UNEXPECTED, FRESH, AND AMAZINGLY VERSATILE, BASKETRY CAN CHANNEL STYLES FROM FRENCH ELEGANCE TO BOHO-CHIC. WE COLLABORATED WITH EVENT PRODUCER DAVID STARK AND HIS TEAM TO HELP YOU WEAVE SOME TEXTURE THROUGH YOUR DAY.
The natural beauty of basketry— from wicker lamps to straw bags—can add surprising style to your wedding décor.
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Add a rustic touch to vibrant blooms—ours include sweet peas, ranunculus, and a variety of garden roses—by tying them up in a delicate strand of hatmakers’ braided straw instead of ribbon. (Hint: Soak the straw for about an hour first, so it’s more pliable.) There are plenty of alternatives out there, including braided jute and raffia, raffiffia, so if you’re not sure what best suits your bouquet, take a look around your local crafts store. Raffia Raffiffia tassels complete the look—visit marthastewartweddings.com/tassel for instructions to make your own. TH E DETAILS: : Jamali Garden “Natural” raffia place mat (similar to shown), $10 for 4, jamaligarden.com. Manhatco “Fine Milan” braid, $26 for 60 yd., manhatco.com.
Your ride-or-die maid of honor deserves all the pampering, so assemble a special thank-you gift: The silky robe and straw-themed earrings here are perfect to tuck into a chic bag. Opposite: Hint at your wedding’s pastoral-yet-sophisticated style with a stationery suite that mixes a variety of textures—in addition to printed patterns, it features whitewashed-maple invites and detail booklets with woven spines. THE DETAI LS : French Baskets wicker basket with handles, $45, french-baskets.com. Saskia cotton-silk robe, in Blush Geometric, $150, louvellewear.com. Aurélie Bidermann “Wheat” 18k gold–plated earrings, $320, aureliebidermann.com. Jamali Garden “Natural” raffia coin pouch (similar to shown), $3, jamaligarden.com. Opposite: The Idea Emporium stationery and tag (on bag, above), theideaemporium.com. Bella Forte Designs custom bindery, bellafortedesigns.com. WaxSeals.com multidepth seal, waxseals.com. Curlicue Designs Calligraphy letterforms, curlicuedesigns.com. Champion Stamp assorted vintage stamps, championstamp.com. (All prices upon request.) Jute braid, ¼", $2 per yd., mjtrim.com.
“The escort-card moment is one of the first places your guests interact with your party, so it should be memorable,” Stark says. His team created a contemporary display by repurposing an artfully woven bulletin board and hanging engraved cards with dowels and beads. Opposite: Decking out a surface—like a bar—with woven wallcovering is a quick and surprising way to add a warm vibe to a space. (Just be sure to apply it with removable tape on a rental item!) THE DETAILS: Tinekhome deco item for wall, $104, tinekhome.com. The Idea Emporium escort cards, price upon request, theideaemporium.com. Calligraphy by Curlicue Designs Calligraphy, price upon request, curlicue designs.com. Opposite: Luigi Bormioli glasses and carafes, from $25 each, luigibormioli.com. Ichendorf “Sorsi Tall” glasses (with gold rims), $22 each, barneys.com. Soane Britain “Rattan Hurlington” vase, price upon request, soane.co.uk. For more craft sources, see The Guide.
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Ready to make a big statement? All you need is a few large wicker lamps. “Hanging all these shapes together creates a real landscape over the tables,” Stark says. A clever take on the paper-lantern trend, this stylish setup complements other basket-themed elements (think chairs and glassware), and the durable fixtures can come home with you afterward—a perfect souvenir for your new life together.
Update the classic basket-weave cake with natural tones and whimsical “flowers” from—surprise!—corn husks and dollhouse baskets (get the how-to at marthastewartweddings.com/baskets). Continue the theme with cookies (opposite), piped in a lattice design. THE DETAI LS: Wendy Kromer cake and cookies, prices upon request, wendykromer.com. L’Objet “Braid” cake server, $135, l-objet.com. Calligraphy by Curlicue Designs Calligraphy, price upon request, curlicuedesigns.com. For more craft sources, see The Guide.
Created by Katie Covington Crane, Michael McCormick, and David Stark