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.
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.
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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