Your bridesmaids will be eternally grateful if you choose frocks they can wear for years to come. To make these chic, simple dresses wedding-day-ready, just adorn them with ribbons, fabric blooms, and brightly colored shoes. Let attendants choose their own styles, or have them all wear the same dress with sashes in different patterns.
From left: Pencil Dress, "Katia" by Jenny Yoo. Chiffon Dress, "Anna" by Thread Design at the Wedding Library. Spot Party Dress, Rachel Riley. Scarf Dress, "Ann" by Lynn Lugo at Bella Bridesmaid, 303-377-2025. Shantung Dress, "Poppy" by Simple Silhouettes, 212-219-2223.
Engraving, the most traditional printing method for wedding invitations, gets a colorful update when rendered in red ink and scrolled diagonally across a violet card. We had an engraver make this set with calligraphed letters on thick card stock. A marbleized paper liner mimics the swooping script; a mini card and envelope offer a diminutive take on a reception card; and vintage stamps complete the suite.
Custom engraving, Stationers Engraving New York, 212-242-4600. Calligraphy, John DeCollibus for Beyond Words. Vintage postage stamps, Champion Stamp.
Delicate handkerchiefs embroidered with their names or initials in cherry-red thread make another elegant gift. Groomsmen will look sharp with crisp pocket squares made from red-hemmed herringbone and windowpane-check shirting.
Continue the color scheme with boutonnieres made with (clockwise from top right): carnations and dianthus, a Dutch rose with hypericum berries, wax flowers, and scabiosa with wax flowers; trim with ribbon, then fasten with scarlet-tipped pins.