t hink Phantom of the Opera-level mystique, without the nasty surprise at the unveiling. In fact, those hiding behind the sequined, feathered masks, elaborately embellished gowns and Venetian wigs are all friendly faces – mom, dad and grandma all decked out on the dance floor. Hosting a masquerade wedding is a great way to celebrate your high-profile love, because masquerades are, by nature, endowed with regality. Most recently, actress Salma Hayek and billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault held a pre-hitching masquerade ball. If you want to do it up right too, infusing mystery and provocative allure into your evenin
l ove looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. Why not cast a spell of metaphorical context upon your wedding nuptials? You and your king may be titan royalty like Oberon and Titiana, enraptured sweethearts, Hermia and Lysander, or violently lustful like Helena and Demetrius. You may even be two giggly, mischievous Pucks. Whichever literary pairing you emote to the most, explore the boundaries of your imaginations through wedded thematic elements, pulsing with empyreal rhythms, coercive lyric sensibility, and decadent swags of moss and dewdrop.
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t he ravenous twenties were indeed hands down the bee’s knees of all decades. Molls and dolls, flappers and dappers, Real McCoys and good old flyboys were at the heart of what was deemed the Jazz Age - the era of the juice joint, a boozin’ and schmoozin’ Gin Mill of hooch-induced capers and fringe clad hoofers. Nestled in a chronological niche like no other, the twenties teemed with sexy liberties and booming prosperity. So if you’re keen on a hotsy totsy medley of a wedding, kick start that jalopy and roll down those stockings – the groom won’t know what hit him.
g et back to your creative roots with homemade favors for your most beloved, because doing wedding-things yourself is (chicken-soup-kind-of-) good for the soul. For those who see every spreadsheet as potential paper-doll overalls, each memo a jet plane-in-waiting, AC forever an acronym for Arts & Crafts - this is your perfect fix. make them do-it-themselves
i n the age of DIY, brides are shying away from that which is cookie-cutter and embracing all the off-kilter details they can get their turquoise-polished nails on. This includes the esteemed centerpiece, a stand-out chap but too-frequent frequenter of the flower and candle crowd. Leave the old depenables for the bedroom, and instead, opt for something a little less expected.
s tripes bring to mind zebras, candy-canes, fast cars, after-dinner mints, French girls, nautical stuff, Bill Murray, Beetlejuice, Emily the Strange, rainbow toe socks, hot pseudo-nurses, a certain garage rock duo, and those redwhite&blue popsicles that taste like lemonade. Nice work, stripes. You’ve put y
i f our paper dolls taught us anything (and they taught us a lot), it’s that discrepantly, the flimsiest materials can be the most malleable. Incorporate paper of the tissue, cardstock and rice variety into your wedding and watch the décor blossom like an accordion-folded crepe flower held open by waxed dental floss. on the paper trail
w hether pin-up and camp or country-cottage and quaint, polka-dots scream spring-time festiveness and gal-pal squeals. Stretch your imagination beyond the traditional "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and opt for a spread that is positively speckled with dimple-inducing spheres. open the polka-dot door
i f you’ve always wanted Willy Wonka for your best man, embody your sugar-spun fantasy with a Candyland-inspired wedding. A little pop culture tidbit – the word ‘sugar’ is derived from the Sanskrit word, ‘çahn-da,’ meaning ‘piece of.’ Too-sweet-to-be-true morsels make for dee-lightful inspiration when it comes to conjuring up a saucily butterscotch ceremony. Caramelize your special day with Turkish delight and peppermint patties, coating your attendants in candy-floss colors, and sprinkling your guests with a deluge of dulcification. The result? A malted, cherry-on-top reverie of tiny-tot wonder and grow
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p urple’s a statement-making color. It’s not for the lighthearted or the wall-flowered – it’s for those who want a stand out celebration schemed with as much vibrancy, creativity and proud unconformity as their off-center personality. Fancy your purples dark and commanding, your majesty? Go Medieval-sophisticate with dark plums, velvety purples and burgundies. Add touches of electric purple here and there for a hint of Merlin magi