Friday, April 21, 2017

Delicious Summer Wedding Dinner Ideas

Tacos at a Summer Wedding
The food that you serve at your wedding will be something your guests remember for years to come. In order to ensure they are only good memories, you have to know which dishes is the best choice for a summertime wedding as they call for a very different menu than a wintertime wedding would.

Whether your wedding is being held indoors or outdoors the meal should start with a caprese salad. The colors and flavors that are in this salad make it perfect for a summer wedding. Not only will it look appealing on your guests dinner plates, they will start the meal with fresh vegetables and cheese, making it a healthy choice as well. The main course should include a delicate fish such as halibut. This fish is often served at weddings because it is affordable for most couples.

When setting the menu for your summer wedding don’t rule out soup. If you choose an indoor wedding venue in the summer, the air conditioning will usually be set to a very low temperature and the warm soup might be a treat for your chilly and hungry guests. There are many recipes that call for serving the soup cold and this can be a refreshing treat for your guests on a hot day. Some examples of cold soups that will enhance your big day include melon, cucumber, avocado and even gazpacho soup.

Though formal sit down dinners have been the traditional choice for wedding receptions, an increasing number of couples are choosing to serve a buffet instead. This allows you to have much more creativity when planning your wedding day menu.

One of the most popular choices for a wedding buffet is stations where your guests can put together their own customized taco or other similar food. You can also set up a similar station with fruits and vegetables. A wedding buffet is often the best choice for a large guest list, especially if you are inviting picky eaters to your wedding.

Barbecue stations are also a popular choice for summertime weddings. You can offer a variety of fried chicken and ribs as well as complimentary side dishes such as macaroni and cheese or corn on the cob.

For a fancier buffet you can set up a seafood table where guests can pick and choose from delicacies such as mussels, shrimp, oysters, cold lobster salad and more. By providing sauces and dips for your guests to choose from you are decreasing the likelihood that the food you serve at your wedding will go to waste.

To put a new twist on the food served consider striking a deal with a local food truck for your wedding to offer a particular type of cuisine. Regardless of the type of cuisine you desire it is likely possible to find a food truck that serves it. This idea works best for outdoor weddings. You may even choose to have multiple food trucks at your wedding reception in order to feed everyone without anyone having to stand in line for too long.

You can and should be as creative as possible when it comes to choosing what you are going to serve your hungry wedding guests.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Should You Bring Your Dog to Your Wedding?

Including your Dog in your Wedding
They say dog is a man’s best friend and if you want yours at your wedding you may be debating whether or not that is a good idea. The truth is that it depends on several things about your wedding day and those who will be sharing it with you.

The first thing to consider is that your wedding venue may not allow dogs on the premises. Even if your dog is well trained and you follow the practices of responsible dog ownership, it is best to contact your venue if you are thinking about bringing your dog so you can find out in advance whether or not they are welcome. If they are, be ready to discuss any rules or limitations with them pertaining to your dog being there. At the very least, most venues that do allow dogs insist you keep them on a leash the whole time they are on the property.

Another thing to consider is your dog’s personality. If he or she gets scared, skittish or dangerous when other people are around you will likely want to avoid including them in your wedding. Depending on the breed of dog you have an upset or scared dog can hurt your guests and may even hurt themselves.

You should also take into consideration the guests you are inviting to your wedding, as well as those who are members of the wedding party. If any of them has an allergy to dogs it is best to determine if that can be dealt with on your wedding day. While some people who are allergic to dogs can take an OTC medication and be fine, others may have a severe allergic reaction, putting a damper on your wedding for them as well as for you.

The flowers you have at your wedding are something else you need to think about if you want your dog to be there. Certain flowers such as poinsettias are poison to dogs, so if you are using this flower it is better to leave your dog out of the nuptials.

Having a dog at your wedding is a big responsibility, but having a dog at your wedding can be a big help, too. Someone has to commit to keeping the dog with them for the duration of the ceremony. While you may want your dog to walk down the aisle acting as an alternate ring bearer, someone will need to watch the dog for the remainder of the ceremony and then will need to take him or her home before arriving for the reception.

