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11 Fresh Ways to Use Cutout Designs in Your Wedding

  • Photos by Aaron Dyer
  • Created by Naomi deMañana, Elisabeth Engelhart and Katie Covington

Sometimes it's what you don't see that makes the biggest statement. Cutout designs and graphic patterns create wedding style that really rises to the occasion.

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Leather flower appliqués, easily attached with fabric glue, add whimsy to ladylike white leather gloves by Fratelli Orsini. To avoid a too-busy look, pair them with a simple gown and a monochromatic bouquet—or no bouquet at all.

The Details (pictured above): Leather flower appliqués, from $1 per flower component, customfabricflowers.com. Fratelli Orsini white leather gloves, $125, leatherglovesonline.com.

Welcome Back

This is the sort of dress to choose when you want to impress from every angle: The Angel Sanchez gown's white acrylic "petals" ensure you'll photograph beautifully, even when turned away from the lens.

The Details: Angel Sanchez gown, $7,260, angelsanchezusa.com.

The Big Reveal

The simplest ideas can be the most clever—like this lift-and-look seating chart, made by layering a sheet of heavyweight paper printed with guests' names atop another printed with table numbers. Have a local print shop create both in your wedding colors, then use a craft knife to cut corner flaps before gluing the two together. Continue the visual theme at your guests' tables with place cards in the same shape as the fold (an isosceles right triangle, to be exact).

The Details: Download the customizable template for this cutout seating chart here.

Light Show

Laser-cut accessories are of-the-moment, but hardly one-note: A floral-motif clutch feels flirty and vintage, sandals with varied patterns evoke exotic destinations, and pumps with geometric cutouts are decidedly modern. You could even casually embrace the look on the dance floor with sneakers.

The Details (clockwise from top): Justfab "Ainhoa" high-top sneakers in Nude, $30, justfab.com. Monique Lhuillier "Sasha" patent leather pumps in Blush, $895, moniquelhuillier.com. Paul Andrew "Dasha" patent leather pumps $845, shopbop.com. Via Spiga "Veronika" sandals, $195, viaspiga.com. Alaïa "Vienne" small leather clutch, $860, netaporter.com. Clare V. fold-over clutch in Cream Lace, $235, clarev.com.

Flower Press

How inviting! Guests are bound to say yes to this cheerful wedding stationery, which sets the tone for an upbeat celebration. The cutout-floral motif and sunny backing are perfect for a spring or summer wedding, but a stationer could easily substitute leaf shapes against
 a copper hue for autumn, or snowflakes with midnight blue for winter.

The Details: Alpine Creative Group stationery, price upon request, alpinecreativegroup.com.

Table Your Creativity

Think beyond fresh flowers: Pretty paper, plastic, even leather cutouts make reception tables pop. This garden-inspired pendant light (on the left) is fashioned from white sheet plastic; hang a few above family-style tables. A napkin tied with perforated leather trim a modern plate, and a triangular place card make a fun, contemporary setting (on the right).

The Details: Pendant light, $93, tordboontje.com. Leather trim, $8/yd., leatherimpact.com.

Get Crafty

Delicate flowers—created with an assortment of craft punches for different effects—enliven glass candleholders; lightweight paper and vellum let the light shine through. On the right, roman-numeral table numbers feel very New World when cut from yellow paper: Simply fold 
it into tent shapes and secure with double-sided tape.

The Details: Vellum paper, 8 1/2" by 11", in Pastel Green and Pastel Pink, $19 for 100 sheets, paperandmore.com. Martha Stewart craft punches, from $6, amazon.com. Roman-numeral table numbers, template available here.

That's a Wrap

Patterned craft punches can jazz up wrapping for favors that are anything but cookie-cutter—although cutout cookies, particularly ones that echo your wedding motif, are also a crowd-pleaser! Reinforce the shapely theme by repurposing larger punched-out paper pieces as tags and using the smaller ones as confetti: Pack them in tiny envelopes and hand them out to guests preceremony, to toss as you make your way back down the aisle.

The Details: Confetti envelope DIY available here.

Cutting Garden

Fondant flowers are scattered across these four tiers in an artfully random way, much as they would grow in nature. The base layer of green fondant and select blooms hand-painted with edible dust add dimension and color.

The Details: Cake by Jason Schreiber.

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