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Dessert Only Reception

Posted on November 9th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Food, Wedding Planning 1 Comment

With the rising costs of planning a wedding, couples are looking for ways to save money. Dessert Only ReceptionSince the catering bill is oftentimes a big chunk of your wedding budget, you should consider have a dessert and drinks only reception.

This idea is perfect if you are having an evening wedding. Instead of a buffet or sit-down plated dinner, serve an assortment of delicious desserts, coffee, dessert wine and/or a signature cocktail.

Set up the reception with comfy couches with dim lighting rather than your traditional reception tables. This relaxed, lounge-like atmosphere will allow your guests to mingle and be more comfortable.

Just make sure that it’s clear on the invitation that your guests aren’t getting dinner. You don’t want hundreds of disgruntled, hungry people on your hands.

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Planning Your Garden Wedding

Posted on August 3rd, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire, Wedding Favors, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Food 1 Comment

Garden weddings have become more and more popular in recent years. For couples who love the outdoors, it is simply the perfect opportunity to add a memorable backdrop to your wedding.

When planning a garden wedding, you should incorporate the garden theme into all aspects of the wedding from the decorations to the menu. What you want to have in mind is a classic garden picnic – but on a larger scale.

For tables, consider using large round tables that seat up to ten people. Each table should have an umbrella. The umbrellas should be light in color for fresh and lively appeal. For centerpieces, you can make a decoration that includes both flowers and fruits. To carry the flowers and fruits, consider using something you might find in a garden like a fruit basket or a straw hat. Look for locally grown fruits and flowers.

The food at a garden wedding should be light. Sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, pasta salads and fruit salads work well with a garden wedding. A wedding cake topped with strawberries will match the scenery. In terms of drinks, you should consider having fresh squeezed lemonade, sweet tea and exotic fruit juices to go along with alcohol beverages such as wine spritzers and raspberry martinis.

For music, you should keep it light and bubbly. A single harpist would be appropriate during the ceremony. For the reception, find a DJ or band that has an expertise with light jazz music that will blend into the background.

Plantable Wildflower HeartsThroughout your wedding, don’t be afraid to add as many plants and flowers as you wish. If there are trees to work with at your location, use the trees as natural shade for your wedding party. Trees can also double as built in decorations. If you are using many potted plants and other floral arrangements, after the wedding is over you can donate them to a local retirement home, hospital patients or another organization.

The best wedding favors are seeds or bulbs. Truly Wedding Favors offers these plantable wildflower hearts that are just perfect. These heart shaped, plantable seed packets are available in a choice of pink, lavender, sage green, blue and white. You can slip in a handwritten note to each guest inside the envelope for a personal touch.

When selecting attire for a garden wedding, the bride should wear a more simple wedding gown than for a church wedding. Some brides are even wearing short wedding dresses for outdoor weddings these days.

The groom and his groomsmen should wear light colored suits in linen, beige, grey or green. The bridesmaids should dress accordingly – shorter bridesmaids dresses in light airy fabrics.

For all the women, including the bride, skip the stilettos which can easily sink into the ground. Instead wear ballet flats or chunky heels.

The most important aspect is to have fun with your wedding and enjoy the beauty of our green earth.

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Chocolate Fondue Fountain

Posted on December 28th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Food 1 Comment

Chocolate Fondue FountainA dramatic addition to your wedding reception is a chocolate fountain. These flowing fountains allow your guests to use a fork, fondue style, and dip fruits and other treats into the chocolate.

Chocolate fountains normally range in size from 24″ to 52″ tall. These fountains can hold as much as 40 pounds of chocolate. You can normally rent the fountain, along with the chocolate, dippers and an attendant for $5-$8 per guest.

You can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate or even caramel.

So, what should you dip in the chocolate?

You can choose fruit cut into chunks, such as apples, bananas, cherries, kiwis, melons, oranges, pears, pineapple, raspberries or strawberries. You can also dip graham crackers, marshmallows, potato chips or pretzels.

Another alternative is cutting cakes and other sweets into squares for a real treat. Use angel food cake, brownies, cheesecake, ladyfingers, pound cake or any other type of sweet that you like.

Select anything you’d like for dipping. A wedding that I attended last summer, they used peanut butter balls! It was like unlimited Reese’s all night!

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Couple Gets Married at a Donut Shop

Posted on November 23rd, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Funny, News, Wedding Food 3 Comments

DonutsA Rhode Island couple got married at the Honey Dew Donut Shop on Wednesday. “Honey Dew” is a such a fitting name!

