The sky's the limit! Star-crossed lovers, soaring hearts—there's hardly a metaphor for love that doesn't invoke celestial bodies. So why not bring the clouds, moon, and stars to your wedding day? For inspiration, just look up.
If you've ever looked out the window of a plane and wished you could float among the cumuli, this easy idea should have you on cloud nine. Paper lanterns are quickly transformed into pretty puffs of white with spritzes of adhesive spray and handfuls of fiberfill, then hung with barely-there monofilament. Arrange them for guests to walk through at your reception entrance, or use them to create a photo station—stocked with props like superhero capes, cardboard lightning bolts, and paper birds—and watch your guests' imaginations take flight.
The Details: White paper lanterns, 10", $9.50 for 10, paperlanternstore.com. Loops & Threads "Supreme" fiberfill, $5.50 for 8 oz., michaels.com. Leanne Marshall "McKenna" gown, $1,250, and "Zion" overlay, $1,415, leannemarshall.com.
Juliet famously advised Romeo to "swear not by the moon..." but we swear nothing's more romantic than Earth's nearest celestial body in all its forms. In this stationery suite, the moon motif first appears on the save-the-date, representing the passage of time as it moves through its cycles. A deep-gray invitation pressed with silver foil bears a crescent (perhaps a nod to the moon's phase on the evening of the wedding?), while a response card the color of dusk waits to carry news of who will arrive that night. Last, an envelope marked with an apropos lyric from John Lennon holds an invitation to the after-party, a pink sliver of a moon set against shimmering silver foretelling late-night revelry.
The Details: Custom invitation by the Aerialist Press, price upon request, theaerialistpress.com.
Toast the sun as it fades into the horizon with a drink that's as pretty as the pink sky: The "Sunset Fizz" (get the recipe here). It's best served in clear glasses that show off the ombré effect of layering a shaken mix of lemon juice, gin, and egg white (that would be the fizz) atop ruby-red-grapefruit syrup and club soda. Garnish with grapefruit peels trimmed to the shape of crescent moons, and serve atop napkins speckled with silver glitter spray.
Written in the Stars
For an escort-card arrangement with universal appeal, display a star chart with guests' names pinned on constellations that double as table names. This idea can be translated to other charts, too, like a graphic of the solar system with tables named for planets, or a map of the moon with tables labeled with lunar landmarks like "Sea of Tranquility" or "Ocean of Storms."