To the bride, the wedding reception of your dreams is all about flowers and frills. The groom-to-be, however, is hoping for something a little more...masculine. Incorporate both of your visions to create a his-and-hers look that unifies your wedding-day theme.
One way to do that is to focus on a color theme. Blue is one hue that appeals to nearly everyone, so it stands to reason that it can contribute to a happy compromise on wedding day decor.
This buttoned-up reception proves that a something-blue color scheme doesn't have to be all seashells and lighthouses. For a non-nautical look in shades of blue, go for the classic look of a tailored suit coupled with the elegant beauty of Wedgwood china.
And as the planning unfolds, be sure both of you are involved. Together you can create a wedding -- and marriage -- that fits both of your dreams.
Remember that a consistent color palette makes planning easier and unifies the look of the wedding. A symbol of fidelity and love's purity, blue is a perfect choice for this masculine-meets-feminine look.
If blue isn't your color however, the shirting-style fabrics are available in a variety of colors, so you can achieve this look in nearly any palette. The fabric also is available in a variety of solids, stripes, and more whimsical paisley.
At a tented reception, focus on tabletop style. Dress up rented white linens with table runners, simple floral centerpieces on glass stands, and a few votive candles for ambience.
We used tailored shirting fabric to create button-edge table runners, bow-tie table decorations, and starched menu cuffs. A beautiful china pattern carries through the motif seen on everything from the invitations and menus to the favors and cake. Combined, the look is both structured and soft.
Welcome guests to the reception with pretty details such as place cards that match your theme. Display each table's seating assignments on a vintage serving tray lined with ribbon.
When there's a gorgeous backdrop to attract attention, a little goes a long way with decorations. Accent vendor-supplied white linens and chairs with simple touches.
Get the table measurements early and spend a prewedding weekend making runners from shirting fabric.
Choose big-bloom flowers for fewer stems per arrangement, which keeps them simple and cost-effective.
These low-lying centerpieces are pretty to look at and won't interfere with an across-the-table conversation. Moisten a piece of florist's foam so it's fully soaked but not dripping; place the foam on a cake pedestal.
Pin hydrangea leaves around the base, then fill in with hydrangeas, bachelor's buttons, and lilies, making sure to cover the foam completely.
Add interest to plain white linens with easy-to-make bow ties at each corner.
Welcome guests to their tables and tempt their taste buds with a printed menu in the style of your wedding stationery. Insert the menu and napkin into a crisp cuff, inspired by a tailored shirt.
Share a message with your guests on a chair-back hanger. Print a favorite quote, love poem, or other sentiment onto white paper; cut out and glue onto colored paper. Punch a hole in each corner and thread a length of coordinated ribbon through; tie ends in knots.
Grouped together and tied with a ribbon, these paper boxes look like cakes. Display the favors on cake stands of various heights to dress up the cake table. Each box could be filled with chocolate candies, flower seeds, tiny cookies, candied fruits, a love poem, or a note of thanks.
Make your blue bouquet a showcase for such summertime blooms as lilies, hydrangeas, and bachelor's buttons.
Ask your florist to create a short-stem handle wrapped with beautiful satin ribbon that's held in place with pearl-tipped corsage pins.
A pomander is ideal for a young flower girl; its ribbon loop makes it easy to carry or drape around the wrist.
Take the tiered wedding cake concept a step further. Cover graduated round boxes with coordinated papers or fabrics. Cut holes in the tops, secure, and use as a card-gathering box for the gift table.
Serve a beautifully tiered cake on a silver serving tray. Instead of a groom's cake, have your baker make several small round cakes in a variety of flavors, and display them on a make-it-yourself multilevel cake stand.
If the traditional bride-and-groom cake topper doesn't suit your taste, try fresh flowers. Make sure your florist provides nonpoisonous, pesticide-free flowers.
Traditional Wedgwood china patterns inspired the intricate designs on these elegant blue-fondant cakes displayed on a unique wooden cake stand.
Surprise your groom, maid of honor, grandparents, or favorite aunt with a beautiful handmade card to commemorate the occasion.