Think pink is only for girly girls? Pair it with a sophisticated shade, such as copper, navy, or gray, and you've suddenly got yourself a palette that feels pretty and feminine, yes, but also tailored and refined. Here, we reinvent the hue for the modern bride.
When delicate pinks blend with fiery shades of copper, your decor takes on luxurious depth. To create tables that seem plucked from a romantic painting, we supplemented the copper and rose tones with a lush centerpiece of roses, dahlias, mums, scabiosa, bittersweet, pieris seed heads, beech foliage, and gilded leaves. "Golden Garden" buffet plate and dinner plate, both Villeroy & Boch. "Badminton" wallpaper, de Gournay.
Copper's burnished sheen seems miles away from pink's quiet grace, but only at first glance. In reality, the hues are tethered by warm red tones and softened with the shimmer of light on metal. No wonder we're smitten.
Cultivate this palette in your floral arrangements by intermingling plums, black grapes, ball dahlias, and begonia leaves with more familiar pink floral fare. To work the elegant combination into your dinner decor, opt for escort cards with a design as crisp as navy itself -- like these at left. 50-millimeter moire satin ribbon, Mokuba New York, 212-869-8900.
A structured bolero offers a dramatic way to cover up bare shoulders during a ceremony. Other modern takes on bridesmaid traditions: a clutch that matches blossom-adorned heels, "Tulip" dress, Simple Silhouettes. Bolero, The English Dept. "Francoise" clutch, Christian Louboutin. "Critia" sandals, Nina
Proper? Preppy? Playful? This palette has multiple personalities -- just pick a pattern and tie one on.
Whether your groom's style is fashion-forward or completely classic, there's something here to suit his taste. 1. Pink bow tie, Vivre. 3. "McCartney Flower" tie, Thomas Pink. 4. Silk tie, Hickey Freeman. 5. "Byron Stripe" tie, Thomas Pink. 6. Classic polka-dot bow tie, by Timo Weiland, from revolveclothing.com. 7. Custom bow tie, Tie Crafters; fabric (#1459), by Liberty of London, from B&J Fabrics. 8. Pink rib-stripe bow tie, Ascot Chang.
Set against a whispering shade of gray, pink is soft and delicate. Like the perfect wedding, the charming combination is warm and fuzzy -- and yet totally chic.
Enhance the nostalgic feel with lace motifs, sweeping calligraphy, and antique-looking nautical and Shakespearean stamps. Paper, by Arturo Fine Stationery, from Legion Paper. Calligraphy, by Bernard Maisner Calligraphy & Fine Stationery.
This palette is the perfect canvas for family heirlooms and vintage touches. Infuse classic elements (a lace dress, a gray wool suit) with unexpected bursts of high-energy color -- like hot-pink lipstick and nail polish.
Garden roses, nerines, tillandsias, dusty miller, leucadendrons, and dahlias -- in cool, quiet colors -- make your bridal bouquet feel as timeless as an old wedding photo. Gown, Judd Waddell. "Exclusive" ring, Chopard. Suit, by Thom Browne, from Bergdorf Goodman, 888-774-2424.
These tiny treasures emit a rosy glow. Clockwise from top left: "Two Stone Lovers" ring, by Marie-Helene de Taillac, from Twist. Agate earrings, Erie Basin. Diamond earrings, by Karen Bizer Fine Jewelry, from Mitchells Richards. Cuff, Tejani. Pink sapphire ring, Melissa Joy Manning. "Berry" earrings, Ted Muehling. Coral earrings, by Cathy Waterman, from Barneys New York, 888-222-7639. Crystal earrings, by Janis Savitt, from Bergdorf Goodman, 888-774-2424. Brooch, De Vera.
Pink and brown make a sophisticated couple. For a formal wedding, chocolate-brown accents will give rose and watermelon pinks a classic loveliness. Sticking to deeper shades of brown is best, since lighter hues such as tan could make pink look too casual and washed-out.
For these simple packages, we used paper in rose and chocolate brown. Stamp tissue for one-of-a-kind wrapping.
The cheery mood of this reception table comes from the fresh style and colors of the centerpieces and favors. We used fabrics and flowers in a range of tones, from pale to saturated, giving the room a soft glow. The arrangements are azaleas snipped from potted plants; you'll get more blooms for the price that way. At each place, inside the folds of the napkin, is a prettily boxed favor (a macaroon); a place card leans against it.
Carrying your colors through to the drinks and food is unexpected and elevates simple refreshments to wedding fare. A display set up, either at the reception or before it, lets guests help themselves. Mint limeade and pink lemonade in glass containers are identified with computer-printed labels attached to ribbon with double-sided tape. The sweets -- iced sugar cookies -- match the plaid trim and monogram on the tablecloth. An airy garland is strung with paper flowers.