Small breeds of dogs and older dogs often have problems controlling their bladder or bowels. Consider what would happen if your dog makes a mess on the floor during your wedding or at any time while he or she is there. Unless you are sure they can and will hold it, you may want to nix the idea of including them in your wedding.

These are all the things that need to be taken into consideration before you decide if having your dog at your wedding is the right decision for you.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Best Types of Flowers for a Winter Wedding


Winter Wedding Flowers
There is nothing quite like choosing flowers for a winter wedding. While you may have fewer choices in the winter than you would in the spring, there are many beautiful flowers that are the perfect accompaniment to a wedding held during cold weather.

For an elegant touch of class, silver is a great accent color during the winter. This makes flowers such as cymbidium orchids a perfect choice, but you can also choose to pair roses with anemones and even add some pine cones to the mix. Anemones also pair well with ranunculuses and sweet hydrangeas to make a dark but winter friendly décor.

Since red roses are so common for winter weddings, if you want a unique look, consider using peach roses instead. When including them in your bouquets a touch of red berries adds that little something extra you are probably looking for on your wedding day. Any color rose can even be paired with pines for a warm cozy winter feeling.

Roses can also be paired with flowers such as Queen Anne’s lace and chrysanthemums to create a pastel look for your wedding, If you like things delicate and fancy these may be the most appealing to you.

Centerpieces and bouquets for a winter wedding can benefit from the inclusion of succulents. These flowers are easy to obtain in the winter and can withstand any temperature. Like other flowers, succulents can also be used with pine and pinecones to make your wedding look and feel like a winter wonderland.

If you can get them, white poppies are also a great choice for winter wedding flowers. They are very trendy these days and you can pair them with any other color to complete your wedding day style.

A unique flower you may not have heard of, but one that fits any wedding perfectly, is the Bells of Ireland. The flowers got their name from the fact that they look like white bells. These long lasting flowers are bright and beautiful enough to make any winter wedding feel more elegant.

One of the most common flowers to use for a winter wedding is carnations and there is a good reason for that. They are available in many colors, including pale yellow, white, purple, salmon pink, and standard pink. The popularity of this flower at winter weddings may also be due to the fact that it is the official flower for the month of January.

Another common type of flower seen at winter weddings is the poinsettia. In addition to bright red, poinsettias can also be orange, purple and even marble. You can combine more than one color of poinsettias for an eye-catching winter wedding.

Last but not least, though it may seem a bit unconventional, it is not unusual to see winter brides use mistletoe as their wedding flowers. As long as you pair the mistletoe with bright whites and reds you’ll find that it’s the perfect way to complement a winter wedding.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Should You Have A Spring Wedding?

Merits of Having a Spring Wedding
When choosing your wedding date, how likely are you to choose one in the spring? Many couples prefer getting married during this season than during any other. There are some questions you can ask yourself to determine whether or not you would like to get married in the spring. Your answers to these questions will point you in the right direction.

How do you feel about pastel colored bridesmaid dresses? While some brides think they are too plain others know that their bridesmaids may prefer pastel colors to harsher colors. When your bridesmaids were pastel, each can choose her own color and the wedding party will still look coordinated. While pastel colors are frowned upon for summer, winter and fall weddings, they are popular for spring weddings.

Do you believe in the idea of re-birth? If you do, spring is the ideal season for you to get married in. The season is traditionally associated with renewals and re-births and for many couples it feels like the perfect time to make the transition from engaged to married.

Is an outdoor wedding venue something that appeals to you? Outdoor weddings are usually the most comfortable for your attendants and guests because the temperatures tend to avoid one extreme or the other. No couple wants their guests to be overheated or freezing cold during their wedding.

How do you feel about having flowers included in your celebration? Many types of flowers are in bloom during spring, making them more affordable and easier to obtain than they are the rest of the year. One popular choice among spring brides is cherry blossoms.

