Our 50 Favorite Real Wedding Details from 2011!

by The Knot
  1. These Great Gatsby-Themed Table Names

    photo by Mel Barlow & Co. / The Knot
    From Jodi and Asa's wedding in Port Washington, NY: Each table was named after a theme, object, place or character from The Great Gatsby. The letterpress cards were displayed in detailed holders.
  2. This Wedding Photo Wall

    photo by Lunaphoto / The Knot
    From Corina and Thomas' garden wedding in Rancho Santa Fe, CA: Corina designed a playful backdrop for photos and had it custom-made. In front, they placed a cozy white couch, and Thomas's brother set up his professional photo equipment to take the pictures.
  3. This Ranch Wedding Reception

    photo by Diana M. Lott Photography / The Knot
    From Jaime and Brett's rustic wedding in Austin, TX: Vista West Ranch was a perfect non-ballroom venue not far from Austin.
  4. This Audio Guest Book

    photo by Robert Sukrachand Photography / The Knot
    From Nadia and Eli's rustic wedding in Bronx, NY: The couple set up a retro audio recording station as their guest book. Friends and family stopped by throughout the night to leave their best wishes.
  5. These Calligraphed Place Settings

    photo by Jasmine Star Photography / The Knot
    From Meg and Tim's vintage wedding in Sausalito, CA: The calligraphed place cards were nestled inside small chalices from Anthropologie that were filled with blackberries.
  6. These Clue-Themed Wedding Details

    photo by Millie Holloman Photography / The Knot
    From Mandy and Drew's playful wedding in Wilmington, NC: Guests were assigned to tables named after Clue game locations, based on the information on their evidence tag escort cards.
  7. These Cootie Catcher Wedding Programs

    photo by Kristin Rogers Photography / The Knot
    From Jamie and Steve's modern wedding in Los Angeles, CA: The ceremony programs were folded into cootie catchers and displayed in a basket.
  8. These Colorful Dessert Shooters

    photo by Kelly Brown Weddings / The Knot
    From Mallory and Brett's wedding in Wayzata, MN: There was no shortage of sweets at the reception; some of the highlights on display were mint grasshopper shooters, fresh fruit tarts and mini apple cheesecakes.
  9. These Mini Gelato Desserts

    photo by Leah Powell Photography / The Knot
    From Katie and Walker's elegant wedding in Orlando, FL: Mini sugar cones of gelato were passed around inside a cigar box later in the evening.
  10. This Mansion Wedding Ceremony

    photo by Red Ribbon Studio / The Knot
    From Stephanie and Shawn's elegant wedding in Minneapolis, MN: Light from the mansion's gorgeous chandeliers added to the romance of the fireside nuptials, which began at sunset in the main floor grand foyer.
  11. These Paper Heart Details

    photo by Crystal Genes Photography / The Knot
    From Brandi and Chris' vintage wedding in Raleigh, NC: Crafty paper hearts set a sweet tone for the couple's outdoor wedding.
  12. These Photo Booth Tickets

    photo by Brooke Courtney Photography / The Knot
    From Katie and Chris' summer wedding in Lancaster, PA: To encourage guests to take pictures in the photo booth, Katie and Chris gave everyone a custom-designed ticket.
  13. These Photo Escort Cards

    photo by Millie Holloman Photography / The Knot
    From Danielle and Justin's outdoor wedding in Baltimore, MD: The groom used Photoshop to make old photos look like Polaroids. They added guests' names and hung them from a piece of twine with clothespins.
  14. These Stamped Escort Cards

    photo by Jeanne Sun Photography / The Knot
    From Holly and Ryan's casual wedding in Woodstock, MD: The bride stamped the escort cards with a simple fork and knife print.
  15. These Teal Table Numbers

    photo by Heather Z Photography
    From Sara and Tony's whimsical wedding in Oxon Hill, MD: Teal table numbers and a matching strip of ribbon around the centerpiece completed the wedding palette in the wine, yellow and white table arrangements.
  16. These Vintage Place Settings

    photo by Leigh Miller Photography / The Knot
    From Katie and Preston's outdoor wedding in Pala, CA: To make the reception feel more intimate, the couple opted for mismatched plates and napkins, and drinks served in Mason jars.
  17. This Wedding Dog Jewelry

