Trust us: Guys will love this combo.
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We know what you're thinking: my fiancé would never allow a pink wedding color palette. But this combination of blush and berry (or light pink and dark pink-red—almost wine) is super romantic, and not even that 'girly'. Not to mention that this color palette was seen all over this season's runways, so you know it's on trend. The soft pink against the bold berry makes a perfect pair, kind of like you and your soon-to-be hubby. And don't you two work well together? The danger, of course, is coming across overly feminine or sweet. But with a modern, clean approach, this color scheme can be super chic—not saccharine. If this saturated palette has captured your interest, we dreamed up the best ways to incorporate berry and blush into your big day, from the wedding bouquet and the bridesmaids' dresses to the signature drink and more.
Carry the dramatic duo down the aisle with a bouquet of anthurium, sweet peas, peonies, phalaenopsis orchids, and 'Secret Garden' roses. Though wildly different varieties, these blooms feel like floral family members, thanks to a color-block arrangement: Bundles in matching hues allow the unique shape and texture of each blossom to stand out while keeping the overall bouquet cohesive and pretty.
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Did you get the memo? By employing a fashion-forward font and details that aren't business-as-usual (like raspberry ink and burgundy envelopes), you can make everyday office stationery work a second shift as attractive, affordable DIY wedding invitations.
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Let your bridesmaids' unique styles shine through—without sacrificing a unified wedding-party look—by offering a choice of on-trend pieces (hello, jumpsuit), romantic dresses, and vintage-inspired separates in a complementary color palette. Nude-hued sandals (best with a creamy-beige nail polish) provide the finishing touch.
The Details: (from left to right) "Mara" jumpsuit, in Rosy Nude, $278, jilljillstuart.com. "Falba" studded-leather heels, in Nude, $510, us.maje.com. "Winslow" dress, in Garnet, $268, thereformation.com. "Agata" leather bow sandals, in Pink Marshmallow, $395, us.lkbennett.com. Floral-lace top, in Dark Wine, $98; and cotton-blend skirt, in Shell Pink, $118, jcrew.com. Stuart Weitzman "Simplemid" sandals, in Hush Nubuc, $398, 877-793-4896. Jenny Yoo "Millie" sweater, in Blush, $220, nordstrom.com. "Dahlia" skirt, in Merlot, $200, lulakate.com.
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Extend your signature colors to signature cocktails all weekend long with these rosy-tinged drinks and true-to-hue wines, all recommended by Tom Macy of Clover Club bar, in Brooklyn. Serve them with cocktail napkins bearing clever turns of phrase, or—as we did—nods to the time of day each is best enjoyed.
The Details: (clockwise from top) 1. Chilled rosé wine is crisp and refreshing, and ideal for outdoor sipping. 2. Kick off brunch with a "Magic Hour" Champagne cocktail, which swaps the usual OJ for grapefruit juice and Lillet Rosé. 3. Your favorite red wine can take a place of honor at dinner. 4. Mixed with gin, ruby port, lemon juice, cinnamon-bark syrup, and cranberry preserves, the "Port of Call" is delicious after a meal or as a nightcap. 5. Whiskey-based "New York Sours" are right at home alongside a cigar-rolling station. 6. If you like Campari, try a "Sbagliato Rosa," made from a similar slightly bitter liqueur, Cappelletti. 7. The frothy "Clover Club" balances sweet (raspberry syrup) with sour (lemon juice).
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A simple seating chart gets a modern makeover when pressed between two pieces of acrylic. Bonus: It's also easy to prop up on any table. The plastic and metal trim can be cut to size at your local hardware store and gussied up by attaching fresh or faux flowers with adhesive dots. After the wedding, repurpose it as a frame for your favorite photo from the day.
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These hues are often associated with traditional weddings and fussy tablescapes. But this setting takes the palette in a design-forward direction with clean, modern serveware and translucent escort cards, made by placing three-inch squares of acrylic atop printed cards. Have future meals in mind when plotting your décor—purchasing some inexpensive pieces may cost the same (or less) than rentals, and you'll be able to keep them. Case in point: These pink salad plates and flatware can grace garden parties for years to come.
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Send guests home with a reminder of how sweet your celebration was: freshly made sugar cookies with a hint of citrus and almond, hand-painted with gel food coloring in a design of your choosing. Get the treats ready for the road by wrapping them in a sleeve of pastel-pink vellum, secured in back with double-sided tape.
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Top It All Off
Meringues swirled with purée and fresh raspberries give simple tiers of blush buttercream a whimsical look—no fancy piping skills required. The playful toppers are less expected (and much more delicious!) than fresh flowers. Ask your baker to set aside extra meringues and fruit to plate alongside each slice.
The Details: Nine Cakes cake, ninecakes.com.