Fate smiled on you two when you found each other. And these chic twists on auspicious day-of traditions are meant to keep the good fortune coming, as long as you both shall live.
In Japanese legend, cranes are thought to mate for life—and to live 1,000 years— making them a powerful symbol of fidelity. Traditionally, the father of the bride gives sen bazaru, 1,000 origami cranes, to use as wedding décor. As luck would have it, they make a gorgeous ceremony marker on tree limbs, though you could also turn a smaller group into place cards.
The Details: Large white cranes, $27 for 100; small white cranes, $22 for 100; small gold cranes, $18 for 50, all from KeikisPaperfolds.Etsy.com.
Play Your Numbers
Don't just set a date—set your fate by choosing one that promises good fortune. Every culture has divine digits. For example, since the letters that make up the Hebrew word for life, "chai," are numerically associated with 18, that number's considered advantageous in Judaism. This makes 2018 an opportune year to celebrate. And if your date, like this couple's (04-14-18), adds up to 36—double chai! Select a significant day, or find something promising about the one you've already picked: Maybe the moon will be waxing, a sign of abundance to come. Or if the date includes a prime number, like 5 or 11, it's indivisible, as every couple should be.
Charm Them All
It's always the sweetest part of the evening, but to make the cake even more enchanting, we've reworked the southern tradition of "cake pulls"—fortune-telling charms on ribbons that each bridesmaid tugs out of the confection—to give guests a peek at the future. Have a cake with trinkets hidden within brought to every table, along with a key explaining the prediction each bauble makes: Refer to ours above, or conjure up some yourself.
The Details: Cake pulls: Fortune cookie, $2.50; bells, $4 for 12; key, $1.20; horseshoe, $2.50; pacifier, $2.50, all from TohoShoji-ny.com. Eiffel Tower, $13 for 2; Swarovski crystal drop, $4.25; fleur de lis, $3.50 for 10; star, $6 for 4; tiny star, $4 for 10, all from FireMountainGems.com; globe, 90¢, Metalliferous.com.