Wedding Colors: Honey and Wheat
Artisanal honeys are displayed atop honeycomb-shaped labels identifying their variety. Serve in clear vessels that showcase their color spectrum, from pale champagne to deep amber. Cheeses, clockwise from top: Abbaye Sainte Mere, a soft French washed-rind cheese; Petit Langres, a buttery French washed-rind from Champagne; Boerenkaas, a hard Dutch Gouda; and Valencay, a crumbly French goat cheese. Wheat crackers, Miller's Damsels, specialty stores nationwide.
Quench guests' thirst with heaven-sent libations: honey-spiked cocktails (including a mocktail!), wheat beer, tequila shots, and dessert wine.
Outstanding in Their Field
A bridal bouquet of roses, peonies, wheat, astilbe, button mums, Deutzia rosea, passion vine, oak leaf, hydrangea, and yarrow is dominated by creamy white with pale-yellow accents and shot through with gold. The stems are wrapped in woven ribbon with a subtle honeycomb pattern. 55 millimeter waxed braid (No. 0363, color 12), Boutonnieres of wheat, zinnias, roses, astilbe, and button mums have an effortless appeal and are as handsome as they are beautiful. A head wreath overflowing with roses, zinnias, button mums, Deutzia rosea, wheat stalks, and astilbe, finished with ribbons braided together, is every flower girl's fantasy. 7 millimeter picot taffeta ribbons (No. 1548K, in colors 14, 39, and 60), A bridesmaid bouquet that echoes the bride's with its wildflower effect is wrapped with tightly braided ribbon. 9 millimeter suede trimming ribbon (No. 2905, color 12), All ribbons by Mokuba New York, 212-869-8900.
The airiness of organza and tulle is offset by a bold crystal necklace shaped like a wreath of wheat. Tawny bridesmaid dresses are black tie-ready in floor-length satin and more casual as a cocktail dress or separates. Halter-neck gown (No. 2748) in Venetian gold, Vivian Diamond for Dessy Collection, dessy.com. Dress (No. 373) in copper/creme, Bari Jay, barijay.com. Top and skirt, Sarah Seven, sarahseven .com. "Diane" wedding gown, and necklace, Vera Wang, verawangonweddings.com. "Harper" heels, J.Crew, jcrew.com. Dress, Vincente Villarin, firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Put on one of the next three pairs of earrings -- they're like languorous drops of hone for the ears. Leaf earrings, by Cathy Waterman, from Ylang 23, ylang23.com
By Gurhan, from Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, 212-940-2163.
Gold-plated earrings, Miriam Haskell, miriamhaskell.com.
It's in the Bag
The options are endless, whether you're craving a golden oldie or a modern metallic. 1. "Indira" long, rounded clutch, Amanda Pearl, amandapearl.com. 2. "Gigi" metal mesh clutch, Felix Rey, felixrey.com. 3. "Dominique" chiffon rosette clutch, Inge Christopher, ingechristopher.com. 4. "Palm Beach" clutch, Barneys New York, barneys.com. 5. "Bee-line" slender minaudiere, Judith Leiber, 212-223-2999. 6. Handwoven brass minaudiere, by Celestina, from Vivre, vivre.com. "Palette Y" Collector Powder for the Complexion, Yves Saint Laurent, yslbeautyus.com. Signature Hydra Lustre lipstick, Estee Lauder, esteelauder .com. 7. "Intrecciato Boudoir" knot bag, Bottega Veneta, bottegaveneta.com. 8. Mustard clutch, by Deepa Gurnani, from Aspasia's Boutique, 201-432-7600. 9. Antique shagreen minaudiere, by R & Y Augousti, from Vivre, vivre.com. 10. "Creel" basket-weave minaudiere, Kotur, koturltd.com
Gift guests with wheat-print notepads wrapped in a honey-hued band and our thank-you clip art. Notepad and band, Jenny Pennywood, jennypennywood.com