It’s almost May, which means wedding season is here! But that stack of invites on your desk waiting to go out means you already knew that — and that your head is about to explode from too many unmade decisions. Were the chocolate-chip or chocolate-raspberry petits fours better? Are the napkins with the lace too formal? Should the bridesmaids wear tea-length or full-length dresses? It’s a lot to manage, which is why we went ahead and did some of the hard work for you in our new Weddings Shop-A-Matic. We selected 106 hair accessories, 100 stationery samples, and 212 registry and gift ideas across all price ranges. So even if you’re not getting married, you have no excuse not to give your wedded pals fabulous presents. After all, weddings only happen once. Unless you get divorced. Kidding! Here’s a sample of our favorite wedding things.
Something Blue Comb by Bon Bon Oiseau
Why we like it: For the offbeat bride, this features blue feathers at once delicate and daring. And, obviously, you need something blue.
Wraparound Birdcage Veil Made Exclusively for Lotus Bridal
Why we like it: This exudes simplicity and elegance. Perfect to pair with an Oscar de la Renta or Vera Wang gown. The pearls and rhinestones add just a little touch of detail without overdoing it.
Rose With Asymmetrical Copy by Abby Jean Designs
Price: $16 per set
Why we like it: This high-quality paper stock features script and capital letters, so it’s more inviting than intimidating.
Karen & Michael by Double Happiness Creations
Price: $27 per set
Why we like it: Created for the ultimate New York downtown couple, this letterpress invitation features a map of the tip of Manhattan. Why not remind your guests where cool people like you live?
REGISTRY AND GIFT IDEAS
Abalone Flatware by Oscar de la Renta for Lunt
Price: $175 for five-piece setting
Why we like it: The opalescent handles of these forks, knives, and spoons are perfect for the traditional couple keen on making their house a home.
Melamine Plate by Thomas Paul
Why we like it: This powerful graphic print is bright enough to stand out in any home, yet it’s not floral overkill.
Domus Book Collection Published by Taschen
Why we like it: The twelve-volume collection chronicles seven decades of domus, an international-architecture-and-design journal, from 1928 to 1999, and will make the owners of any home seem supersophisticated. —Sharon Clott
See the rest of our weddings picks in the complete Shop-A-Matic.