It’s official: diamond-theme weddings are piquing the interest of more than a few brides. Which isn’t surprising, given this ultra-precious gem’s ties to everlasting love, and its lovey-dovey way of dressing up ultra-hip monochromatics (from the wintriest white to sultry ivories). The only hitch? Most people can’t afford to shower their guests with the real thing. Not to worry, though — there are plenty of ways to sparkle on your big day without having to raid Fort Knox. Here are a few of our favorite finds:
A 5-Carat Cake
Go with a towering set of gift boxes, topped off by a monogram or wire spray dripping with crystals. Alternative: go simple, with fondant frosting carved into diamond patterns, then studded at the corners with glistening, edible pearls.
Feminine, Formal Flowers
Choose traditional blooms (roses, peonies in whites and ivories) given a sparkling center with Swarovski-studded pins and picks. Don’t forget to add a rhinestone-studded monogram to your bouquet wrap.
In addition to that gorgeous engagement ring, amp up the bling by donning a chic and beaded wedding gown with lines so sleek, all eyes are on you. Keep your hair simple and chic, but tuck in a few sparkly hair pins. Don’t forget to strut your stuff with crystal-studded sandals or deliciously retro shoe brooches.
Extravagant-Looking Favors and Gifts
Diamond-shaped paperweights in luxurious satin-lined gift boxes let your bridesmaids know you think they’re real gems. As for the guest favors, put something personal and tasty in a gorgeous lidded box. Finish it off with satin ribbon and a customized, rhinestone-studded label with a diamond ring design. Want something a little weightier? Treat your guests to a crystal engagement ring keychain with that satisfying heft and chunky feel we all adore.
Glitter & Glamor
Have a sculptor carve a gorgeous giant rock on a pillow of ice (add floral arrangements for maximum “wow”). Scatter the tables wit foil-wrapped chocolate diamonds. Send a diamond-themed save-the-date that just happens to be a practical mint tin. Turn your linens into a sight to behold with dramatic chrome-and-crystal napkin rings.
And don’t forget — rhinestone stickers are your secret weapon. Use borders pre-designed into squares, circles or even monogram letters to jazz up your favor labels, or apply individual rhinestone accents or adhesive jewels to just about anything (details on wedding cameras, escort cards). You’ll be amazed at how great ordinary items can look with just a few well-placed diamante accents.