Good Things: Winter 2009
Make a Statement
Many brides save their bouquets, but dried flowers can look a tad Miss Havisham. Instead, turn the ribbon used for the stems into a keepsake by having your vows printed on it.
Read It and Weep
Guests prone to waterworks at weddings could use one of these: a ceremony program that doubles as a tissue cache.
Here's the secret to getting on the Most Stylish list: Keep it simple (use basic invitations) and add one bold twist (embellish with fabric, for instance).
Bring out the kid in your guests with a confectionary classic. To take cotton candy from state fair to wedding-worthy, have your caterer match the frothy spun sugar to your palette.
If love is like a rose, then these mango tartlets resembling the romantic blooms are truly the food of love -- minus the thorns.
Think of it as a gift that doesn't need to be unwrapped: small slivers of vegetables usually found on a crudite platter, tied with an edible ribbon.
This modern nod to luminarias -- paper bags with votives inside -- updates the look with chic stripes printed onto vellum and wrapped around straight-sided square glass vases.
Taming of the Shoe
Brides-to-be have a new reason to kick up their heels. Known for her winsomely feminine dresses and shoes, New York City-based designer Lela Rose has found a way to make her high-end creations accessible in this less-than-stellar economy: She's launching a line of wedding heels and flats with Payless this February.
Is the pink on that perfume label your perfect shade of rouge? Then send a photograph or other representation of the color you love to Three Custom Color Specialists, and they'll blend an eye-shadow, blush, or lipstick just for you.
Pretty fabric butterflies transform a plain-Jane cake into a marvelous tiered wonder -- and there's nary a pastry tip in sight.
Give a glimpse of the favors inside with monogram-punched boxes.
You're not the type to have a closet full of neutrals. Wouldn't it be great if your engagement ring reflected your penchant for color? Shown here: Yellow radiant 3.03 carat, Beaudry.
Yellow "kotlar cushion" 4.75 carat, Harry Kotlar & Co.
Pink cushion 11.84 carat, De Beers, $18 million.
Yellow 10.09 carat, Christopher Designs.
Yellow radiant 2.46 carat, Simon G, $30,590.
Pear-shaped purple-pink 3.49 carat, Leviev.
Yellow emerald-cut 9.82 carat, Harry Winston.
Pink cushion, Tiffany & Co., $2.6 million.
Fidelity collection 0.74 carat pink, Kwiat, $13,700, 212-725-7777.
Instead of abandoning your centerpieces to an uncertain post-party fate, encourage guests to tote them home -- they wanted to anyway -- by setting out centerpieces that double as favors.