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There’s only one fabric that says tradition, luxury, and “let’s have Champagne!” all at once: velvet. The classic cloth is a swank choice for easy-to-make party details. Here, we collected our favorite ways—from DIY boutonnieres to a cake topper—to feature the smooth material.
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Set the scene for a formal affair with escort cards that adorably separate the ladies from the gents: Women’s seating assignments have handmade bows pinned at the top, like hair accessories, while men’s are at the bottom, à la neckties.
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Vintage millinery flowers—some here date back to the ’40s—will add a dash of handsome to men’s lapels. We topped off the old-school look with something new: a coordinating ribbon.
Tip: Match purples with gray suits, yellows with navy and black.
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Good Taste, Any Way You Slice It
As long as we’re talking about velvet, we can’t think of a more fitting dessert for a wedding than red velvet cake. This one, made by Baked in Brooklyn, gets its crimson hue from the traditional mix of food coloring and cocoa (other recipes rely on Coca-Cola). The flavor has Southern origins—some bakers link its current popularity back to the armadillo groom’s cake in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias—but it’s a red-hot way to add a splash of color wherever you wed.
The Details: Cupcakes, $27 a dozen, and cake, $71 for a 12-inch; bakednyc.com.
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Why not top that cake with arguably everyone’s favorite velvet reference: The Velveteen Rabbit. Include the kids’ book in a way that’s more surprising than a ceremony reading with this cuddly-cute cake topper.
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Rich treats feel even more like an indulgence when finished with a lush bow. Simply stack and tie for a guest gift requiring little time.
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These giveaway goodies come in their very own reusable containers. Wrap a 2-inch ribbon around the base of a tin box and secure with hot glue. Repeat using a 3/8-inch ribbon for the lid, and glue on a bow.
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To make a fresh-smelling velvet favor, cut two 4-by-5-inch rectangles with pinking shears and sew three sides. Fill with balsam, stitch shut, and bind with a bow.
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Sweet Dreams Are Made of These
Send your guests off post-party with favors that will help them get a good night’s rest: a cheeky “Do Not Disturb” sign, pillow-top-worthy chocolates, a cinch-to-sew sleep mask, and a mini bottle of whisky, all held in an embossed drawstring bag.
The Details: Velvet ribbon, #02444, in rust, $2/yd; mjtrim.com. Venchi Mokaccino Triplo Cubigusto chocolates, $17 for 7 oz; chocosphere.com. Velour 5-by-7-inch bag in brown, $6 for 10; pouchmart.com. Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey, $4 for 50 ml, at liquor stores.