By taking two loose ends and turning them into an inseparable whole, knots have become a classic symbol of marriage—and they're as stunning as they are strong. Here are chic ways to fill your day with the ties that bind.
Knotted Flower Girl Shrug
There's not much cuter than a little girl with a big bow. At a winter wedding, up your flower girl's game with a cozy faux-fur wrap fastened with a bright ribbon.
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A figure-eight knot laced through your programs previews just what guests are about to witness. At your ceremony, consider the ancient ritual of handfasting, in which the officiant recites a prayer while wrapping the bride and groom's wrists together with ribbon.
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Knotty by Nature
You can make all kinds of elegant knots to elevate these day-of essentials. To start, wrap the bride’s bouquet with a broad swath of velvet and then interlace two metallic ropes on top in the aptly named true lover's knot. Secure bands to a ring pillow with a basic knotted silk string. Enlist a figure-eight knot of thick cord for the groom’s bout, a knotted strip of gold vinyl for the best man's, and slipped-square-knotted gold cords for the other gents' pins. Finish the bridesmaid's nosegay with a velvet ribbon tied in a slip knot.
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If you're worried that dressing on-theme might be a tad too-too, get an eyeful of this super-stylish satin creation by Katie Ermilio. The strapless bustier-topped gown segues into a fishtail skirt below and comes with a removable sash whose bow can be positioned in the front, back, or just off-center. For bonus points, keep jewelry in the loop, too, with subtly knotted accessories.
The Details: Katie Ermilio gown, F14-114-905, $3,750, katieermilio.com. Jennifer Fisher "Double Ribbon" brass cuff, $390, jenniferfisherjewelry.com.
Finn "Large Love Knot" ring, $4,850, finnjewelry.com.
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A fashion-y topknot or low bun—both would be ballerina-beautiful as your wedding-day 'do and would complement most gown styles. For the sleek look here, hairstylist Sophie Haig worked a few drops of shine serum through the model's hair, then brushed it back into a low ponytail. She loosely coiled the ponytail around the elastic and pulled the end through the middle of the bun, securing the knot with pins and setting it with hair spray.
The Details: Jennifer Fisher "Large Knot" brass earrings, $200, jenniferfisherjewelry.com.
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Tie One On
Sometimes the easiest projects have the most eye-catching results. The escort cards above require nothing more than paper, pen, and your hands. Cut card stock into 2-by-16 1/2-inch strips. Calligraph guests' names on one end, flip over the paper, and write their table number on the other end. Finish by folding paper into a basic knot.
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Mark your spots as the celebratory sweethearts by diagonally wrapping silk-taffeta sashes over chairs. We sewed lengths of maroon and red taffeta together for contrast, and then tied them in a basic knot in back—the stiffer the fabric, the better it will keep its shape.
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Look closely at this table and you'll spot the subtle, um, tie-in: ribbon-belted vessels. Encircle vases with bands of speckled paper first, then secure them with slip-knotted vinyl ribbons. Metal-rimmed china and gold flatware and shakers add gleam to the scene, while groupings of peonies, roses, clematis, begonias, scabiosa, and smoke bush burst with color.
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It's what's inside that counts, true. But it's also a fact that the prettier the package, the more gratifying the gift. Some ideas for fab favors: Tie velvet ribbons around juicy plums, present swirly cardamom buns in shapely containers, or finish wrapped boxes of candy with grosgrain ribbons printed with your wedding date.
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Finish a minimal, modern fondant cake with a flourish of airy ribbon for a look that's tops. We loosely knotted a length of netting and pinned it to the tiers with toothpicks (you could also use royal icing). To sweeten the deal, serve cake with kir royales, each garnished with a blackberry speared onto a—you guessed it—knotted swizzle stick.