Cyndi LaRose and Joseph David Smith decided to exchange wedding vows at the North Kingstown donut shop where they met. The donut baker made the food and a probate judge conducted the ceremony.

But it was the owner Faraq Mohamed and his donut shop that got the couple together. LaRose had been coming to the location for years and noticed Smith when he started coming in to see his niece, who worked behind the counter.

Love blossomed when Mohamed asked them both to help him with an errand a few weeks ago. Two days after that, Smith proposed. The couple was in love and felt no need to wait. They picked out their wedding rings last week and said their “I Do’s” at the Honey Dew on Wednesday.

Good luck to the happy couple!

Source: Associated Press

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Have Your Wedding Cake Icing (and Eat it too!)

Posted on November 22nd, 2007 by Courtney in Wedding Cakes, Wedding Food No Comments

Wedding CakeThere’s one thing you can’t (and I mean CAN’T) go without on your big day: your wedding cake. It’s the one thing that is typical of every wedding, and yet, there are so many options out there that it’s hard to know where to begin!

Personally, I just went with the flow when it came to my cake. I had heard of this incredibly smooth icing option called fondant, and I let my mother-in-law design an absolutely gorgeous beach-themed, seashell accented wedding cake for my reception. I have absolutely no regrets because my cake was undeniably beautiful, but I certainly wouldn’t have minded if it had tasted just a little bit better. (As it turns out, fondant is a very, VERY gummy type of icing.)

Well, there are definitely a lot of different ways to approach the big wedding cake decision: tasting, reading, comparing, tasting again, but wouldn’t it be nice if you had a little nudge in the right direction to get you started? I thought so.

Well, just so you have a starting point, I thought I’d provide a very nice chart I found that breaks down your many, many icing options, and their various features like flavor, consistency, coloring, etc. Check out this link to the Wilton website to have a look and learn a little bit about your icing options before you make your (littler) big decision!

(Icing chart available also at: http://www.wilton.com/cake/icing/icingchart.cfm)

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Edible Gold and Silver

Posted on November 11th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Food 5 Comments

Champagne GlassesRecently I learned more about edible gold and silver products that you can use to decorate you wedding cake and other foods at your wedding reception.

Easy Leaf Products has introduced Oro Fino (edible gold) and Argento Fino (edible silver).

This is the ultimate food decoration. It adds a majestic touch to set your wedding to a royal standard. You can add these products to desserts, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and even entrees.

For example, you can decorate your wedding cake with gold or silver leaf. You can also cover chocolate truffles by rolling them in sheets of the edible silver or dust fruit, such as strawberries, with their edible gold sprinkles. Another fun way to use the product is rim your cocktail and champagne glasses with the edible gold and silver, as pictured here.

Your wedding guests will be sure to be impressed by use of these sparkling edible embellishments.

Easy Leaf Product’s line of Oro Fino (23-Karat Genuine Edible Gold) and Argento Fino (Pure Edible Silver) are currently available for purchase at easyleafproducts.com and through a variety of retailers across the country.

Check out the pictures and instructions on their website, which demonstrate what you can do with these products. I found a lot of the pictures to be gorgeous, and others not so much.

Leave your comments here and let us know what you think.

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I Scream for Ice Cream at Weddings!

Posted on November 10th, 2007 by Courtney in Wedding Food 4 Comments

Ice CreamYou really have a lot of different options when it comes to your reception menu. You can keep it light with deli sandwiches and finger foods. You can serve require your guests to specify ‘beef’ or ‘chicken’ when they RSVP and serve a full on meal. Or…you can serve ice cream!

You might be adverse to the idea at first, but let’s really think about this: what goes better with cake than ice cream? Nothing! What is the most perfect treat on a hot, hot day? Ice cream! And, really, how great would it be to coordinate your ice cream options with your wedding colors or theme? Pretty awesome!

Your wedding colors are black and white? Serve cookies and cream! What if your bridesmaids are wearing pink poofy dresses? Stick with strawberry, or even peppermint! Blue is your favorite color? Give your guests blueberry or bubblegum! (Ok, maybe bubblegum wouldn’t go over well with everyone, but you get the idea.)

So, now that I have you sold on serving ice cream at your wedding reception, I thought it would be rude to not do a little research and find out the best ice cream chains that will cater your big day. Check out the links below for the following locations’ catering information:

If you can’t find an ice cream shoppe near you that offers catering services (unfortunately a lot of places offer catering only through certain franchises) don’t be discouraged! You still have the option of serving this delectable creamy treat if you have a few people willing to help out! Many of the locations listed above offer ‘buy in bulk’ options even if they don’t cater in your area.

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