This isn't your grandmother's floral: Cowtan & Toutâ€™s â€śLe Rosierâ€ť fabric takes a classic motif from sort-of-prim to oh, so pretty. With the help of a staple gun, the material covers an Oriental Furniture room divider and plays muse to the garden roses, ivy, dahlias, and trailing amaranthus that fill silver vessels on the table.
Oversize floral patterns were all the rage in the 1960s, and they still wow today. Here, a Marimekko â€śPieni Unikko iiâ€ť runner sets the table -- and the scene. Huge real blooms, including chrysanthemums in two different colors and anemones, float solo in Mud Australia bowls (shophorne.com). Dual-purpose Paper to Petal â€śMari-poppiflowerâ€ť place-card favors sit atop yellow-edged Dibbern â€śSimplicityâ€ť plates, an ideal pick for a modern girlâ€™s registry (fromtableartonline.com).
Chrysanthemums and anemones come together with dusty miller in one showstopping bridal bouquet. Better yet? "You donâ€™t need to buy lots of flowers to make these displays," says Matthew Robbins, a contributing editor and creative director of Matthew Robbins Design in New York City. â€śA few can provide plenty of impact.â€ť
Liberty of London fabrics were used to create the napkins at each place setting (have a tailor or handy friend cut and hem them to 20-inch squares), and it inspired the flowers on the table. Several Middle Kingdom â€śRed Chamber seriesâ€ť vases -- overflowing with wildflowers, daisies, ranunculus, pink nerines, purple clematis, clover foliage, and muscari -- run the length of the table (globaltable.com). Let each guest take one home as a favor, or place thank-you candies in Paper Mart gift boxes finished with coordinating bows.
No matter where you wed, create an exotic island vibe with lush arrangements that echo vintage palm-frond prints. Here, wooden bowls complement stephanotis vine, fritillaria, clematis, and rubber-plant leaves, and sit atop runners made from Kravet â€śValpor/Dâ€ť fabric that double as place mats (617-449-5501).