contemporary weddings and rich traditional ones.  There’s a warmth and a glow to white and gold that seems to embody romance and joy, making it the perfect combo for your wedding.

If you’re thinking about a white and gold wedding theme, you’ll find all kinds of inspiration and ideas here, from romantic table linens to amazing cakes and glamorous flowers.

ideas for a white and gold wedding
“Love Sparkles” – Shewander’s Photography via Sitting in a Tree Events

Table Linens

Our white and gold wedding theme is built around our stunning white-on-white Vanilla Glacé table linens.  Each 100% cotton piece is hand-printed, inch by inch, by artisans skilled in traditional craft.  Vanilla Glacé is unique, even among our hand printed collections, in that it is printed with white and gold khadi paste, allowing for  slight texture and quite a bit of glimmer.

Use round Vanilla Glacé tablecloths for guest tables, a 120″ x 70″ rectangular tablecloth for the bridal party table, and runners along the gift and cake table.  Once the party is over, these heirloom quality linens make unforgettable gifts for the friends and family who have helped you with your special day.

white and gold wedding table linens
Vanilla Glacé Round Tablecloth

white and gold wedding tablecloth
Vanilla Glacé Rectangular Tablecloth

white and gold wedding napkins
Vanilla Glacé Dinner Napkins

white and gold wedding table runner
Vanilla Glacé Table Runner

Place Settings

Place settings should be simple and elegant.  One approach is to use a gold charger and white plate – this is an arrangement that any caterer should be able to provide, easy and opulent all at once.  Perhaps the bridal party table could be “bedazzled” with Kate Spade’s Ticker Tape Tidbit plates and uniquely monogrammed chairs.  I love the look of the hand-dipped gold stemmed wine glasses below.  These are a simple DIY that you and your girlfriends could easily pull off in the months before your wedding.

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Gold Charger – Koyal Wholesale

white and gold wedding plates
Kate Space Ticker Tape Tidbits plates (set of 4) – Lord and Taylor

white and gold wedding decor
Gold Monogrammed Bride and Groom Chairs – Southern Weddings

gold and white wedding decor
Gold Dipped Wine Glasses DIY – Say Yes to Hoboken


To create  a sleek white and gold look, use monochromatic centerpieces that speak of sophistication and polish.  If your look swings a bit more toward grand French country or genteel shabby chic, add a little color to a base of white flowers, and consider using vintage vases or compote bowls.

ideas for a white and gold wedding
White Hydrangea Centerpiece – Elizabeth Anne Designs

Ideas for white and gold weddings
White, Gold and Yellow Centerpiece – Martha Stewart Weddings

white and gold wedding centerpiece
Gold Compote Bowl with White Flowers – Sweet Pea Floral Design

White and gold wedding centerpiece
Vintage Stemware, White Flowers – Style Me Pretty


Generally, I don’t abide by the “too pretty to eat” rule, but in this case, I just might have to!  These masterful white and gold wedding cakes are just unbelievable!!  My favorite is the “Metallic Sparkle” cake featured in 100 Layer Cake.  I particularly love the pedestal base – perfect!

Which do you like best?

white and gold wedding cake
Overlapping Circles Wedding Cake – Whipped Bake Shop

white and gold wedding cake
Metallic Sparkle Cake – 100 Layer Cake

Ideas for a white and gold wedding
“Impressionist” Gold Cake – Wedding Chicks

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Gold and White Floral Wedding Cake

Gold Wedding Inspiration…

There is so much pretty white and gold wedding inspiration out there that I just had to add a special section showcasing just a bit more.  I couldn’t help myself!  Paper decor, vintage-inspired tiara, ombre cakes!! and an adorable chalkboard menu…  Will one of you please have a white and gold wedding and invite me?  I’m in love (with white and gold… sigh.)

gold and white wedding decor
Gold Paper Circles – Style Me Pretty

White and Gold wedding ideas
Adorned Event Design

white and gold wedding ideas
Wedding by Color

white and gold wedding ideas
Gold Chalkboard Frame Menu – 100 Layer Cake

Up Close…

If you like what you’ve seen of our Vanilla Glacé linens, and are considering some pieces for your reception, why don’t you order a swatch?  These are generously sized and well priced – you’ll be able to have a first hand feel for the look and touch of this lovely fabric.

White and Gold wedding tablecloth
Vanilla Glacé Swatch

Putting it All Together…

I really like to put all our inspiration images together in a collage – one can really get the sense of the whole look, and of how it might play out in the space.

What do you think?

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Beautiful white and gold wedding inspirations…

If you’ve not completely settled in on a wedding theme, but know you’d like something unique – you’ll want to see our series of Wedding Inspirations.  Warning:  it will be hard to choose! (But enjoy!)

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