A Truly Auspicious Occasion

On February 19, China celebrated its new lunar year: The Year of the Goat.

Replete with peace, passion and new understandings, it will be the perfect year to tie the knot, astrologists predict.

Couples who weave in the year’s “lucky” colors (reds, purples and browns) and florals (carnations and primroses) will enjoy added fortuity.

Planning to say “I do” this year? Here are a few ways to add some astrological elements to your celebration.


Primrose wedding gown by Claire Pettibone

This Primrose sheath dress by Claire Pettibone (price available upon request) is a style stunner. Cut from vintage French embroidery, the gown boasts a guipure lace neckline, velvet waist and detachable tulle train.

Wedding Invitation by Port City Studios

Married on a sheep farm in Maine, this couple wanted their invitation suite, designed by Port City Studios, to include the venue’s serene, pastoral setting and fluffy livestock.

Purdy's Chocolate Year of the Sheep Medallions

Sweeten your guest arrival bags with these Year of the Goat chocolate medallions ($2.50 each) from Purdy’s Chocolates.

Blythe Flower Girl Doll

Year of the Sheep clutch by Charlotte Olympia

Brides who were born in the Year of the Sheep are known for their love of art and beauty. Charlotte Olympia kept this in mind when she crafted this crystal-encrusted, Zodiac-inspired clutch ($1,195); available on Net-A-Porter.

Sheep Cake by Work of Heart Cakery

Commemorating the wood goat, this colorful cake by Work of Heart Cakery features 60 handmade lanterns, swirling clouds and gold Chinese coins. 


Primrose Wedding Cake by Couture Cakes

Or, this primrose fondant wedding cake by Wendy Kromer Confections would make a stunning statement in a verdant setting.


Carnation crown

Photo: Dearheart Photos

Hanging carnations bring good luck

Photo: Lindsey Orton Photography

Carnation chair back

Photo: Marcie Meredith Photography

   In Victorian times, flowers were assigned specific meanings. Primroses, featured earlier, reflect youth. Carnations symbolize pure love, while pink carnations represent a woman’s devotion.

Pictured above: A crown of carnations makes a romantic accessory for bohemian brides. Hang them for a unique ceremonial backdrop or bundle them together to make dainty chair backs.

Estee Lauder compact

Keep skin looking soft and shine-free with Estée Lauder’s bejeweled Year of the Goat Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder compact ($125); available at Macy’s.

  Advice Card from Wedding Paper Divas

With good friends come good advice. In lieu of a guest book, let loved ones share some words of wisdom. Advice cards (starts at $24.90 for 10 cards) from The Charming Carnations Suite; available at Wedding Paper Divas.

Primrose Lollipops

Photo: The Natural Wedding Co.

Send guests off with these delicious DIY party favors: lilac-hued primrose lollipops. Click here for the recipe.

Little kid by Hedren

Sheep by Hedren

These delicate Herend figurines, a little kid ($325) or goat ($835), make thoughtful keepsakes for loved ones you would like to thank in a special way.


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