A dramatic display like this is sure to draw well-wishers to the guest book table. The vivid wreath packed with chartreuse santini mums and covered with tiny bows (secured with T pins) gives people something to admire as they pluck a colored pencil from the nearby cup to offer their sentiments to the bride and groom and sign their names. The blank book has a celadon cover and a bookmark of pale-green trim.
Gather pieces you love, and draw your wedding palette from these. A cache of ribbons, fabrics, and other notions, as well as a card of vintage buttons and a 1950s teacup, inspired the details on the following pages. Interpret our ideas in the greens and browns that please you.
Use this gentle, evocative color combination on your invitations to give guests a taste of the warm celebration to come, then repeat the colors to personalize other paper pieces and carry the theme throughout. Every element here combines the two hues in ink or, more unexpectedly, in decorative accents, such as envelope liners and ribbon.
1. A textured-paper envelope liner matches the green type on this invitation by William Arthur with brown satin ribbon.
2. A folded letterpress invitation by Julie Holcomb Printers.
3. This brown and green invitation by Manifesto Letterpress is lacy but not too girly.
4. Reply card by Oblation Papers & Press.
5. Coasters by Sesame Letterpress feature vintage botanicals.
6. Thank-you card by Peculiar Pair Press.
7. Menu by Sesame Letterpress.
8. We added green-tip matches to a matchbox by Madison Signatures.
9. Light-brown place card by Peculiar Pair Press gets green lettering; calligraphy by Deborah Delaney.
10. For an all-brown information card, like this one by Ecrie, slip in a green glassine liner.
11. Brown calligraphy, also by Deborah Delaney, on a place card from Carrot and Stick Press.
Using ribbon is an easy way to work your color palette into many details of your wedding. Browse sewing and trimmings stores for ribbons and trim in lustrous fabrics and unique designs; here are some of our favorite finds. Incorporate green and brown ribbons into bouquets and boutonnieres. At the ceremony, ribbon-tied garlands can mark seats for family members. At the reception, fasten menus to napkins with a dainty bow.