    photo by 1. Art Beauty Life: Jenny Ebert Photography / The Knot
    From Jennifer and Sean's modern wedding in New York, NY: The couple's pup matched the bridesmaids in a pink necklace.
  18. This Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress

    photo by Kathi Littwin Photography / The Knot
    From Brooke and Michael's elegant wedding in Stamford, CT: Brooke wore a silk satin organza dress with a jeweled neckline and amazing details all the way around to the back.
  19. These Plaid Bridesmaid Wraps

    photo by Emilie Inc. / The Knot
    From Liana and Michael's fall wedding in Richmond, MA: Liana made sure that her girls wouldn't get cold at the ceremony by giving them matching plaid wraps.
  20. These Sparkling Pumps

    photo by W. Scott Chester Photography / The Knot
    From Anitra and Tobias' wedding in Atlanta, GA: Anita paired her understated gown with a glittering pair of Jimmy Choos.
  21. This Reem Acra Wedding Dress

    photo by JPP Studios / The Knot
    From Robin and Bill's vintage wedding in Chicago, IL: Inspired by a photo she'd saved of Olivia Wilde in a Reem Acra dress, Robin set out to find her ideal gown: fitted with crystal-beaded cap sleeves. She couldn't find the exact one, but Ultimate Bride helped her track down an almost identical dress.
  22. These Taupe Vera Wang Bridesmaid Dresses

    photo by Andrew Collings Photography, Inc. / The Knot
    From Alyssa and John's wedding in Chicago, IL: Floor-length dresses in a taupe color mirrored Alyssa’s look.
  23. This Birch Tree Cake

    photo by Susie Sefcik Photography / The Knot
    From Teresa and Mark's rustic fall wedding in Bordentown, NJ: Designed to resemble a birch tree, the cake had sugar-made leaves and Teresa's and Mark's initials "carved' on the side.
  24. This Golden Gate Bridge Cake

    photo by This Modern Romance / The Knot
    From Kristen and Jeff's wedding in San Francisco, CA: For the cutting ceremony, they ordered a small cake decorated with the Golden Gate Bridge and topped with lovebirds.
  25. This Bronze Wedding Cake

    photo by Misha Media / The Knot
    From Antoinette and Roderic's formal wedding in Chicago, IL: The sugar brooches on the cake were inspired by the beading on Antoinette's strapless dress.
  26. This White Buttercream Cake

    photo by Jesse Leake Photography / The Knot
    From Beth and Dave's romantic wedding in Sonoma, CA: Handmade sugar flowers and rose petals decorated the couple's buttercream cake, which was topped with fresh, soft-pink roses.
  27. This Silhouette Wedding Cake

    photo by Alain Martinez Photography / The Knot
    From Shannon and Ray's formal wedding in Coral Gables, FL: The cake's striking fondant illustrations and crystal bands inspired the rest of the wedding day details.
  28. This White Flower Cake

    photo by Jonathan Ivy Lifestyle Photography / The Knot
    From Shelley and Donald's classic wedding in Tomball, TX: The two-tiered cake was covered in buttercream and lined with fresh flowers.
  29. This Lace Wedding Cake

    photo by Clary Photo / The Knot
    From Gina and Mark's classic wedding in Chicago, IL: Dark-ivory fondant with an off-white fondant lace covering decorated the top and bottom tiers, while a fondant swag wrapped the middle one. A silver sugar flower completed the look.
  30. This Rustic Leaf Wedding Cake

    photo by Don Mears Photography / The Knot
    From Erica and Patrick's vineyard wedding in Bluemont, VA: Fondant branches climbed up the vanilla buttercream cake to the third tier, where a little nest with two birds topped off the confection.
  31. This Square Wedding Cake

    photo by KC Photography Studio / The Knot
    From Caitlin and Christopher's wedding in Topsfield, MA: A sage scroll design branded all of the wedding details, including the cake.
  32. These Custom Cookie Favors

    photo by Shira Weinberger Photography / The Knot
    From Kara and Matthew's playful wedding in New York City, NY: Custom cookies paying homage to iconic New Yorkers doubled as the table numbers and as the favors.
  33. These Vintage Handkerchief Favors

    photo by Amelia Lyon Photography / The Knot
    From Dina and Tai's classic vintage wedding in Pasadena, CA: The couple tea-stained brand-new hankies to give them a vintage look.
  34. This Dramatic Wedding Reception

