The most highly coveted of all gemstones, diamonds are universally recognized as the symbol of everlasting LOVE. And since they are always reserved for special occasions, they now can imbue your wedding style and sparkle through your celebration wherever your mood can take you. Whether you're in for a classic, white wedding fete, or this season's sumptuous floral schemes, employing the delicate accent of diamond shines makes for an utterly compelling wedding design statement. Here are ways to incorporate those forever stones in yours and avoid the tacky that can come with the glam.
THE OBVIOUS ONE - YOUR RING
Apart from being a girl's best friend (Thank you Ms. Monroe), square-cut or pear-shaped, Black Starr or Frost Gorham (Marilyn again) they also stand for devotion, strong will, and they are the sparkliest of all rings. Their hues range from the timeless white, to twelve base colorations with over eight intensity degrees, which means over three hundred shades, while for every ten thousand colorless ones only one colored is mined. Be it a clear or a fanciful shade, it is always so wonderful to create some ambiance around it, give it a special box, a standout image, so you can get even more psyched each time you look at it on your finger. And don't forget to treat it like the royalty it is, by getting a diamond-polishing pen for the big day!
From earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, to your veil, your gloves, and bridal clutch - coveting that Charlotte Olympia I do pretty thing?- diamonds can look absolutely fabulous!
YES TO THAT DRESS
Frosting yourself with a statement, studded gown is one way to incorporate diamonds in your wedding. We adore a superb Chanel mixing diamonds and the iconic boucle fabric, a Georges Hobeika diamond crusted sleeve dress, a Zuhair Murad head-turner, or a Paolo Sebastian starry-starry night alluding creation. BUT not all brides are maximalists, and not all kinds of venues forgive a super-sparkly wedding dress (more about that on a later post). If you're a minimalist, you can still evoke the diamonds on your dress by chosing a diamond-cut decoletage, or back crisp and modern wedding gown, the likes of Shona Joy, the Moira Hudges Annika diamond cut back, or the timeless Monique Lhuilier diamond cut V-dress.
THE SHINNY DANCER
Okay this one is a no-brainer - I see you SJPs of this world. From Jimmy Choo's, and Louboutin's, to Manolo's, Amina Muaddi's and Badgley Mischka's the shinny dancers you can score to incorporate diamonds in your wedding are literally endless. But since it's going to be your wedding (constant motion, dancing, walking) not a sitting or just an appearance, unless you are super-used to wearing high heels, go for a pair you can actually walk in. Or get a secondary pair for later. And it can be equally dreamy, like this pretty pair of Miu Miu's. Ta da! Problem solved.
DIAMONDS ARE (NOT NECESSARILY) AN INVITE'S BEST FRIEND
We mean it. Type diamond wedding invitations anywhere and you will come across some serious kitch. Unless you go for an uber-modern, with a touch of whimsy, wedding, or have an incredibly talented stationery artist (this is where MPC will come oh-so-handy) I would suggest that you refer from designing invitations and menus based on diamonds (or glitter). That said, you can evoke the diamond with a diamond shape on your papercraft -your design should be mindful, simple, and elegant.
Again borrowing from the shape rather than the sheen a gem-shaped arch is a lovely thing. Same goes for the outline of your ceremony, and your bar (pssst, remember not all diamonds are angular).
(DIAMOND) LIGHTS ON!
If you love the glow and million reflections of diamonds then you are definitely a chandelier kind of bride! Go for reception decor that is as colorful or minimalist as you like, but hang those beauties on the top and you'll get your diamante sparkle on!
Be it clear glassware the shape or texture of diamonds, polygon dinnerware, guest favors, or a bejeweled confection, these adamantine wedding accents can make a difference.
REMEMBER - REMEMBER
No matter what the style of your wedding, going too loud with your concept and taking themes too litterally may render a celebration that is too overwhelming. Themes are a great way to add personality to your wedding but all in good measure ensures balance and wowser results.
Need help with figuring out your very special concept? Ring or write, I'm here for you!