February 29, 2012

Over the past decade receptions have become much grander. In the past the bride and groom had cake and punch and that was it. Now it's all about the food and alcohol, and when it comes to both you want to impress your guests, but you don't want to spend a fortune. Here are a few tips on how you can have alcohol at your reception without breaking the bank.

1. Create a specialty cocktail. While this seems like it might be more expensive, it can actually limit the amount of alcohol going in to each drink. One bottle of vodka could yield 50 servings of your drink (mix with juices, triple sec, etc.) or it could only fulfill 25 vodka tonics.

2. Get the most popular liquors like vodka and gin and don't offer scotch, rum, etc.

3. Instead of a champagne toast, have guests raise a glass of whatever they're already drinking.

4. Try having a beer cocktail as your signature drink. Beer is cheaper than liquor and when mixed with a little bit of flavored vodka and a liquer it's just as delicious.

Wedding Trends

February 22, 2012

Here are some upcoming wedding trends we found:

With 2 Snow White-inspired movies coming out this year and the beautiful "Twilight" wedding last year, it's no wonder that this year's dresses are off the shoulder, have longer sleeves, have lots of lace, and offer alluring romance.

Bouquets are also following the Snow White trend as well as all the hype over Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit." So think ethereal, woodsy, and "fluffy": English garden roses and peonies with greenery and natural springs.

Pastels are making a huge comeback this spring so for invitations and table settings use watercolors especially in lavender and light pink.

Colors schemes

February 15, 2012

Picking a color scheme can definitely be overwhelming. There are so many beautiful colors to choose from! And what if you're not the best at picking what goes best with what...? Sometimes you'll run across something in a store that inspires you, but if you're stuck try picking your favorite color and look below to see what colors might make the best complements.

Flowers vs. The Dress

February 08, 2012

Most likely, as a bride, you've picked out your dress before you've even considered what type of bouquet you're going to carry down the aisle. Here are some tips for helping you determine what size and style of bouquet will look best with your dress.

How to keep your numbers down

February 01, 2012

A lot of brides are worried about hurting someone's feelings if they want to keep their guest list under a certain number. Either mom and dad have insisted on inviting friends from work or the in-laws swear ever out-of-town family member and friend will show up or you want to invite your best friend from kindergarten who moved away in second grade and you haven't seen since. Get with your fiancé and put together a list of all the people you for sure want to invite. If this list is still too long then figure out who you're the closest to and who needs to be cute. Make sure the "cut" list makes sense. Don't invite only half of your coworkers and expect the rest to be okay with being left out. Also, you are allowed to say that singles cannot bring plus ones. Give your parents a certain number of guests they can invite then leave it up to them who makes the list and who doesn't. Most people will understand that you can't accommodate everyone.