Itâ€™s a snap to boost the wow factor of basic white vases -- just add gold. Transform Jamali Floral & Garden Suppliesâ€™ 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 Anneâ€™s lace, black scabiosa, viburnum berries, and alocasia leaves.
You donâ€™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 â€śBlack Diamondâ€ť plates (michaelcfina.com). Noritake â€śPalais Blackâ€ť goblet and wine glass (noritake.com).
Start spreading the news with invitations that put a fun spin on Art Deco design. Debut your colors on letterpress stationery thatâ€™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. Boddingtonâ€™s Studio â€śMr. Poitierâ€ť suite (mrboddington.com).
Whether their game is Go Fish or Texas Hold â€™Em, guests will dig customized cards -- everyone loves a favor theyâ€™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).
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 â€śWinifredâ€ť flats (endless.com). Marchesa box clutch (Bergdorf Goodman, 212-753-7300). Brian Atwood â€śLeeâ€ť feathered boots (brianatwood.com). Christian Louboutin â€śBig Dorcetâ€ť heels with elastic straps (christianlouboutin.com). Jennifer Behr â€śOrchidâ€ť headband (jenniferbehr.com). Moyna â€śChevribâ€ť beaded clutch (moynabags.com). Kate Spade New York â€śGarbâ€ť shoes (couture.zappos.com). Jimmy Choo â€śPrivateâ€ť sandals (jimmychoo.com). Kotur â€śBreenâ€ť minaudiere (from Shirise, 847-835-2595). Bulgari â€śSerpentiâ€ť clutch (bulgari.com).
Get your hands on a big black-and-white bouquet tied with two dramatic ribbons. This clutch of creamy orchids, ranunculus, and Queen Anneâ€™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 â€ťPoppyâ€ť gown (Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, 212-319-6778). Anna Sheffield ring (annasheffield.com).
A watch makes the perfect groomâ€™s gift -- just like your love, heâ€™ll have it for life (aww). These pieces are undeniably distinctive.
Clockwise from top left: Movado â€śMuseum Classicâ€ť (movado.com). Rolex â€śOyster Perpetualâ€ť (rolex.com). Victorinox Swiss Army Original timepiece (800-422-2706). Baume & Mercier â€śClassima Executives 8070â€ť (baume-et-mercier.com). ESQ by Movado â€śFilmoreâ€ť (esqbymovado.com). Frederique Constant â€śSlimline-Dateâ€ť (westtime.com). Longines â€śDolceVitaâ€ť (longines.com).
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 youâ€™re feeling nostalgic.
Trick out your dessert bar with miniature morsels so extraordinary, theyâ€™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?