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It’s a snap to boost the wow factor of basic white vases -- just add gold. Transform Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies’ ceramic containers ($5, jamaligarden.com) with an easy Old World Art Composition gold-leafing kit #831 (dickblick.com). Then fill them with white roses, orchids, Queen Anne’s lace, black scabiosa, viburnum berries, and alocasia leaves.
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You don’t have to be a card shark to appreciate the 007 charm of this letterpress design, which sports a black diamond. It sits in a name card holder that was silver -- that is, until we went all King Midas on it with the same gold-leaf kit mentioned earlier. To prevent a game of musical chairs, glue calligraphed name tags to lengths of ribbon and wrap one around each napkin.
Printing by Print Icon (printicon.com). Crate & Barrel place-card holders (crateandbarrel.com). Calligraphy by Jane Labanz of The Delicate Pen (delicatepen.com). Mokuba New York lace ribbon #65305 (212-869-8900). Royal Limoges “Black Diamond” plates (michaelcfina.com). Noritake “Palais Black” goblet and wine glass (noritake.com).
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Stylize Your Suite
Start spreading the news with invitations that put a fun spin on Art Deco design. Debut your colors on letterpress stationery that’s dressed up for the occasion with a subtle bow-tie illustration (a cheeky wink at the formality of your day). Even the envelope liners sport the motif.
Mr. Boddington’s Studio “Mr. Poitier” suite (mrboddington.com).
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Whether their game is Go Fish or Texas Hold ’Em, guests will dig customized cards -- everyone loves a favor they’ll actually use. Use our design, swap in your details, and send the file to Monogrammatiks (monogrammatiks.com). Then box them up and add a bow.
The Box Depot clear box BC-BX95 (theboxdepot.com). Mokuba New York fashion cord #0957 (212-869-8900).
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Glam It Up
Pair your gown with graphic accessories and hit the aisle red carpet-style. Best-dressed lists, here you come.
Stuart Weitzman pumps (212-759-1570). Loeffler Randall “Winifred” flats (endless.com). Marchesa box clutch (Bergdorf Goodman, 212-753-7300). Brian Atwood “Lee” feathered boots (brianatwood.com). Christian Louboutin “Big Dorcet” heels with elastic straps (christianlouboutin.com). Jennifer Behr “Orchid” headband (jenniferbehr.com). Moyna “Chevrib” beaded clutch (moynabags.com). Kate Spade New York “Garb” shoes (couture.zappos.com). Jimmy Choo “Private” sandals (jimmychoo.com). Kotur “Breen” minaudiere (from Shirise, 847-835-2595). Bulgari “Serpenti” clutch (bulgari.com).
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Go for Bold
Get your hands on a big black-and-white bouquet tied with two dramatic ribbons. This clutch of creamy orchids, ranunculus, and Queen Anne’s lace, peppered with black calla lilies and chocolate cosmos, is eccentric and stunning. A gold-trim collar and striped bow add volume to the posy.
The Details: Tinsel Trading Co. metal trim (tinseltrading.com). Hyman Hendler & Sons vintage ribbon (212-840-8393). Junko Yoshioka ”Poppy” gown (Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, 212-319-6778). Anna Sheffield ring (annasheffield.com).
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Accessories for Him
A watch makes the perfect groom’s gift -- just like your love, he’ll have it for life (aww). These pieces are undeniably distinctive.
Clockwise from top left: Movado “Museum Classic” (movado.com). Rolex “Oyster Perpetual” (rolex.com). Victorinox Swiss Army Original timepiece (800-422-2706). Baume & Mercier “Classima Executives 8070” (baume-et-mercier.com). ESQ by Movado “Filmore” (esqbymovado.com). Frederique Constant “Slimline-Date” (westtime.com). Longines “DolceVita” (longines.com).
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Set out lacquer containers holding cards stamped with lucky talismans, like horseshoes and wishbones, and have guests jot down their sentiments. Post-wedding, keep the boxes on your desk for easy perusal whenever you’re feeling nostalgic.
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Trick out your dessert bar with miniature morsels so extraordinary, they’re edible art. For a breath-catching display, have your caterer line them up on white trays.
From top left: Chocolate crackle cookies, chocolate cookie sandwiches with vanilla cream and gold leaf, crunchy white-chocolate-and-mint cups sprinkled with cookie pieces, coconut-topped chocolate-ganache diamond cakes, vanilla panna cottas with spun sugar and gold leaf (serve these beauties with tiny spoons), and almond meringue kisses dusted with coffee. Is your mouth watering yet?
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