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A gold rush of sorts is washing over the wedding industry as the color touches everything from stationery to tabletop votives to impart an elegant touch. Some brides are choosing gold flatware for their table settings. Others are using foil-stamped invitations.

When it comes to a bride’s attire, the glittery shade is popping up on wedding gowns, whether it’s part of the embroidery or a piece of the fabric. Even the designer runways utilized the color in rich, sumptuous ways. Designer to the stars Elie Saab unveiled a fall 2012 collection loaded with lavish dresses, featuring lace and jacquard and embroidered guipure with gold belts, including a stunning wedding gown in gold jacquard with a wide-sweeping skirt that capped the affair.

“Overall, the gold theme is popular as it appeals to many different tastes of brides and has a rich effect without being over the top,” says Veronica Di Santo-Abramowicz, managing partner at Ines Di Santo, a bridal line based in Ontario, Canada.

At a time when vintage style is ultra-chic in weddings, the romance of gold is hard to ignore. Designers, such as Claire Pettibone and Marchesa, are often borrowing from the annals of French culture, seeking inspiration from the antiques, the toile and the tapestries that are informing their designs.

At Ines Di Santo, gold interpretations include a strapless gown with gold flecks and pearls and a more daring number featuring a one-shoulder neckline with a thigh-high slit and gold metallic fabric. Claire Pettibone’s line, which channels a romantic feel, continues to showcase gold accents and touches, such as a gold scalloped vintage lace mermaid style gown with capped sleeves and a pearl silk charmeuse dress layered with gold-embroidered ivory tulle and an embellished drop waist.

As non-white dresses continue to make headway, gold is a welcome color to the mix of shades designers have tested, such as black and red, say experts. “It’s a flattering color on everyone,” says Cate Malone, owner of the Little White Dress Bridal Shop in Denver. “It’s a color that’s definitely taking off.”

Among the bride-pleasers at her store are a Rivini tiered lace gown with gold lining and a gold organza sash and a St. Pucchi silk organza gown with a dropped waist and gold embroidery.

For brides eager to incorporate gold in their attire but not on their dress, accessories are another avenue for experimentation. Tiaras with porcelain flowers and swirls or metallic headbands in delicate styles or even veils with touches of gold embroidery from Claire Pettibone are an option.

Shoes are another way to up the sparkling glamour factor. Jimmy Choo’s gold glitter pumps and Badgley Mischka’s platform peep-toes are among the fancier brands embracing the color. Comfort-minded brides may appreciate Touch Ups’ metallic, low-heeled sandals. Gold accessories, including earrings and hairpins by Erin Cole Accessories, are key sellers at Belle Mariee Bridal in Houston.

“They look regal and ethereal,” says Shannon Macintyre, a consultant for Belle Mariee.

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