I usually post things that are more for the bride or groom but this is more for the wedding guest. Its full fledge wedding season so if you have some summer weddings to attend here is some advice.
1-Get a gift off their registry and shower the happy couple with gifts they’ll love (and picked out!) They might really need that new set of dishes or the entertaining server set. When in doubt money is always good.
2-Don't bring the gift to the wedding. You should have it sent directly to their home. Nowadays it is so much easier with online registries and why would you want to lug that gift to the reception?
3-Please think about what you will wear to the wedding. Women please don't wear white, save that for the bride. Men please don't wear kaki pants and a golf shirt(unless its a backyard bbq). Try to dress up a little. 9 times out of 10 a nice dark suit and tie works just fine.
4-There is no need for you to tip the bartenders at this wedding. The couple has already taken care of this and I promise you the staff is well taken care of. Put the $5 bill back in your pocket.
5-and last but not least please let the bride and groom eat their dinner. I know I know you want to see them, hug them and tell the bride how great she looks but can you give them 20 minutes to eat some of the meal they painstakingly picked out for their wedding?
Erin and Cory got married Saturday and danced the night away at their reception at Dumbarton House in Washington, DC. Thanks to Christina at PaperZest.com & Debbie B at Windows Catering for helping to make their wedding awesome.
Enjoy some pictures of some special elements:
Escort cards had a surprise on the back - a Sangria recipe!
drink stirrers from foryourparty.com Signature drink in special glasses
It is a time to bring the ladies in your life together for a celebration of your upcoming nuptials. All your bridesmaids should plan this event together and split the costs. It doesn't have to be expensive, just relaxing and fun. If your planning a brunch for your favorite bride think of having a fun make your own champagne bar with orange juice, mango juice and pomegranate juice. This will get the guests mingling before the gift opening begins.
The weather is so great, serve lunch in your back yard. One of my favorite sites Hostess with the Mostess has some great ideas.
Maybe you want a Stock the Bar party. Offer different cocktails like sangria, chocolate martinis and vodka cranberry on the rocks. Use different glasses for every drink. Hopefully the lucky bride will get highball glasses, margarita glasses and other bar accessories.
Desserts Only. Offer cupcakes or a candy bar. Have a table over flowing with brownies, cookies and sweets.
Coed Showers are also very popular - this is a way to cater to both the bride and groom and not just the bride. This is a way to get items for the house (because they may not need towels and dishes). Think tools, garden accessories or entertaining items. How about throw a wine tasting, hire a sommelier and help to stock the wine cellar.
I am glued to the Today Show on Wednesday mornings - I love when they throw a wedding. This time its a Race to the Alter. The couples had to sell cupcakes today and the person that raised the most money got to choose the wedding cake for the big wedding.
The WINNER is the Mini Cupcakes!
I can see it now white gloved waiters bringing every guest their very own mini wedding cake. Stunning and certainly a way to wow those guests some more.
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Spring is a great time to get Engagement Pictures taken!
If you are looking for a place to get your engagement pictures done or for a place to go between the ceremony and reception try these Great Philly Picture Perfect locals. Of course talk to your photographer about the best options for lighting and what you should wear.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, east terrace ($50 permit needed)
30th Street Station, regional rail area
Cross the street at Broad and Market with City Hall in the background
That is Carnations! So many brides say 'I definitely don't want carnations at my wedding.'
Well they are missing out - if you cluster carnations together they are just beautiful and resemble peony's or hydrangeas. They are inexpensive, versatile and long lasting; great options for centerpiece or hanging pomanders. I encourage you to think outside the box and give carnations some love! Look at some of these beautiful examples:
Most, ok all of my clients offer a cocktail hour for their guests between ceremony and reception. I love adding a signature drink, fun cocktail napkins and maybe personalized stirrers. But what about doing something fun for after dinner drinks? Spruce up the coffee station by offering Sambucca, Baileys or Peppermint schnapps with coffee. What about setting up a signature drink station at this time - Espresso Martini's 1 oz cold espresso
1 1/2 oz vodka 1 1/2 oz Kahlua 1 oz white creme de cacao
Pour ingredients into shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into chilled martini glass.
Add a chocolate rim to the glasses first: -Melt semisweet or white chocolate in microwave to get thin. -Hold glass at angle and rotate rim of glass in chocolate. Repeat around glass and make sure its even. -Refrigerate until ready to serve.