Do your friends and family have summer or winter vacations planned? Jet setting friends and family may find them traveling during these seasons and unable to attend your wedding as a result. Fewer people make plans for travel during the spring and with very few holidays you will have your choice of convenient dates.

Are you and your partner culinary superstars? If so, or even if you simply want to support local grocers and farmers, a spring time wedding provides you with the perfect excuse to incorporate the freshest, most healthy selection of fruits and vegetables to use when serving your guests. Farmers markets can be an excellent source of local produce.

Do you have your heart set on a popular wedding venue for your spring wedding? Summer is the most common season to get married in, so if you are eye a particular venue for your wedding chances are it may already be booked solid through the summer months. The rush to get married is usually slower in the spring, making it the ideal time to get married for your choice of venues.

These are the questions to ask yourself if you are contemplating whether or not you want to get married in the spring. In most cases, the more of these questions you answer yes to the more likely it is that a spring time wedding is ideal.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Eco Friendly Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Items

Alternatives to Wedding Confetti
Since so many traditional wedding items use up the world’s resources you may be looking for eco-friendly alternatives. There are many items that you include in your wedding while helping preserve natural resources.

One of the biggest resource wasters associated with a wedding are the invitations, save-the-date and RSVP cards. You can avoid this by purchasing invitations and cards that are made from recycled paper. Look for items that can be printed using soy based ink. Alternatively, if you don’t have your heart set on paper invitations or wedding announcements you can send them out digitally.

Flowers may be a staple at most couples’ weddings, but this can become wasteful when the flowers are simply thrown away at the end of the day. If you use flowers in your centerpieces you can offer to let a few of your guests take home the flowers from the table. As far as the baskets of flowers that make up your wedding day décor, it can be a nice gesture, and an environmentally friendly one, to donate those wedding flowers to a hospital or nursing home once your wedding is over. For your own bouquet you can have the flowers preserved and keep them as a cherished memento.

Feeding everyone is a huge part of any wedding, but there is often food leftover. Sending your guests home with the leftovers can be a great way to send them a little extra thank you and will avoid food being thrown away. If you prefer, give the leftover food to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen.

To combine your wedding cake and your guest favors without having any waste, consider using a tower of decorated cupcakes in place of the traditional wedding cake. Not only does this save you money on favors, a tower of cupcakes will likely cost much less than a wedding cake would. Ask the bakery you order from if your cupcakes will arrive in boxes made from recycled cardboard. If you have your heart set on a wedding cake, you can still make it eco-friendly by requesting that the cake topper be edible flowers made from sugar or fruit.

Guest favors don’t have to be wasteful and they don’t have to be wedding cupcakes if that is not something that interests you. Other eco-friendly ideas for your guest favors include candied apples, homemade treats or even your own signature soda.

Confetti is a very popular item found at most weddings, but if it’s made from plastic or foil it can be terrible for the environment. Instead, choose alternatives to confetti that are safe for the environment like birdseed or rice to have all the benefits of confetti without any of the factors that can harm Mother Earth.

To leave your wedding in style, without harming the earth, you can have your guests’ toss 100% biodegradable fake snow. It looks like real snow but will immediately dissolve the first time it rains after your wedding day. Biodegradable rice is also an item commonly tossed at eco-friendly weddings. Birdseed also works well because your guests will have fun sending you off and when everyone is gone, the birds will swoop down and have a feast.

With the rising cost of most items associated with the typical wedding, more couples are choosing eco-friendly alternatives.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Choosing a Conflict-Free Wedding Diamond

Choosing a Conflict-Free Wedding Diamond
Shopping for your wedding ring is something many women dream of. Today most brides are choosing a conflict free diamond ring. Choosing this type of ring is easier to do the more you know about it.

Being able to identify your stone is the first step in choosing a conflict free diamond. These diamonds always come with a Kimberly Process certificate. The store you buy the diamond from should have a certificate to give you if the diamond truly is conflict free. Any legitimate jeweler will have the System of Warranties statement, which you can also ask to see when making your purchase.

