Emerald is the color of the moment in both fashion and home décor, but it's always been a classic to us. We've paired it with jade for fresh wedding ideas that'll have you reconsidering what it means to go green.
If you thought tropical plants only belong beachside, these rich green centerpieces will help you see them in a new way. Floral designer Ariella Chezar grouped ferns, cyclamen leaves, and Christmas cactus in glass vases placed along Mood Fabrics' softly printed "Flamestitch Heart Beat" runner. Gilt-rimmed Herend chargers in mint, beeswax tapers, and gold flatware complete the pretty green scene.
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Green Bridesmaids' Dresses
Let your ladies take cover in an LGD (that's little green dress) they’ll love now and hold onto forever as a cocktail-party go-to. Choose a few hues and a good mix of styles to steer clear of the clone zone.
From left: Shoshanna "Margot" dress; House of Lavande necklace. Twobirds Bridesmaid "Classic Collection" in kelly green; Isharya "Vendome" bangle and "Lily" cuff. Amsale dress; Philippe Ferrandis "Elegance" earrings (swarovski-crystallized.com). Martinique BH wallpaper, (designerwallcoverings.com).
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Get your guests talking about your upcoming affair with Art Deco–inspired green stationery that the great Jay Gatsby and his Champagne-swilling crowd surely would've loved. With its gold lettering and patterned envelope liners, the "Presidio" invitation suite by Dauphine Press announces an event reminiscent of a Roaring Twenties gala, while their sunburst coasters and tasseled tags keep the gilded party going.
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Tightly packed floral bundles are a popular shape, but there’s something especially romantic and modern about a fall-as-it-may bouquet. For this one, mini phalaenopsis, Christmas cactus, and white hydrangeas pop against tropical ferns and dark green stephanotis vines. Go with this flow and add a loosely tied ribbon.
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These fresh fragrances will grab your guests' attention and leave a gorgeous trail in your wake.
From left: Penhaligon's English Fern (beautyhabit.com). Hermès Un Jardin Sur le Toit. Heeley Figuier (aedes.com). Miller et Bertaux Green, Green, Green, and Green #3 (aedes.com). L'occitane Thé Vert & Bigarade. Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert (nordstrom.com). Comme des Garcons Amazingreen.
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This project couldn't be simpler. Hit the flea market for a frame, paint it green, then cut a "Malachite Mineral" sticker to fit. Apply it to a piece of foam core, insert into the frame, then pin guests' names to the front.
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To make this snazzy drinks tray, cut the decal to size, stick it to the bottom of a tray, and voilà! Next, add signature drinks that play up the palette. Cucumber purée gives the Stealth Margarita its hue. White rum, basil simple syrup, and honeydew melon liven up the Garden Daiquiri. This Apple and Rosemary Fizz puts a nonalcoholic spin on the real thing. Garnish Sangria Blanco with slices of star fruit, kiwi, green apple, lime, and whole grapes. An Oyster Shooter gets a kick from Agua Verde (juiced celery, tomatillos, and cucumber) and green-pepper tabasco.
I Love Lucite tray (310-966-0740).
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Spruced Up Style
Nothing elevates a white or ivory gown like a burst of color. Step out in dazzling heels, carry a brilliant bag, or swathe yourself in verdant jewels that'll enliven your look.
Les Néréides for Bhldn "Coolmint" bracelet. Marcia Moran cuff. Anya Hindmarch "Jubilee Bespoke Maud" clutch. Mulberry wallet. Rebecca Minkoff "Vincent" minaudière. Jill Alberts green-onyx-and-diamond earrings (fragments.com). Manolo Blahnik "Hangisi" pump (for special order at 212-582-3007). Oscar de la Renta "Goa" clutch. Casadei suede sandal.
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Need proof that simple can be spectacular? Look up! This flower-free canopy requires only tropical foliage—ferns, philodendron, and jungle fronds, to be exact—to make a striking ceremony marker. Floral wire was used to wrap bunches of leaves around green-painted 4-by-4s. Asymmetry keeps it interesting, and rows of polycarbonate chairs allow for a clear view.
Philippe Starck "Victoria Ghost" chairs, rented from taylorcreativeinc.com