To whip up these tiny treats for your reception, bridal shower, or engagement party, simply slice a sheet cake using variously sized biscuit cutters. Level the tops of the cut circles with a serrated knife and decorate with fondant dots and pearl dragées (secured with royal icing). Or, sprinkle on nonpareils by lightly brushing cake top with water and using a piece of vellum with circles punched out as a stencil.
West Elm gold flatware.
Want to make your head table sparkle? Create this impressive chandelier from budget-friendly metal sheets, then use them to elevate glass vases as well. Enlist your bridesmaids to help with this mixed-metal fixture, and you’ll be admiring your collective brilliance all night. We used K&S metal rolls in copper and brass (createforless.com), and mirrored the look with simple vases—just measure sheets to round glass vessels, cut to fit, and attach with foil tape.
Ted Muehling for Nymphenburg “White Coral” plates (erbutler.com).
Put the polka-dot theme on display via a custom ceremony marker or photo-booth backdrop from Pickawall, a handy create-your-own removable-wallpaper site. Choose our circles design at pickawall.com, or upload any photo or graphic you’d like, and they’ll print it supersize on vinyl fabric.
If your dog is playing a part in your big day, make sure they fit the theme by outfitting them in this tulle polka-dot collar.
Your guests will fill the sky on your wedding day with a shower of paper confetti. Playful polka-dot bags will hold confetti until guests are ready to release it. Premade fabric bags are decorated with ink from a circular pad. These make perfectly round impressions. Slip a piece of card stock into the bag to prevent the ink from bleeding through; fabric needs more drying time than paper does.
To ensure that they would have unique keepsake photographs of their guests, one couple set up an outdoor portrait studio made up of lengths of bright floral fabric draped over a clothesline. The photographer chose the background best suited to each subject's outfit, mixing unlike but complementary patterns to create a jubilant, richly textured collection of pictures.
Circles cut from metallic contact paper add a playful touch to an otherwise empty space. Recruit friends to stick them up before the party starts and peel them away after the night winds down.