One of the easiest ways to choose a conflict free diamond for your wedding ring is to give your business to a retailer that specializes in them. The most famous example of a jewelry retailer that sells conflict free diamonds is Tiffany & Co.

The countries that produce conflict free diamonds include Canada, Australia and Russia, among others. These countries are participants in the Kimberly Process mentioned above and have seen their revenue greatly increase as a result. The increased revenue benefits those living in each of these countries.

The initiative for the Kimberly Process was completed by both the gemstone industry and the United Nations. Its purpose is to ensure that conflict diamonds are no longer sold because in the past the sale of diamonds was a way to pay for brutal wars. Since the Kimberly Process was started 98% of diamond distributors worldwide adhere to its guidelines. It is now law in 74 different countries that any diamonds sold must be conflict free. In 2003 the Clean Diamond Trade Act was passed in order to provide legislature for the Kimberly Process. Those who are members of the process trade conflict free diamonds with each other and hold each other accountable for having their facilities pass inspection to prove their diamonds are conflict free.

During the period of time between 2010 and 2014 millions of carets worth of diamonds were mined under conditions that many people objected to on a moral level. The resulting idea was that going forward the definition of a conflict diamond became a rough diamond that was one that was mined specifically to pay for military actions rebelling against government.

Be aware of the fact that purchasing a conflict free diamond should be no more expensive than purchasing one that is not conflict free. Do your homework when shopping and you will be sure that you aren’t paying more for your diamond than you need to.

To go in a completely different direction consider purchasing a vintage stone wedding ring. If it is a vintage stone, you can be sure that it is considered conflict free. You will be purchasing a beautiful ring that is eco-friendly as well as produced ethically.

Choosing a conflict free wedding diamond is an important decision that every bride must make, either on her own or with the help of her fiancé.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Putting Together a Timeline for Your Wedding Day

A Timeline for your Wedding Day
You want your wedding day to go as smoothly as possible and one way to make that happen is to have a timeline put together in advance. This will help everyone involved in the wedding stay on track and collaborate on the sequence of events for the day.

When putting together a wedding day timeline it is important to build in enough time for tasks such as hair and makeup. The larger your bridal party is the more you need two or more makeup artists/hair stylists to make the process go as quickly as possible. Many wedding ceremonies have started late because the bridal party wasn't ready on time. Building in enough time for everyone's hair and makeup to be done is a crucial step in helping your wedding day flow smoothly.

Your wedding day timeline should take into account the time of day you want the ceremony to begin. Whatever time you put on your invitations expect that your guests will arrive approximately 30 minutes before then. It is important that any photos scheduled to be taken before the ceremony should be finished by the time guests begin arriving. You will also want to ensure that music will be playing when guests get to your venue and that they will be able to get into it. Also consider the fact that while the majority of your guests are likely to arrive before the scheduled start time, inevitably there will be at least one or more guests who arrive at the venue late. This should be kept in mind when putting together your wedding day timeline. Most weddings start anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Scheduling your cocktail hour and sit down dinner is also important. The cocktail hour is especially important if guests won't have to travel between venues to attend your ceremony and reception. Even if they do have to travel, you will need to know the approximate time it takes to get from the ceremony site to the reception site. You can then choose when to have your cocktail hour begin.

Sit down dinners are typically served to guests within 15 to 30 minutes after the cocktail hour officially ends. Plan on 45 minutes to an hour for your guests to eat and enjoy their meals. Any toasts that are to be made during the reception should be made while guests have their dinner plates in front of them.

After the dinner has ended and dancing has begun it is typical to give your guests one hour until the wedding cake is cut, which usually signifies that the reception is coming to an end. Within that hour you should schedule your garter and bouquet toss if they are to be included in your reception.

Once guests have left your reception venue you will need to plan on approximately one hour for the breaking down of your venue. Keep this in mind when tasking wedding party members with cleanup.