Spring Wedding Themes: Pretty Pastels
Glamorous and Glinty Pinks
Iridescent runners of pale-pink silk shantung overlay an off-white tablecloth on this candlelit setting inspired by formal 1940s dinner parties.
All you need is wood veneer paper to turn plain glass vases into perfectly matched pieces that can hold flowers or candles.
In lieu of pricey floral arrangements, display sleek tapers in a variety of shapely glass candlesticks.
When topped with shimmering votive candles, a mirror becomes a pool of reflective light that casts a glow onto the reception tables.
Napkins in Bloom
Weddings are full of flowers, but sometimes the littlest arrangements make the biggest impact.
Beribboned Bulletin Board
Before the meal, guide guests to their seats with the help of a beribboned bulletin board.
Gentle Landings: Floaty Butterflies
Paper butterflies alight on the rims of Champagne glasses, staying still just long enough for guests to find their seats.
These satin, grosgrain, and taffeta ribbons are available in subtle and unusual colors -- French blue, pale pink, oyster, celadon, lavender, silver, and buff. Use them to tie on napkins, finish off favor boxes or to wrap around centerpiece vases.
Both the miniature calla lilies and the ranunculuses display touches of pink and green in this fan-shape bouquet, which is romantic yet still modern.
Sweet Peas Bridesmaids' Nosegays
From collars of matching organza, this quartet of sweet peas emerges.
A bouquet of Cafe au Lait dahlias in pink, salmon, and yellow.
Painter's Palette Rose Bouquet
Small tailored garden roses in buff set the stage for dramatic pink French garden roses. Clematis buds and vines tumble out between them.
Lilies-of-the-valley evoke water droplets trickling over hydrangea florets, which are plucked from a single bloom and wired to form a loose grouping.
Blushing Pink Classics
Ruffly pink azaleas and ivory sweet peas blend seamlessly in this bride's bouquet. For the bridesmaids, miniature roses and budding double kalanchoe peek out from clusters of ranunculus; lollipop-shaped miniature mums look sweet with wax flowers, hyacinth florets, single kalanchoe, and a jacquard cuff with pink ribbon binding the stems.
Pink Garden Rose Bouquet
The palette for the bridal bouquet is more vivid, with pink garden roses (some barely budding, others full and layered like a tulle skirt), pink-tipped hydrangeas, and variegated geranium leaves, which add fullness.
Frosting-Free Layer Cake
Here, we put the notion of icing on ice, relying instead on unadorned pastel layers for graphic appeal.
Gerbera Daisy Cake
Pink gerbera daisies are the inspiration for this lively cake.
A garden of roses in pink, peach, and yellow encircles a full-size cake.
At first glance, this cake appears to be monochromatic, but the edges of all of the gum-paste petals are actually brushed with powdered coloring in a mix of moss green and pale pink.
The edible pleats here recall the crinolines beneath a cream puff of a wedding dress.
The French Confection
A majestic design turns a bit coquettish when it's festooned with macaroons -- the quintessential French treats -- and dressed up in flirty pink.
Ribbon Rose Cake
A cascade of 60 piped meringue flowers tumbles down a stack of rectangular tiers; each tier is edged in a pristine border.
The fondant-covered box lids are the actual cake here, and the bottoms, also wrapped in fondant, are cake risers. The whole package is tied together with a taffeta ribbon, while each tier is edged with gold luster dust and matching royal-icing dots.
Rose Melting Moments
Crystallized geranium-petal cookies and a pink coconut cake are a perfect pink treat.
Humble supplies can take on an elegant air: Monogrammed stickers and crepe paper decorate clear plastic tubes filled with Champagne-bubble candies.
Mini Coconut Macadamia Bundt Cake
Favors as gorgeous as these can double as decorations: Use them to enhance place settings or an entry hall, or group them together for a centerpiece.
Invite guests to help themselves to these yummy favors. Cellophane bags printed with the couple's initial and wedding date are filled with delicious goodies including pink-chocolate wafers, pillow mints, strawberry puffs, jelly beans, candy-coated milk-chocolate pieces, and tinted rock candy.
These marshmallows are imported from Paris and, as you might suspect, they're not your typical campfire fare.
Favors in Boxes
The message on this scroll was calligraphed, then photocopied onto the paper. Placed on a plain favor box filled with candy, it makes a lovely and inexpensive favor for your guests.
Italian Meringue Drops
At the end of the reception, send guests on their way with sweet treats.
A Bloom of One's Own
Demure and delicate, African violets are pretty little packages and, with minimal effort, can make a dazzling display.
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