Blue has a long association with weddings, symbolizing purity and fidelity. Paired with silver, the normally serene blue takes on an inviting, festive air that befits a celebration -- especially one in the winter. And the palette can be tailored to a snazzy New Year's Eve reception in the city or one in the snow-covered countryside.
Whatever the mood, consider soft and medium blues and crisp, platinum-toned silvers. When choosing which shades to bring to life on the following pages, we took our blue cues from beautiful fabric and velvet flowers, as well as delicate tissue paper and lace; embossed paper leaves, iridescent paper and ribbons, and shimmering tassels guided our choice of silver tones.
Given its many components, a table setting communicates a palette in vibrant detail. Here, inexpensive beribboned lanterns in shades of blue make a big impact. A plain tablecloth is dressed up with a striped runner -- we just cut fabric to size and hemmed the ends. The simple centerpiece consists of glass candleholders wrapped in patterned paper and metallic ribbons, plus blue hydrangeas in silver footed bowls. Silver chairs and napkins with blue borders round out the motif.
Add sparkle to your reception tables by decorating each place setting with metallic nets filled with foil-wrapped chocolate dragees. The parcels are tied at either end with blue ribbon. Computer-generated labels with blue lettering and borders display the names of the bride and groom as well as the wedding date. Alternatively, labels might list the names of individual guests, allowing the favors to do double-duty as place cards.
Let guests fete the happy couple with a color-coordinated send-off; the supplies can be handed out before the ceremony or set out at the reception. Silver comes naturally to this mix in the form of tiny wedding bells and metal-stemmed sparklers. Simple embellishments, including ribbon and patterned paper, provide splashes of blue.
Here, subtle color kicks classic up a notch. This all-text engraved invitation feels fresh and cool in a wash of robins's-egg blue, and the simple charcoal-gray typography carries through to the reception and reply cards for a refined and unified look. The modernized wording identifies both sets of parents hosting a somewhat less formal event as they invite guests to share in their mutual joy. Dominique invitation by Haute; we lined the white envelopes by hand in two coordinating colors of crosshatched Cafe paper by Martha Stewart Crafts.
A halo of silver-and-green foliage surrounds billowy garden roses and just-blossoming scilla. Velvety lamb's ear and dusty miller commingle with the plumes of two kinds of grasses and ethereal skeleton leaves that flutter with every step. The bouquet is accented with a vintage metallic ribbon (from Tinsel Trading).
These favors are decorated with elongated letters. Print monogram onto rectangular papers; trim with scalloping scissors. Wrap cardboard cylinders with layers of tissue paper; top with monogrammed paper, and secure with double-sided tape. Tie one end with rickrack. Fill with candy, and tie off.
Robin and Matt's guest book is made from large sheets of paper that were cut, folded, and then stitched together. Miniature envelopes in light blue, muted gray, and ivory were adhered to the pages with double-sided tape, so that friends and family could slip personal notes inside of them and then seal the envelopes with stickers in contrasting colors.