Compotes of glistening fruit, which adorned the tables at Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell's elegant reception, are easy-to-make centerpieces.
To get the look, dip the fruit (pears and grapes also work well) in beaten egg whites, coat in coarse white sugar (supplyvillage.com), and leave the lemons on a bed of sugar to dry. Then, pile them in a footed dish with lemon leaves. As a finishing touch, make complementary table numbers by gluing Miyuki transparent yellow "Delicas" beads onto folded card stock (artbeads.com).
For bride Elizabeth Gottfried's wedding to Stephane Colling, she asked her baker to model a cake after her Oscar de la Renta dress. The resulting fondant masterpiece received the same oohs and aahs as her satin frock.
Consider immortalizing an attribute of your own dress -- be it a rosette or reimagined sash.
Madeleines were at the heart of Annie Sullivan and Oliver Cobb's Parisian-style dessert bar, but the couple went above and beyond laying them out on a platter.
Make their pineapple-shaped presentation your own by covering a foam form in rolled fondant and attaching the shell-shaped sponge cakes with thin wooden skewers.
Michelle Levinson and Devon Fagel showed us how putting a fern motif on repeat can create a cohesive look.
This lush clutch of ferns (here with parrot tulips) is a winner for two reasons: It's inexpensive, and it works for weddings year-round. Bound with two creamy ribbons, the rich textures and colors provide a refreshing alternative to hothouse blooms.
Hyman Hendler & Sons grosgrain ribbon; Mokuba New York 38mm silk taffeta ribbon (212-869-8900).
A boxful of goodies, like the ones at Melissa McElhatton and Sam Davis Jr.'s fete, looks as great as it tastes when you match the sugary finds to your palette.
Jewelry box and tissue paper from Paper Mart; Indian hand-swirled marbled paper from Creative Papers Online; French satin ribbon from Midori; Taffy from Mehlenbacher's; Rock candy from Groovy Candies; Raspberry candy sticks from 4greatcandy.com.
Crafty bride Eunice Moyle set the scene at right by hanging colorful, handmade pom-poms from the tent’s ceiling.
To make your own, simply dunk large, inexpensive coffee filters in a dye-filled bucket. Then toss the colored filters in your dryer for a few minutes for a textured look, or let them air-dry for a more ruffled effect. Stack 12 together, and connect the layers by pulling a needle and thread through the center. Use your fingers to fluff up the edges, and then string them on fishing line with a needle.
Nothing says "celebrate" like confetti! Follow the lead of Jeanette Fisher and Nicholas Dovas, who were feted with tiny Creatology pom-poms (michaels.com for stores). We also like Party City’s "Festive Party" dot confetti for its vast array of colors. Pour them into ClearBags glassine envelopes (clearbags.com), and have the small parcels passed out as everyone is leaving your I do's.