A Purple Wedding
Shrinking violets? Not the riotous ones piped in luscious buttercream on this winningly old-fashioned four-tier cake -- the dainty assortment is too delicious to resist. By Kromer.
Use a pretty monogrammed cake as the pedestal for a cluster of anemones, tulips, lilacs, sweet peas, stephanotis, and allium tied with luxurious taffeta ribbon. Before the first slice is cut, the bride can retrieve the bouquet for the ceremonial toss. By Wendy Kromer.
Tendrils of romantic buttercream wisteria adorn this majestic cake; royal-icing blossoms dangle from the natural, curly willow arbor framing the bride-and-groom topper.
These truffles, made from a rich chocolate ganache dusted in cocoa powder and adorned with miniature blooms, are perfect served after dinner or on a dessert buffet. After all, why not let them eat cake and rich confections, too?
This buttercream cake is elegant enough for any party. Buttercream is versatile and easy to dress up with a romantic dusting of flower petals.
Monogrammed Mini Cake
These monogrammed groom's cakes are tucked into boxes and bound with bows. Guests can take them home to enjoy or to test tradition: It's said that if an unmarried woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow, she will dream of her own wedding.
A loosely gathered offering of heather, wax flowers, lavender sweet peas, Genista, and Tulbaghia creates a rich assortment of deep red and cool lavender.
Cool silver makes bold fuschia shine even brighter! This bouquet combines sweet peas, roses, and feathery astilbe with helichrysum and beaded leaves. To give it a magical shimmer, pink sequins affixed to wire stems are interspersed among the blooms.
This sweeping creation is 18 inches long and comprises hellebores, clematis, gladioli, forget-me-nots, and sweet peas. Its grand dimensions are ideal for a formal occasion; for a more casual event, try paring down the size.
Crisp, star-shaped Astrantia burst forth from a ruff of gathered silk. The symmetrical shape of the bouquet's lavender ribbon mimics each circular flower.
In a table setting that evokes an English garden, roses and flowering oregano in mauve tones contrast with succulents (brown-tinged echeverias and trailing crassula) and curly fiddleheads.
Etched Flowerpot Favor
According to tradition, you'll have to wait 15 years to give glass to your spouse as an anniversary gift, but a glass is a perfect present for bridesmaids even before the wedding. Etch a set of tumblers with the bridesmaids' names and a decorative motif, such as a ring of leaves.
Cards in Bloom
Purple and brown paper flowers are a sophisticated way to invite guests to their tables. The leaves show the name and table number in easy-to-read white ink (write information yourself using a gel pen or give finished leaves to a calligrapher).
Deep Mauve Centerpiece
Asian style merges with a woodland air: A palette of purple, brown, and chartreuse looks sumptuous when darker colors reign and lighter ones are accents.
A Relaxing Favor
Although wedding guests are likely to be more relaxed than the bride and groom, they will still have their own share of anxiety and excitement. Soothe them with a set of luxurious toiletries in the most relaxing shade of lavender.
Ensconced in tiny, exquisitely decorated boxes, a few candies or a slice of groom's cake become delightful gifts for guests to take with them at the end of the celebration. Circle pretty purple boxes with a favorite quotation or a romantic poem verse.
Lavender Seating Cards
For an aromatic seating card, two strips of paper -- with the guest's name printed on one end and the table number on the other -- are tied with satin ribbon to lavender wrapped with floral tape.
Decorate groomsmen's lapels with fresh and fabric boutonnieres. The leaves are made of handsome textiles, the patterns mimicking the veins of real leaves. To play on your theme, match the contrasting green sprigs to the bridal bouquet.
Offered as an aperitif or for a toast, this aromatic drink evokes the romance of the South of France with each sparkling sip.
Wisteria Table Favor
Take your favors to the next level by staggering fabric-sealed bags filled with sweets on Styrofoam blocks of varying heights. The packages -- stuffed with candy sticks, taffy, and grape jelly candies -- are set on a copper tray beneath a stately arch of kiwi vines and orchids.