Proof That Mint and Black Make an Unforgettable Wedding Color Palette
Pantone named green the color of 2017 (check it out!) So what better color is there to use in your upcoming nuptials this year? While there may be multiple shades to choose from, we're partial to the cool, fresh mint hue. A pop of cool mint or pistachio is always welcome in winter and spring, but it takes an especially appealing, retro-chic turn when paired with sleek touches of black. It's an easy palette to express via little details—favors, flowers, or accessories—and they all add up to unforgettable style.
Whether it's your envelopes, invitations, thank you notes, or any paper good, the mint and black combination gives off the calm and cool vibe. The light and playful green makes the black text pop—telling guests your wedding will be a fun and chic affair.
The Details: Index-card calendar, in Mint, $23; letterpress postcards, $15 for 12; tonal envelope, in Green, $12 for set of 7; and "Thank You Ticket" card, $5, presentandcorrect.com. Bernardaud "Cronos" coffee cup, $55, and saucer, $30, bernardaud.com. Hasami "110 Advanced" clippers, $49, theikebanashop.com. Duna by Cutipol matte-black large drink spoon, $18, abchome.com. Kelmscott Designs "Storklette" scissors, $12.50, purlsoho.com. Carta calligraphy alphabet ribbon, $12 for 2 yd., purlsoho.com. Merchant & Mills small black pins, $7, and safety pins, $10, purlsoho.com. Ladurée gift box of sugared almonds, $15, laduree.com.
Lavish and romantic, this bouquet includes carnations and lisianthus, which have a hint of green to their petals, as well as wintry-white nigella, delphinium, and Queen Anne's lace. A pair of caladium leaves provide an unexpected modern touch, while the thick black bow accentuates the dark centers of the hellebores and makes the arrangement feel sophisticated and ideal for the most formal wedding. For coordinating bridesmaids' bouquets, have your florist create smaller posies, each made from just one of the flower types used here.
The Details: Wide black taffeta ribbon, 5", $10 per yd., tinseltrading.com.
Dress Them Up
LBDs are always chic for the bridal party, and carefully chosen accessories take them to the next level stylewise. Incorporate your colors—and a bit of added sparkle—by gifting your girls day-of jewelry to wear.
The Details: Oscar de la Renta long beaded tassels, in Soft Mint, $395, oscardelarenta.com. Bounkit cuff set, $869, bounkit.com. Bibi Marini beaded drop earrings, $325, modaoperandi.com. Lele Sadoughi "Honeycomb" bracelet, $250; and "Poppy" crystal pendant, $245, lelesadoughi.com. Ted Baker London "Savenni" shoes, $210, tedbaker.com/us. Serpui "Angel" black beaded clutch, $310, halsbrook.com. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker "Bliss" velvet slingbacks, $325, neimanmarcus.com. Kate Spade "Madison Avenue" pin, $278, katespade.com.
Accessories are an easy place for the guys in your party to have some fun with their wedding-day ensemble. Add color via pocket squares, cuff links, and ties (they can even opt to rent items they'll likely wear only once, as we did with this seafoam bow tie). If they're wearing black, pick pieces with a pattern or texture to add interest.
The Details: Custom checked pocket square and necktie, in Mint, price upon request, tiecrafters.com. "Concord Plaid" pocket square, in Spring Mint, $10, and tie bar, in Black, $15, thetiebar.com. Alexander Olch "Tuxedo" check wool pocket round, $60, and necktie, $150, nordstrom.com. Green checker-square cuff links, $55, cufflinks.com. Butterfly bow tie, in Pale Seafoam, $10 rental for 8 days, theblacktux.com. "Bilson Spot" self-tie bow tie, $95, thomaspink.com. Black hand-rolled large-knot "Grenadine" necktie, $150, drakes.com.
Set the Mood
Whoever said weddings should be drama-free never saw this graphic tablescape. The smooth black flatware and modern vase make the deep purple of the calla lilies, wine, and fruit appear darker, while the cheerful hues of the cake stand and plates keep the setting from skewing too serious. Personalize your own edible arrangement (our favorite kind) with local cheeses produced near your wedding locale, or in locations that are significant to the two of you.
The Details: "Tiers" 3-level cake stand, $38, and black whiskey-glass set, $46 for 2, momastore.org. Duna by Cutipol matte-black flatware, from $14 per piece, abchome.com. Bernardaud service plate, $90; and salad plate, $50, bernardaud.com.
End your event on a sweet note with a dessert bar of assorted true-to-hue treats. Pistachio is the star ingredient in several of our favorites (clockwise from top right): a round pistachio-mousse cake made with praline and feuilletine (sweet, crispy flakes), green macarons with pistachio filling, and a pint-size pistachio religieuse pastry that's almost too cute to eat. A dark, rich gateau and a Paris-Brest with berries satisfy chocolate lovers, while a slice of green-tea crêpe cake adds another shade and flavor.
The Details: Pistachio cake, $44 for 6", and single-serving Paris-Brest, price upon request, ayakokurokawa.com. Pistachio macarons, $3 each, and pistachio religieuse, $7, laduree.com. Lady M green-tea cake, $85 for 9", and gateau au chocolat, $80 for 9", ladym.com. Duna by Cutipol matte-black pie server, $32, abchome.com.