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Guiding Light

Shabby Chic Lanterns by Bragging Bags

Fall is the perfect time for an elegantly rustic wedding. Autumnal colors, seasonal cuisine and an ever-so-slight chill in the air all lend themselves to a cozy but chic affair.

Pepper your party with thoughtful fall touches. You’ll still want the traditional bridal bouquet, but consider having your bridesmaids or flower girls carry lanterns down the aisle for an outdoor ceremony at dusk. We like the rustic-chic options from Bragging Bags on Etsy — go for a simple glass jar, or a pretty grapevine ball filled with moss that lights the way. The romantic glow will illuminate the path to the altar, and can even double as a cute decoration for the reception.

Twinkle, little star.


The Hangover

Tasty Breakfast Baskets for the Morning After

A post-wedding brunch sounds good in theory, but after a night of celebratory drinking, your guests would prefer hair of the dog to eggs Benedict.

Instead of dragging them down to a too-early ballroom brunch, send breakfast-in-bed gift baskets to their suites. A pretty box of pastries, mucho agua, travel packets of aspirin and your favorite nip of vodka paired with Stirrings’ Bloody Mary mix is the perfect afterparty elixir. There’s something about (Bloody) Mary: After enjoying the pick-me-up in their pjs, friends and fam may even make it downstairs in time to bid the happy couple adieu.

You’d rather stay in bed, too.


Stirrings Simple Bloody Mary Mix

Italian Dressing

Alberta Ferretti’s Wedding Gown Collection

You worship Wang and lust after Lhuillier, but wouldn’t mind name-dropping a newcomer when it comes to your wedding gown. Be one of the first to wear a dress from Alberta Ferretti’s Forever collection, the Italian designer’s debut bridal line.

The queen of covetable cocktail dresses and red carpet wonders, Ferretti now concocts both sweeping tulle ball gowns and short, chic numbers for your nuptials. Named after flowers (Rose, Lily, Forget-Me-Not), the dresses in this couture collection feature lace, silk Mikado and satin with a glam sprinkling of beaded embroidery, delicate pearls, Swarovski crystals, cabachons and silver platinum thread. Rumor has it that each dress (sewn and embroidered by hand) takes 30 to 80 hours to create.

Hey, some like it haute.


A Better Toilette

Seductive Scented Wedding Candles by Maura Peters

Champagne bar in the powder room? Your guests may never leave the loo. But an unforgettable wedding plays up every little detail, even a quick trip to the ladies’.

Heighten their senses with tall fragrant candles by Maura Peters. The warm white pillars are pleasantly perfumed with everything from orange jasmine to apricot fig. Hand-poured into a reusable blown glass vase, they make the perfect vanity table accompaniment as guests primp and preen. Or, add heat to your honeymoon suite with a few well-placed travel candles.

Call it good scents.


A Novel Idea

David Tutera’s The Big White Book of Weddings

You’ve explained to your fiance that a text message is not an appropriate save-the-date, but he wants to see proof in writing — and preferably something that was published in a post-Twitter world.

The Big White Book of Weddings, by celebrity event planner David Tutera, is just the modern tome to take your reception to the next level. (Fear not — the advice does not reflect the views of the brides he rescues from disaster on his TV show, My Fair Wedding.) Rather, these Tutera-infused tips on how to make your wedding memorable include everything from food pairing suggestions (French fry trio?) to invitation phrasing that fits your style.

It’ll be an instant etiquette class.

Available at

The Big White Book of Weddings by David Tutera