    photo by Gruber Photographers / The Knot
    From Samara and Kiva's wedding in New York, NY: White cherry tree centerpieces, accented with scattered tapered candles, gave the space a magical woodland feel.
  35. These Mini Fruit Pie Favors

    photo by Simply Bloom Photography / The Knot
    From Allie and Brock's vintage wedding in Adairsville, GA: Mini fruit pies were an affordable and tasty treat for Allie and Brock's guests. They personalized the packages with some ribbon and hand-dyed "Merci" tags.
  36. This Yellow Craspedia Boutonniere

    photo by Sarah & Rocky Photography / The Knot
    From Abigail and Chris' wedding in Normangee, TX: Bright yellow buds were the perfect accent to Chris' gray-and-yellow polka-dot bow tie.
  37. These Blue Delphinium Centerpieces

    photo by Artisan Events / The Knot
    From Natalie and James' wedding in Chicago, IL: Tall vases filled with blue delphiniums added height to the tables, and alternating blooms with crystal globes was an elegant touch.
  38. This Ivory Fabric Bouquet

    photo by Jen Kroll Photography / The Knot
    From Jillian and Christopher's wedding in Grand Rapids, MI: Jillian's fabric bouquet was a mix of white, ivory, taupe and champagne materials sculpted into flowers.
  39. This White Boutonniere

    photo by Red Ribbon Studio / The Knot
    From Misha and Nick's wedding in St. Louis Park, MN: Nick and the guys wore mini cymbidium orchids, seeded eucalyptus and bunny tail grass.
  40. These Green Wedding Boutonnieres

    photo by Corbin Gurkin Photography / The Knot
    From Jessica and Peter's rustic wedding in Montecito, CA: The guys wore boutonnieres of scabiosa pods and sage.
  41. This Green and Purple Bouquet

    photo by Julia Newman Photography / The Knot
    From Mirna and Gian's summer wedding in New York, NY: The bridesmaids carried textured bouquets of roses, celosia and berries.
  42. These White Hydrangea Centerpieces

    photo by Allan Zepeda Photography / The Knot
    From Jeanette and David's yacht club wedding in Montauk, NY: Understated centerpieces were a chic accent to the pewter metallic linens of this yacht-club reception.
  43. This Orange and Yellow Bouquet

    photo by Our Labor Of Love / The Knot
    From Lesley and Mike's Mad Men-inspired wedding in St. Pete Beach, FL: Dahlias, dusty miller, ranunculus, garden roses, craspedia and chocolate cosmos made up the vivid bridesmaid bouquets.
  44. This Blue Bouquet Charm

    photo by Thai Dao / The Knot
    From Katie and Joe's formal wedding in Long Beach, NY: Katie's round bouquet of orange roses was wrapped in extra fabric from her dress, a glass heart charm and her grandmother's wedding band.
  45. These Paper-Covered Floral Centerpieces

    photo by Julia Newman Photography / The Knot
    From Danielle and Andrew's wedding in West Orange, NJ: Flowers were placed in tins that Andrew decoupaged with aged paper. Paper-covered books brought in the literary theme.
  46. These Modern Protea Wedding Centerpieces

    photo by Pen/Carlson / The Knot
    From Jennifer and Bryan's wedding in Chicago, IL: This table was topped with a collection of vases wrapped in ribbon and filled with exotic flowers such as cymbidium orchids and pincushion proteas.
  47. This White and Red Bouquet

    photo by Cappy Hotchkiss Photography / The Knot
    From Lynn and Jasen's formal wedding in New York City, NY: A mixture of open white flowers (with splashes of magenta for texture) emulated the organza rosettes on Lynn's gown.
  48. This White Bridesmaid Bouquet

    photo by Red Gallery Photography / The Knot
    From Lauren and Maarten's classic wedding in Columbus, OH: All-white bouquets of roses, hydrangeas and calla lilies were simple and chic.
  49. These White and Green Centerpieces

    photo by Creative Image Collections / The Knot

    From Natalie and Shaun's wedding in Westport, CT: Tall trumpet vases filled with floating dendrobium orchids were topped with hydrangeas, roses and snapdragons.

  50. This White and Blue Bouquet

    photo by Allyson Magda Photography / The Knot
    From Courtney and John's farm wedding in Winters, CA: Courtney carried a lush bouquet of hydrangeas, silver leaf and lamb's ears accented with herbs like mint, sage and thyme.
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