Use these creative ideas from the editors at Martha Stewart Living for your special day. This story suggests Martha Stewart-brand items and tells you where to buy them, as well as items from other places and do-it-yourself ideas.
Sweet treats: color wheels
Talk about eye candy! Delicious multicolored doughnuts add up to a visual feast when displayed on a dessert buffet or passed around late at night to refuel partygoers on the dance floor.
Peter Callahan, owner of Peter Callahan Catering in New York City and a contributing editor at Martha Stewart Weddings, uses India Tree’s vegetable-based food-dye kit to color the frosting: The yellow hue comes from turmeric, the green from turmeric plus leafy veggies, and the vivid pink from beets. Callahan finishes each confection with sugared flowers (violets); fruit (coconut, pineapple, pomegranate); herbs (mint); sesame seeds; or lavender salt to add flavor.
Where to buy: India Tree dye kit: $22, surlatable.com.
Guest book: signature style
We arranged flowers and stems just so and photographed them to create a poster that is blooming with beauty — and a great place for loved ones to jot down well wishes.
To plant it at your party, download the clip art (available in three sizes online at marthastewartweddings.com/flower-poster) and print it on matte paper at home or at a print shop. Place the printout in a frame with the glass removed and provide a pen for partygoers to write in the white spaces — ask a pal to sign first so the other attendees get the idea.
Where to buy: “Gallery” frame in Gold Leaf, 16-by-20-inch: $54, westelm.com.
Party gifts: charitable giving
We get it: A gift card isn’t the splashiest of presents. But we promise that your bridal party will be touched when you hand out one by GlobalGiving, which lets giftees donate to a philanthropic project of their choice from among thousands around the world. (It’s also a great favor alternative.)
Brighten the recipients’ day even further by presenting it in the editable clip art card holder available online at marthastewartweddings.com/card-holder.
Stylish stationery: shadow play
For a fun, romantic save-the-date card, try this updated take on traditional silhouettes.
Pose with your fiance a few feet in front of a large wall, holding a banner with your wedding date. (Make the banner using the clip art template available online at marthastewart weddings.com/banner-numbers.) Shine a bright light on yourselves — a desk lamp or car headlights work well, says Bryan Gardner, a photographer. Have a friend stand behind or to the side of the light and snap a picture of the shadows you’ve created. Experiment to find the best position for a sharp image. Then hand it off to your stationer or design and print it at home.
Where to buy:
• “Classic Crest Text” 8.5-by-11-inch paper in Solar White: $10 for 25 sheets, paperpresentation.com.
• A7 envelope in Wealth: $7 for 25; paperpresentation.com.
• Stamps: Champion Stamp Co., championstamp.com.
Planning smarts: booking it
When it comes to showing your color palette and inspiration to vendors, shoe-shopping bridesmaids and computer-challenged relatives, having physical examples of the real elements in your wedding is the clearest way to communicate your message.
It also lets you test colors in a variety of lights and situations. Keep all of your precious pieces together in a pretty binder with labeled tabs and pockets that hold business cards, Pantone chips, fabric swatches and images you’ve printed. Decades later, you’ll love to look through it — and maybe you’ll even share it with a daughter someday.
Where to buy:
• Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery “Discbound” notebook in blue: $18, staples.com.
For the guys
Monograms make everything (napkins, plates, stationery) even more special. And they’re working their way onto dapper, personalized suspenders, which make sure-to-be-used-again groomsmen gifts.
Start with plain suspenders (such as H&M’s, $13 each at www.hm.com) and send them to Any Body’s Custom Design Embroidery for monogramming (from $5, www.abcde -embroidery.com.) They’re fitting for both formal and laid-back celebrations.
Stylists’ tool: Montana Gold
This brand’s exhaustive line of spray paint — more than 200 shades offered — is beloved by graffiti artists everywhere (hey, they would know!). But it can also transform humble gift boxes into favor packaging that fits every color palette.
Before you get to work, give the can a good shake (at least two minutes’ worth after you first hear the rattle) and wear a respirator mask as you evenly cover the boxes. Fill the finished containers with matching tissue and treats, and your guests will be tickled pink (and blue and yellow and celadon).
Where to buy:
• Montana Gold acrylic spray paint: from $5 per can, dickblick.com.
• Jewelry boxes: 25 cents and up each, usbox.com.
• Bunny and assorted vessels and candlesticks: jamaligarden.com.
• Hurricanes: $19 and up, westelm.com.
• Apples and pears: www.barnardltd.com.
— Julie Vadnal, Martha Stewart Living