This winning pair makes everything look soft and elegant.
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Milky whites, tea-stained ivories, and tawny taupes: These are the shades that go with everything and come from everywhere. We love how combining the understated hues can set just about any scene, from romantic and rustic to minimalist and sleek.
The Details: Astier de Villatte “Fillette” teacup and saucer, $122, 212-677-3917.
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Spread the Word
If any news deserves the all-caps treatment, it’s the details of your banner day. In a range of creams and whites that highlight its bold black font, this suite is simple yet full of personality. Its R.S.V.P. card practically booms with excitement, and the need-to-know enclosure is anything but an afterthought when it’s flat-printed onto a vellum sheet and folded into a cool geometric shape. Go ahead and shout your joy from the rooftops (or the envelope, as the case may be).
The Details: “Eleanor” invitations, price upon request; inhauspress.com.
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How’s this for brilliant? These geode-inspired DIY lanterns can line your ceremony aisle, point the path to the reception, designate the dance floor—you name it. Besides being crazy-versatile, the lightweight beacons are a cinch to construct.
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Carry a Creamy Clutch
You’ll positively float down the aisle when holding this airy, ethereal bouquet, which gets its loose, organic feel from the fluffiest of flowers (lisianthus and peonies) as well as the daintiest (clematis and astilbes). The mix of white and ivory blooms makes the posy look fresh, and the inclusion of not-so-bridal selections, such as smoke bush and rice flowers, gives it off-the-beaten-aisle appeal, too. A gauzy white ribbon ties everything together into an arrangement that glows as brightly as you do.
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Keep It Short
As this look proves, above-the-knee dresses are smashing any time of the year, whether for the bride or her littlest attendant. That’s especially true when a tactile, white-on-white pattern adds visual interest. Up the style factor even further (and in winter, fight the wind chill) with a swinging, ’60s-inspired coat that Jackie O. would have adored.
The Details (from left): Monique Lhuillier “Dee” dress, $1,700, and coat, $2,600; moniquelhuillier.com. Lindsey Berns “Embroidered Rosette” dress, $110; lindseyberns.com. Bionda Castana “Lama” pumps, $655; biondacastana.com.
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Think Outside the Vase
A reception table doesn’t have to have a boatload of flowers to be beautiful. As long as the items on it are delightful to look at (and, in this case, set a serenely chic scene), guests will be clamoring for their seats. Here, an unexpectedly harmonious collection of hard-boiled eggs, hard and soft cheeses, and artisanal bread show how farm-to-table fare can morph from dinner to décor. Use softly textured linens, gleaming rose-gold flatware, and a few curious artifacts (check out the mushroom coral and mini mushrooms in the center), and the tablescape becomes a feast for the eyes, too.
The Details: “Classic” plates in white onyx, $104 each, and “Marlstone” tray (used as butter dish), $44; meadowbirch.com. Flatware, $130 for a 5-piece setting, and “White Dipped” wooden tray, $75; michelevarian.com. Mushroom coral, $10; seashellcity.com.
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Make Their Mouths Water
We love a towering wedding cake display, but there’s more than one way to sweeten the deal at your reception, as is made clear by the following creations by contributing editor and New York City caterer Peter Callahan. Consider offering an on-palette choice of tiny treats, each of which is a small showstopper in its own right. Have waiters distribute the mini marvels post-dinner, and expect a big reaction from delighted guests.
First up? We have Italy to thank for the affogato—a scoop of vanilla ice cream surrounded by hot espresso, with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stir stick for good measure.
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Serve Up a Sugary Sammie
The ice cream sandwich gets a marvelous makeover with fudge-swirl ice cream layered between peanut butter cookies.
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Share a Snackable Sweet
A scoop on a cone is an all-ages crowd-pleaser; our diminutive version features brown-sugar ice cream and a sugar cone edged with coarse salt.
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Pass a Banana Boat
Everything’s cuter in miniature, including a banana split made with a baby banana, macadamia nut ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted almonds.
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Spotlight Your Besties
Ask your bridesmaids to pick ensembles that stick to the neutral zone and they’re sure to find dresses they’ll wear again. And if your aunt Bea balks at a wedding party in white (or ecru!), reassure her: No one will confuse them for the bride if they’re wearing short and you’re in long.
The Details (from left):
1. Erin Fetherston “Tippy” dress, $245; nordstrom.com. Sandy Leong Jewelry “Halo” horn bangle, $350; sandyleongjewelry.com. Serpui minaudiére, $670; farfetch.com. Bionda Castana “Langley” sandals, $905; biondacastana.com.
2. Joanna August “8th Ave Short” dress in All Tomorrow’s Parties, $250; joannaaugust.com. Alexis Russell Jewelry opal studs, $198; alexisrussell.com. Melanie Auld “Modern Deco” howlite ring, $165; melanieauld.com. Topshop sandals, $95; topshop.com.
3. Kirribilla “Beatrix” dress in winter white, $450; kirribilla.com. Charlotte Lebeck pearl ring, $100; charlottelebeck.com. Ariel Gordon “Dual Birthstone” rings, $250 each; arielgordonjewelry.com. Zoë Chicco 14k-gold bangles, $1,070 for 3; zoechicco.com. Charlotte Olympia “Desiree” pumps, $900; charlotteolympia.com.
4. Jill Jill Stuart “Venise” cocktail dress, $388; jilljillstuart.com. White + Warren “Travel” wrap in Meusli Heather, $298; whiteandwarren.com. Lumo for Visible Interest “Tiny Pearl” earrings, $155; visibleinterest.com. GiantLion quartz ring, $110; craftandculture.com. Aoko Su herkimer-diamond ring, $149; craftandculture.com. Diane von Furstenberg “Bethany” heels, $325; amazon.com.
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Tickle Their Taste Buds
As a twist on end-of-night takeaways, appeal to guests’ savory sides. Wrap flavorful treats such as tea or spices in clever packaging. (A garlic saver as a keepsake box? Genius, especially for a Tuscan-style dinner!) Affix a tag in your signature font and you’ve got a gourmet favor they’ll truly savor.
The Details (clockwise from top left): Mini noodle box (without tassle), $20 for 50; bioandchic.com. Garlic saver, $4; pearlriver.com. Round wooden “Saga” baking boxes, $10 for 10; bioandchic.com. “Chinese Juan Silk Un-Mounted” paper in white, $19.50/yd; nycentralart.com. “Sweet Origami” favor boxes, $39 for 6 (without strip and twine); mycrazyhands.com.