A few weeks ago I included a link to General Knot & Co. in my weekend round-up post, but I thought it would be fun to do a whole feature with some of the designs I like most. Plus, one lucky reader will win a $100 gift certificate to General Knot & Co., so that’s fun too!

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General Knot & Co.‘s  neckties, bow ties and pocket squares are made from fine vintage fabrics with unique prints and patterns. Each design is a limited edition, made in the USA, and frankly, they make me want to start wearing neckties. I especially love that there are reverse designs of each tie – I imagine one for the groom, and then groomsmen in the reverse.

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How about a whole set for your wedding party? Here are some ties that a groom commissioned for himself and his attendants. Each tie is different, but the coordinating colors create a cohesive look. What a fun one-of-a-kind gift for your groomsmen!

How about corresponding neck ties and bow ties for the wedding party?

Outfit your gents! Leave a comment here telling me your favorite item available at General Knot & Co., and a randomly selected person will receive a $100 gift certificate. You have until Thursday at 5:00pm Pacific time to enter, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning.

 

Update! This contest is now closed!

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Last year, my mother took me to the Cartier in America show at the Legion of Honor, and I totally fell in love with the sparkle, especially the tiaras. Really, what’s not to love? Do you think Kate will wear a tiara tomorrow? Here are some of my favorites on various royal and aristocratic ladies…

{Clockwise from top left} Princess Ingrid of Sweden, Princess Beatrice, Princess Cecilie of Greece, Princess Alice of Battenberg

{Clockwise from top left} Princess Grace of Monaco, Barbara Hutton, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden

 

For those of us who aren’t princesses, something a bit subtler can add the perfect amount of bling to a wedding day ensemble. Headband, hair clip, ribbons, crystal, lace, there are all kinds of tiara-esque options for brides.

{Above from left} Fred Leighton, Ban.do

{Clockwise from top left} Little White Dresser, Siman Tu, Twigs & Honey (photo by Elizabeth Messina), Siman Tu

{Above from left} Jennifer Behr, Eddera

I wore a gorgeous piece from Jennifer Behr on my wedding day, and it completed my bridal look perfectly. Did you wear anything resembling a tiara for your wedding, or do you plan to? I keep thinking about how excited and nervous I was on my wedding day – can you imagine how Kate is feeling right now?!

 

Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina) is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink. Thank you to Jennifer Behr for the beautiful wedding gift!

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Based on what we’ve seen from past royal brides, my guess is that Miss Middleton will be donning something with sleeves, and I imagine that means we’ll be seeing lots more brides moving away from the strapless numbers that are so popular lately. Here, a round-up of a few of my favorite wedding gowns with long sleeves, cap sleeves, and a couple that are sleeveless (but not strapless!).

Would you wear a dress with long sleeves?

{From left} Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier

{Clockwise from top left} Angel Sanchez, Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, Pronovias

{From left} Angel Sanchez, Rosa Clara

 

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Our girl Kate Middleton loves hats and fascinators, and I hope it’s a trend that catches on – hats with the sole purpose of adding a little fun to your head!

 

How about a little fabulous for the bride?

{Above} Vivien Sheriff

{Clockwise from top left} Nigel Rayment, Gina Foster Millinery, Nigel Rayment, Jane Taylor Millinery

 

I am so wearing hats to weddings from now on. Maybe something a little bit wild…

{Above} Philip Treacy London

{Cl0ckwise from top left} Rachel Trevor-Morgan Millinery, Gina Foster Millinery, Beth Morgan Couture, Nigel Rayment

 

…or maybe just an utterly delightful hat!

{Above} Vivien Sheriff

{Clockwise from top left} Rachel Trevor-Morgan Millinery, Lock & Co. HattersRachel Trevor-Morgan Millinery, William Chambers Millinery

{Above} Noel Stewart

 

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Crystal Kluge does some of the sweetest, most playful calligraphy you’ll ever see, so I was thrilled when she teamed up with typographer Stuart Sandler to form Tart Workshop, putting out some of the most delightful fonts I’ve seen. And when she emailed me about her newest fonts, Bookeyed Suzanne and Bookeyed Jack, I instantly imagined them on a wedding invitation or program or menu. They both have such personality! From their descriptions on MyFonts…

“Our darling Suzanne, she’s personable and flexible with a large number of alternative glyphs & ligatures to customize her appearance. A modern girl with vintage charms, she’s equally comfortable placed as center of attention or in a supporting role. Her stylish serifs were created with antique French nibs dipped in walnut ink. Suzanne (like her cousin Jack) loves books for adults & children, posters, stationery, weddings, gifts and sugary sour candy.”


“Everyone loves Jack! He’s easy to be around and plays delightfully with other Tart Workshop fonts. Bookeyed Jack is strong enough to command the page, yet he doesn’t complain when others get more attention. His handsome good looks were handdrawn with pointed pen in walnut ink. He adores books & music, posters & stationery and spending time with his stylish cousin Suzannne.”

Will someone please design an invitation suite with these fonts and then send me the photos? At $29.95 each (or $49.95 for the pair), using either of the Bookeyed fonts seems like a totally budget-friendly way to create something that looks hand-drawn (because it is!).

And then there’s Tart Workshop’s Barocca Monograms, another lovely way to get a custom, hand-lettered look for less. I can’t even tell you how much time I spent at MyFonts playing around with my initials, my husband’s initials, our married monogram… “Barocca is a beautifully romantic monogram font with passionate inclinations. She’s a performer who shines in the spotlight. Originating from experiments with highly flourished calligraphic letters using antique French nibs & sepia ink upon rag paper, she developed in a charmingly unique font with impulsively spirited center caps held in check by more disciplined side caps. On or off stage, Barocca sings!”

 

Tart Workshop has even created Nelly Frames, a “variety of interlocking corners, sides and centers” that you could use to create custom frames for any number of wedding projects, from address labels to favors to table numbers.

Tart Workshop has a slew of fonts and styles to choose from, these just happen to be my favorites. Nelly Script and Nelly Script Flourish are another great way to get a hand drawn look that’s a bit more classic, but just as lovely, and I believe that Tart Workshop has a few new fonts coming out soon. So please, will someone create something wonderful with them and let me see how it turns out?

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