When everyone’s poring over (and pinning) the same wedding ideas, it’s time for some fresh inspiration! Use our one-of-a-kind suggestions to create a bold, new big day.
White is lovely, but it’s not the only option—there’s a whole rainbow out there. This ethereal silk-taffeta “Judith” gown by Tara LaTour stands out and serves as a stunning something blue. Plus, the designer will customize the neckline style—straight, sweetheart, or otherwise—to your liking.
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Transport your wedding guests to a magical place by lining the entryway to the ceremony with flowering branches. These tall glass cylinders, which we painted gray, can hold cherry, birch, or any seasonal flowering option. For a leafy experience, go sans blooms. Choose bare boughs for a rustic effect, or spray-paint them white or metallic for a winter celebration. At the reception, use them again to flank the entrance, bar, or escort-card table.
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You'll be the talk of the town before saying "I do" with our customizable newspaper program. First, download our template. Then, personalize it with photos and anything from the story of how you met to the inside scoop on the reception’s festivities (here, the back page gives a heads-up about the artist who will be drawing everyone’s portrait). Send the file to a printer so they can turn it into a New York Times–size souvenir that guests will find on their ceremony seats.
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Who says a bouquet has to be dainty and round? This jaw- dropping four-footer stays light and airy thanks to naturally curving spirea vines (baby birch branches would work nicely, too). The flowers include lightweight clematis, bleeding hearts, jasmine, and scabiosas, and two kinds of roses on top. The fragrant blossoms will leave a lingering scent as you walk down the aisle.
Johanna Johnson “Kennedy” gown.
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Start a Pin Party
An escort card bearing a vintage initial pin can double as a fun favor. Inexpensive metal varieties can be found on Etsy, Ebay, Amazon, or at flea markets. To make them look cohesive, give each two coats of enamel paint in your day-of colors. Then, secure them to card stock printed with attendees’ names and assigned table numbers.
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Embrace One Color
There’s something sensational about a singular palette. To get this look at your reception, pick a favorite shade and partner it with like-minded flowers and fabrics. Head to Party Rental Ltd. for inexpensive linens—they have myriad options to match your scheme. Then, spray-paint a few items, like these vases and the faux-apple favors, to coordinate. Mask off a band at the top of the vessels with tape, and spray-paint to achieve the dipped effect.
Herdmar “Perugia Sandblast” flatware (available at pickardchina.com). CB2 glass vases. “Green Delicious” foam apples, barnardltd.com. Montana Gold spray paint in Frozen Strawberry, artistspraycolor.com. “La Marie” chair, taylorcreativeinc.com.
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Go Beyond the Photo Booth
You could capture the good times on film, but why not hire a local artist to draw each guest’s portrait? It’s fun for everyone to watch them take shape, and they’ll go home with their very own Mona Lisa. In the New York City area, you can tap artist Bil Donovan. outside the Big Apple, contact the Society of Illustrators or nearby art schools for suggestions.
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Instead of one giant traditional cake, serve a variety of little ones—either one per table, or a few to offer a delirious choice of flavors. Ordering smaller, unique confections from a local bakery is likely to be a more budget-friendly alternative. Everybody will get a kick out of the spectacle of the waitstaff making a grand entrance with the goodies aloft.