LUCKY IN LOVE

Fate smiled on you two when you found each other. And these chic twists on aus­pi­cious day-of tra­di­tions are meant to keep the good for­tune com­ing, as long as you both shall live.

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Our twists on for­tu­itous tra­di­tions will add a lit­tle magic to your hap­pi­est day— and hap­pily-ever-af­ter.

FLY HIGH In Ja­panese leg­end, cranes are thought to mate for life—and to live 1,000 years— mak­ing them a pow­er­ful sym­bol of fi­delity. Tra­di­tion­ally, the fa­ther of the bride gives sen bazaru, 1,000 origami cranes, to use as wed­ding dé­cor. As luck would have it, they make a gor­geous cer­e­mony marker on tree limbs, though you could also turn a smaller group into place cards (op­po­site). Visit marthastew­artwed­dings.com/paper-crane to learn how to fold them your­self.

PLAY YOUR NUM­BERS

Don’t just set a date—set your fate by choos­ing one that prom­ises good for­tune. Ev­ery cul­ture has divine dig­its. For ex­am­ple, since the let­ters that make up the He­brew word for life, “chai,” are nu­mer­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with 18, that num­ber’s con­sid­ered ad­van­ta­geous in Ju­daism. This makes 2018 an op­por­tune year to cel­e­brate. And if your date, like this cou­ple’s (04-14-18), adds up to 36—dou­ble chai! Se­lect a sig­nif­i­cant day, or find some­thing promis­ing about the one you’ve al­ready picked: Maybe the moon will be wax­ing, a sign of abun­dance to come. Or if the date in­cludes a prime num­ber, like 5 or 11, it’s in­di­vis­i­ble, as ev­ery cou­ple should be.

PAINT THE TOWN

Even if your dress is white, col­or­ful ac­ces­sories will add un­de­ni­able magic mojo. Yel­low flow­ers are of­ten used in Hindu wed­dings to rep­re­sent pos­i­tive en­ergy and bless­ings; try a (1) Lucite “Dasha” minaudiere ($1,795, moniquel­huil­lier.com); (5) Manolo Blah­nik’s “Hangisi” flats ($955, nord­strom.com) would do the trick, too. Flaunt some­thing blue, whether it’s the elec­tric shade of (2) Chris­tian Louboutin “Pigalle Fol­lies” stilet­tos ($675, Madi­son Bou­tique, 212-395-1884) or the sub­tle pas­tel strip on (7) SJP’s “Char­lotte” pumps ($545, kle­in­feld­bri­dal.com). In China, brides wear red to sym­bol­ize pros­per­ity; you can do so with (3) “El­y­see” heels ($725, wal­ter­steiger.com) or (6) a fab­ric clutch ($24, dessy.com). Court the luck of the Ir­ish, who con­sider green fe­lic­i­tous, with a (4) crys­tal minaudiere ($295, ser­pui.com.br). To cover all your bases, opt for (8) a “Fitzger­ald” clutch ($995, ko­turltd.com), which talks straight to Lady Luck (and even lights up, thanks to LED bulbs).

SAY IT WITH FLOW­ERS

Your cen­ter­pieces are go­ing to look beau­ti­ful, but they can also be mean­ing­ful if you se­lect blooms that com­mu­ni­cate cer­tain mean­ings, like daisies, which sig­nal hope. Let guests in on the scheme by list­ing the blos­soms and what they rep­re­sent on a card at each place set­ting.

THE DETAI LS: Astier de Vil­latte Rien plates, $75 each, ab­chome.com. Cu­tipol Moon cut­lery in brushed gold, $89 for a 5-piece set, shophorne.com. Linen nap­kins with coral-pink trim, $44 for 4, kstyledesign.etsy.com.

CHARM THEM ALL

It’s al­ways the sweet­est part of the evening, but to make the cake even more en­chant­ing, we’ve re­worked the south­ern tra­di­tion of “cake pulls”—for­tune-telling charms on rib­bons that each brides­maid tugs out of the con­fec­tion—to give guests a peek at the fu­ture. Have a cake with trin­kets hid­den within brought to ev­ery ta­ble, along with a key ex­plain­ing the pre­dic­tion each bauble makes: Re­fer to ours above, or con­jure up some your­self. To make your own tas­sels, visit marthastew­artwed­dings.com/cake-pulls. THE DE­TAILS: For­tune cookie ,$2.50; bells ,$4 for 12; key ,$1.20; horse­shoe, $2.50; and paci­fier ,$2.50, to­hoshoji-ny.com. Eif­fel Tower ,$13 for2; Swarov ski crys­tal drop ,$4.25; fleur del is ,$3.50 for 10; star ,$6 for 4; and tiny star, $4 for 10, fire­moun­taingems.com. Globe, 90¢, met­al­lif­er­ous.com.

SPREAD JOY

Stock your cock­tail hour with fine cheese and a side dish of luck by call­ing on fa­vor­able foods, such as pomegranates (their many seeds are a mul­ti­cul­tural sign of abun­dance), honey (for a sweet life), and rose­mary (un­wa­ver­ing de­vo­tion). Wheat rep­re­sents fer­til­ity, so any bread and crack­ers are aus­pi­cious, though many cul­tures have spe­cific wed­ding buns that are said to draw pros­per­ity. We like this braided Greek ver­sion shaped like a ring, a sym­bol of eter­nal love.

THE DETAI LS: Ar­topo­lis tsoureki wed­ding bread, $10/lb., 718-728-8484. High Fash­ion Home Wish­bone pa­per­weight, $48, high­fash­ion­home.com. Sa­van­nah Bee Com­pany Raw Aca­cia honeycomb, $25, sa­van­nah­bee.com.

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