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A Grand Entrance
Let guests know they’re walking into a good time by filling the foyer of your reception space with balloons reminiscent of the fizz in sparkling vino. Ask your photographer to hang out in the wings and capture everyone’s arrival on film.
Shindigz latex balloons (amazon.com). The bride is wearing a Monique Lhuillier “Flutter” gown (moniquelhuillier.com). The flower girls are wearing (from far left) a Marie-Chantal “Princess” dress (mariechantal.com) and Nellystella “Mimi” dresses (Yoya, yoyanyc.com).
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If Dom Perignon is the king of Champagne, then our suite is the king of stationery. Its crest motif and calligraphy pay homage to his majesty’s label, and the cheerful fonts and phrasing will get friends in the party spirit.
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A Refreshing Tablescape
Elegant and indulgent, these Champagne towers only look expensive. When constructed with rental coupes (these are from Party Rental Ltd., partyrentalltd.com) and filled with one of our tasty, reasonably priced suggestions, they cost less than many floral centerpieces. Or, use flickering candles in place of Champagne. Plus, with this clever tablescape, you don’t need waiters to descend with glasses before the toast -- and there’s plenty for seconds.
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Let’s face it, even grilled cheese tastes ah-may-zing when paired with Champagne. But certain culinary flavors really play up the wine’s crispness, so consider working one of these delicacies into your menu. For example, celery root custard, served in repurposed caviar jars topped with our labels, is crowned with -- what else? -- caviar (try tasty and affordable American sturgeon).
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Raw oysters with migonette gelee, made with both Champagne and champagne vinegar, are no less indulgent.
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Blue cheese gougeres have a hint of bubbly in the batter.
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Tempt taste buds toward the end of the night with our Citrus Fizz, a mix of Champagne and fruit. To make it, scoop the flesh from part of an orange, leaving behind a bowl-shaped peel. Candy it, and then fill with citrus segments and top with sparkling wine.
Stephen Russell citrine and diamond earrings (212-570-6900). De Beers ring (debeers.com).
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While you could have everyone spray you with Champers as you make your way up the aisle as newlyweds, that might get messy -- and a little too World Series locker room. Instead, invite friends to uncork Champagne-confetti cannons and shower the air with paper as you pass by. Leave one between each ceremony seat (save-on-crafts.com).
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Send each couple home with a customized goody box bearing a split for two, flutes, and Champagne-flavored candies.
The Details: Dufeck double wine box (dufeckwood.com) stamped with a Stampworx-2000 custom stamp (stampworx2000.biz). CB2 “Simplicity” flutes (cb2.com). Piper-Heidsieck Brut (astorwines.com). Goelitz “Champagne Bubbles” candies (groovycandies.com).
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An Ebullient Bar
To designate party central, hang candlelit glass globes as an ode to the lively climb of Champagne bubbles. It’s easy -- just suspend them from the ceiling with thumbtacks and clear thread.
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A Luxurious Bouquet
Carry a clutch of pale garden roses, orchids, gomphrena, Champagne grapes, and flowing passion vine (it’s less brittle than grapevine but looks similar) down the aisle. At the reception, display it in an ice bucket in lieu of a vase.
Love this one? Add William Yeoward’s crystal “Karen” version to your registry (williamyeowardcrystal.com).
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